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  1. Thank you for your cents! You make some good points. I hadn't thought of looking for research grants. Also, now I'm thinking my company may provide a tuition reimbursement program at the national level. Going to look into it!
  2. I take offense to your comment on two points. First, nonprofit is not weird. It is a legitimate sector of the economy and an important field to be in. Second, just because I provided one example of my point, that does not mean I only have one example. Your comment was uninformed and dismissive.
  3. On the contrary, I know multiple people who have received scholarships for school in virtue of their working for a nonprofit. For instance, recently a colleague received a full scholarship to Vanderbilt Owen School of Management to earn the MBA. The scholarship was in conjunction with the Center for Nonprofit Management and is awarded to a nonprofit employee applicant showing merit.
  4. Checking again to see if anyone has any advice on funding my education.
  5. Thanks for the advice. Already had a meeting with both the academic director and financial aid. That didn't produce anything helpful. I'm already getting a $40,000 scholarship, so the university is not going to give me any more money. I might earn more through awards as I perform well, but that can't be predicted or counted on. There's not a nonprofit subtopic, else I would post there. I'm not willing to delay a year, as it throws off a lot of things in my personal life. And, Vanderbilt has always been a dream of mine, so I get just as much personal satisfaction out of going t
  6. Does anyone know of any scholarships I should be applying for to help cover the tuition gap? Or loan options you'd recommend.
  7. I am seeking advice on how to pay for my graduate degree in light of my status as a nonprofit employee. I intend to continue working in nonprofit for the entirety of my career. About me: Twenty-six years old; Single/no dependents; No student loans from undergrad - put myself through school and had full scholarships; Strong credit history with a score of 770; Full-time Grants Manager for a large nonprofit under a national brand; Salaried at $42K/year with strong benefits package; I have a mortgage and three years left on my car payment; I have a retirement account, HSA, and an emergen
  8. I forgot to follow up on this. I was admitted two months ago and offered their most competitive scholarship, the Peabody Honors Scholarship. It covers 75% tuition. Very exciting for me!
  9. Thanks for the advice. I just sent an email to my contact at peabody that I met with this week. She's the admin coordinator. I explained and asked if I should include a transcript. Good advice about it being better to explain on the front end than to explain afterward.
  10. I am applying to M.Ed. program at Vanderbilt Peabody and the MBA program at Vanderbilt Owen. Three years ago, one year after I graduated undergrad, I spent all of two weeks enrolled in Nashville School of Law. It is the city law school. I had been pre-law in my undergrad and thought I wanted to be an attorney, but I did not. I went to the city law school so I could try it out and the cost burden would be minimal (i paid my way on cash). Not to mention, it was easy to get in. I withdrew from classes after two weeks. Never looked back. Should I tell the Vanderbilt admissions people about t
  11. Thanks for the help! I ended up scoring a 4.0AWA on my first GRE a few weeks ago. I just retook it yesterday and did much better. I'd say a 5.0 is not unreasonable. Appreciate the help.
  12. Four years out of undergrad. Great work experience so far, interning and then later clerking for a year with Speaker of the House of Representatives at the state capitol. Spent last two years working for a large, national nonprofit coordinating a 35,000 person volunteer program. It's been a little less than half a year since I was promoted to Grants Manager in which I apply for and oversee half of a $1.7 million grants budget. Hold a Bachelors of Science, double major in Philosophy and Law. (3.9 GPA) Two study abroads under my belt. Lots of community involvement. Served on a b
  13. If it would be helpful, I have pasted in my issue essay so you don't have to download it: GRE Issue Task Prompt: Formal education tends to restrain our minds and spirits rather than set them free. Write a response in which you discuss the extent to which you agree or disagree with the statement and explain your reasoning for the position you take. In developing and supporting your position, you should consider ways in which the statement might or might not hold true and explain how these considerations shape your position. My writing:
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