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Adult Scholarships

Scholarships for Adult Students

Adult students face several challenges if they are interested in pursuing college education.  Most of the adult students couldn't go to college because of family circumstances or other personal hardships.  Most of the adult students also happened to be working blue collar workers or professionals who are looking to move up the ladder.  Several employers provide financial assistance to adult students as one of the employee benefits.  However, there may be others who are not as lucky.  In order to promote education among adult students some organizations have created college scholarships for adult students.

Career Advancement Scholarship

The Business and Professional Women Foundation also known as The BPW Foundation offers a Career Advancement Scholarship to provide financial assistance to disadvantaged women seeking to further their education. Scholarships are provided to women who wish to advance in their careers, or are soon to enter or re-enter the workforce.

To be eligible to apply for the scholarship, you must:

  • Be female
  • Be at least 25 years of age
  • Be a U.S. citizen or U.S. national
  • Demonstrate critical financial need
  • Have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $2,500 or less
  • Be officially accepted into an accredited degree or certificate program at an accredited U.S. college or university, including those in American Samoa, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands
  • Plan to graduate or receive certification between December 1, 2008 and August 31, 2010
  • Demonstrate clear career plans
  • Not be earning a doctoral-level or terminal degree, such as a PhD, MD, DDS, DVM, JD, etc.

Local Career Advancement Scholarships

BPW's regional chapters also offer various career advancement scholarships for women.

Talbots Women's Scholarship Fund

Talbots Women's Scholarship Fund, awards up to five women $10,000 scholarships, and 50 women $1,000 scholarships. All applicants must be seeking an undergraduate degree from an accredited two- or four-year college or university, or vocational-technical school. Only applicants seeking a bachelor's degree from a four-year college or university are eligible to receive a $10,000 award. Scholarship awards are based primarily on financial need and previous achievements for women who earned their high school diploma or GED at least 10 years ago.

Family Involvement Board Scholarship

The Family Involvement Board (FIB) scholarship program, through the Iowa Credit Union Foundation, provides six scholarships to young adults and nontraditional students to further their education. Essay questions are designed to encourage learning about the credit union movement and its mission. Applications are due each February, and scholarship winners are notified in late April.

College and University Scholarships for Adult Students

In addition to the scholarships discussed above, several colleges and unversities offer scholarships to the adult students.


Non Traditional Student Schoalrships

Non Traditional students are the ones who usually have trouble going to college at the right time due to unfavorable family circumstatnces.  But to support them there are several scholarships available to them.

Alpha Phi Omega Scholarship at University of Wisconsin

Nontraditional undergraduate student with minimum of 24 credits; good character, citizenship, financial need and academic excellence. Recipient selected annually in Sept. from nontraditional scholarship applications submitted in the previous Spring. - Call: 715-346-4027

American Legion Non-Traditional Scholarship                  

This $1,000 scholarship is for students returning to school after an interruption in education.  They must have a membership in The American Legion, The American Legion Auxiliary or The Sons of The American Legion.  Student must be signed up for six semester hours or more.

Royal Neighbors "Nontraditional" Scholarships

New Horizons Scholarships provides educational support to members who don't fall into the usual college age range. Ten scholarships are open to female members ages 35 and older. Scholarship amounts are available up to $5,000 for part-time students or full-time students enrolled at an accredited college, university, junior college, or vocational school.

New Horizons Leader Scholarship provides educational opportunities for outstanding women age 35 or older by annually awarding up to $5,000 for up to four years. The most qualified female applicant is chosen from the New Horizon applicants.    
Life Enrichment Scholarships This scholarship is designed for beneficial members ages 21 and older who are interested in continuing their education through short-term courses. Five awards of a maximum of $500 will be made to those who complete the required form and provide any additional requested information.

Scholarships for Low Income Women

The Jeannette Rankin Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds for, and awarding scholarships to, low-income women, ages 35 and older. Each scholarship recipient has a vision of how a college education will benefit herself, her family, and her community. Most recipients are in truly meager financial circumstances and may have other hardships or disabilities.

Unemployed Students Scholarships

Scholarship for Students Earning Unemployment Benefits

During the recent economic downturn several people have lost their jobs and are collecting unemployment.  While President Obama is working hard to turn around the economy, most of the job seekers will have to go through some kind of re-training to be remployed.  Some of the hot areas which are currently hiring are healtcare, nursing, and financial advising.  But all these professinos require special training or education. 

Missouri State University Scholarship for the Unemployed

Missouri State University has launched a new scholarship for those who have lost their jobs in recent months. The university will offer those incoming students a drastic reduction in tuition.

If you know of any scholarships for the unemployed please post in our comments section and we will be more than happy to add them in our main post.


Dorothy M. Bolyard Memorial Scholarship This is a renewable scholarships for older students living in San Diego California. Varies Varies San Diego
Finish Strong Scholarship Finish Strong Scholarship offers sixteen (16) full-tuition scholarships to deserving men and women who are motivated to complete their undergraduate or master’s degree at University of Phoenix. They can attend a University of Phoenix campus or attend University of Phoenix online.   Full Tuition Feb 16th
ACHE Senior Adult Scholarships Alabama Commission on Higher Education offers an undergraduate scholarship to Senior Citizens who are interested in pursuing an undergraduate degree. This scholarship is open to students attending a 2-year college as well as a 4 year university. Varies Varies Montgomery