College Scholarships for Older Women

In recent years, a number of specialized scholarships have been created for older women, often called nontraditional or re-entry students, who are interested in obtaining job skills and higher education.

The best resource to find possible opportunities for women is to contact their State Education Bureau or Federal Student Aid Information Center, and find out if there are any programs for their age.

Here is the list of the names of the agencies and foundations that offer grants and scholarships for older or mature women according to their age, which help them to defray the costs involved.

AAUW’s Career Development Grants

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) is one of the largest fund providers for educational programs that promote women and girls. AAUW’s Career Development Grants program provide support to those women who want to re-enter the workforce, change careers or advance in their current career through obtaining higher education, participating in technical training and in professional development institutes.


The program is open to women who:

  • are citizens or permanent residents of United States;
  • hold a bachelor’s degree not honorary;
  • plan to participate in courses/activities, that are required for career advancement;
  • plan to enroll in any one of the following degree programs:
    • Bachelor’s or associate’s degree in a field of study which is entirely different from the previously earned bachelor’s degree field of study
    • Professional degree such as M.D., J.D., etc.
    • Certification program
    • Master’s degree
    • Technical school
  • Applicants must be enrolled in a degree/program at a two- or four- year college or university in the United States that is regionally accredited or at a technical school, which must be a licensed school or accredited by the U.S. Department of education.
  • Funding can be provided to distance learning programs, only when the institution offering the program appears on the list of the U.S. Department of Education’s approved online/distance learning programs;
  • Previous recipients of any AAUW national grant or fellowship are not eligible to apply for the Career Development Grants program;
  • AAUW boards, staff, committees, panels and current interns cannot apply for the program.
  • Funding is not available for Ph.D. coursework or dissertations and prerequisite coursework.

Scholarship Benefits

Awards ranging between $2,000-$12,000, will be granted to the recipients.

  • The funds can be used to cover fees, tuition, books, supplies, dependent child care and local transportation.
  • The funds cannot be used for other expenses like purchase of equipment, repayment of loans, insurance, for salaries, deficits, previous expenditures, travel expenses like train fare or air fare, shelter, moving expenses, periodical fees or professional dues, tuition expenses for dependent’s education or for attending conferences or seminars.

Application Requirements

  • Online application form
  • A financial statement for the total grant amount the applicant has requested.
  • Applicant has to provide a narrative paragraph as requested.
  • The grant amount the applicant requests must fall within the range of $2,000-12,000. Requests for an amount outside the mentioned range will be disqualified.
  • Applicant has to submit one letter of recommendation online. The name and the email address of the recommender must be provided online.
  • A nonrefundable $35 fee is required to pay for administering the applicant’s application process. Preferable payment methods are through Visa credit card/debit card or MasterCard. Other forms of payment will not be accepted.

Contact Information

To apply for AAUW’s Career Development Grants program, visit For any questions, contact them here. For application information, e-mail,call 319/337-1716 ext. 60 or write to the customer service center at:
AAUW Fellowships and Grants
C/O ACT, Inc.
101 ACT Dr.
Iowa City, IA 52243-9000

Do not contact AAUW office in Washington, D.C., or local branches, for application information.

EFWA’s Women in Transition (WIT) and Women in Need (WIN) Scholarships

The Educational Foundation for Women in Accounting (EFWA) encourages and inspires women to advance their career in the accounting profession. The foundation provides scholarships at graduate, undergraduate and postgraduate levels for women who are interested in pursuing their Accounting degree. The foundation sponsors Women in Transition (WIT) and Women in Need (WIN) Scholarships to those women who are the primary source of their family income and who want to pursue their Bachelor’s degree in the field of Accounting.


For WIT Scholarship: Women applicants, enrolled as incoming freshmen to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, are eligible to apply.

For WIN Scholarship: To be eligible, the women applicants must complete their sophomore year of academic pursuit.

Scholarship Benefits

For WIT Scholarship: An award up to $16,000 over four years will be provided to the recipient.

For WIN Scholarship: For two years, an amount of $2,000 per year will be awarded to the recipient.

Application Requirements

  • Official transcripts from college and junior college
  • Proof of enrollment or acceptance of enrollment
  • Record of the applicant’s employment
  • Volunteer activities
  • Professional activities
  • List of awards and honors
  • A statement describing the applicant’s career and personal goals and objectives
  • Tax return forms for three prior years
  • Letters of references: Two personal references and two or more professional references
  • A statement stating the applicant’s overall quality of work
  • Financial need form
  • As the scholarship checks are directed to the educational institution, complete details of the applicant’s institution must be provided, which includes the contact name, address and telephone number
  • A statement stating where the applicant heard about the scholarship

The completed application materials must be returned to:
Educational Foundation for Women in Accounting
136 South Keowee Street
Dayton, Ohio 45402-2241
FAX: 937-222-5794

Contact Information

For further information and questions regarding the scholarships, contact them by calling 937-424-3391 or email To download the application form, visit

P.E.O. Program for Continuing Education (PCE)

The mission of the Philanthropic Educational Organization (P.E.O.) is to promote women to achieve their goals by providing scholarships, loans, awards, grants and stewardship of Cottey College. P.E.O.’s Program for Continuing Education was established with an intent to support those women, who want to support their family and/or themselves, by returning to school to continue their education which has been interrupted.


  • A P.E.O. chapter must sponsor the applicant
  • Applicant must be a citizen of United States or Canada and studying in the United States or Canada
  • Applicant must be a non-student for at least 24 consecutive months in her adult life
  • Applicants must be enrolled in an educational program that can lead them to job advancement or employment
  • Applicants must be in a position to complete their educational goals within 24 consecutive months
  • The applicants must not be enrolled in a doctoral degree program such as medical, educational, clinical or law

Scholarship Benefits

  • The maximum grant amount is $3,000. Based upon available funds and individual needs, a lesser amount may be awarded to the recipient.
  • The grant money, which is for one time only, can be used to cover expenses like books, transportation, tuition, education-related expenses or childcare.
  • The grant money cannot be used for living expenses, costs of prerequisite courses or to repay educational loans.
  • Grants may be awarded for technical or academic courses.

Application Requirements

  • Application form
  • Eligibility form
  • Letter of recommendation from P.E.O. chapter
  • Chapter’s recommendation form
  • Statement of expenses and income

How to Apply

A prospective applicant is identified by the local chapter and is interviewed to determine the applicant’s eligibility by the chapter’s P.E.O. Program for Continuing Education (PCE) Chairman.

To submit an application successfully, the applicants must perform the following actions:

  • The applicant must view the online tutorials for the PCE application
  • The local chapter PCE portal account has to be set up by the applicant in order to access the necessary forms
  • All the steps outlined in the video tutorials must be completed
  • Online link and instructions are sent to the applicant, once the applicant’s eligibility is established and Chapter Recommendation is completed.

Ten weeks prior to the beginning of the term, the applicants must submit the application requirements electronically. Not more than four months prior to beginning of the term, the applications will be considered. The applications will not be accepted if they are not submitted ten weeks prior to the term’s beginning.

Contact Information

For instructions to submit the application form, visit For more details about the program, check out this link.

Society for Women Engineers (SWE) Re-entry/Non-Traditional Scholarships

The Re-entry/Non-Traditional Scholarships sponsored by the Society for Women Engineers (SWE) assist women in obtaining higher education, through which they can make re-entry into the job market as engineers. SWE offers the BK Krenzer Memorial Re-entry Scholarship, Wanda Munn Scholarship and Olive Lynn Salembier Memorial Reentry Scholarship for nontraditional female students.

BK Krenzer Memorial Re-entry Scholarship

Eligibility: To be eligible for the scholarship

  • Applicant must be a woman, who has been out of school and job market for a period of at least two years.
  • Applicants must be enrolled in computer science in a CSAB-accredited program at SWE-approved institution or an ABET-accredited institution or in an ABET-accredited engineering program, engineering at universities and colleges approved by SWE.
  • A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required.

An award of $2,000 will be granted to the selected candidate. Visit the SWE scholarships page and follow the mentioned instructions to apply for the scholarship.

Wanda Munn Scholarship

SWE’s Eastern Washington Section offers a minimum $1,000 scholarship every year to a nontraditional engineering female student. To be eligible,

  • Applicants must be nontraditional female students, trying to re-enter the job market by obtaining higher education
  • Applicants must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate engineering study at an accredited school
  • Applicant must complete full-time equivalent credits for a period of at least two years at an ABET-accredited school
  • Applicants must reside in the Northwestern United States, which includes Washington, Alaska, Oregon, Idaho and Montana.

An award of $1,000 is given to a nontraditional female student with preference given to Eastern Washington residents. The application requirements are:

  • Completed Wanda Munn Scholarship Application Form
  • Official transcript of the applicant’s grades for the current and/or prior colleges
  • A letter of reference from the applicant’s faculty counselor, head of engineering department or a professor
  • Personal letter of reference from a person who has known the applicant for at least three years (not from the applicant’s relative or family)
  • Professional letter of reference from a community/professional organization or from an employer
  • A 100-to-300-word essay discussing the applicant’s career goals and how the applicant plan to obtain those goals
  • Another 100-to-300-word essay describing the applicant’s major obstacle in life and how the applicant responded and faced it
  • Financial information

The application form can be downloaded from Completed applications should be returned to the chair of the Scholarship Committee:
Sandy Brower
EWS Scholarship Chair
PO Box 364
Richland, WA 99352
Phone: 509 -375-3112 (home)

Olive Lynn Salembier Memorial Reentry Scholarship


  • Applicants must be non-traditional or re-entry students enrolled in any year of engineering school, which includes graduate school
  • Applicant must be accepted in a bachelor’s computer science program at a school approved by ABET or must be enrolled in a bachelor’s ABET/CSAB-accredited computer science or engineering degree program at SWE-approved colleges and universities
  • Upper-class applicants require a minimum GPA of 3.0/4
  • At least for two years, the applicants must be out of school and workforce in the field of engineering or technology
  • Applicants need not have any prior engineering education or experience

An award of $1,500 is awarded to the selected candidate. The application requirements are:

  • Online application form
  • A letter of reference from faculty member
  • Personal letter of reference
  • Financial aid contact

To download the application, visit the SWE scholarships page. For further information, email

Accepted Levels of Majoring For SWE Nontraditional Scholarships

  • Aerospace/Aeronautical Science
  • Petroleum Engineering
  • Architectural Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Material Engineering
  • Computer and Information Sciences
  • Industrial/Manufacturing Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
  • Electrical, Electronics and Communication Engineering

Study Areas To Be Eligible For SWE’s Scholarships

  • Computer science and aeronautical/aerospace
  • petroleum engineering
  • astronautical
  • materials science
  • architectural
  • manufacturing
  • automotive
  • mechanical
  • civil
  • industrial
  • chemical
  • environmental
  • computer
  • electrical

Levels of Enrollment for SWE Nontraditional Scholarships

College freshman, college sophomore, college junior, college senior, Doctoral-level study and Master’s-level study.

Soroptimist’s Women’s Opportunity Awards Program

Soroptimist is an international organization for professional and businesswomen, working towards the benefit of other women and girls. The Women’s Opportunity Awards program is the women’s education project established by Soroptimist, with a mission to support those women who want to attain higher education and training in order to improve their economic status.


  • Women applicants who are the primary source of support for their family, who are enrolled in or accepted for an undergraduate degree program or a vocational/skills training program
  • Residents of Soroptimist’s member countries and territories are eligible to apply, which include United States of America, Canada, Argentina, Panama, Venezuela, Bolivia, Taiwan Province of China, Brazil, Guam, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Chile, Philippines, Colombia, Peru, Korea, Costa Rica, Paraguay, Ecuador and Japan
  • Employees and members of Soroptimist are not eligible to apply.
  • Applicants must not be the previous recipient of Soroptimist Women’s Opportunity Award.

Scholarship Benefits

  • The scholarship amount varies at the local club level.
  • Soroptimist’s 28 geographic regions grant region-level awards for which the local club applicants will be eligible. Each Soroptimist region awards an amount of $5,000 to a first-place recipient. Some of the regions grant additional $3,000 awards. The 28 first–place recipients from the 28 geographic regions will be eligible to receive one of three $10,000 finalist awards.
  • The cash grants can be used to cover any costs which include childcare, books and transportation.

Application Requirements

  • Completed application form
  • Two reference letters from members who are not related to the applicant. To fill out the reference form, click on the link at
  • Demonstration of financial need
  • A 300-word essay stating the applicant’s career goals and how the applicant is planning to achieve those goals through education and/or skills training
  • A 750-word essay describing why the applicant deserves the Soroptimist’s Women’s Opportunity Award

The completed application form must be mailed to the relevant Soroptimist region, where it will be forwarded to a local participating Soroptimist club. For a list of the applicable regions and the email address of those regions where the applications have to be mailed, visit

Contact Information

For more information regarding the eligibility for the program or the application process, contact To download the application form, click here.

Alpha Sigma Lambda (ASL)’s Scholarship for Adult Students

The Alpha Sigma Lambda Adult Education Foundation offers scholarships to encourage adult students to pursue associate and baccalaureate degrees. Throughout the U.S., ASL has over 300 chartered chapters. The scholarships are open to adult/nontraditional students matriculating in an undergraduate program at accredited colleges or universities that are active chapters of Alpha Sigma Lambda national honor society.


  • Applicants must be enrolled in an undergraduate program in accredited institutions that are active chapters of Alpha Sigma Lambda national honor society
  • At the time of application, the applicants must complete at least 30 graded semester hours at the institution
  • Applicants must maintain a GPA of at least 3.2
  • Must be 24 years of age or older
  • Applicants must demonstrate financial need

Scholarship Benefits

Nine $1,700 scholarships will be awarded at the national level.

Application Requirements

Check out the appropriate ASL’s colleges/universities chapters to download the application form. The general requirements are mentioned below:

  • Application form
  • Official transcripts
  • Letters of recommendation
  • A personal statement

Contact Information

For a list of ASL’s chapters by state, visit

Patsy Takemoto Mink Education Foundation’s Education Support Awards

The Patsy Takemoto Mink Education Foundation offers Education Support Awards to support low-income women who are pursuing their higher education or training, especially women with children.


  • Applicants must be women with minor children, of age at least 17 years
  • Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited university or college pursuing a first bachelor’s degree, a technical/vocational degree, a professional/master’s/doctoral degree or an associate’s degree; or enrolled in a GED, skills training or ESL program
  • Applicants must be of low income. For a family of two, the annual income must be less than $17,500; for a family of annual, the annual income must be less than $22,000; for a family of four, the annual income must be less than $26,500.

Scholarship Benefits

Five awards of up to $2,000 will be given to the recipients. The award funds can be used to cover living expenses or school expenses while the recipient is enrolled in an educational program.

Contact Information

For downloading the application form, visit

College Scholarships Foundation Women’s Scholarship

The College Scholarships Foundation offers many types of scholarships, which include scholarships to help deserving women with their education expenses.


The following criteria must be met by the applicants:

  • Applicants must be women and U.S. citizens
  • Maintain a GPA of 3.0
  • Enrolled in a graduate or undergraduate program for full-time

Scholarship Benefits

$500 is awarded annually to a deserving female student.

Application Requirements

  • Online application form
  • Academic scores
  • A 300-word limit scholarship essay. Any of the following questions can be used as the base for the essay:
    • How the applicant’s education plans affected the applicant’s plans to start a family
    • What trends the applicant can foresee for women in the workforce
    • Where does the applicant see herself in 10 years

Contact Information

Go to to apply for the scholarship.

Community Foundation of Sarasota County’s Adult Learner Scholarships

The Community Foundation of Sarasota County provides multiple scholarships for adult learners living along the west coast of Florida.


According to the foundation, adult learners are students who have been out of high school for a long time and are returning to finish their higher education by attending a college or vocational school. The community foundation scholarships cannot be used for graduate school.

List of Adult Learner Scholarships

The foundation’s adult learner scholarships includes the following:

The AAUW Sarasota Branch Scholarship Fund

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) Sarasota Branch Scholarship Fund was established in the year 2000, with a purpose to provide scholarships for the residents of Sarasota County who are enrolled or accepted in an accredited four-year university or college. Preference is given to women returning to complete their higher education in order to re-enter the job market.

The AAUW Sarasota Branch Elizabeth Parker Scholarship Fund

Established in the year 2006, the American Association of University Women (AAUW) Sarasota Branch Elizabeth Parker Scholarship Fund provides scholarships to women who want to finish their education by attending a four-year accredited college or university.

The ABWA Sunrise Chapter Scholarship Fund

The American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) Sunrise Chapter Scholarship Fund was established to support the needy individuals enrolled in an accredited university or college. Preference is given to female residents of Sarasota and Manatee Counties with need for financial aid. Applicants must maintain a high school GPA of 3.0 and must pursue a four-year degree, having a career goal.

The Byourself Scholarship Fund

The Byourself Scholarship Fund was established in the year 2002 to support adult learners in Sarasota County, men or women, who are interested in pursuing a CAN, RN or LPN nursing programs. To be eligible for the scholarship, the applicants must be enrolled in a nursing program at Sarasota County Technical Institute or Manatee Community College. In order to renew the scholarship, the student must maintain a GPA of 2.8. A major criteria for selection is financial need.

The Davis Educational Fund

The Davis Educational Fund was established to offer scholarships to adult learners, residents of Sarasota County, who are interested in pursuing a career in medical or nursing field. Applicants can be men or women enrolled in a vocational training or college in a health-related program. Scholarship recipients are based on the applicant’s financial need and his/her educational goals and objectives towards a career in the health care field.

The George W. and Ethel B. Hoefler Fund

The George W. and Ethel B. Hoefler Fund provides scholarships to the residents of Sarasota County. Based on the applicant’s financial need and commitment towards achieving his/her goals, the recipients are selected.

The Helen F. “Jerri” Rand Memorial Scholarship Fund

Established in the year 2006, the Helen F. “Jerri” Rand Memorial Scholarship Fund offers scholarships for those adult learners residing in Sarasota County, who are interested in pursuing a professional certificate in the field of Hairdressing. Applicants must be enrolled in any of Sarasota County’s accredited beauty schools.

The Sarasota Bay Club Employee Scholarship Fund

Employees of the Sarasota Bay Club are eligible to apply for the scholarships provided by the Sarasota Bay Club Employee Scholarship Fund, which was established in 2009.

James Franklin & Dorothy J. Warnell Scholarship Fund

The fund assists needy individuals who want to pursue a post-secondary education in the field of health care service programs.

J. Clifford W. & Doris E. Davis Educational Fund (1992)

The fund provides health care and nursing scholarships to the residents of Sarasota County. Adults returning to school or recent graduates of high school are eligible to apply for the fund.

Fast Track Educational Assistance Fund

The fund was designed to support the emotional, social, educational and financial needs of non-traditional/adult learner students of Sarasota County. The fund provides scholarships to adult learners who want to lead a career as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA).

Applicants must be enrolled in a Nursing Assistant Program at a Sarasota County Technical Institute or Manatee Technical Institute. Click here to download the application form.

Kerry Heaney Memorial Scholarship Fund for Public Safety of the Nokomis Volunteer Fire Department

Members of the Nokomis Volunteer Fire Department created this scholarship to support the adults and youth who are interested in pursuing a career in EMT, firefighting or paramedic.

The Zonta Fund for Women

Zonta Club of Sarasota, an organization of professional women, created the Zonta Fund for Women of the Community Foundation. The fund provides scholarships and grants to women who are interested in obtaining the training required to start a business or develop the current business that they have.

Application Requirements

The following documents are required to apply for the foundation’s adult learner scholarships:

  • Online application form
  • If the applicant attended the high school within the last five years, official transcript of high school is required
  • If the applicant is currently enrolled or been previously enrolled in a college, the official transcript of the college is needed
  • If available, acceptance letter form the college or vocational school, where the applicant is enrolled
  • If possible, copy of applicant’s financial aid rejection letter or financial aid package
  • ACT and/or SAT scores
  • Applicant’s IRS tax forms. If the applicant’s income is Social Security, the applicant has to submit disability letter for verification
  • Applicant’s Student Aid Report (SAR)
  • One reference letter which must include name of the reference letter writer, the name of the applicant about whom the letter is written, how long the letter writer has known the applicant and description of the applicant’s achievements, character and the applicant’s ability to attain goals.

Contact Information

For questions regarding the foundation’s scholarships, contact the scholarship department at 941-556-7150 or email Visit the foundation’s scholarship page to download the application form. If any problem occurs while downloading the application form, contact

Scholarships and Grants For Women Over 25

For women of age 25 or over who are planning to go to school or college, the following scholarships and grants can help them fund their higher education.

BPW Foundation’s Career Advancement Scholarship Program

The Career Advancement Scholarship Program was established by the Business and Professional Women’s Foundation (BPW), with an intent to provide scholarships to women 25 years of age or older who are interested in finishing their school and advancing their career.

Scholarship Benefits

The foundation awarded more than $6 million in the form of grants, loans and scholarships to over 8,000 women who want to improve their career. The scholarship award ranges from $1,000 to $2,000.

Eligibility Requirements

The criteria to be eligible for the scholarship is as follows:

  • Women 25 years of age or older, pursuing bachelor’s degrees in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) or related fields are eligible to apply;
  • Applicants must be enrolled at an accredited U.S college, school, university or institution and be within two years of completing their degree;
  • Applicants must be U.S. nationals or U.S. citizens;
  • Applicants must demonstrate need for financial aid;
  • Applicants must be in a position to demonstrate their career plans;
  • Applicants must be able to show $2,500 or less in Expected Family Contribution (EFC) on the FAFSA.

Application Requirements

  • Completed application form;
  • Three recommendation letters;
  • Official transcripts;
  • Citizenship proof;
  • Federal tax forms;
  • Proof of enrollment in a program;
  • Student Aid Report (SAR)

Application Process

Interested women must contact the foundation’s Legacy Partners in their local area for more information about the scholarship rules, timings and applications. Visit for the foundation’s list of state and local legacy partners.

Contact Information

To learn more about their scholarships, visit the foundation’s website. For further information, call (202) 293-1100 or email or contact:
Business and Professional Women’s Foundation
1718 M Street, NW, #148
Washington, DC 20036

Elizabeth Pfiffner Debot Memorial Scholarship

The University of Wisconsin Stevens Point (UWSP) established the Elizabeth Pfiffner Debot Memorial Scholarship for nontraditional students. According to UWSP, nontraditional students are students 25 years of age and older, seeking their undergraduate degree.


  • Applicants must be female, single parent, age of 25 years and older;
  • Applicants must be enrolled in an undergraduate program at USWP;
  • The applicants must demonstrate financial need;
  • Applicants can apply for this scholarship multiple times.

Scholarship Award

The scholarship amount varies each year.

Application Requirements

  • Online application form;
  • Applicant’s goals and ambitions;
  • One letter of recommendation

The above-mentioned documents must be mailed to:
Terri Taylor, UWSP Alumni Affairs & Foundation
2100 Main Street, Room 134
Stevens Point, WI 54481

Contact Information

For additional information, contact:

UWSP Scholarship Coordinator
Alumni Affairs
Terri Taylor

Visit their website at to learn more about their nontraditional scholarships.

The Lenice Christine Merrill Eskritt Memorial Scholarship

The University of Wisconsin Stevens Point (UWSP)’s School of Education (SOE) awards scholarship money to those students who are dedicated to the profession of teaching. The university offers the Lenice Christine Merrill Eskritt Scholarship, which was established in memory of the late Lenice Christine Merrill Eskritt.


  • Applicants must be 25 years of age and older seeking graduate or undergraduate degree at UWSP;
  • At least 48 credits must be earned by the undergraduate applicant with declare major;
  • Graduate applicants must earn 18 credits;
  • The applicants must maintain a GPA of 3.00;
  • Applicants must be in a position to demonstrate financial need;
  • The applicant must have dependent children.

Scholarship Benefits

  • For resident undergraduate recipients enrolled full-time, the scholarship awards one semester’s tuition and fees;
  • For the recipients enrolled part-time, the scholarship awards tuition and fees for two or more semesters.

Application Requirements

  • A completed School of Education Scholarship Application form;
  • Copy of applicant’s class schedule;
  • A reference form completed by the university staff, campus employer or faculty;
  • An essay describing the applicant’s background, the purpose of being in the school, how the applicant selected the field of study/major, applicant goals, etc.;
  • Another essay describing why the committee should select the applicant as the scholarship recipient.

How to Apply

All the above-mentioned documents should be mailed to Room 470, College of Professional Studies, 1901 Fourth Avenue, UW-Stevens Point, Stevens Point, WI 54481-3897, before the deadline.

While submitting the application form, the applicants will be asked to select a time to write scholarship essay. The times/dates to write the scholarship essay will be posted online.

Contact Information

For more information, call 715-346-2040 or email To download the application form, visit

Dick Toser Alumni Memorial Scholarship

The University of Wisconsin Stevens Point (UWSP) offers the Dick Toser Alumni Memorial Scholarship to non-traditional students, defined as students who are 25 years of age and older seeking graduate or undergraduate degree.


  • Applicants must be enrolled in an undergraduate program at USWP;
  • Maintain a GPA of 3.2 or higher;
  • Applicants must demonstrate financial need and must have excellent academic performance;
  • At the time of application, the applicants must be enrolled in at least 9 credits

Scholarship Benefits

An award ranging between $400-500 will be given to the recipient.

Application Requirements

  • Completed application form. Check the checkbox for the scholarship you are applying for on the form.
  • An essay describing applicant’s goals and ambitions
  • A letter of recommendation from a faculty member

The above-mentioned documents must be submitted to:
Terri Taylor, UWSP Alumni Affairs & Foundation
2100 Main Street, Room 134
Stevens Point, WI 54481

Contact Information

For further information, call 715-346-4027. Visit to download the application.

The Linda Lael Miller Scholarships for Women

Linda Lael Miller, New York Times bestselling author, personally finances scholarships for women who want to improve their life through education. The program awards scholarships annually to women who are 25 years or older.


  • Applicants must be women who are 25 years or older;
  • Must be a Canadian or U.S. citizen enrolled at a Canadian or U.S. university or college;
  • Employees of Harlequin Enterprises and Nancy Berland Public Relations, Inc., their families and subsidiaries cannot apply for the scholarship

Scholarship Benefits

The program awards $10,000 in scholarships and the number of scholarships that will be awarded will be decided by the committee. The scholarship funds can be used not only for books and tuition but also for other expenses like transportation, childcare, etc.

Application Requirements

    • Completed application form;
    • A 500-word essay describing why the applicant is applying for the scholarship, how the applicant’s educational goals can elevate her and her family’s future, how the applicant want to use the scholarship funds and the amount the applicant is seeking through the scholarship (Maximum amount is $1,000);
    • The recipient must submit proof of enrollment, course work documentation, etc.

Contact Information

The application form and the essay must be mailed to:
Linda Lael Miller Scholarships for Women—2012
7702 Barnes Road, Suite 140-81
Colorado Springs, CO 80922

For more information, contact Deb Korrell at 719-532-9141 or email her at to download the application form, visit

The Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation Scholarships for Mature Women Students

The Newcombe Foundation supports mature women by providing financial assistance to them in completing their bachelor’s degree. The foundation, in partnership with selected universities and colleges, provides scholarships with an intent to promote undergraduate mature women who want to pursue their first bachelor’s degree.

Four-year colleges and universities in New York City, New Jersey, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Washington, DC, are limited to use the foundation grants. The funded universities and colleges distribute the Newcombe grants as scholarships to the selected Newcombe Scholarship recipients enrolled in those universities and colleges.


      • Applicants must be women who are 25 years of age or older
      • Applicants may be enrolled full-time or part-time and must complete 60 credit hours towards their bachelor’s degree
      • Candidates must maintain a GPA of 2.5 or higher
      • Funded institutions can award a portion to those women who are enrolled in post-bachelor’s certification programs or pursuing their second bachelor’s degree, if the candidate proves that a certificate or degree is required to get a job or benefit her employment situation.
      • Individuals cannot apply directly to the foundation for the scholarships
      • Applicants must demonstrate need for financial aid and a standard financial aid form is required at the time of application

Scholarship Benefits

      • The scholarship provides less than the full cost of tuition for the year or semester
      • The scholarship funds can be used to cover eligible costs, which include childcare, internship experience, tuition, academic textbooks, practice teaching or education-related fees.

List of Funded Institutions

Below is the list of the funded institutions granting the Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation Scholarships. Click on the link, which connects to the university or college page with the details of the Newcombe Foundation Scholarship.

Possible Woman Foundation International (PWFI) Scholarships

Linda Wind, CEO of Wind Enterprises, established the Possible Woman Foundation International (PWFI), a non-profit organization, with a purpose to support the older women in need returning to school for a better life. The foundation provides scholarships for women who are interested in returning to workforce by pursuing higher education.


      • Applicants must be women enrolled or accepted in an accredited post-secondary institution
      • Must be at least 25 at the time of application
      • Single or stay-at-home moms are more encouraged to apply

Scholarship Benefits

The number of scholarships and the amount of each scholarship varies every year. The scholarship amount can be used to cover the costs of school tuition and fees.

Application Requirements

      • Application form
      • Proof of applicant’s program acceptance letter or current transcript
      • Recommendation letters

Contact Information

For more information, visit

Scholarships and Grants For Women Over 30

The Adult Students in Scholastic Transition (ASIST) Scholarship

Executive Women International (EWI) sponsors this scholarship to encourage adult students who want to improve their self-esteem through various educational opportunities. EWI Chapters collaborate with local social service agencies and educational providers select the ASIST candidates. Throughout the United States and Canada, EWI has Chapters located in 65 cities.


      • Applicants must be able to define their career objectives and goals and should specify their educational requirements in order to attain them;
      • Re-entry programs available through service groups or career professionals, community agencies and universities/colleges, must be utilized by the applicants;
      • Non-traditional students are more encouraged to apply;
      • Applicant must reside within the EWI Chapter boundaries.

Scholarship Benefits

      • The scholarship award ranges from $1,000 to $2,500 per individual at Chapter-level. Twelve Corporate awards worth $2,500 will be granted annually to the selected Chapter-level candidates;
      • The awards are provided to cover the recipient’s education and related expenses that include books, tuition, childcare and mandatory fees like the lab fees from the school. Other expenses such as travel expenses, rent, repayment of student loans and utility payments are not included.

Application Requirements

      • Recent W-2 Form or federal or state tax return;
      • Two letters of recommendation, of which one letter must be from the (a) applicant’s present or past guidance counselor, employer, teacher or school official, while (b) the other one must be from the individual with whom the applicant has worked on a volunteer or community service activity, through personal acquaintance or religious affiliation;
      • ACT scores or official transcript of grades;
      • Federal financial aid form;
      • Form of the names and amounts of other grants or scholarships the applicant has received;
      • A 750-word essay describing (a) the applicant’s objectives and goals and how further education can help the applicant attain those goals and objectives (b) what makes the applicant deserving of the scholarship.

Each EWI Chapter has its own deadline. While submitting the application form, the applicant must contact their local Chapter to know the timeline.

How to Apply

      • Applicants must apply for the scholarship through their local EWI Chapters. For the list of participating Chapters, visit;
      • To find a Chapter, visit the Chapter page;
      • After being selected at the local Chapter level, the recipients are then given an opportunity to be selected for the Corporate awards.

Contact Information

To submit the application form, contact EWI Corporate Office at 801.355.2800 or For more details about the scholarship, visit

The Leopold Schepp Foundation Scholarship

The Leopold Schepp Foundation grants awards every year to deserving full-time graduate and undergraduate students enrolled in bachelor’s degree programs.


      • Undergraduate applicants must be 30 or younger
      • Graduate applicants must be 40 or younger
      • The applicants must be enrolled full-time and must maintain a GPA of 3.2
      • Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents by law
      • Applicants must travel to New York City at their own expense for a personal interview with the Trustee and Executive Director of the foundation
      • Applicants who applied for a Leopold Schepp Foundation Scholarship previously and were denied are not eligible to reapply for the scholarship award
      • High school seniors can apply for their first year in college

Scholarship Benefits

A maximum award of $8,500 will be granted to the recipient.

Application Requirements

      • A formal written request should be mailed to obtain the scholarship application form. Click here to access the request form.
      • Reference letters from personal associates, academic advisors or deans and employers
      • Official transcripts maintaining a GPA of 3.2
      • Demonstrate financial need
      • Recent income tax returns of the applicant and applicant’s parents must be submitted
      • An estimate of academic resources and expenses must be submitted.

Contact Information

To obtain the application form, the formal request form must be returned to:
The Leopold Schepp Foundation
551 Fifth Avenue
Suite 3000
New York, NY 10176-3201

For further details about the scholarship, visit

Scholarships and Grants For Women Over 35

The Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship

The Jeannette Rankin Foundation established the Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship in memory of Jeannette Rankin, the first woman who was elected to the United States Congress and a proponent of women’s rights. The scholarship provides aid to adult women who want to return to school.


      • Applicants must be women of age 35 and older, with low income;
      • Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents by law;
      • Applicants must be pursuing a first bachelor’s degree, an associate’s degree or a technical or vocational education, enrolled at a regional or ACICS accredited school;
      • Applicants must meet the lower living standards of the U.S. Department of Labor.

Scholarship Benefits

The foundation awards the scholarships every year. The amount of scholarship varies based on the foundation’s resources and recipient’s need.

Application Requirements

      • Application form;
      • Official transcript;
      • Two letters of recommendation

Contact Information

For further information, email or call at 706-208-1211. To download the application, visit

The Shirley Hoden Helberg Grants for Mature Women

The National League of American Pen Women (NLAPW) sponsors awards throughout the year with intent to promote professionalism in music, art and letters and to inspire talented women to pursue their further education.


      • Applicants must be U.S. citizens;
      • Applicants must be women of 35 years and older

Scholarship Benefits

      • An award of $1,000 in each of three categories for music, art and letters;
      • A two-year honorary associate membership in the League will be provided to the recipient

Application Requirements

      • Applicants must provide name, address, city, state, phone number and email details on a cover sheet;
      • Applicants must provide a one-page letter describing their educational goals and information about themselves, which includes the statement: “I AM A CITIZEN OF THE U.S. I was born in (city and state) on (date)”;
      • Applicants must provide details of the college where the scholarship award will be paid, which includes name, street address, city, state, and telephone number of the college;
      • A $10 check must be enclosed payable to NLAPW;
      • Applications submitted through email are not accepted;
      • Applicants applying for Letters: A 3,000-word manuscript must be provided, in any one of these categories: three poems, article, television script, drama, a chapter of a novel, essay or short story;
      • Applicants applying for Art: Three 4″x5″ or larger color prints (no slides) must be submitted: original works on paper, oil, mixed media, watercolor, acrylic, etc. Sculpture: three 4’x6″ or larger photos must be provided. Photography: three 4″ x 6″ or larger prints in black and white or color must be submitted;
      • Applicants applying for Music: two compositions of THREE-MINUTE PERFORMANCE TIME and a separate FIVE-MINUTE PERFORMANCE TIME, must be submitted. CDs are allowed only for this category;
      • Indicate the applicant’s name, address, city, state and phone number details on a cover sheet and send the completed applications to the authorized person below, by United States mail:
        • For Letters: Ms. DeAnn Lubell, 37 Santo Domingo Dr., Rancho Mirage, CA 92270.
        • For Art: Ms. Jo Anne Durham, 4300 Plantation Dr., Fort Worth, TX 76116.
        • For Music: Dr. M.J. “Sunny” Zank, 202, Montford Av. Ada, Ohio 45810

Contact Information

For more information, visit

Sophie Greenstadt Scholarship for Mid-Life Women

The National Council of Jewish Women – Los Angeles sponsors the scholarship, with intent to promote women who want to re-enter or continue school in order to obtain skills, which can lead to financial independence.


      • Applicants must be women 35 years of age or older;
      • Applicants must be residents of or attend school in in the Greater Los Angeles area in California, which includes Orange and Ventura Counties;
      • Applicant can be either single or married, with or without dependent children;
      • Applicants can be college freshmen, sophomores, juniors or seniors.

Scholarship Benefits

The scholarship awards up to $1,000 to the recipients.

Application Requirements

      • Applicants must submit essays related to applicants goals and ambitions, applicant’s personal courage and her commitment towards attaining the goals;
      • Demonstrate the need for financial aid.

Contact Information

Contact the Scholarship Coordinator via email at or call (323) 852-8515 for more details about the scholarship.

Displaced Homemaker Scholarships

Displaced Homemaker Scholarships are offered by The Association on American Indian Affairs (AAIA), a national Indian organization working for the welfare of Alaska Natives and American Indians. The scholarships are granted to those men and women, due to family circumstances, were unable to complete their educational goals.


      • Applicants can be men or women approximately 35 years of age or older;
      • Applicants must be Alaska Native or Native American (continental US tribes), enrolled in their tribes;
      • Applicants can be (a) those who are entering college for the first time due to family circumstances (b) those who want to return to finish their school as they have attended college but kept school on hold and never received their degree;
      • Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited school for both fall and spring semester as full-time students;
      • Applicants can be graduating high school seniors, doctoral students, current college seniors, freshman, juniors, sophomores and graduate students;
      • AAIA does not fund certificate programs or seminary.

Scholarship Benefits

An amount of $1,500 will be given to each of the selected candidates. $750 will be disbursed per semester directly to the college, which can be used to cover educational costs and other expenses, which includes transportation, basic living and childcare expenses. AAIA does not provide summer funding.

Application Requirements

      • Applicant’s student information form;
      • Proof of applicant’s enrollment in his/her tribe;
      • Applicants from federally recognized tribes must submit a copy of Certificate of Indian Blood (CIB), showing a proof of at least 1/4 Indian blood;
      • A three-page essay must be submitted, describing the applicant’s life experiences, such as family, family responsibilities/situations, military, participation in the Native community, faith, clubs, employment, educational & post-graduate goals, tribal/cultural-related activities, sports, and plans to serve the Native community;
      • For the funds to be disbursed for the spring semester, a copy of the spring semester class schedule and fall semester satisfactory grades is required to be submitted by the recipients.

The above-mentioned documents should be mailed to:
Lisa Wyzlic, Director of Scholarship Programs
Association on American Indian Affairs
966 Hungerford Drive, Suite 12-B
Rockville, MD 20850

Contact Information

Contact Lisa Wyzlic at 240-314-7155 or email her at to determine whether you qualify as a displaced homemaker or not. For further information about the scholarship, visit

Royal Neighbors of America (RNA)’s Returning Students Scholarships

Royal Neighbors is a unique insurance firm with a mission to support women who want to improve themselves and their families, provide benefits for its members such as health discounts, scholarships, disaster aid and opportunities to volunteer.

Royal Neighbors helps its beneficial members in attaining their educational goals by providing scholarships. Beneficial members are those who own an annuity or insured with Royal Neighbors of America. The firm provides traditional scholarships for high school seniors and returning student’s scholarships for its members who want to return to college or seek a training program to advance their education or career.

Here is the list of returning student’s scholarships, which are specifically designed for its beneficial members:

New Horizons Scholarships


      • Members of age 18 years or older and who have graduated from high school previously are eligible to apply
      • Members must be enrolled at an accredited university, college or junior college pursuing a degree as a full-time or part-time student

Scholarship Award: Ten grants of up to $5,000, which are non-renewable, are awarded every year to its beneficial members.

New Horizons Leader Scholarship

An amount of $5,000 a year is awarded to an outstanding female candidate for up to four consecutive years. The recipient will be selected from the qualified batch of New Horizons applicants.

Life Enrichment Scholarships


      • Applicants must be beneficial members 18 years or older and graduated from high school who are interested in seeking training in programs that provide skilled training or training for semi-professional occupations in industry and business.
      • The program is not intended for those members who are enrolled in a master’s or bachelor’s degree.

Scholarship Award: Five grants of up to $500 will be awarded annually to the selected beneficial members, which are non-renewable.

Application Requirements for RNA’s Scholarships

      • Royal Neighbors of America (RNA)’s membership is required
      • RNA Chapter number
      • RNA Certificate number

Contact Information

To apply for their scholarships, visit Call (800) 627-4762 to talk with their customer service representative.

Scholarships and Grants For Women Over 50

Talbots Scholarship Program for Women

The Talbots Charitable Foundation offers Talbots Scholarship Program for women, who are interested in pursuing their college degree later.


      • Applicants must be women residing in Canada or United States;
      • Women applicants who are older ranging from 20-60 years of age are eligible to apply;
      • Applicants must have their GED or high school diploma on or before September 2001;
      • Applicants must be enrolled in an undergraduate program at an accredited 2- or 4-year university or college;
      • Applicants must have at least 24 or more credit hours remaining before completing their undergraduate program.

Scholarship Benefits

      • A scholarship of $10,000 or $30,000
      • A Talbots Gift Card
      • A Reinvention Resumé Plus eKit

Contact Information

Visit to learn more about the program.

Osher Reentry Scholarships

The Bernard Osher Foundation sponsors Osher Reentry Scholarships. The foundation was founded by Bernard Osher, who is a community leader and a respected businessman. The foundation offers post-secondary scholarship funding to universities and colleges, especially for reentry students.


      • Applicants aged 25 to 50 who experience a gap of five or more years in their education and want to continue their studies
      • Applicants must be enrolled in an undergraduate program and must be pursuing their first bachelor’s degree in a university or college which receives Osher Reentry Scholarship grant funds.

Scholarship Benefits

Check out the institute website for the grant amount. The scholarship awards are used to cover student tuition fees exclusively.

Application Requirements

      • Proof of financial need
      • Applicant’s commitment towards completing their degree, with good academic progress

Contact Information

Currently 86 institutions in 47 states receive scholarship funding from the Bernard Osher Foundation’s Osher Reentry Scholarship Program. To find out the list of institutions offering the scholarship, visit


  • Reply Tammy Troha July 8, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    I’m a 48 year old who is looking for grants to help go back to school. I do make 68,000 a year, but my boat is loaded already. My husband has lost his job and I’m looking at working full time and going back to something in the medical field. I have already started taking 3 courses. 1. Speech completed 94 average. 2. A&P I have not got finished yet for grade. 3. Music, I have a A in in also.

    Is there any grants out there I could apply for to help me with College.
    Tammy Troha

    • Reply CAROLYN EKUKA July 14, 2013 at 11:39 pm

      You can borrow and get the pell grant.
      I have 97 credits and need 24 to graduate. I do not know what to do. I am so hurt. I worked really hard. I have a 3.21 GPA. I have no money to continue. You are egibile for a certain amount so,I have been told and it has played itself out in front of my face.

  • Reply Abby July 9, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    Dear Talbots,

    I am interested in learning more about talbots schlarships for women 20 to 60 who are going back to college. Please contact me at your earliest convenience. Thank you.

    Abby Suggs

    • Reply Rene' August 5, 2012 at 3:08 pm

      I think you need to contact Talbot’s, rather than Talbot’s contacting you for best results.
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      • Reply Barbara March 15, 2015 at 3:21 am

        I have looked on the talbots web site for information on their scholarship programs, but can not find anything pertaining to a scholarship.

    • Reply Wendy L. Russo February 6, 2013 at 3:32 am


      I am extremely interested in any assistance you might provide regarding my pursuing a career in Medicine. As an older woman returning to College to fulfill a life-long dream, I find myself in need of assistance due to my personal situation. Please contact me when you have updated your scholarship website.
      Thanking you in advance for any assistance you may offer with this most important matter.
      Wendy L. Russo

  • Reply Stephanie P. July 30, 2012 at 2:24 am

    I’m a 54 year old divorced female, who helped to put my son through college. I went to college when my son graduated in order to move into a better position with my company. I carried a 3.7 GPA and received a Bachelors degree in Business Management. I’ve never worked in a field I actually ‘wanted’ to work in, just at jobs to help pay the bills. I’m considering it’s my turn to actually do something I want to do…I’d like to work in the field of Healthcare – where I can actually ‘see’ the rewards of helping people on a one on one basis. Are there any scholarships out there for people like me in ‘part two’ of their lives?


    Stephanie P.

  • Reply Angela C. September 6, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    I am 45 years old and about to complete my BA in Social and Criminal Justice. I volunteer with a domestic violence/rape crisis center. I want to gain my Master’s degree in Criminal Justice so that I can move into a Victims Advocacy paid position. Is there any scholarships or grants that can help me with tuition and expenses? My husband is the bread winner in the family and we have one son (age 12) who still lives at home. We are in the position of having a little too much to be considered low income, but not enough to do anything other than struggle to get by. Can anyone guide me in a direction for financial help with my Master’s degree? Thanks…

  • Reply Kimberly Burleson September 14, 2012 at 1:30 am

    I am in need of some help finding a grant for me to attend school. I have been unemployed for over a year. I have tried to find other ways to get help to go school. I live in California and all the help that is out there is exhausted. I can’t see how I can pay some of the amounts they want to me to pay ( as much as 71,000.00). I am in the process of a divorce after being married for 27 years. I am only temp living with my sister but I feel like a burden. I just want a chance after raising my children and working at job ,one for 18 years, one for 16 years then to get let go after 4 years . I really need help in this dream to go to school to get a job that will help me take care of me.

  • Reply T Traylor September 19, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    Hello I am a 57 year old woman recently divorced that put my family first like helping to put my two daughters through college. Now I would like to go back to school and get a degree in Business Administration to be able to support myself. I actually wanted to go back earlier but it was so much involved with family life I took time out to support my daughter after a near fatal car accident that left her immobile for a year and the death of my Mother and a recent divorce took me backwards. Since then I have been laid off my job I would like a new career. Can someone tell me how to get help on going back to school please.

    • Reply Cindy S. June 2, 2013 at 10:49 pm

      Hello, I am 55 years old, was a single parent and returned to school last year. I’ve been a waitress for 36 years. I solely supported my daughter (never got a penny of support). My first step in returning to school was applying for support at the college I wanted to attend. On the application(s), I was honest about my life thus far. I received a scholarship which paid for some of my classes. I received a Pell Grant and also took out a small loan. I work 3 jobs, drive 225 miles (round trip to school, I have a 1999 car and AAA!) 2-3 days/week, take 5 classes/semester and have a 3.75 GPA. I’m finishing my senior year in 2014! I have 7 classes left for an English/Journalism double major degree. You can do it!! Yes, it takes a LOT of work, but it’s so worth it. I’ll help you any way I am able, just ask.

      • Reply Sarah Grant June 16, 2013 at 10:59 pm

        Hi, that is amazing. It gives me hope. I am getting a divorce after 30 years of marriage. I worked for my husband for the last 12 years and am at a loss as to where to turn. I got job, but it is only $8.75/hr, and I work nights. I don’t know where things will end up as my husband is very irresponsible financially, so I may not have much at all. I am pretty worried, and I am also 58, which makes it hard to start over. Any advice is welcome!!

  • Reply Elizabeth Atkinson March 3, 2013 at 4:00 am

    I am a very intelligent, capable and independent 53 year old widow who would like any information or help with law school scholarships, grants, etc. My degree is in English.

  • Reply Sheryl W. March 9, 2013 at 7:04 am

    I am a 54 year old divorced woman who is in the final months of studying for my first Bachelor’s degree. I am having a lot of trouble getting to the college campus.My car is old and has been breaking down so many times that I cannot afford any more repairs. I am not on any bus line. Is there any such help for me out there? I have a internship I must complete before I graduate and I need transportation. Thank-you. Sheryl W.

  • Reply M. Couillard April 19, 2013 at 9:47 am

    I am 52yr. old grandmother, single and living below poverty level. I work as a ranch manager/horse trainer but wish to go to Equine Dentistry school in Idaho. This will allow me to further my career and enable me to be self supportive, as well as raise my wage earnings from less than $1,280.00 a yr. to approximately $25,00.00 to 35,00.00per yr. The amount needed for tuition, materials and lodging would be $5000.00. If anyone can point me in the right direction I would be most grateful. Sincerely, M. Couillard

  • Reply william m. badillo April 28, 2013 at 4:25 am

    Dear international Donors and scholarships granter.

    i am mr. william m. badillo a college instructor and currently scholarships and financial assistance officer and a career placement sevice officer at kolehiyo ng lungsod ng lipa, lipa city ,batangas philippines humbly ask on how your institution/organization/agency will help our poor and less fortunate but deserving and competent students pursue or finish their college due to lack of financial support, since our college is a free-college education run by the local government of lipa. Our school offers courses b.s in secondary and elementary education major in english, math, science, physical education, sped, psychology and social science, b.s in computer science, associate in computer technology, b.s in business administration major in finance and marketing , b.s in criminology and a.b. communication.
    Still a lot of students stop schooling even no tuition fees at all but due to financial problem they cant afford to continue college . indeed i am knocking at your heart to help our poor but deserving students to finish college through your benevolent and financial support. God bless.

    with my highest esteem,

  • Reply Karen Baker April 30, 2013 at 7:56 pm

    After raising four sons (now ages 12-20), I am finally pursuing my master’s degree in Social Work/ Mental Health Counseling. I have devoted decades to the care of others ( my elderly parents and full time for the needs of my severely disabled son). At age 47, I am at a loss to find a scholarship fund that will assist me in my educational endeavor. Many hours of searching provide few leads. Because college costs are through the roof, I have no idea how I can accrue the massive debt which would follow me for many years.

    Does anyone have suggestions or advice?I really need help to reach this goal so that I can one day professionally help families in need as a counselor.

  • Reply suzy parker May 4, 2013 at 11:55 am

    I am a single mother who works very hard as a Certified Nurse Assistant. However i have big dreams of becoming a Real Estate Broker, I am aware that this takes time and money so if there is anyone out there who can point me in the right direction i would greatly appreciate it. thanks God Bless

  • Reply Virginia Pinnix June 11, 2013 at 12:14 am

    I am a 51 year old woman who has returned to school to pursue my Bachelors degree in horticulture and environmental science. I have one more semester before completing my degree, but have run out of funds. I need 21 credits to graduate December 2013. Classes begin August 2013.

  • Reply cheryl condon June 20, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    I am 47 years old and pursuing a criminal justice associates degree this is my first year in college and I am looking for grants to help cover my college. any help would be greatly appreciated

  • Reply Deborah Alexader July 6, 2013 at 5:44 am

    Dear International Donors:
    I am turning 55 yrs old this Fall. I have raised my children cared for my loving Father (deceased 4/1989). I Home Schooled my youngest for 9 years..he’s now 22yrs. I haven’t worked since 2004 part -time CNA. My focus was to Educate my Son.2000-2009
    I desire to pursue my Nursing Career(ASN-MSN) which I put-off for at least 25 years. I am on disability temporarily and would love to complete at least my ASN before review in 2015, possibly loose my benefits since my medical conditions will have improved by then. I will be able to substantially support my self in a field I have loved and still love for over 30 years. Please help me reach my long awaited goal. I could not afford without your help. My husband and I have been separated since 2011. I earned an Associate Degree in 1978 (Fashion Mdse) at age 19. Things are completely different now and I need a Skill that’s in demand and up-to-date.
    Thank You. Warmest Regards and God Bless
    Deborah Alexander

  • Reply Patricia Bigelow-Wyatt July 28, 2013 at 9:01 pm

    I am a 55 year old disabled veteran who used up my GI educational benefits on getting a Associates Degree in Computer Applications back in the early 1990s. I now am going back to school to get a degree in Humanities, concentrating on social work. My goal is to be able to work within the community helping to steer young families, especially single mothers away from a life of crime and drugs. I have been looking for groups that offer scholarships and grants for a women in my position. If anyone can please tell me where I can apply for help so I can get a degree, I would be really appreciative.

  • Reply sonia M, August 23, 2013 at 3:43 am

    I am 58 year old, I brought my bachelor of social communication, from my country I worked for many years as a teacher . now in order to get my certification in education, I must take a college mathematics, a science courses in order to fulfill the requirements. My school was downside and I am out of work , I thought that could this be the opportunity to take those courses. CI m helping my son with college too.

  • Reply Anne September 28, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    I am 47yrs, I just received my acceptance letter into nursing school. The nursing program I will enter starts spring 2014 and it is an registered nurse diploma program. I have been a stay at home mom since 2009 (The year I became unemployed.) and I already have a bachelors degree. I want to gain new a skill set so I can re-enter the workforce. I would like to know if there is any scholarships available for my situation.

  • Reply monica October 3, 2013 at 10:06 am

    Hello I am a 42 year old woman recently i competed my Accounts Technician Cause of Uganda ATC(U) awarded by institute of public accountant of Uganda ICPA(U) employed but i get $75 per month which can’t pay my children school fees and myself a degree cause yet aim much interest in pursuing a bachelor degree in Business administration . Now I would like to go back to school and get a degree in Business Administration to be able to support myself and get a better Job and advance my career

  • Reply Lorna B. October 24, 2013 at 8:42 am

    I am a mother of 6 from the Philippines. I stopped my studies when my kids started to grow up and go to school. I want to pursue my undergraduate studies but i cannot afford to do it now because of high cost of education in our country.

    I would want to seek assistance if there is any scholarship programs/grants for women over 40 in the Philippines. I use to take up Mathematics but since i am already involve with services, i would want to pursue social work or other related courses.

    I hope there is any organization that provides scholarship with my situation.

  • Reply Bola November 2, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    Hello Everyone,

    Just wanted to say that I feel bad that women seem to get a bad rap after putting up with so much and raising a family. Why do men have to be such jerks? I am proud of all you women that have not allowed these experiences to keep you down, and I am inspired by you. I am 45 years old, and can relate to all these. I pray that we would all find favor with God, and that our sufferings and struggles would not be in vain. I am also in need of information regarding scholarships and grants to better myself. I just completed a BSN in Nursing 2 weeks ago. I also have a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. I had to take time off when I relocated with my family in 2001 to look after my young children. Just went through another relocation a year ago (the children are older now). I would love to have my own nursing practice one day, but I need an MSN to qualify.

    God bless you all and hang in there through it all.


  • Reply Louisa J. Gilani January 28, 2014 at 1:22 am

    I am interested in pursuing a new career in film. I currently write screenplays, but would like to move into film production. I am hoping I might be directed to scholarships for older women. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

    Thanks so much,
    Louisa J. Gilani

  • Reply Karen Hoots January 30, 2014 at 12:42 am

    I am 50 years old and I am lucky if I make $21,000 a year. I did go back to school 3 years ago and received my bachelor degree but I cannot find work in that field now. So, I am looking to go back to a local community college and get my associate degree in; Business Administration-Human Resource Management.

    Can you help?

  • Reply Mrochelle March 19, 2014 at 11:45 pm

    I am a 65 year old who is looking for a scholarship to help me with graduate tuition. I do not qualify for loans. I am also disabled. No one will help. Theology or law.

  • Reply Ruth June 24, 2014 at 7:34 pm

    Hi, I am 58 and trying to go into a career that I like. I am looking for a scholarship, if possible. It is a 8 month program and costs $18,000 plus uniforms and books. Where can I get help ?

  • Reply Alisha Grantham June 30, 2014 at 9:21 pm

    I am 48 female on Pell Grant at Bishop State CC in Mobile, AL for a Computer Informations Systems Management Associates Degree.

    I qualify for Financial, and current GPA is 3.6 cummulative, 3.8 Transferrable

    Can you send me info on any scholarships I may have missed when I searched your site?

    Thank you,
    Alisha Grantham

  • Reply Karen Curry September 23, 2014 at 5:55 am

    I’m a 45 year old woman who is working a full time job, a part-time job, and I dog sit to maintain my current standard of living (I make $34,000 a year, divorced, my son is 25 and lives out of state). I have 18 college credits and want to go back to college (community college, Northlake here in Dallas, Texas). I don’t seem to qualify for anything other than private loans, and I don’t want to do that. What do you do when you’re too poor to pay on your own and too rich for grants and scholarships. I work for an elected official who says he doesn’t put much stock on college, but he has a history of only promoting people who have college degrees, even to the point where he will hire outside degrees rather than promote long term employees with stellar work accomplishments but only high school diplomas?

    Yes, I would get a different job if I could, but I’m still in the same boat, they look past 20 + years of experience for college degrees, even when I’m wiling to take a pay cut to get in.

  • Reply assefa October 16, 2014 at 7:09 am

    I am 39 years old and have BA in Accounting and Business Adminstration. in addition to that I have also MA in Adult education from Addis Ababa University(Government university). now i need scholarship help to continue my additional MA in social scince stim from USA any Universty. for continuing my wish I need support for living and tution fee cost coverage.
    Thank u
    Addis ababa

  • Reply Rosemary October 22, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    Hallow everyone.
    It is comforting and encouraging to know that i am not alone in this journey. I trust that there is always” a rainbow after the storm”.
    My name is Rosemary. I am a 51year old Kenyan , separated woman and unemployed . I dedicated my time in raising my four children who are now adults.
    I hold a BA in sociology and a Dip. in counseling psychology.
    I would like to return to university for a masters program in interactive counseling and psychotherapy. This course will give me the skills i need to open a personal practice, to improve my self esteem and to help others.
    I am in dire need for a scholarship to enable me achieve the above. Please, i need help.
    Thank you.

  • Reply P J Hodes January 9, 2015 at 12:05 am

    i am a 73 year old widow. I can’t live on Social Security. I took care of my Mother and my husband who were both on dialysis till they passed, which took all our savings, then my son came to me for help to go through Cancer for the second time, he passed this last January, then my home was foreclosed an now I am living in my Van. No one wants to hire a woman of my age, even with a BA degree. I want to help others and found a way. I took the first 20 hours at a cost of $300. Of clinical Hypnotherapy, but to go to classes and complete it, will take $7,700 more which I don’t have. This is an approved school by the department of Education, with job placement. This is something I can do to help so many people and I know I can be good at it. This will also help me support myself. I don’t know which scholarships or Grants to apply for, as I was on the deans list in college every semester and was offered a scholastic scholarship to transfer colleges back to Florida my home state. I know I will do well, but I just need some financial help to achieve my goals. Thanks for reading.

    • Reply Sara johanson June 14, 2015 at 4:39 pm

      Several colleges are now waiving tuition for seniors who are 60 years old or older. I’m reading that you are 73. Is that correct, or a typo? I would make an appointment with the advisors in the tuition dept if I were in your shoes.

  • Reply Florina Nyokana January 26, 2015 at 1:06 pm

    I am 53 years old and wishes to further my study. I am the Registrar by profession. I would like to do Human Development, or management studies or Sociology Or Psychology

  • Reply Francis February 21, 2015 at 3:59 pm

    Am Zambian aged 41 wishing to study at Anglia Ruskin college in the U.K. I got an acceptance to Pursue a degree in public Health but the amount I have raised so far is not enough.

  • Reply Seanyea Rains March 13, 2015 at 7:58 pm

    I am 36 years old, a single mom, work full time. I am seeking funds to obtain my Masters in Human Services and two certifications (Gerontology and Nonprofit Management). I can not receive student loans at this time because the loans are not in good stating. I’ve been trying to return to school for five years and been unsuccessful.

  • Reply felekech hailu April 8, 2015 at 7:11 am

    My name is felekech hailu I am an Ethiopian and live in my country I am married with 3 children I am 50 and look for the free scolarship for the time bing I am studing the Hotel managent digree program I have 1st digre at Addis Ababa University in 2002 I complete the 1st semester and my GPA is 3.65 but I can’t contunie my education due to lack of money pls help me ur scolar ship only for US citizin Why is this
    Thank you

  • Reply Shelly April 19, 2015 at 6:52 am

    So far I have discovered that the AARP, Talbots, Linda Lael Miller scholarships have all been cancelled.There really doesn’t seem to be much out there for the over 50 woman.

  • Reply Athan Chilton May 31, 2015 at 11:02 pm

    I’m a 65-year-old woman possibly facing divorce. My income is a pension from the secretarial job I held for 24 years. If I end up having to move out on my own the pension would cover rent and some good but maybe not much else. I get almost no social security income. I am considering a two-year associate degree in something like radiology but don’t see how I can pay for it and be able to live. I’d expect no income from my husband if we divorce, so am wondering if there are any scholarships for people in this situation? My college work (around 60 hours) was way back in the 70s and irrelevant to anything I could do now. I don’t even know if medical facilities would hire someone as old as I would be by the time I completed even a two-year degree! But I could not survive very easily on my own at my present level of income… Any thoughts?

    • Reply Laura December 10, 2015 at 7:10 pm

      I believe you could study for free or for a very minimal amount due to your age. Talk to the school! Good luck!

  • Reply LaDonna B June 4, 2015 at 4:01 pm

    I was scrolling through the scholarships and I didn’t see any particular one that was nursing specific. I am 29 years old and I am currently working as a LVN. I have just obtained my associates degree of arts and would love to pursue my bachelor’s of science and nursing. However I do not want to take out any more loans. I have in my opinion bitten of more than I can chew when it comes to student loans. I just need a little guidance in the right direction.

  • Reply Patricia M. Winbush October 24, 2015 at 6:31 am

    I am a 61 year young single African American female that is in need of assistance in continuing my education. I just graduated in November with my Bachelors degree in psychology and I would like to continue on for my Masters in psychology with a concentration on addiction counseling. I am taking classes now and am in the process of being certified and getting my LADAC/CDAC certification and I am interning at a residential program during the day, as well as holding down a full time job at night. I have already racked up over $40,000 in loans getting my Bachelors and is in great need of assistance. I am not eligible for a pell grant as I have received one in the past when I got my Associates degree years ago and it seems you can only apply for that once. Any information or assistance I can get will be greatly appreciated.

    • Reply Malcolm January 24, 2017 at 4:22 pm

      Greetings! Can you please share what information you have found. Would like to pass along to my mother- Darlene.

  • Reply Felecia December 23, 2015 at 5:18 am

    I am a 54-year-old woman and I would like to obtain a scholarship or grant to obtain a degree in human resources management. I have worked 12 years as a HR/Personnel Assistant; however, I have been laid off for the past nine months and feel that a degree will be beneficial not only to obtain employment, but also to further my career goals. Any help/direction/advice is appreciated.

  • Reply Mica July 18, 2016 at 5:42 am

    I am starting law school at age 55, will be about age 60 when I graduate and hopefully pass the BAR in my state. I received a small scholarship from my law school but no they did not give me free tuition. I will still owe $120k plus loan fees when I graduate and that’s assuming tuition does not increase in the next few years and that I keep my grades up to hold on to my scholarship. I don’t agree with the advice on here that colleges will give women age 60 and up free tuition for course credit is accurate. You may get a slight discount in tuition at age 60 and up but colleges today are in business to make money and it is doubtful they will give course credit for free. That is coming from an older student who may not even get a job offer or much assistance from the Career Counseling Center when I graduate Law School. That’s how it is for the older student. You take all the risk!

  • Reply Corazon September 6, 2016 at 3:08 am

    I’m desiring to go further in my field as lab tech and attaining to be clinical lab scientist or medical technical . I had a degree related to medical aspects. please advise or any organization would extend help me.

  • Reply Elizabeth October 20, 2016 at 7:21 pm

    FYI: The Talbots scholarship is no longer offered ( Too bad! It is really needed; I hope they reboot it soon.

  • Reply Lydia Clark November 14, 2016 at 5:53 pm

    I am currently at a community college finishing an Associates in Film, with the help of scholarships and my Pell Grant. I am trying to continue into a 4 year program to complete my Bachelors in Composition for Film, Television, with a focus on documentary production – especially about women. The Pell Grant alone will not cover the tuition for any of the Bachelor programs and scholarships are mandatory for me to continue. As a professional musician (without the degree), In order to get the jobs that have been offered to me over the last few years, I must have at least the Bachelors. I’m already 61, and incurring a loan at this age would not be a good idea. Since I’m already almost to finish my Associates, I was hoping I might be considered for this program. I have a 3.99 GPA, going to school full time, and will have 64 credits upon graduation. I also work 2 jobs to pay my bills now (teaching music and music director at a church). Would you let me know if I still might be considered for this scholarship. Thank you so much

  • Reply Liness December 6, 2016 at 12:39 pm

    It is real encouraging for these institutions which can give hope to older women to be back to school/college again. I am woman of 51 years and in February I will turn 52. I am single, only child of my parents, educating a son at the university, raising an orphan boy, and older parents. By the time being I am working in a busy mental health department in my country as a psychologist I see the need to advance my knowledge especially in dealing with drugs addiction which is a very big problem at my place so that I could be more helpful to patients but the problem is the fund and I have heightened responsibilities and I earn little, what I can see is, most of the funds available are special for people who reside in certain localities could you please help me to know other organization that will be of help to me?

  • Reply Demetria Housing December 9, 2016 at 4:20 pm

    I am currently enrolled in a 4 year college, however, I am unable to pay for my classes. Any suggestions would be a great help!

  • Reply Karyn Giddens February 22, 2018 at 8:43 am

    Since Fall of 2014, my pursuit is to become a nurse. Because of a workplace injury causing a irreparable cervical disk slip, my dream is lost. As my habit is to plan for the worst, I will graduate with a BAS in Human resource management in May. Yet, it appears hiring personnel are looking at my construction background. This is huge problem, as my abusive former husband, who felt abandoning me and taking all financial resources was a great idea, he works in the construction field. Thus, my work is becoming nothing more than a waste of time. and, BECAUSE OF TAKING PER-NURSING CLASSES, I will start paying back student loans without a decent job. This is a grim future.

    I have little doubt I will not do well on the GRE, yet I have absolutely no financial resource to take the test. I need health insurance and housing.

    At this time, if I could earn a masters in Human Resources or organizational management there are excellent opportunities to use my natural care giving personality. Yet, at age 52 no one wants me. Nor, are there scholarships for woman my age.

    Now what? Although an awful divorce where representing myself has been the only option;. Resilience has been a fortunate asset. But how can I afford to attend rad school. How can I find the resources to attend grad school to earn a masters? This would allow me 23 years a a college professor.
    Truly, I would love to learn overseas.

    With only $750.00 in income per month for the next 18months, with the right funding I could mentor many students. However, as a woman with disabilities, it is more likely that I will be living in the streets rather than becoming the leader that I have been for 30 years.

    Can you offer guidance?

  • Reply Vermel M Brimmer October 13, 2021 at 12:03 am

    Michelle Brimmer

    Hello everyone I’m back in school to complete my degree I’m a work I’m mother.I ‘m seeking scholarships info to match my program in business management.My GPA is 3.5 I have 9 classes to finish.I have exhausted all my financial aid and pell.I would love to learn more scholarships that I could apply for.

  • Reply Liliana fernandez October 13, 2021 at 3:57 am

    I’m a 43 year old single mom. Have lived through the deaths of 2 fiancée’s and am currently enrolled in massage therapy school. I do not qualify for fafsa which my school does take and am looking for scholarships to finish my advanced neuromuscular therapy program. I don’t want to be in debt, it’s hard enough as a single mom living in Los Angeles and paying a mortgage and supporting 2 children

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