Non-Traditional Students

Non-traditional students are classified as:

  • single parents: single moms or single dads
  • adult learners
  • students who didn’t go directly to college after graduating high school or receiving their GED, and who are starting their higher education later in life
  • students who have experienced an interruption in their higher education for some years, and are returning to complete their degree

If you are interested in the following scholarship opportunities, please click the linked website for more information and eligibility requirements. Pay attention to the application deadlines, as they are different for each scholarship!

Scholarships for Women

American Association of University Women

AAWU provides fellowships, grants, awards, and scholarships to women who are preparing to advance their careers, change careers, or re-enter the work force.

The Educational Foundation for Women in Accounting

Scholarships are awarded to women who are pursing accounting degrees at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship honors Anita Borg, who revolutionized the way people think about technology and dismantled barriers that kept women and minorities from exploring computing and technology fields of study.

Jeannette Rankin Foundation Scholarship

In honor of Jeannette Rankin, the first woman to be elected into the United State Congress, the Jeannette Rankin Foundation Scholarship is for low-income women to help them succeed with their technical or vocational education.

Linda Lael Miller Scholarships

New York Times Bestselling author Linda Lael Miller gives scholarships to women to improve their lives through education.

Patsy Takemoto Mink Education Foundation

Education Support Awards assist low-income women with children, who are pursing their education or training.

Philanthropic Education Organization (P.E.O)

P.E.O.’s mission is to promote educational opportunities for women. There are several scholarships, programs, and awards listed on their website.

Royal Neighbors of America Scholarships for Woman

Scholarships are awarded to RNA members to help them reach their education goals.

Society of Women Engineers

The SWE Scholarship Program provides financial assistance to women in accredited baccalaureate or graduate programs, to help them prepare for engineering, engineering technology, or computer science careers.

Talbots Women’s Scholarship Fund

Sponsored by the Talbots Charitable Foundation, this scholarship is given to women who are going back to school to earn their college degree.

Possible Woman Foundation International Scholarship

The purpose of the PWFI scholarship is to give women a second chance to get the education they need to return to school and the workforce. It’s intended for women and/or single or stay-at-home moms who are returning to school after an extended period of time, changing careers, seeking advancement in their current careers

Soroptimist Women’s Opportunity Awards

The Women’s Opportunity Awards help women and/or single moms who are the primary source of financial support for their families.

Scholarships for Single Parents

Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund

Provides scholarships to single parents living in Arkansas.

Denny’s Single Parent Student Scholarship, Hispanic College Fund

Provides need-based scholarships to single parent students of Hispanic background.

George Snow Scholarship Fund (Florida)

Provides scholarships to students in Palm Beach and Northern Broward Counties, Florida. Many different scholarships available, including specific ones for single parents.

Women’s Independence Scholarship Program

WISP’s goal is to help formerly battered women obtain an education that will offer them the chance to attain stable employment, personal independence, and self-sufficiency. The scholarship is intended to help single mothers with young children who are struggling financially with childcare and education costs.

Other Scholarships

Adult Students in Scholastic Transition (ASIST) Program

Executive Women International (EWI) sponsors this scholarship. Applicants may beĀ  single parents, individuals just entering the workforce, or displace workers.

American Legion Non-Traditional Student Scholarship

Applicants must be a member of the American Legion, and a non-traditional student (who is either starting their education later in life, or returning to finish their formal education which was interrupted for several years).

Association of Nontraditional Students in Higher Education

ANTSHE’s mission is to encourage and coordinate support, education, and advocacy for the adult learner.

Community Foundation of Sarasota Adult Leaner Scholarships (Florida)

There are multiple scholarships for adult learners (students who are returning to vocational school or college after having been out of high school for a number of years) living on the west coast of Florida.

Osher Reentry Scholarship

The Bernard Osher Foundation awards this scholarship to students who have experienced an interruption in their education (five or more years), and who want to resume their undergraduate studies to complete their degree.

The United State Junior Chamber (Jaycees) Scholarships

Applicants must be members of Jaycees and between the ages of 18-41, who are planning on returning to school to college their formal education.

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