Getting your education is a worthwhile endeavor at any age. That’s why you may be looking into going back to college after time spent off working or raising a family—or both. Completing your education is a worthy goal.
Schools and organizations that provide scholarships understand that returning to school is not easy. It is an accomplishment, and many groups seek to make it easier for you to finish your education, either online or on campus, without incurring massive student debt.
[Online degree programs and professional certificates offer flexible education options.]
Get started with this list of college scholarships for adult learners that have open applications:
- Adult Learner’s Scholarship – USC Upstate: $ Varies; Deadline: Varies
This scholarship is sponsored by the University of South Carolina Upstate. It is available to adult (non-traditional) students only. You must be 25 years old or older to apply. You must enroll for six credit hours or more, and should be returning to college after a five-year or longer absence, or in pursuit of your first bachelor’s degree, to qualify.
- Alabama Senior Adult Scholarship Program: Free Tuition; Deadline: Varies
This free tuition program is for people 60 years of age or older. You must meet the requirements for admission and attend a public post-secondary school in Alabama. This scholarship is awarded by the Alabama Commission on Higher Education.
- Altrusa Bettie McEwen Scholarship: $500; Deadline: Varies
The Bettie Weir McEwen Scholarship honors Bettie McEwen, who was once an Altrusa International Club leader, back when most leaders in civic affairs were men. Her estate made a gift of $75,000 for the scholarship fund. This award may be used by adult students not only for tuition, but also for fees and books, at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
- America Heart Association Go Red Multicultural Fund: $2,500; Deadline: 12/31/15
The American Heart Association cares about women’s heart health. They created this fund to reach out and help women with diverse backgrounds to return to school after a period of absence.
- College America Adult Student: $ Varies; Deadline: Varies
From first time students to entrepreneurs, from parents to professionals, CollegeAmerica is likely to have an adult scholarship that covers you.
- Fran and David Taylor Non-traditional Student Scholarship: $ Varies; Deadline: Varies
This scholarship is available to students at 25 years of age or older. You must have a GPA of 2.5 or better and attend the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
- Jefferson College MO Senior Citizen Scholarship: Free Tuition; NO Deadline
Applications are accepted year-round for this scholarship. When you apply, simply pay a non-refundable, one-time $25 fee for application to Jefferson College. Adult students are encouraged to apply and you must provide proof of your age with a driver’s license or birth certificate.
- Kaplan University Scholarships for Online and Campus Learners: up to $8,500; Deadline: Varies
Kaplan University offers a number of scholarships for adult students to earn their degrees online or at one of Kaplan University’s 15 campus locations around the country.
- Katheryne Levis McCormick Adult Scholarship: Varies; Applications start 10/1/15
This scholarship is awarded at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. You must be an adult, and can be returning to school or attending university for the first time. You may have already earned a bachelor’s degree and return to complete a second. Minimum age is 25 years.
- Marilou B. Wright 68 Scholarship for Non-Traditional Women: $1,000; Deadline: Varies
This scholarship is available to adults 25 years of age or older. You must be returning as a female, full-time undergraduate at SUNY Cortland. Your GPA must be 3.0 or higher in order to qualify.
- Martin Luther King Inherit the Dream Scholarship: up to full tuition; Deadline: 12/2/15
From Davenport University, this scholarship encourages adult students who are involved in supporting inclusion and diversity in community service to return to school and put their valuable experience to work.
- Ohio State University Career Development Grants: $ Varies; Applications accepted August 1–December 15.
Ohio State Career Development Grants provide scholastic funding to adult women who already have a bachelor’s degree and who are preparing for a career change or advancement in their current career. You will be given primary consideration if you are pursuing your first advanced degree or if you are a woman of color.
- P.E.O. Program for Continuing Education; $2,000; Deadline: Varies
Adults over the age of 21 may apply for this scholarship. This program is intended for adult female students who return to school in the US or Canada.
- Walmart Associate Scholarship; up to $1,500; Deadline: Varies
This award is available to associates of Walmart and Sam’s Club stores and offices in the United States. It is based on genuine financial need, and voluntary involvement in your community.
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Pyper Barnes is a Junior Finance Major at the University of Alabama. Pyper is the owner of WeirdScholarships. WeirdScholarships.net is a website dedicated to helping students find unique and interesting scholarship opportunities.