Non-Traditional, Adult & Returning Student Scholarships & Internships

Obtaining an education is one of the greatest achievements a person can accomplish.

Elizabeth Hoyt

April 11, 2016

Non-Traditional, Adult & Returning Student Scholarships & Internships

Obtaining an education is one of the greatest achievements a person can accomplish. That’s why it’s not unusual for students, after putting their education on hold for whatever reason, decide to return to school to complete their education.

The good news is that scholarship providers recognize this and offer scholarships specifically to such students, because returning to school is an accomplishment in and of itself.

It’s important to note that, in terms of who the scholarships are available to, many of the scholarships refer to college years and do not specify age requirements but are still open to non-traditional, returning or adult students.

Some of the below scholarships, however, have both age and student status requirements.

Additionally, some require certain lengths of time to have lapsed since you’ve been enrolled in school.

For example, if a scholarship is available to a “college senior” or “college junior through graduate student, year 1,” that just means the status you’re currently at or were at when you were last in school.

That means that if you left school after completing your sophomore year of college, for example, you could apply for scholarships available to college juniors because you are going into your junior year of college. “Apply Year” refers to the year you would like a scholarship, so if you’ve completed your sophomore year, you would want a scholarship for a college junior.

Please note: Many of these scholarships are school-specific, so you may not be eligible for all (or, even, any) of the below scholarships. To find a complete list of scholarships you are eligible for, we recommend that you check your scholarship matches frequently and, of course, fill out your Fastweb profile as thoroughly and completely as possible to maximize your scholarship matches!

Check out the following scholarships for non-traditional, adult and returning students:

Adults Belong in College Scholarship

Deadline: 6/01/16
Available to: Ages 23+
Award Amount: Varies

The Adults Belong in College Scholarship is open to students who are enrolled or planning to enroll as full-time students at Murray State University.

You must be at least 23 years of age and have experienced an interruption in your formal education.

You must also submit a short essay/explanation of your life situation for the application process.

US citizenship is required for this award.

Get more information on the Adults Belong in College Scholarship.

Adult Skills Education Grant
Deadline: 6/30/16
Available to: College Freshman through College Seniors
Award Amount: $1,000

The Adult Skills Education Grant is available to adult students who are at least 19 years of age.

You must be a U.S. citizen, have a high school diploma, a GED or pass an Ability to Benefit test and be enrolling in a participating college to be eligible for this award.

Get more information on the Adult Skills Education Grant.

P.E.O. Program for Continuing Education
Deadline: Varies
Available to: Minimum Age 21 Years
Apply Year: College Junior through Graduate Students, Year 3
Award Amount: $2,000

The P.E.O. Program for Continuing Education is available to female students in the United States and Canada.

You must be a citizen of the US or Canada and attend a college or university in the US or Canada.

You must be within 24 months of completing your educational goal and have spent at least 24 consecutive months as a non-student during your adult life to be eligible for this award.

Students in doctoral and professional degree programs are not eligible.

Learn more information about the P.E.O. Program for Continuing Education.

Adult Students in Scholastic Transition “ASIST” Scholarship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshmen through College Seniors
Award Amount: 12 Awards of $2,500

Provided by Executive Women International, the Adult Students in Scholastic Transition “ASIST” Scholarship is open to non-traditional students who are past high school age and entering college for the first time or students who are re-training.

You must demonstrate financial need, be at least 18 years old, and reside in the boundaries of an Executive Women International (EWI) chapter (a complete list is listed on EWI’s Web site) to qualify for this award.

You must also be socially, physically and/or economically challenged and have clearly defined career goals and objectives.

Get more information on the Adult Students in Scholastic Transition “ASIST” Scholarship.

Lifetime Adoption Foundation Scholarship
Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshman through Graduate Student, Year 5
Award Amount: Varies

The Lifetime Adoption Foundation Scholarship is available to birth mothers who have placed a child for adoption any time after 1990.

You must be able to present verification of finalization from the adoption professional that handled the adoption. Women that have placed a child for adoption through Lifetime Adoption Center are given priority.

In addition, you must be drug-free, have a minimum 2.0 GPA, and show proof of part- or full-time enrollment, or intention of enrollment in an accredited educational or trade institution to be eligible for this award. An essay is also required.

Learn more information about the Lifetime Adoption Foundation Scholarship.

Non-Traditional Adult Scholarship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshman through College Senior; Minimum Age 25 Years
Award Amount: Varies

The Non-Traditional Adult Scholarship is open to female adult undergraduate students at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro.

There must have been a five-year break in your education for you to be considered for this award.

Get more information on the Non-Traditional Adult Scholarship.

US Bank Non-Traditional Student Scholarship
Deadline: Varies
Available to: Minimum Age 25 Years
Award Amount: Varies

The US Bank Non-Traditional Student Scholarship is available to full-time, non-traditional students at Idaho State University.

You must be an Idaho resident who is entering or re-entering ISU after a break in your formal education to be eligible for this award.

Learn more information about the US Bank Non-Traditional Student Scholarship.

Senior Adult Scholarship Program – ACHE
Deadline: Varies
Available to: Ages 60 Years and Older
Award Amount: Varies

Provided by the Alabama Commission on Higher Education, the Senior Adult Scholarship Program is available to Alabama residents 60 years of age or above.

To be considered for the award, you must be attending a public two-year post-secondary institution in Alabama.

Learn more information about the Senior Adult Scholarship Program – ACHE.

James E. “Pete” Petersen Scholarship
Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshman through College Senior
Award Amount: $5,670

The James E. “Pete” Petersen Scholarship is open to non-traditional female students at Westminster College in Utah enrolled at least half-time.

You must have a minimum 3.0 GPA to be eligible for this award. Preference will be given to single parents.

Learn more information about the James E. “Pete” Petersen Scholarship.

Marilou B. Wright 68 Scholarship for Non-Traditional Women
Deadline: Varies
Available to: Ages 25 Years and Older
Award Amount: $1,000

The Marilou B. Wright 68 Scholarship for Non-Traditional Women is open to full-time female undergraduates at SUNY Cortland. You must be at least a sophomore who is a non-traditional student and have a minimum 3.0 GPA to qualify for this award.

Learn more information about the Marilou B. Wright 68 Scholarship for Non-Traditional Women.

Fran and David Taylor Non-traditional Student Scholarship
Deadline: Varies
Available to: Ages 25 Years and Older
Award Amount: Varies

The Fran and David Taylor Non-traditional Student Scholarship is available to non-traditional students attending the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

You must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 to be eligible for this award.

Learn more information about the Fran and David Taylor Non-traditional Student Scholarship.

Non-traditional Student Organization Scholarship
Deadline: Varies
Available to: Minimum Age 25 Years
Award Amount: $250

The Non-traditional Student Organization Scholarship is available to non-traditional students attending the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

You must be a member of the Non-traditional Student Organization and demonstrate financial need to be eligible for this award.

Learn more information about the Non-traditional Student Organization Scholarship.

Aaron Bram Medical Students Book Fund
Deadline: Varies
Available to: Minimum Age 25 Years
Apply Year: Graduate Students, Years 1 through 5
Award Amount: Varies

The Aaron Bram Medical Students Book Fund is available to students at the University of South Florida College of Medicine.

You must demonstrate academic excellence and financial need to be eligible for this award.

Preference will be given to non-traditional students.

Learn more information about the Aaron Bram Medical Students Book Fund.

Blanche Good Scholarship
Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Senior
Award Amount: Varies

The Blanche Good Scholarship is available to students at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, College of Education who are non-traditional students interested in multicultural issues who are studying elementary, early childhood or special education.

Learn more information about the Blanche Good Scholarship.

Bernie Jones Memorial Scholarship Fund
Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshman through College Senior
Award Amount: Varies

Provided by the Fond du Lac Area Foundation, the Bernie Jones Memorial Scholarship Fund is available to students from Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin.

Also eligible for this award are non-traditional students attending the University of Wisconsin – Fond du Lac.

Learn more information about the Bernie Jones Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Aaron Bram Medical Students Book Fund

Deadline: Varies
Available to: Graduate Students, Year 1 through Year 5
Award Amount: Varies

The Aaron Bram Medical Students Book Fund is available to students at the University of South Florida College of Medicine.

You must demonstrate academic excellence and financial need to be eligible for this award.

Preference will be given to non-traditional students.

Get more information on the Aaron Bram Medical Students Book Fund.

Bonus Internship!

Adult Ministry Internship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshman through Graduate Students, Year 5 Award Amount: $5,550

The Adult Ministry Internship is available to students who are at least 18 years of age, are U.S. citizens and are currently enrolled in college or a GED program to be considered for this internship.

Intern duties include assisting in the counseling of homeless individuals and those suffering from substance abuse, ensuring the safety of those inside the mission, assisting with food preparation and service, and assisting with the management and maintenance of the building facilities.

Get more information on the Adult Ministry Internship.

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