Scholarships for Women Returning to College

If you’re a non-traditional or returning female student, these scholarships can help you achieve your educational goals.

Elizabeth Hoyt

December 14, 2016

Scholarships for Women Returning to College

More education is always a good idea. And, regardless of the reasoning behind your decision to take a break from school or to return, there are scholarships to help you hop back on the educational track.

These organizations, schools and programs help support women who have the goal of returning to college.

If you’re a non-traditional or returning female student, these scholarships can help you achieve your educational goals:

Empowering Women Through Technical Education Scholarship

Deadline: 12/30/16
Available to: College Freshmen
Award Amount: $1,000

The Empowering Women Through Technical Education Scholarship is available to female students who have completed career training from the Wayne County Schools Career Center (WCSCC), WCSCC/Adult and Community Education, or WCSCC/ABLE. Preference is given to students enrolled or enrolling at Ohio State University – Agricultural Technical Institute (OSU-ATI). You must have minimum GPA of 3.0 if you are a high school senior and minimum GPA of 3.50 if you are an adult student to be eligible for this award.

Learn more about the Empowering Women Through Technical Education Scholarship.

Dr. Julianne Malveaux Scholarship

Deadline: 3/01/17
Available to: College Sophomores through College Juniors
Award Amount: Varies

The Dr. Julianne Malveaux Scholarship is available to African – American female students majoring in journalism, economics, or a related field. You must have a minimum 3.0 GPA to be eligible for this award. You must also submit a 1000 – word essay on the following topic: Your Career Plans and their Relevance to the Dr. Julianne Malveaux Program Theme: “Black Women’s Hands Can Rock the World.”

Learn more about the Dr. Julianne Malveaux Scholarship.

Mary Macon McGuire Scholarship

Deadline: 3/15/17
Available to: College Freshmen through College Seniors
Award Amount: 2 Awards of $2,500

The Mary Macon McGuire Scholarship is available to female students who are returning to school to upgrade their education and employment skills so as to better provide for their families. You must reside and attend school in Virginia and be the head of your household to be eligible for this award.

Learn more about the Mary Macon McGuire Scholarship.

Soroptimist Live Your Dream Awards

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshmen through College Seniors
Award Amount: $10,000

The Soroptimist Live Your Dream Awards (formerly the Women’s Opportunity Awards) is available to women entering or enrolled in vocational or undergraduate education. You must be the primary financial support for your family and demonstrate financial need. You must demonstrate motivation to achieve your educational and career goals. You must reside in of the Soroptimist International of the America’ member countries or territories to be eligible for this award.

Learn more about the Soroptimist Live Your Dream Awards.

Dr. Blanca Moore-Velez Woman of Substance Scholarship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshmen through College Seniors
Award Amount: Varies

The Dr. Blanca Moore-Velez Woman of Substance Scholarship is available to African – American female undergraduate students. You must be at least 35 years of age and have a minimum 3.0 GPA to be eligible for this award. You must also submit a 500 – word essay on the following topic: “Challenges to the Mature Student and How I Overcame Them.”

Learn more about the Dr. Blanca Moore-Velez Woman of Substance Scholarship.

Jeannette Rankin Foundation Scholarship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshmen through College Seniors
Award Amount: Varies

The Jeannette Rankin Foundation Scholarship is available to female students who are age 35 or older. You must be a low – income student pursuing a technical / vocational education, associate’s degree, or first bachelor’s degree at a regionally or ACICS accredited school to be eligible for this award.

Learn more about the Jeannette Rankin Foundation Scholarship.

ASIST Scholarship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: Non-traditional College Freshmen through College Seniors
Award Amount: 13 Awards from $2,000-$10,000

The ASIST Scholarship is available to non-traditional students who are 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 within the boundaries of an Executive Women International chapter to be eligible for this award. You must also be socially, physically, and / or economically challenged and have clearly defined career goals and objectives.

Learn more about the ASIST Scholarship.

Bernie Jones Memorial Scholarship Fund

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshmen through College Seniors
Award Amount: Varies

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 about the Bernie Jones Memorial Scholarship Fund.

AAUW-Greater Naples Branch Scholarship

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

The AAUW-Greater Naples Branch Scholarship is available to female students who are at least 21 years of age. You must be currently enrolled at an accredited institution, be a resident of Collier or Southern Lee County and demonstrate financial need to qualify for this award.

Learn more about the AAUW-Greater Naples Branch Scholarship.

Nancy Yates Eby Scholarship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshmen through College Seniors
Award Amount: Varies

The Nancy Yates Eby Scholarship is available to female students attending Baker College of Flint. You must be a single mother and have a minimum 3.0 GPA to be eligible for this award. Preference is given to marketing majors.

Learn more about the Nancy Yates Eby Scholarship.

Columbus Business and Professional Women’s Scholarship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshmen through College Seniors
Award Amount: Varies

The Columbus Business and Professional Women’s Scholarship is available to female students at least 25 years of age who have been residents of Bartholomew County for at least one year. You must be attending an accredited post- secondary institution to be eligible for this award.

Learn more about the Columbus Business and Professional Women’s Scholarship.

Women and Leadership Program, Panama City

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

The Women and Leadership Program, Panama City is open to female students from around the world who are interested in participating in a four-week program in Panama City, Panama, that includes: university courses, cultural activities and community service. Prospective students are evaluated based on the quality of application and may be contacted for an interview.

Learn more about the Women and Leadership Program, Panama City.

P.E.O. Program for Continuing Education

Deadline: Varies
Available to: Non-traditional College Juniors 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 about the P.E.O. Program for Continuing Education.

Adult Skills Education Grant

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshmen 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.

Learn more about the Adult Skills Education Grant.

Executive Women International, Chattanooga Chapter, Adult Students in Scholastic Transition (ASIST) Scholarship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: Non-traditional/Returning College Freshmen through College Sophomores
Award Amount: Varies

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Learn more about the Executive Women International, Chattanooga Chapter, Adult Students in Scholastic Transition (ASIST) Scholarship .

Executive Women International Scholarship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: Non-traditional/Returning College Sophomores
Award Amount: $2,104

The Executive Women International Scholarship is open to sophomores at Boise State University. To be considered for the award, you must be majoring in business, demonstrate financial need, be a non-traditional student and be a resident of Ada or Canyon Counties (Idaho).

Learn more about the Executive Women International Scholarship.

Executive Women International – Rochester Chapter Scholarship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: Non-traditional/Returning College Sophomores
Award Amount: Varies

The Executive Women International – Rochester Chapter Scholarship is available to continuing students at Rochester Community and Technical College. This scholarship is awarded to students with financial need, social or physical disadvantages, displaced homemakers, and heads of household with small children and at-risk adults.

Learn more about the Executive Women International – Rochester Chapter Scholarship.

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