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ANTSHE no longer provides scholarships, however, the resources below will direct you to some organizations who do provide scholarships for adult students. 

Florin|Roebig Scholarship Opportunity

Florin|Roebig knows how valuable higher education can be, not only in shaping society but in helping young people reach their long-term academic and professional goals. For this reason, we’re proud to announce a scholarship contest awarding $1,500: https://florinroebig.com/scholarship/ First, second and third-place prizes are available through an essay contest, highlighting the upcoming election from the view of a college student.

Other Scholarship Opportunities

Lisa Rowan, former senior writer and on-air analyst at The Penny Hoarder, provides a list of scholarship opportunities for adult students. Read the full article...

1. AfterCollege Succurro Scholarship

Enter to win this $500 scholarship by completing a free profile at AfterCollege.

To qualify, you must be enrolled in an accredited, degree-seeking program (anything from your associates to an undergraduate or a graduate degree qualifies) with at least a 2.5 GPA. Applicants must fill out a quick form and submit a short (200-word), “resume-style” personal statement highlighting their goals.

The deadline to apply is June 30, 2022. Deadline for 2023 not available yet.

2. College JumpStart Scholarship

The College JumpStart Scholarship is open to adult learners and provides a $1,000 scholarship to a student “committed to using education to better [their] life and that of [their] family and/or community.”

Applicants must submit a 250-word personal statement based on one of a handful of required prompts. You should be enrolled in a two- or four-year college or a vocational school, or plan to enroll in the next 12 months.

The fall deadline for applications is Oct. 17, and the spring deadline is April 15.

3. Courage to Grow Scholarship

Any college student (who’s also a U.S. Citizen) with at least a 2.5 GPA may apply for this $500 scholarship that recognizes one winner each month. Applicants must explain why they deserve the scholarship in 250 words or less. The award is sent directly to the winner’s school.

Some previous winners listed on the site mentioned they applied several times before being selected.

4. Dr. Angela Grant Memorial Scholarship

Cancer survivors or students with family members affected by cancer may apply for a scholarship worth up to $5,000.

Applicants must write an essay outlining their personal achievements and career goals, and give two personal references. Undergraduate and graduate students may apply between Jan. 1 (when the application is posted online) and May 1 (the date by which it must be postmarked). This foundation awards between one and three awards each year.

5. HotelPlanner.com Scholarship

Military vets and their family pursuing a degree related to technology may apply for one of these $1,000 scholarships from HotelPlanner.com. The company awards 10 scholarships two times per year. Applicants must submit a 500-word article describing what they plan to achieve with their degree, their financial need, and if/how their military experience sparked an interest in technology.

The fall deadline is Dec. 15 and the summer deadline is Aug. 15.

6. Executive Women International ASIST Scholarship

Executive Women International (EWI) offers the Adult Students in Scholastic Transition (ASIST) scholarship to women and men looking to improve their economic outlook through education. Applicants must apply through their school’s chapter. Qualified applicants move to a national round where EWI awards 13 scholarships ranging from $2,000 to $10,000.

The application period opens each January.

EWI gives preference to applicants facing economic, social, or physical challenges.

7. Imagine America Adult College Grants

Adult students attending or enrolled in an eligible Adult Skills Education Program (ASEP) can apply for a $1,000 award from the Imagine America Foundation.

Interested students must complete the National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT) Student Success Assessment before submitting their application.

8. Niche “No Essay” Sweepstakes Scholarship

Set up a free Niche account to enter this monthly sweepstakes with a $2,000 cash prize. This scholarship is open to all high school seniors, college, or graduate students who plan to enroll within the next 12 months. The scholarship can be used to cover any education related expenses including tuition, books, or even housing.

New winners are selected every month and there’s no limit to how many months you can apply throughout the year!

9. Return 2 College Scholarship Program

Anyone 17 and up who is starting college in the next year or is already enrolled can apply for this $1,000 scholarship.

You must submit a three-sentence essay that explains why you are getting your degree. If three sentences doesn’t seem like enough, no worries — you can submit up to 12 entries to more fully explain your academic goals. Awardees can use the scholarship toward any level degree.

The deadline to apply is Sept. 30.

10. ‘Scholarship Detective’ Launch Scholarship

This scholarship search engine offers two annual $1,000 scholarships to raise awareness about their free online service, which helps students of all ages find scholarships based on eligibility requirements.

The application shouldn’t take you long to complete, with the longest section requiring a 140 character (between 20 and 40 words) explanation of how you plan to use the scholarship money. The deadline to apply is Aug. 31.

11. SuperCollege Scholarship

Any student pursuing higher education or planning to start may enter this annual random drawing for $1,000 — only incomplete applications will be disqualified. The winner may use the money for tuition, books or any other education-related expense.

The deadline for the next scholarship is June 30, 2022. Details for 2023 not released yet.

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12. Unigo $10K Scholarship

If you’re enrolled in college or plan to be, you can apply for this $10,000 award. Applicants must write a 250-word essay on the following topic: ‘Would you rather be smart, funny or rich? Why?’

The deadline is Dec. 31, and winners will be announced in March. Visit Unigo for a list of the website’s other scholarships. There’s something for everyone, and the essay requirements are usually brief!

13. Single Parent Scholarships

For any adult student who’s also the sole provider for a child—you might want to check out this list of Single Parent Scholarships on Scholarships.com. These opportunities range in value from $1,000 to $20,000, with application deadlines throughout the year.

Not a single parent? Use Scholarships.com to find out which scholarships you may be eligible for anyway.

14. Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund

Low-income women 35 and older who are working on a technical or vocational education, an associate degree or their first bachelor’s degree are invited to apply for this scholarship fund.

The application cycle is open from November until February.

15. PEO Program for Continuing Education Scholarship

PEO offers a maximum $3,000 grant to a female adult student in the United States or Canada whose educational journey has been interrupted.

The need-based grant is open to any woman who has had at least 24 consecutive months as a non-student sometime in her adult life and is within 18 consecutive months of completing her degree.

Applicants must do an interview at the chapter level to qualify. Contact your local chapter to apply.

16. Society of Women Engineers Scholarship

Women studying full-time for their bachelor’s or master’s degree in engineering, technology, or computer science may apply for various scholarships from the Society of Women Engineers (SWE).

Adult students and re-entering students who have been out of school for a minimum of two years prior to the beginning of the current course of study can apply. The scholarship is available to full- and part-time students entering any year, including graduate school.

Sophomores through graduate students typically apply between December and February, while first-year students apply between March and May.


Check out these additional scholarship opportunities provided by Accredited Schools Online...

 The Chamberlain Family Graduate Scholarship – Amount Varies

Sponsoring Organization: Colorado State University
Application Deadline: Varies

Colorado State University offers this scholarship to Non-Traditional graduate students at its College of Health and Human Sciences. Applicants must have a least a 3.0 grade point average to be eligible.

Single Parents

 Ann and Peter Ziegler Scholarship – Amount Varies

Sponsoring Organization: Central New Mexico Community College
Application Deadline: Varies

Central New Mexico Community College provides this scholarship to single mothers who plan to transfer to a liberal arts program at a four-year college. Applicants are required to have at least a 3.0 grade point average to be eligible.

 Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship – Amount Varies

Sponsoring Organization: Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund
Application Deadline: Varies

Arkansas single parents who have at least 50 percent physical custody of their child are eligible to receive this award. Students must be below the federal poverty level and have a high school diploma or GED to apply.

 Cathy G. Sultan Scholarship – Up to $2,000

Sponsoring Organization: University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Application Deadline: Mid-April

Custodial parents of dependent children who attend the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire can receive this scholarship.

 Frank Kennedy Vernoy Scholarship – $1,000

Sponsoring Organization: Westminster College
Application Deadline: Varies

Non-Traditional students who attend Westminster College at least half time can apply for this scholarship. They must be single parents and have at least a 3.0 grade point average to win the award.

 Platt Cline Scholar Award – Amount Varies

Sponsoring Organization: Northern Arizona University
Application Deadline: Early March

Single parents at Northern Arizona University who maintain a 3.0 grade point average are eligible to receive this scholarship.

 Stanwood Democrats/Delores Haglund Jones Memorial Scholarship – $1,000

Sponsoring Organization: Stanwood-Camano Area Foundation
Application Deadline: Mid-July

This scholarship is available to single parents who are at least 21 years old.

 Steven K. Wright Scholarship – $500

Sponsoring Organization: Westminster College
Application Deadline: Varies

Single parents at Westminster College can receive this award if they have at least a 3.0 grade point average and prove financial need.

Specific Majors

 American Business Women's Association Unity Chapter Education Scholarship – Amount Varies

Sponsoring Organization: Battle Creek Community Foundation
Application Deadline: Varies

Female business majors who live in Calhoun County, Michigan can receive these scholarships. Students are required to have at least a 2.50 grade point average.

 Conservation of Natural Resources Scholarship for Non-Traditional Students – $1,000

Sponsoring Organization: Kentucky Association of Conservation Districts Auxiliary
Application Deadline: Varies

Non-Traditional students who are interested in studying agriculture and natural resources can receive this award.

 Judy Hagen-Coulter Memorial Scholarship – $1,000

Sponsoring Organization: Westminster College
Application Deadline: Varies

Non-Traditional students who are majoring in business or social science are eligible for this award from Westminster College. Applicants must be a sophomore, junior, or senior with a minimum 3.0 grade point average.

 Margaret B. Hanson Memorial Scholarship – Amount Varies

Sponsoring Organization: Colorado State University
Application Deadline: Varies

This scholarship is for human development and family studies majors at Colorado State University.

 Ragsdale-Johnson Scholarship Fund – Amount Varies

Sponsoring Organization: University of Arkansas
Application Deadline: Mid-February

Students who are enrolled in the university's engineering school or arts and sciences school can apply for this funding.

 Rodney and Patricia Westveer Scholarship – $1,700

Sponsoring Organization: Calvin College
Application Deadline: Early February

This award is for education majors who are minorities with at least a 3.0 grade point average. This scholarship can be renewed provided students maintain their GPA.

 Roger P. Hill Scholarship – Amount Varies

Sponsoring Organization: University of North Carolina Wilmington
Application Deadline: Varies

The University of North Carolina Wilmington offers this scholarship to juniors and seniors majoring in business.

 Sophia Fairchild Academic Scholarship – Amount Varies

Sponsoring Organization: University of North Texas
Application Deadline: Early March

To receive this award from the University of North Texas, students must major in audiology, rehabilitation counseling, industrial-organizational psychology, speech-language pathology, or counseling psychology. Students should have at least a 3.50 grade point average.

 The Donald E. and Esther L. Harbison Pingree Park Scholarship – Amount Varies

Sponsoring Organization: Colorado State University
Application Deadline: Varies

Colorado State University awards this scholarship to Non-Traditional students who are in a major related to family and consumer sciences.

 Adult Students in Scholastic Transition Scholarship – $2,000 to $10,000

Sponsoring Organization: Executive Women's International
Application Deadline: Varies

This award is given to women who are economically, socially, and physically disadvantaged.

 Arizona BPW Foundation Scholarships – $1,500

Sponsoring Organization: Arizona Business and Professional Women's Foundation
Application Deadline: Early April

This scholarship is for women 25 years old and over who want to return to college to advance in their careers.

 Dr. Wynetta A. Frazier "Sister to Sister" Scholarship – $500

Sponsoring Organization: National Hook-Up of Black Women, Inc.
Application Deadline: Early March

African-American women can receive this scholarship if they are continuing their education after a life situation disrupted their ability to attend college.

 Emerge Scholarships, Inc. – $2,000 to $5,000

Sponsoring Organization: Emerge Scholarships, Inc.
Application Deadline: Varies

Women who are at least 25 years old can receive this award.

 Ironton Child Welfare Club Scholarship – Amount Varies

Sponsoring Organization: Ohio University
Application Deadline: Varies

Women at Ohio University can receive this funding if they live in Lawrence County. Students must have at least a 2.50 grade point average and demonstrate financial need.

 Jeannette Rankin Women's Scholarship Fund – $2,500

Sponsoring Organization: Jeannette Rankin Foundation
Application Deadline: Early March

This scholarship is for low-income women who are at least 35 years old.

 Judy Wendland-Young College Scholarship – Up to $20,000

Sponsoring Organization: University of California, Berkeley
Application Deadline: Varies

Women who are 35 years old and over can qualify for this scholarship.

 Re-entry Women Scholarship – $1,800

Sponsoring Organization: American Association of University Women
Application Deadline: Early March

Women in north San Diego County who are at least 23 years old can receive this scholarship from the American Association of University Women.

 Return to Learning Scholarships – $2,500

Sponsoring Organization: American Association of University Women
Application Deadline: Early April

This scholarship is for women who are continuing college after a long interruption. It is available to Illinois residents in Wheaton, Glen Ellyn, Villa Park, Addison, Oakbrook Terrace, Glendale Heights, and Lombard.

 Women's Independence Scholarship Program – Amount Varies

Sponsoring Organization: Women's Independence Scholarship Program
Application Deadline: Varies

This funding is provided to women who are survivors of intimate partner abuse.

 

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