Financial Aid Resources for Adult Learners

General Scholarship Information  

MTSU Financial Aid and Scholarships

Federal Student Aid

ScholarshipHelp

is a website that explains how college funding works, the types of scholarships available, how to find them and how to apply for them. www.mycollegescholarship.org


Specific Scholarships for Adult and Non-traditional Students

Non-traditional and Military Students (and families)

AAIA Displaced Homemaker Scholarship

In the 1980’s, recognizing the unique needs of older students who have put off their education to raise a family, AAIA began the Displaced Homemaker Scholarship to assist men and women who are attending school for the first time or returning to school to complete their education after taking a break to raise their family. Single parent students, parent students who have worked in a particular field and have lost a job due to downsizing, or parent students who and are seeking additional education so that they may better provide for their family are also considered.
Students self-identify by including information about their previous and/or current family responsibilities in their essay. This scholarship is generally awarded to students who are over 30 years of age with either school aged children or children who are attending college themselves. 
https://www.indian-affairs.org/scholarships.html 

Charles R. Ford Scholarship

One (1) scholarship awarded annually of $3000. Must be U.S. citizen, possess academic potential and leadership qualities and show financial need. To receive an application, send $10 application fee and self-addressed stamped envelope by February 1st. Recipient must attend a university, a four-year college or a two-year college, must be a US citizen, must be between the ages of 18 and 40, and be affiliated with the Jaycees. 
https://www.petersons.com/scholarship/charles-r-ford-scholarship-111_161143.aspx#/sweeps-modal

Kazimour Scholarship

Dr. Kim Kazimour and ANTSHE (Association of Nontraditional Students in Higher Education) sponsor the annual Kazimour Scholarships. The purpose of ANTSHE Scholarships is to assist nontraditional students in their college education. ANTSHE awards scholarships in varying amounts each academic year. Applicants are required to be enrolled full-time or plan to enroll for the academic year at an accredited college or university in a four-year undergraduate program of study. For 20 years, the Association for Non-Traditional Students in Higher Education has been awarding scholarships to motivate and committed non-traditional student members of the organization.  Applicant must be an ANTSHE member.  http://www.myantshe.org/Kazimour-Scholarship

The Non-Traditional Student Scholarship

Getting a job or staying competitive in today’s workplace involves showing employers you have the skills and experience to get the job done. In many cases, returning to college is a must. The American Legion Auxiliary's goal is to do all we can to make that happen, and that’s what the Non-Traditional Student Scholarship is all about. This scholarship helps people who are part of The Legion Family pursue a college degree later in life or allow them to pick up where they left off when their studies were interrupted. If you’re at this place in life, this may be the right scholarship for you. One $2,000 scholarship is awarded annually per Auxiliary geographic division. Applicant may be pursuing training in a certified, trade, professional, or technical program, or a two-year or four-year degree program.
Scholarship Deadline: March 1 of each calendar year  https://www.alaforveterans.org/Scholarships/Non-Traditional-Student-Scholarship/

Royal Neighbors of America

RNA's "nontraditional" scholarship program provides educational support to members who don't fall into the usual college age range. New Horizons Scholarships -Ten – one-time grants up to $5,000 each year are awarded annually to help members age 18 and older who have previously graduated from high school pursue a degree at an accredited college or university. This can also be used toward an advanced degree such as a Masters or Ph.D. New Horizons Leader Scholarship - One – 4-year renewable scholarship worth up to $20,000 ($5,000 each year) is awarded annually to the most outstanding female from the pool of qualified New Horizons applicants.  Life Enrichment Scholarship - Five non-renewable grants of up to $500 are awarded annually to members age 18 and older who have previously graduated from high school and who have a desire to continue their education through short-term courses to provide training for semi-professional occupations in business and industry or programs to provide skilled training.
http://www.royalneighbors.org/more-than-insurance/scholarships

The Wal-Mart Higher REACH Scholarships

These are awarded to non-traditional students who have been employed by Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. for at least six months prior to application due date. Winners may receive up to $2,000 payable over one year (award amount varies depending on part-time or full-time enrollment).To be eligible for the program, candidates must be able to identify their career goals and objectives along with meeting the necessary educational and financial requirements.*
http://www.walmartfoundation.org/wmstore/goodworks/scripts/index.jsp


Scholarships List for Adult and Non-traditional Students:  Awards for Women

Career Advancement Scholarship

The BPW Foundation created the Career Advancement Scholarship Program to award financial assistance to disadvantaged women who want to further their education. Recipients must be U.S. citizens; 25 years of age or older who are within two years of completing their bachelors degree; and pursing a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in the fields of science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM)—or a related field.  
http://bpwfoundation.org/bpw-in-your-community/career-advancement-scholarship/

EFWA (Accounting) Women in Transition (WIT) Scholarship

This scholarship is designated for a woman who is the primary source of support for her family and is enrolling as an incoming freshman to earn a Bachelors degree in Accounting. It is awarded for up to $16,000 over four years as determined by the Board of Trustees and will be renewed annually upon completion of satisfactory course work as evidenced by a 3.0 GPA.
http://www.efwa.org/scholarships_undergraduate.php

EFWA (Accounting) Women in Need (WIN) Scholarship

This scholarship is for a woman who is the primary source of support for her family and is completing her sophomore year of academic pursuit to earn a Bachelors degree in Accounting. It is awarded in the amount of $2,000 per year for two years and will be renewed for the second year upon completion of satisfactory course work as evidenced by a 3.0 GPA.
http://www.efwa.org/scholarships.php

Jeannette Rankin Foundation

Awards grants to low-income women (over the age of 35) who have a vision of how their education will benefit themselves, their families, and their communities. The JRF grants are for $2000 and will be awarded in the fall. The funds are not limited to just tuition expenses, but can also be used for books, supplies, transportation, childcare, or any other living expenses.
http://rankinfoundation.org/

P.E.O. Program for Continuing Education

The P.E.O. Program for Continuing Education (PCE) is intended to provide one-time need based grants to women who are citizens or legal permanent residents of the United States or Canada for use in completing a degree or certification necessary for improving or gaining skills leading to employment. The maximum grant is $3,000.                                                           
http://www.peointernational.org/about-peo-program-continuing-education-pce

R.T.N. Scholarship for Continuing Education

This scholarship is available to single parent women who would like to go to school or continue with their education, but have been denied sufficient resources. No GPA, no essay, no stress. Enter now.
http://www.singlemom.com/raise-the-nation-continuing-education-scholarship/

Soroptimist's Women's Opportunity Awards

These are cash awards that assist women entering or re-entering the workforce in obtaining the education and skills training they need to improve their employment status.  These awards are for women who are attending, or have been accepted to, a vocational/skills training program, or an undergraduate degree program. Recipients may use for any expenses related to their educational pursuits. These include tuition and books, housing, child care and transportation. Awards vary up to $10,000.  
http://www.soroptimist.org

The Beauty + Wellness Scholarship

Our scholarship is called The Beauty + Wellness Scholarship and it’s designed to provide financial assistance to female college students who are leading healthy lifestyles. Students are asked to write a brief 500 word essay on their experiences maintaining health + wellness while enrolled in college.
https://www.skincareox.com/scholarship/ 


Scholarships List for Adult and Non-traditional Students:  Scholarship Searches

College Board’s Scholarship Search

This online tool was created to help you locate scholarships, internships, grants, and loans that match your education level, talents, and background. Complete the brief questionnaire and Scholarship Search will find scholarships, other financial aid and internships from more than 2,200 programs, totaling nearly $6 billion in available aid! 
http://apps.collegeboard.com/cbsearch_ss/welcome.jsp

FinAid Financial Aid for Older and Nontraditional Students

With more than 1.5 million scholarships worth more than $3.4 billion, the Fastweb scholarship search is the largest, most accurate and most frequently updated scholarship database. If you supply an email address, they will notify you when new awards that match your profile are added to the database. Fastweb also includes a college search and numerous other student resources.  http://www.finaid.org/otheraid/older.phtml

eCampusTours Free Scholarship Search

Our free scholarship search contains a database of thousands of scholarship and grant programs offered by 2,130 unique state, corporate, and private sponsors. These represent over 1.6 million individual financial aid rewards with a total value of over 8.6 billion. Once you complete the free scholarship search, you will see a list of college scholarships for which you should be eligible and all the information you need to apply. You can change your information on the free scholarship search form and run the college scholarship search several times.
http://www.ecampustours.com/scholarship-search.aspx

Minority Scholarships Gateway List

A listing of 100 Scholarship links for Minorities. Black Excel has presented gateways to well over 1000 Scholarships for students nationwide. In the Black Excel African American Student's College Guide (available at major bookstores and at Amazon.com), we list hundreds of scholarships and provide a step-by-step tutorial as to what to do after you get a gigantic list like the one below. Knowing the "rules of play" gives you a tremendous advantage in regard to the A, B, C's of winning scholarships. Note that Black Excel is linked to over 900 websites, and that many colleges are directing their students to our resources and info.
http://blackexcel.org/100minority.htm

FastWeb Scholarship Search

Find money for college! Once you complete your profile you’ll have access to our database of more than 1.5 million scholarships. That’s $3.4 billion dollars in funding to help you pay for college.
http://fastweb.monster.com/index.ptml

FreSch! Search for Scholarships

FreSch! has two listings “2017 Grants for College” and “Mom: $10,000 Scholarships (On the left side of the screen)
http://freschinfo.com/?reqp=1&reqr=

GoCollege Scholarship Search Engine

Gain FREE access to over 800,000 individual awards - that's over $2.8 billion in scholarships, search completely commercial free - no annoying ads, search privately - we don't sell or share your name or personal information, can create multiple search profiles so you can search for yourself using different criteria, and you can search for your children or even your students, can choose to receive information on newly-posted scholarships that match your profile. 
http://www.gocollege.com/scholarship_search/scholarship.html

Scholarship Experts

Scholarship Experts helps students & parents to quickly and accurately identify sources of college scholarships. Access to 3.6M scholarships worth over $14B. 
http://www.scholarshipexperts.com/

Scholarship Resource Network, Inc

Scholarship Resource Network, Ink provider of the Scholarship Resource Network (SRN), has developed this site to provide an overview on financial aid resources available to students with a special focus on scholarship information. 
http://www.aboutus.com/SrNeXpress.com

Wiredscholar Scholarship Search

This is the Web's premiere destination for getting a head start on preparing for the world of continuing education. You'll find pointers on the entire "Going-to-College" process from preparation to getting loans. College Answer also has interactive tools that enable you to analyze the affordability of schools, compare financial aid award letters, and search for scholarships. Your scholarship search will provide you access to an award database that currently contains over 2.4 million scholarships worth over 14 billion dollars, and is expanded and updated daily by our partner Scholarship Experts. 
http://www.aboutus.com/WiredScholar.com

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