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AfterCollege Succurro Scholarship $1,000  To qualify, you must be enrolled in an accredited, degree-seeking program with at least a 2.5 GPA. Applicants must submit a 200-word, “resume-style” personal statement highlighting their goals.

Alpha Sigma Lambda Scholarships - Alpha Sigma Lambda (ASL), the honor society for nontraditional students, offers 12 scholarships of varying amounts. Applicants don’t need to be members of their school’s ASL chapter, but they must be enrolled in an associate’s or bachelor’s program and have completed 24 semester hours of coursework with at least a 3.2 GPA.

CollegeAmerica Adult Student Scholarships - CollegeAmerica, which has career campuses in Arizona, Colorado and Wyoming, offers $3,000 scholarships to adult students pursuing associate’s degrees and $5,000 scholarships to adults working on bachelor’s degrees. Applicants must submit a 500-word essay, but their high school and prior college grades are not considered. Scholarships are disbursed over the course of a student’s program and awardees must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA.

College JumpStart Scholarship - The College JumpStart Scholarship is open to nontraditional students 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.”

Courage to Grow Scholarship - Any college student 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.

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, but they must do so by May 1.

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. Each applicant must submit two personal recommendations and clearly state their educational and career goals. EWI gives preference applicants with children living at home.

HotelsCheap.org Scholarship - Any U.S. resident 16 or older may apply for this $1,500 scholarship from HotelsCheap.org. Applicants must answer four questions about their goals and financial situation; they must also submit a 700-word article describing the top five things to do in their “favorite vacation destination.”

Imagine America Adult College Grants - Nontraditional students already 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.ASEP-qualified schools include Medical Careers Institute, Lincoln Technical Institute and Academy of Art University, to name a few.

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. Awardees can use the scholarship toward any level degree.

Scholarship Detective Launch Scholarship - Act quickly to apply for one of two $1,000 scholarships. There’s no formal essay, but you must explain in fewer than 140 characters how you intend to use your scholarship money.

SuperCollege Scholarship - Any student pursuing higher education or planning to start may enter this annual random drawing for $1,000. The winner may use the money for tuition, books or any other education-related expense.

Surety Bonds Small Business Scholarship - This scholarship offers three $1,500 awards for full-time students who are either small-business owners or have a small business in their family. Applicants must submit a 500- to 1,000-word essay about how their experience with small business will affect them in the future.

Unigo $10K Scholarship - If you’re enrolled in college or plan to do so by 2022, you can apply for this $10,000 award. Applicants must write a 250-word essay on why college is a worthy investment.

Walmart Associate Scholarship - Walmart associates may apply for scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $3,000.

Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund - Low-income women 35 and older who are working on a technical or vocational education, an associate’s degree or their first degree are invited to apply for this scholarship fund. Applicants must submit two recommendation letters, transcripts and proof of community involvement. Last year, 60 women received scholarships.

PEO Program for Continuing Education Scholarship - PEO offers a $3,000 scholarship to a woman whose educational journey has been interrupted. Any woman who is within 24 consecutive months of completing her degree in the United States or Canada may apply. Applicants must do an interview at the chapter level to qualify. The award can be used for tuition, books, transportation, child care or course equipment.


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 the Society of Women Engineers (SWE). Membership is not required for most available scholarships, but a faculty recommendation, personal reference or letter from your school’s financial aid office may be required. Nontraditional students and re-entering students may not be required to attend full time.

Scholarships for Adults Going Back to College

Working adults are returning to school in record numbers. With college enrollment up for students of all ages, the highest growth rate is within the 25 to 34-year-old range. The National Center for Educational Statistics reports that a number of students in the 25 – 34 age group has grown 52 percent from 1998 to 2012 and is projected to grow another 23 percent by 2023.

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