Are you a woman seeking to return to college for an advanced degree? If so, then this article may help you find some free cash to fund your studies. There are a number of scholarships geared towards women who are returning to graduate school. Many of these scholarships were designed to close the gender gap between the number of women and men who graduate with advanced degrees. Some of these scholarships are open to students who are majoring in certain areas while other awards do not require a specific academic concentration. Check out the list below for some of the best graduate scholarships for women:
The Education Foundation for Women in Accounting: Female students who are planning to return to school for a degree in accounting may be eligible for one of several scholarships through this organization. The three scholarships for graduate students are awarded through the Moss Adams Foundation, the Institute of Managements Accounts IMA, and the Rhonda J.B. O’Leary Memorial. Students are selected for this award based on a combination of factors, such as previous coursework, demonstrated financial need, commitment to obtaining an Accounting degree, and the development of professional and personal goals. In order to apply for this scholarship, students must complete download an application form and mail it to the Foundation by the end of April. Along with the application form, students will be required to send a list of activities, a statement of goals, and documentation of financial status. Additional information is available at the following website: http://www.efwa.org/scholarships_graduate.php.
Adult Students in Scholastic Transition (ASSIST): This program offers scholarships that range from $2,000 to $10,000. Each year there are about 13 awards, which vary in value, that are awarded to female students who are considered nontraditional students. In order to apply, students must apply through their local chapter. The application form can be found online, at the following website: http://ewiconnect.com/?page_id=3949.
P.E.O. Program for Continuing Education: This scholarship is open to female students who are residents of either Canada or the United States. Scholarships worth up to $3,000 are available to low-income students. The scholarships are non-renewable. The award money can be used for a number of different school related expenses, such as tuition, testing, childcare, and textbooks. In order to be eligible, the applicant must be enrolled in a degree or certificate program in Canada or the U.S. Students must also graduate within two years and must have spent at least two years of their adulthood not enrolled as a student. Applicants must obtain a recommendation from their chapter. Additional information about this scholarship can be found here: http://www.peointernational.org/pce-eligibility-requirements.
In addition to these sources, students will want to complete the FAFSA to determine whether they qualify for any state level funding. Additional opportunities for women are available through individual colleges and universities, professional organizations, and scholarships that are geared towards students entering specific careers (i.e., nursing, accounting, science, etc.). Additional funding may be available through local chapters of nonprofit organizations in the applicant’s community.