With changing economic conditions, more students than ever have decided to return or start a college education. A large portion of these students are considered non-traditional students. Students may be considered nontraditional students because they are older than traditional students, because they have children, or for some other unique aspect of their background. In general, these are students who typically take time off between high school and college and who have a wider array of life experiences. There are a number of scholarships that have been created to help non-traditional students afford a higher education. Check out the list below for some of the best non-traditional student scholarships:
Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship
This scholarship was created to help woman who are at least 35 years of age or older. In order to be eligible, students must come from a low-income background and be pursuing their first undergraduate degree. The scholarship provides $2,000 in funding. In order to apply, applicants must provide an acceptance letter from an eligible college or university, provide a transcript, list their income tax report as well as their anticipated college expenses, provide two letters of recommendation, and write a one to two-page personal statement. Additional information about this scholarship can be found here: http://www.rankinfoundation.org/students/application/.
Association for Nontraditional Students in Higher Education Scholarships
Nontraditional students may want to consider joining the ANTSHE. This program contributes to furthering the cause of supporting nontraditional students who are interested in attending college. In order to be eligible to apply, the applicant must meet the criteria for being considered a nontraditional student, plan to enroll in an accredited college or university on a full-time basis, and contribute to their community and college. Additional information about the application process, as well as the current amount of the scholarships, can be found at the following website: http://www.myantshe.org/ANTSHE-Scholarships.
Osher Reentry Scholarship Program
This scholarship is open to students who are in the general age range of 25 through 50 years of age. In order to be considered, the applicant must show financial need, demonstrate a desire to complete a degree, show academic promise, have had a gap of at least 5 years in their education, plan to enter the workforce after graduation, and be studying for their first bachelor’s degree. Both part-time and full-time students will be considered for these scholarships. The scholarship is not able to be used for online or international courses. In addition, the scholarship can only be used for the cost of tuition. Additional information about this scholarship can be found here: http://osherfoundation.org/index.php?scholars.
Talbots Women’s Scholarship Fund
This scholarship is open to women who are planning to obtain a professional college degree. In order to be considered for this scholarship, the applicant is required to have earned a GED or high school diploma at least 10 years ago. The scholarships range in value from $1,000 to $10,000. All applicants must be able to demonstrate financial need. Additional information can be found here: http://www.rankinfoundation.org/students/resources/www.talbots.com/www.talbots.com/scholarship.