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Top 58 Scholarships for Adults in September 2023

Written by Maria Geiger

Maria Geiger is Director of Content at Scholarships360. She is a former online educational technology instructor and adjunct writing instructor. In addition to education reform, Maria’s interests include viewpoint diversity, blended/flipped learning, digital communication, and integrating media/web tools into the curriculum to better facilitate student engagement. Maria earned both a B.A. and an M.A. in English Literature from Monmouth University, an M. Ed. in Education from Monmouth University, and a Virtual Online Teaching Certificate (VOLT) from the University of Pennsylvania.

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Updated: September 19th, 2023

Yea! Since you landed on this page, it looks like you are, or are thinking about, starting or returning to college. In retrospect, I wish I knew about scholarships for adults back when I started college as the mother of three school-age sons. This post was created to support all the brave adults who embrace lifelong learning!

If you are planning on attending a local college, university, or trade school, don’t forget to explore the scholarship opportunities offered at those institutions. If you don’t know where to start your search, stop in at your local library for assistance. Finally, in addition to applying for scholarships, make sure that you fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Good luck, fellow learners!

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“Mom to Scholar” Scholarship for Mothers
“Mom to Scholar” Scholarship for Mothers

Offered by Maria Geiger

1 award worth $500
Deadline Jan 31, 2024

The “Mom to Scholar'' Scholarship for Mothers is open to mothers who want to begin or resume their journey towards earning a technical or college…

The “Mom to Scholar'' Scholarship for Mothers is open to mothers who want to begin or resume their journey towards earning a technical or college…

The “Mom to Scholar'' Scholarship for Mothers is open to mothers who want to begin or resume their journey towards earning a technical or college degree. This scholarship is funded by Scholarships360’s own Maria Geiger, who started her journey toward a B.A. at the same time that her oldest son Will started college. Maria knows firsthand how challenging it is to raise a family, have a job outside the home, and attend college, but would not change the way she did things for the world. Mothers who have a desire to earn their college degree bring unique perspectives that greatly enhance their learning experiences; for some, motherhood is a vocation that enlightens like no other. If you are a mother over the age of 35 who feels that the time is right to begin your academic or career journey, please apply!

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Grade Level: College Students

Citizenship: US Citizens, Permanent Residents, DACA

Other Category: Adult, Women

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$10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship

Offered by Scholarships360

1 award worth $10,000
Deadline Jun 30, 2024

The Scholarships360 $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship is open to all students who want some extra help paying for their education. Whether you are a high…

The Scholarships360 $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship is open to all students who want some extra help paying for their education. Whether you are a high…

The Scholarships360 $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship is open to all students who want some extra help paying for their education. Whether you are a high school student who hopes to go to college, a graduate student who’s in a master’s program, or an adult learner who wants to return to school, you are eligible for our no essay scholarship. This scholarship will be awarded to students who get the most out of Scholarships360 scholarships and content. You will be a strong applicant if you apply to scholarships with the Scholarships360 platform. Finalists for this scholarship will be interviewed about their process for funding their education.

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Grade Level: All Grade Levels

Citizenship: US Citizens, Permanent Residents

Minimum GPA: No GPA requirement

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$2,000 Sallie Mae Scholarship
$2,000 Sallie Mae Scholarship

Offered by Sallie Mae

1 award worth $2,000
Deadline Sep 30, 2023

Sallie Mae will award $2,000 each month to eligible entrants. No essay or account sign-ups, just a simple scholarship for those seeking help paying for…

Sallie Mae will award $2,000 each month to eligible entrants. No essay or account sign-ups, just a simple scholarship for those seeking help paying for…

Sallie Mae will award $2,000 each month to eligible entrants. No essay or account sign-ups, just a simple scholarship for those seeking help paying for school.

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Grade Level: HS Upperclassmen, College & Graduate Students

Citizenship: US Citizens, Permanent Residents, DACA

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$40,000 BigFuture Scholarships
$40,000 BigFuture Scholarships

Offered by The College Board

Multiple awards worth up to $40,000
Deadline Sep 30, 2023

Open to US-Based high school students in the classes of 2024 and 2025 — no essay, minimum GPA, test score, or citizenship requirements.

Open to US-Based high school students in the classes of 2024 and 2025 — no essay, minimum GPA, test score, or citizenship requirements.

Open to US-Based high school students in the classes of 2024 and 2025 — no essay, minimum GPA, test score, or citizenship requirements.

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Grade Level: High School Juniors & Seniors

Citizenship: US Citizens, Canadian Citizens, Permanent Residents, DACA

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$25k “Be Bold” No-Essay Scholarship
$25k “Be Bold” No-Essay Scholarship

Offered by Bold.org

1 award worth $25,000
Deadline Oct 1, 2023

Open to high school students, college students, community college students, and graduate students.

Open to high school students, college students, community college students, and graduate students.

Open to high school students, college students, community college students, and graduate students.

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Grade Level: All Grade Levels

Minimum GPA: No GPA requirement

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Vickie Drum Memorial Scholarship
Vickie Drum Memorial Scholarship

Offered by Bold.org

1 award worth $1,500
Deadline Dec 1, 2023

The Vickie Drum Memorial Scholarship was established in honor of a remarkable woman who overcame the challenges of being a mother while pursuing her college…

The Vickie Drum Memorial Scholarship was established in honor of a remarkable woman who overcame the challenges of being a mother while pursuing her college…

The Vickie Drum Memorial Scholarship was established in honor of a remarkable woman who overcame the challenges of being a mother while pursuing her college education, and who serves as an inspiration to many. Her story resonates with countless young mothers who aspire to improve their lives through higher education. However, the financial burden of attending college can be overwhelming for these individuals. In honor of Vickie Drum's legacy, this scholarship aims to support female students in North Carolina who are raising a child while pursuing an undergraduate degree. Eligible applicants must meet this criterion and maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0. To apply, share your unique journey through higher education as a parent and how it has shaped your path. This scholarship is an opportunity to not only honor Vickie Drum's memory but also empower mothers to achieve their educational goals and create a brighter future for themselves and their families.

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Grade Level: College Students

Minimum GPA: 3.0

Other Category: Adult, Women, Parent

State: North Carolina

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Edward G. and Helen A. Borgens Elementary Teacher Scholarship
Edward G. and Helen A. Borgens Elementary Teacher Scholarship

Offered by Daughters of the American Revolution

1 award worth $1,500
Deadline Jan 31, 2024

The Edward G. and Helen A. Borgens Elementary Teacher Scholarship is a one-time preferred amount of up to $1,500 awarded to one student who is…

The Edward G. and Helen A. Borgens Elementary Teacher Scholarship is a one-time preferred amount of up to $1,500 awarded to one student who is…

The Edward G. and Helen A. Borgens Elementary Teacher Scholarship is a one-time preferred amount of up to $1,500 awarded to one student who is twenty-five (25) years of age or older. Applicants must be studying to teach at the elementary school level. Applicants must have at least a 3.5 GPA, be at least a college sophomore, and attend or plan on attending an accredited college or university. The award is based on academic merit and is not automatically renewable, however, recipients may reapply for consideration as long as they meet the eligibility requirements.

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Grade Level: College Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors & Grad Students

Citizenship: US Citizens

Minimum GPA: 3.5

Academic Interest: Education

Other Category: Adult

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Edwyna Wheadon Postgraduate Training Scholarship
Edwyna Wheadon Postgraduate Training Scholarship

Offered by National Council of Teachers of English

1 award worth $500
Deadline Jan 31, 2024

Are you an ELA teacher at a public institution and a member of NCTE? If so, consider applying for the Edwyna Wheadon Postgraduate Training Scholarship!…

Are you an ELA teacher at a public institution and a member of NCTE? If so, consider applying for the Edwyna Wheadon Postgraduate Training Scholarship!…

Are you an ELA teacher at a public institution and a member of NCTE? If so, consider applying for the Edwyna Wheadon Postgraduate Training Scholarship! The scholarship is open to NCTE members who are ELA teachers at public institutions pursuing postgraduate training to enhance their teaching skills or career development. The scholarship is funded by the National Council of Teachers of English, a United States professional organization for teachers of English and language arts at all levels. The NCTE offers resources to further the voice of experts and educators advocating for their students, all across the country. The scholarship works to support postgraduate students’ career development in teaching, which aligns with the NCTE’s mission to provide funding for English/Language Arts teachers working in public educational institutions. Every year, one recipient earns $500 to help pay for their educational expenses. If you are an ELA teacher and member of NCTE looking to continue your education, we encourage you to apply!

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Grade Level: Graduate Students

Academic Interest: Education, Literature/English/Writing

Other Category: Adult

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Tennessee HOPE Scholarship for Nontraditional Students
Tennessee HOPE Scholarship for Nontraditional Students

Offered by Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation

Multiple awards worth up to $2,850
Deadline Feb 1, 2024

The Tennessee HOPE Scholarship for Nontraditional Students is an incredible opportunity for Tennessee residents who are nontraditional post-secondary students. Applicants must be independent students enrolled…

The Tennessee HOPE Scholarship for Nontraditional Students is an incredible opportunity for Tennessee residents who are nontraditional post-secondary students. Applicants must be independent students enrolled…

The Tennessee HOPE Scholarship for Nontraditional Students is an incredible opportunity for Tennessee residents who are nontraditional post-secondary students. Applicants must be independent students enrolled in a baccalaureate degree program at an eligible Tennessee four-year postsecondary institution. To apply, students must submit the FAFSA by September 1 for the Fall semester, and by February 1st for the Spring and Summer semesters. If the scholarship is awarded to a student, the recipient must maintain continuous enrollment, a low adjusted gross income, and satisfactory academic progress to renew it. This is a perfect opportunity for those who are looking to further their education and achieve their dreams. Don't miss out on this amazing opportunity!

Eligibility information

Grade Level: College Students

Citizenship: US Citizens

Minimum GPA: 2.8

Other Category: Low Income, Adult

State: Tennessee

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Ford Opportunity Program
Ford Opportunity Program

Offered by The Ford Family Foundation

Multiple awards worth 90% of Unmet College Expenses
Deadline Mar 1, 2024

Are you an adult learner or parent who resides in Oregon or in Siskiyou County, California? If so, the Ford Opportunity Program could be a…

Are you an adult learner or parent who resides in Oregon or in Siskiyou County, California? If so, the Ford Opportunity Program could be a…

Are you an adult learner or parent who resides in Oregon or in Siskiyou County, California? If so, the Ford Opportunity Program could be a great opportunity to meet 90% of your unmet college costs. Parents of any age or adults over the age of 25 are eligible to apply. If you fit the bill, we encourage you to apply today. This opportunity will pay for the vast majority of your college expenses!

Eligibility information

Grade Level: College Students

Citizenship: Permanent Residents

Minimum GPA: Yes

Other Category: Low Income, Adult, Parent

State: California, Oregon

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Minority Teaching Fellows Program
Minority Teaching Fellows Program

Offered by College Pays Tennessee

Multiple awards worth $5,000
Deadline Apr 15, 2024

Are you a minority student pursuing teacher certification to teach in Tennessee? If so, you may be interested in applying for the Minority Teaching Fellows…

Are you a minority student pursuing teacher certification to teach in Tennessee? If so, you may be interested in applying for the Minority Teaching Fellows…

Are you a minority student pursuing teacher certification to teach in Tennessee? If so, you may be interested in applying for the Minority Teaching Fellows Program! The program is open to postsecondary minority students in Tennessee who are pursuing teacher certification to teach in Tennessee. Undergraduate applicants must be full-time upperclassmen (juniors and seniors), while all minority graduate applicants are eligible so long as they are enrolled at least half-time. The program is offered by the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation (TSAC), a non-profit corporation created by the Tennessee General Assembly in 1974. They focus on increasing the number of Tennesseans with postsecondary credentials. Thus, every year, they award $5,000 scholarships to help multiple lucky recipients continue their education. If you are an aspiring, minority teacher in Tennessee, we encourage you to apply!

Eligibility information

Grade Level: College Upperclassmen & Graduate Students

Citizenship: US Citizens, Permanent Residents

Minimum GPA: 2.5

Academic Interest: Education

Other Category: Adult

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Charles Pulling Sr. Memorial Scholarship
Charles Pulling Sr. Memorial Scholarship

Offered by Bold.org

2 awards worth $1,000
Deadline Jul 31, 2024

Introducing the Charles Pulling Sr. Memorial Scholarship, a tribute to a cherished father and the middle child among eleven siblings, whose circumstances compelled him to…

Introducing the Charles Pulling Sr. Memorial Scholarship, a tribute to a cherished father and the middle child among eleven siblings, whose circumstances compelled him to…

Introducing the Charles Pulling Sr. Memorial Scholarship, a tribute to a cherished father and the middle child among eleven siblings, whose circumstances compelled him to enter the workforce prematurely and leave his high school dreams behind. However, recognizing the limited job prospects available to him, he understood that obtaining his high school diploma was the key to unlocking a better life for his loved ones, and headed back to the classroom. This prestigious scholarship aims to honor the memory of Charles Pulling Sr. by empowering those who also wish to enhance their families' lives through education. Whether you are a high school or GED student, an undergraduate pursuing a non-traditional path, a first-generation student, a single parent, someone who took a break from education before returning, or over the age of 25, you are invited to apply. To apply, reveal what sets you apart as a non-traditional student and what fuels your relentless pursuit of greatness.

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Grade Level: High School & College Students

Other Category: Adult, First-Generation Student, Single Parent, Parent

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Entertainment Community Fund Professional Development Scholarship
Entertainment Community Fund Professional Development Scholarship

Offered by Entertainment Community Fund

Multiple awards worth up to $1,000
Deadline Rolling

The Entertainment Community Fund Professional Development Scholarship is funded by the Entertainment Community Fund, an organization that fosters stability and resiliency, and provides a safety…

The Entertainment Community Fund Professional Development Scholarship is funded by the Entertainment Community Fund, an organization that fosters stability and resiliency, and provides a safety…

The Entertainment Community Fund Professional Development Scholarship is funded by the Entertainment Community Fund, an organization that fosters stability and resiliency, and provides a safety net for performing arts and entertainment professionals over their lifespan. Every year, their Professional Development Scholarship awards up to $1,000 to multiple professional dancers of 5+ years who are seeking occupational skills training in a certification or licensure program outside of dance. If this scholarship sounds like a fit for you, keep on reading for more application details.

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Grade Level: College & Graduate Students

Academic Interest: Visual & Performing Arts, Dance

Other Category: Adult, Athletic

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Casey Family Services Alumni Scholarship
Casey Family Services Alumni Scholarship

Offered by Foster Care To Success

Multiple awards worth up to $10,000
Deadline Rolling

Have you been in foster care through Casey Family Services? If so, consider applying for the Casey Family Services Alumni Scholarship! The Casey Family Services…

Have you been in foster care through Casey Family Services? If so, consider applying for the Casey Family Services Alumni Scholarship! The Casey Family Services…

Have you been in foster care through Casey Family Services? If so, consider applying for the Casey Family Services Alumni Scholarship! The Casey Family Services Alumni Scholarship is open to 16-49-year-old current and incoming university students pursuing any degree or professional degree who were in foster care through Casey Family Services in the states of Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, or Vermont. The scholarship is offered by Foster Care To Success, the oldest and largest national non-profit organization working solely with college-bound foster youth to help provide them with tuition grants, books, living stipends, and emergency funding. On a rolling basis, the scholarship grants up to $10,000 to help former foster youth pay for their postsecondary educational expenses. If you're a former foster youth looking for help funding your schooling, we encourage you to apply!

Eligibility information

Grade Level: HS Upperclassmen, College & Graduate Students

Academic Interest: Law, Healthcare

Other Category: Adult, Foster Care

State: Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont

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P.E.O. Program for Continuing Education
P.E.O. Program for Continuing Education

Offered by Philanthropic Educational Organization

Multiple awards worth up to $3,000
Deadline 30 days after receiving a chapter recommendation

Are you a woman enrolled in a certification or degree program? If so, consider applying for the P.E.O. Program for Continuing Education! The grant is…

Are you a woman enrolled in a certification or degree program? If so, consider applying for the P.E.O. Program for Continuing Education! The grant is…

Are you a woman enrolled in a certification or degree program? If so, consider applying for the P.E.O. Program for Continuing Education! The grant is open to women within 18 consecutive months of completing their educational program who have had at least 24 consecutive months as a non-student sometime in their adult life. The scholarship is funded by the Philanthropic Educational Organization, an organization that has aimed to support women with their educational aspirations since 1869. Today, P.E.O. provides over $398 million in grants, scholarships, awards, and loans. On a rolling basis, the organization grants $3,000 to recipients of the P.E.O. Program for Continuing Education to cover tuition and expenses. If you would like some funds to pay off your postsecondary program, we encourage you to apply!

Eligibility information

Grade Level: College & Graduate Students

Citizenship: US Citizens, Canadian Citizens, Permanent Residents

Academic Interest: Education

Other Category: Adult, Nontraditional, Women

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Boomer Benefits Scholarship
Boomer Benefits Scholarship

Offered by Boomer Benefits

2 awards worth $2,500
Expected deadline August 2024

Are you an adult student aged 50+ who has returned to school? You might consider applying for the Boomer Benefits Scholarship! This scholarship is open…

Are you an adult student aged 50+ who has returned to school? You might consider applying for the Boomer Benefits Scholarship! This scholarship is open…

Are you an adult student aged 50+ who has returned to school? You might consider applying for the Boomer Benefits Scholarship! This scholarship is open to all students aged 50+ who are currently enrolled in a four-year undergraduate program or a graduate program at an accredited public or private school, including community colleges or universities within the continental U.S., and are maintaining a 3.0 or higher GPA. The scholarship is funded by Boomer Benefits, a licensed insurance agency. Each year, 2 lucky students are awarded this scholarship in the amount of $2,500. If you’re an older student returning to school, we encourage you to apply!

Eligibility information

Grade Level: College & Graduate Students

Citizenship: US Citizens, Permanent Residents

Minimum GPA: 3.0

Other Category: Adult

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Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship
Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship

Offered by Arkansas Department of Higher Education

Multiple awards worth $1,000 - $5,000
Expected deadline July 2024

The Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship is open to Arkansas residents who have been accepted for admission at an approved institution of higher education in a…

The Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship is open to Arkansas residents who have been accepted for admission at an approved institution of higher education in a…

The Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship is open to Arkansas residents who have been accepted for admission at an approved institution of higher education in a program of study that leads to a baccalaureate degree, associate degree, qualified certificate, or a nursing school diploma. Applicants must have not previously earned a baccalaureate degree. Interested students should bear in mind that further eligibility requirements are based on two student categories: Traditional (Incoming Freshman) and Nontraditional Students. We recommend visiting the Arkansas' Department of Higher Education's website for additional eligibility criteria under the two categories. The application deadline is July 1 of a student's senior year in high school. Students can earn between $1,000 and $5,000, depending on their year in school. If you're an Arkansas resident looking for help funding your post-secondary education, we encourage you to apply!

Eligibility information

Grade Level: High School Seniors & College Freshmen

Citizenship: US Citizens, Permanent Residents

Minimum GPA: 2.5

Other Category: Low Income, Adult

State: Arkansas

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Evert Clark/Seth Payne Award
Evert Clark/Seth Payne Award

Offered by Council for the Advancement of Science Writing

1 award worth $1,000
Expected deadline June 2024

The Evert Clark/Seth Payne Award recognizes exceptional reporting and writing in any field of science, encouraging young science writers to showcase their talent. The award…

The Evert Clark/Seth Payne Award recognizes exceptional reporting and writing in any field of science, encouraging young science writers to showcase their talent. The award…

The Evert Clark/Seth Payne Award recognizes exceptional reporting and writing in any field of science, encouraging young science writers to showcase their talent. The award is open to non-technical, print and online journalism, including articles published in newspapers, magazines, newsletters, and websites. Freelancers and staff writers are also eligible. Applicants must be under the age of 30 and may submit up to four pieces. Entries will be judged on accuracy, clarity, insightfulness, fairness, resourcefulness, and timeliness. The award is limited to applicants whose 31st birthday is after July 1st of the application year. Don't miss this opportunity to showcase your science writing skills!

Eligibility information

Grade Level: College & Graduate Students

Academic Interest: Journalism, Science, Technology, and Society

Other Category: Adult

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Audre Lorde Scholarship Award
Audre Lorde Scholarship Award

Offered by ZAMI NOBLA

Multiple awards worth $1,000
Expected deadline June 2024

The Audre Lorde Scholarship Fund is seeking to honor exceptional Black lesbians who are making a difference in their communities. ZAMI NOBLA is committed to…

The Audre Lorde Scholarship Fund is seeking to honor exceptional Black lesbians who are making a difference in their communities. ZAMI NOBLA is committed to…

The Audre Lorde Scholarship Fund is seeking to honor exceptional Black lesbians who are making a difference in their communities. ZAMI NOBLA is committed to supporting and promoting your educational pursuits by offering scholarships to older lesbians who are enrolled in accredited technical, undergraduate, and graduate programs. To apply, three letters of recommendation are necessary.

Eligibility information

Grade Level: College Freshman, College Junior, College Senior & Graduate Student

Minimum GPA: 3.0

Race/Ethnicity: Black/African

Other Category: Adult, LGBTQ+

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Long-term Scholarship Award
Long-term Scholarship Award

Offered by Maine Community Foundation, Inc.

Mulitple awards worth $1,500 - $5,000
Expected deadline June 2024

The Long-term Scholarship Award is perfect for those seeking a postsecondary program that lasts more than a full semester and results in a one- or…

The Long-term Scholarship Award is perfect for those seeking a postsecondary program that lasts more than a full semester and results in a one- or…

The Long-term Scholarship Award is perfect for those seeking a postsecondary program that lasts more than a full semester and results in a one- or two-year certificate or a two- or four-year degree. Renewals of the scholarship may be necessary to maintain it over the course of your program, so be sure to apply by June 15 or November 15 to be considered. Don't miss out on this opportunity!

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Grade Level: College Students

Other Category: Adult, Nontraditional

State: Maine

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Forget Your Student Debt No-Essay Grant
Forget Your Student Debt No-Essay Grant

Offered by Bold.org

1 award worth $10,000
Expected deadline June 2024

Open to anyone with student debt. Adults who have started their careers and are no longer in school are fully eligible.

Open to anyone with student debt. Adults who have started their careers and are no longer in school are fully eligible.

Open to anyone with student debt. Adults who have started their careers and are no longer in school are fully eligible.

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Grade Level: High School Seniors, College & Graduate Students

Other Category: Adult

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Yea! Since you landed on this page, it looks like you are, or are thinking about, starting or returning to college. In retrospect, I wish I knew about scholarships for adults back when I started college as the mother of three school-age sons. This post was created to support all the brave adults who embrace lifelong learning!

If you are planning on attending a local college, university, or trade school, don’t forget to explore the scholarship opportunities offered at those institutions. If you don’t know where to start your search, stop in at your local library for assistance. Finally, in addition to applying for scholarships, make sure that you fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Good luck, fellow learners!

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How to win scholarships for adults

One of the best things you can do to boost your chances of winning scholarships is to write a knockout essay. Essays are the perfect place for you to describe what you’re passionate about, lay out your goals for the future, and win over your readers. Keep in mind that scholarship committees commonly read hundreds or even thousands of applications, so you’ll want to find a way to make your essay stand out from the crowd.

Fortunately, we have some great resources to help you! These include guides on how to write a winning essay, how to start and end an essay, and how to write an essay about yourself. If applicable, you can also check out our guides on how to write a 250 word essay and 500 word essay. The essay is one of the most important parts of the application process, so be sure to give it the necessary time and attention!

Also see: The ultimate guide to finding and winning scholarships

Resources for adult learners

The following resources are a solid place to start your higher education journey or help you navigate the next steps. In crafting this post, one could not help but notice all of the for-profit organizations out there. The following resources are credible and free, so make good use of them!

Adult Literacy League

This website, run by the Adult Literacy League located in Winter Park, Florida, lists a number of links to other credible free websites that feature quality learning resources for adult learners.

College for Adults

The College for Adults website (part of the National College Transition Network (NCTN)) offers advice and resources to adults who are going to college for the first time. This includes career planning, college selection, and the application process.

Related: Guide to financial aid for part-time students

U.S. Department of Education Contacts by State

This handy list of state resources that the U.S. Department of Education offers is invaluable. For example, if you live in NJ, there are phone numbers and official websites for the four main state education departments, including the State Adult Education Agency. Bookmark this website!

Also see: Scholarships for online students

Frequently asked questions about scholarships for adult learners

What about local scholarships?

When it comes to increasing your odds of winning scholarships, local is the way to go. The reason for this is obvious (less competition), but that doesn’t mean that you won’t have to put plenty of effort in. Finding local scholarships means you need to do more legwork since finding them might take more than a Google search. Click here for a quick guide on how to start searching and applying for local scholarships.

What is the best strategy for applying for scholarships for adults?

Our advice is simple: Apply to as many scholarships as you qualify for while keeping quality in mind. This means that while it is fine to apply for a few “easy to apply” for scholarships, your time will be better spent applying to scholarships that have more specific requirements. Show your maturity, and give the scholarship application process the time and effort it deserves!

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