Scholarships for Mature Students

Paying for college can be a challenge and many students turn to scholarship funding to lessen the financial burden. Scholarships are available for most every type of student, including nontraditional and adult students. If you're a mature student who is seeking to begin or complete your college degree, there are a number of scholarship programs that can help make your education more affordable.

  1. Scholarships for Women

    • There are a number of scholarships designed to help adult women expand their education and achieve their professional goals. The Talbot's Scholarship Foundation offers multiple scholarship awards each year to women who have experienced a significant gap in their education. Applicants must have at least two full semesters of academic study remaining and be enrolled or planning to enroll at an accredited university. For the 2012 academic year, the Foundation will offer 17 awards of $10,000 and one $30,000 award. The Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation also sponsors scholarships for mature women attending select colleges and universities. Individual award amounts are based on the cost of attendance and financial need.

    Single Parent Scholarships

    • Single parents may also take advantage of multiple scholarship opportunities. For example, the Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund provides scholarships to single mothers and fathers who have not previously earned a college degree. Applicants must be state residents and U.S. citizens and have primary custody of at least one minor child. Individual awards are based on income, family size and county of residence. Capture the Dream offers scholarships to single parents who are residents of California. Applicants must be enrolled full-time in an accredited two- or four-year program. As of 2011, the maximum award amount was $1,000.

    Senior Citizens' Scholarships

    • Senior citizens can also take advantage of scholarship funding and tuition waiver programs. For example, Illinois waives the cost of tuition for senior citizens age 65 or older who enroll in a public school in the state. Applicants must meet specific income guidelines to qualify for the waiver and recipients are still responsible for paying the cost of books and fees. Northern Michigan University offers a full-tuition scholarship for senior citizens aged 62 or older. Income is not a consideration for the scholarship and recipients must also pay the cost of books and fees.

    General Scholarships

    • In addition to scholarships for specific groups of adult students, there are also general scholarships that are available to any older student. For example, the University of Phoenix sponsors the Focus to the Finish Scholarship for students who are interested in returning to college to complete their degree. As of 2011, selected recipients were eligible to receive a full-tuition scholarship to the University. The Imagine America Foundation also provides scholarship awards for adult students attending participating colleges and universities. For the 2011-2012 academic year, the Foundation provided qualifying students with one-time awards of $1,000 each.

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