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25 Great Scholarships for Women 25 and Older

Today, finishing your education isn’t so cut and dry. For many women, you may have chosen to start a family first and finish your education later. Or perhaps your college education was interrupted by the natural course of life – working, getting married, and having a baby.

Scholarships for women

If you are still in the process of finishing your education, you should give yourself a pat on the back. It isn’t easy to earn a college degree as a working woman, wife, and mother.


To make the process even easier, here are the top 25 scholarships for women 25 and older:


1. Jeannette Rankin Foundation Scholarships: For mature women 35 and older in a low income bracket. You must currently be enrolled in an accredited school, pursuing an associate or first-time bachelor’s degree in order to apply.

2. Soroptimist Women’s Opportunity Awards: Scholarship value at up to $10,000 for women who are supporting their families or who have faced challenges returning to school.

3. Possible Woman Foundation International Scholarships: Scholarship from $2000-$5000 for stay-at-home moms in need of education to enter the workforce.

4. Accounting Scholarships for Women in Transition: Scholarship value up to $16,000 for a four-year education for women who are the sole supporters of their family.

5. Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship: Scholarship value at $1000 per finalist for college seniors and graduate students in a technical field.

6. Linda Lael Miller Scholarships for Women: Scholarship for nontraditional students over 25; can be used for transportation, childcare, and additional expenses besides tuition.

7. The Talbots Women’s Scholarship Fund: Scholarship for women who completed their GED or high school diploma at least 10 years ago.

8. Women’s Independence Scholarship Program: Scholarships are most often awarded to single mothers with young children facing financial difficulty.

9. Royal Neighbors of America Scholarships for Women: $5000 scholarship for women over 35 returning to school; must be a member of the Royal Neighbors of America.

10. Philanthropic Educational Organization (P.E.O.): $2000 grants for women in need who are returning to school to support their families.

11. American Association of University Women Career Development Grants: Grants from $2000-$12,000 for women pursuing a bachelor’s degree to change careers or reenter the workforce.

12. Society of Women Engineers Scholarships: For women returning to school to pursue a career in engineering with scholarships available at up to $2500.

13. Emerge Scholarships: For women over 25 returning to school that are committed to bettering themselves and their community with awards available from $2000-$5000.

14. The Nestlé MBA Scholarships for Women from Developing Countries: For women of all ages hoping to pursue higher education and study for their MBA.

15. The Educational Foundation for Women in Accounting: Grant for women pursuing postgraduate degrees in accounting, available at $2000 per year for two years in a row.

16. Selected Professions Fellowship: For women with an undergraduate degree who hope to improve upon their education by going back to school, available from $5000-$18,000.

17. Business and Professional Women USA Foundation: For women in critical financial need hoping to further their education and reenter the workforce.

18. American Association of University Women: Fellowships and grants for women pursuing graduate and postgraduate degrees to reenter the workforce or advance in their careers.

19. Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship: For women pursuing a business major, with scholarships from $1000-$5000 per year.

20. Adult Students in Scholastic Transition (ASIST)This is a program available for women facing economic, social, or physical challenges, who are looking to improve their situation through educational opportunities. Scholarships ranging from $2,000 – $10,000.

21. The R.O.S.E. Scholarship: For women who are survivors of domestic violence, hoping to attend college in the New England area.

22. Patsy Takemoto Mink Education Foundation for Low-Income Women and Children: For low income women and mothers pursuing education to support their children.

23. AARP Foundation Scholarship: A unique scholarship for women over 40 seeking further education to support their families on a limited income.

24. Federal Student Aid: Women over 25 can still apply for traditional federal student aid without any age restrictions, in most cases.

25. Employer Tuition Assistance: An increasing amount of large corporations will provide tuition assistance to women hoping to advance their careers. In most cases, up to $5250 will be excluded from gross income, depending upon specific company requirements.


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Bethany Ramos is a full-time freelance writer that co-owns her own e-commerce website, The Coffee Bump. The Coffee Bump specializes in a wide variety of coffee makers Bunn and assorted coffee and espresso products.

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Da Vinci, Editor in Chief of Your Life After 25, has carved out her own position as a “Realistic Optimist,” and modern day Renaissance woman. Your Life After 25 is the women's magazine for all women, but we put a spin on things and also make sure to embrace life for ladies over 25. Whether you're 25, 30, 35, 40, 50 or older we have something for you! Your Life After 25 "Believe It Or Not, It Does Go On"
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