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.
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.
about the author:
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.