Grants & Scholarships for Older Students

By Rebecca Lake

If you are an older student who is reentering college or enrolling for the first time, you may be concerned about how to fund the high cost of tuition. Fortunately, there are a number of scholarship programs designed for nontraditional students that can make a college degree more affordable and attainable. These programs are intended to help older students achieve their educational and professional goals while alleviating some of the financial burden.

Resolve to Evolve Scholarship

The Resolve to Evolve Scholarship Program provides scholarship assistance to nontraditional and returning college students who are enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program of study at an accredited college or university. Up to five students are selected annually to receive the $1,000 award and recipients are chosen based on their responses to an essay question, a statement of academic and career goals and letters of reference. All applicants must be registered members of Scholarships.com.

Scholarships.com 2010 Resolve to Evolve Scholarship 473 Central Avenue, Suite 6 Highland Park, IL 60035 scholarships.com

University of Phoenix First Chance Scholarship

University of Phoenix offers a variety of scholarships, including the First Chance Scholarship Program for older students who have a desire to complete their first bachelors or masters degree. Scholarships are available to adult students aged 23 and older, as well as parents of college-age children who wish to pursue a college degree themselves. The program provides selected students with a full-tuition scholarship to University of Phoenix. Applicants must be nominated by a nonprofit partner organization. While the university, which is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), focuses on distance learning (with most students taking classes online), but students can also take class at one of the school's more than 200 campuses nationwide.

Central Administration University of Phoenix 4615 E. Elwood St. Phoenix, AZ 85040 866-766-0766 phoenix.edu

The Ragins/Braswell National Scholarship

The Ragins/Braswell National Scholarship is designed for older students who are planning to pursue a degree at the undergraduate or graduate level. Scholarship amounts vary and are nonrenewable, and all applicants must attend a Scholarship Workshop presentation. Selection is based on a personal essay, extracurricular participation, community service, leadership skills and commitment to completing a college degree.

The Scholarship Workshop LLC P. O. Box 176 Centreville, Virginia 20122 703-579-4245 scholarshipworkshop.com

Talbots Scholarship for Women

The Talbots Scholarship Foundation provides scholarship awards to older female students who have completed their GED or high school diploma at least ten years prior to submitting their application. The program is open to women students who plan to enroll in an accredited undergraduate degree program in the U.S. or Canada and have at least two semesters of study remaining. Up to ten $15,000 scholarships and one $30,000 scholarship are awarded annually to selected students.

Talbots Corporate Headquarters One Talbots Drive Hingham, MA 02043 507-931-1682 talbots.com

ASIST Scholarship Grant

The Adult Students in Scholastic Transition (ASIST) Scholarship Grant is available to adult students who are reentering college, enrolling for the first time or enrolling in a career enrichment education program. The program grants awards of $2,500 to selected students who demonstrate financial need as well as an ability to overcome social, economic or physical adversity. Priority is also shown to those students who are responsible for the care of young children.

EWI Corporate Offices 515 South 700 East Suite 2A Salt Lake City, Utah 84102 801-355-2800 ewiconnect.com

About the Author

Rebecca Lake is a freelance writer and virtual assistant living in the southeast. She has been writing professionally since 2009 for various websites. Lake received her master's degree in criminal justice from Charleston Southern University.