adult learning

There is a scholarship (or many scholarships) out there for everyone. Every student has some skill, interest, experience, or characteristic that may make them an attractive candidate for one scholarship or another. And while we often refer to scholarships as “free money,” scholarships don’t actually come for free. It takes work to thoughtfully consider your strengths and research the scholarships that might be most appropriate for you. While the effort that goes into finding and winning scholarships may be akin to a part-time job, we at College Coach want to make your job a little easier. This on-going scholarship series highlights a new scholarship each week. Check out the below, along with the other posts in the series, and you may discover a funding resource that will make covering that college bill a little (or a lot!) easier.

The National Center for Education Statistics reports an increase in adult learners who are heading back to college. If you are a woman with plans to further your education and give back to your community, this scholarship may be for you.

Scholarship: Jeannette Rankin Scholarship

Awarding Organization: Rankin Foundation

Amount: $2,000

Eligible Students: Women who are at least 35 years old and pursuing some form of higher education (vocational program, associate degree, or first bachelor’s degree). All students must meet the low income eligibility criteria, based on the Department of Labor’s Lower Living Standard.

How to Apply: Complete the online application form and provide letters of reference, copy of acceptance letter from an approved institution, and official transcript.

Deadline: February 26


Best of luck, and please see the awarding organization’s website for full scholarship details and requirements.

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Written by Robyn Stewart
Robyn Stewart is a member of College Coach’s team of college finance experts. Prior to joining College Coach, she worked as a former financial aid officer at College of the Holy Cross. Visit our website to learn more about Robyn Stewart.