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Scholarships for Returning Students


Imagine America


Who's Eligible: Students interested in vocational or career colleges may qualify for this one-time grant, designed for adult students. The results of an assessment made in partnership with the National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT) are sent to participating colleges, which then disburse Imagine America funding.
What It Covers: $1000 may be awarded for tuition and expenses at affiliated career schools.
How to Apply: Determine whether your school is a participating college. If so, complete the online awards application and the NCCT assessment at the same link. Your school will notify you via email if award funds are available for you.


Federation of American Consumers and Travelers


Who's Eligible: Members of the Federation of Consumers and Travelers (FACT) consumer purchasing club may be eligible for scholarship funding. FACT members or their immediate family members may be eligible to students who graduated from high school prior to 2009. Students must maintain a 2.0 GPA and complete a 2- or 4-year program at an accredited college. Financial need is considered.
What It Covers: Scholarships from $2,500 to $10,000 are awarded each year, and cover tuition, books and related expenses. Funding is paid directly to the school.
How to Apply: An application may be downloaded. The completed application, high school transcripts, proof of FACT membership, and a 2-page essay in response to a prompt in the application form should be mailed to:
FACT Membership Office
PO Box 104
Edwardsville, IL 62025
Finalists will be chosen and asked to submit a financial aid report before scholarships are awarded.


Patsy Takemoto Mink Foundation Scholarship


Who's Eligible: The Patsy Takemoto Mink Foundation aspires to put education within reach for low-income women, particularly mothers. Women with minor children enrolled in a technical or vocational school, associate degree programs, or traditional 4-year baccalaureate degree programs are eligible. Income must meet somewhat stringent guidelines; for instance, a family of 2 must make less than $18,000 per year.
What It Covers: Five recipients per year receive awards of up to $3,000. These funds can be used for tuition, books, or childcare expenses.
How to Apply: The application is available in PDF form. The printed, completed application will include answers to several essay questions. Two stapled copies of the application should be postmarked no later than Aug. 1st and mailed to:
Patsy Takemoto Mink Foundation
PO Box 769
Granby, MA 01033


Women's Independence Scholarship Program (WISP)


Who's Eligible: This scholarship program is targeted to survivors of domestic abuse, most often single mothers, who are low-income. Financial support is available to full- and part-time students who meet eligibility criteria and attend an accredited school. Scholarships are sometimes awarded to graduate students but most often to less-educated women in crisis situations. Applicants must have been separated from an abusive partner for a minimum of one year, and must be sponsored by a non-profit domestic violence agency. Awardees must maintain a 2.75 GPA.
What It Covers: Scholarships are based on individual circumstances, but usually average $2,000 per term and are applicable to education-related expenses, including child care.
How to Apply: Applications are accepted on a rolling deadline but should be submitted 8 weeks before a program begins. A complete application includes verification of at least six months' work with a qualified domestic violence service provider, sponsor agreement, and letters of recommendation. Applications may be submitted online or printed and mailed to:
Women's Independence Scholarship Program
4900 Randall Parkway Ste. H
Wilmington, NC 28403


ACS-Hach Second Career Teacher Scholarship


Who's Eligible: The American Chemical Society offers the Second Career Teacher Scholarship to working professionals in the chemistry field who pursue a teaching degree or certification. Eligible applicants must have a bachelor's or master's degree in chemistry or a related discipline, work experience in the field and acceptance into a master's in teaching or teaching certification degree program.
What It Covers: Full-time students may receive up to $6,000 per year; part-time students are eligible for half that. Funds are disbursed over two semesters, and may be renewed for 3 successive years. These funds cover tuition, books and room-and-board expenses.
How to Apply: Applications are filed online and must include a resume or curriculum vitae, complete transcripts, proof of admittance, and personal essays detailing your interest in teaching chemistry. All application packets are due no later than April 1st.


AFCEA Military Personnel Scholarship


Who's Eligible: The Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) offers merit-based scholarships to active duty, honorably discharged and disabled veterans of the U.S. military. Eligible applicants are at least second-year students in accredited programs. Awardees must maintain a 3.0 GPA and major in an approved technological subject area.
What It Covers: Undergraduate scholarships are $2,250; graduate students receive $5,000. All funds are applicable to tuition, books and related expenses.
How to Apply: Applications may be submitted online and are due by Nov. 15th. Candidates must supply a Certificate of Service, Discharge Form or copy of latest performance review, as well as letters of recommendation.


P.E.O. Educational Loan Fund


Who's Eligible: The Philanthropic Educational Organization (PEO) is entirely dedicated to providing educational funding for women in dire financial straits. Applicants for these need-based grant programs must be within 2 years of completing a degree, but have been out of school for at least 2 years. Designed to entice women to finish school, grants are awarded to students in undergraduate and master's degree programs.
What It Covers: Award amounts vary based on individual circumstances, but may be as high as $3,000 and can be used for any educational expenses. A low-interest loan program is also available for up to $20,000.
How to Apply: Applications are accepted online but can only be granted via a sponsoring local chapter. Generally, applications received less than 4 months prior to the beginning of a term will be rejected.


Soroptimist Women's Opportunity Awards


Who's Eligible: This scholarship program is awarded to over 1,000 women annually, most of whom struggle with poverty, domestic violence or substance abuse. Eligible applicants are currently enrolled in a vocational skills program or undergraduate degree program, and demonstrate financial need.
What It Covers: These funds are cash awards that can be used toward any school-related expenses, including childcare and transportation. Scholarships fall among three tiers: local club level awards vary in amount but are relatively small, regional level awards range from $3,000 to $5,000, and international awards grant $10,000 to 3 recipients per year.
How to Apply: A completed application and letters of reference must be emailed by Dec. 1st of each preceding academic year.


Cleanly Cut Scholarship


Who's Eligible: This scholarship is awarded once annually to both new undergraduate and graduate students as well as those students seeking career improvement or a a career change through education. Eligible students must be enrolled at an accredited institution full time and maintain an accumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.25.
What It Covers: These funds are cash awards that can be used toward any school-related expenses, including childcare and transportation. Scholarships are given annually for $1000.
How to Apply: A complete official academic transcripts, a one (1) page letter from the applicant, and a list of extracurricular activities, honors, awards, or recognition received within the last three (3) years are to be submitted no later than February, 1st of each year.


Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship


Who's Eligible: Offered by Google, the Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship strives to support women who aspire to careers in technology. Applicants must be currently enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student, and majoring in computer science or a related field. Strong academic performance and leadership potential must be demonstrated.
What It Covers: Each recipient receives $10,000 for one academic year, which can be used for standard educational expenses such as tuition, books and fees.
How to Apply: The online application includes a resume, current transcripts, answers to four essay questions and two letters of reference. Applications are due Dec. 2nd.


American Association of University Women Educational Foundation


Who's Eligible: The Career Development Grant is awarded to women of color who hold bachelor's degrees and are pursuing graduate degrees to re-enter the workforce or change careers. While membership in the AAUW is not required, members are given special consideration. Pursuing a degree in a non-traditional field is also given extra weight. Applicants must have received their last degree prior to June 2009.
What It Covers: The number of recipients varies annually, though it is often between 40 and 50 women. These non-renewable awards range from $2,000 to $12,000.
How to Apply: Applications are accepted from Aug. 1st through Dec. 15th.

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