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    College Scholarships For Students Older Than 30

    Nontraditional students can win scholarships that aren’t specifically for older students, but by targeting awards like the ones listed here, they may improve their chances.
    By Diane Melville - Updated: September 15, 2016

    What You'll Learn

    • Why nontraditional students should target their scholarship searches.
    • Specific scholarships for older students.
    • The key to winning a scholarship.
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    This may seem counterintuitive, but if you're a nontraditional student, you don't have to look for scholarships specifically for older students. Many traditional college scholarships have no maximum age requirement—or no age requirement at all.

    Having said that, some of the best scholarship advice for nontraditional students is to target your search to nontraditional scholarships. This will get you as close to the judges' selection criteria as possible. To help you do this, I pulled together a list of scholarships for undergraduate students who are over 30 years of age.

    These scholarships are just a sample of those available to nontraditional students. Use this list as a starting point, but continue to broaden your scholarship pool by looking for opportunities of all kinds.

    (Note: Deadlines for these scholarships will change every year. Please visit the linked websites for up-to-date details.)

    The Association For Nontraditional Students In Higher Education

    ANTSHE is a national organization created to provide support to nontraditional college students in the United States. There are many scholarships offered by this organization specifically for nontraditional students. Here are a few examples:

    • The Marius Gabe Degabriele Scholarship for Graduate Students
    • Kazimour Scholarships for Undergraduate Students
    • The Founder's Scholarship for nontraditional students with financial need
    • The ANTSHE Board of Directors Scholarship

    Jeanette Rankin Women's Scholarship Fund

    This scholarship provides awards to low-income women over 35 who are using college to build better lives. To qualify for this scholarship, you must meet the following criteria:

    • Must be a woman
    • Must be 35 years of age or older
    • Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
    • Must be pursuing a technical, vocational, associate's, or bachelor's degree
    • Must be enrolled at an accredited college or university

    CBC Spouses Education Scholarship

    The CBC Spouses is the general scholarship offered by the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation. Contrary to the name, there is no race, major, or specific marital status required to apply for this scholarship!

    The scholarship website does mention that preference will be given to students living in or attending a school district in a Congressional Black Caucus member district. I advise that you ignore their preferences and apply for the scholarship anyway if you meet the following eligibility requirements:

    • Must be a full-time undergraduate or graduate degree-seeking student
    • Must be attending an accredited college or university
    • Must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 out of 4.0
    • Must exhibit leadership ability and participate in community service activities.

    The AAUW Career Development Grant Program

    This scholarship is for women pursuing a college education to advance their careers. AAUW claims to be the largest source of private funding exclusively for women. The organization offers scholarship awards ranging from $2,000 to $12,000. To qualify for this scholarship, you must meet the following criteria.

    • Must be a woman
    • Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
    • Must not have a graduate or professional degree
    • Must plan to enroll in courses/activities that are required for professional employment/advancement
    • Must plan to enroll in a bachelor's, associate's, master's, technical, certification, or other professional degree program

    Remember: Keep Trying!

    Winning a scholarship is a difficult challenge for any student—regardless of their age. There are 20-year-old students who have never won a scholarship, and there are 40-year-old students who have won plenty of scholarships!

    The key to winning a scholarship is simple: keep trying and keep applying. And if you don't win, don't give up. Nontraditional students have many different ways that can help them pay for college.

    Por Diane Melville - Actualizado: 15 septiembre 2016
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