Scholarships for Career Changers

Robyn Tellefsen | December 26, 2012

scholarships for career changersYesterday’s Christmas wasn’t just for kids, and neither is financial aid. As we head into “financial aid season,” it’s the perfect time to get inspired and encouraged by all the free money available. Whether you’re a career college student, a career changer, a mom, or just an adult looking for some help funding your higher education, sneak a peek at some of the scholarships that await you.

Talbots Scholarship Program
The Talbots Charitable Foundation features a competitive scholarship program for women pursuing a college degree later in life (at least 10 years after high school). Applicants must be enrolled or planning to enroll in an undergraduate course of study for the upcoming academic year.

What you can get:
One of 17 $10,000 scholarships or 1 $30,000 Nancy Talbot Scholarship Award
How to get it:
Submit high school and any college transcripts as well as an essay about your education and career goals. Winners are chosen based on academic record, demonstrated leadership and participation in community activities, honors, work experience, and financial need.
Where to get it:
https://www.scholarshipamerica.org/talbotswomen
Get it by:
January 2013 (Only the first 5,000 eligible applications received will be processed.)

The Michigan Association of Career Colleges & Schools (MACCS) Scholarships
This new scholarship program was created to assist students who have overcome obstacles to achieve their career goals. Applicants must be actively enrolled at one of 37 MACCS schools and campus locations throughout the state of Michigan.

What you can get: One of 6 $1,000 scholarships
How to get it:
Submit two letters of recommendation along with a 250-word statement of intent explaining why you are pursuing a career in your chosen field and how this will affect your life.
Where to get it:
www.careerschoolsmi.com/scholarship
Get it by:
March 1, 2013

Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund
The Jeannette Rankin Foundation awards scholarships to low-income women age 35 and older who have a vision of how a college education will benefit themselves, their families, and their communities. Applicants must be enrolled in or accepted to an accredited school where they will pursue a technical or vocational education, associate degree, or first bachelor’s degree.

What you can get: One of 65 $2,000 renewable scholarships
How to get it:
Submit two letters of recommendation and a personal statement. Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of their goals, their plan for reaching those goals, challenges they may have faced, and their financial situation.
Where to get it:
http://www.rankinfoundation.org
Get it by:
March 1, 2013

AARP Foundation Women’s Scholarship Program
This program awards scholarships to women age 50 and older who have limited financial resources and who are seeking education, training, and skills upgrades that can lead to better employment and increased financial security.

What you can get: Awards range from $500 to $5,000, depending on financial need and the cost of the education or training program. Previous recipients may reapply for a second year of assistance.
How to get it:
Submit short essays about educational goals and significant obstacles that you have overcome. Recipients are selected on the basis of financial need, personal circumstances and achievements, educational goals, and the likely impact of the scholarship on their lives.
Where to get it:
http://www.aarp.org/womensscholarship
Get it by: March 29, 2013

Adult Students in Scholastic Transition
Executive Women International (EWI) Adult Students in Scholastic Transition (ASIST) is a scholarship program that benefits nontraditional students who are facing economic, social, or physical challenges and who are seeking to improve their situation through educational opportunities.

What you can get: One of 12 $2,500 scholarships
How to get it:
Submit two letters of recommendation, transcripts, and an essay on your life’s goals and objectives and how obtaining additional education will further your goals.
Where to get it:
http://ewiconnect.com/ewiconnect/Community/EWI_Scholarships_ASIST.aspx
Get it by:
Contact your local EWI Chapter for its particular deadline. EWI operates by chapter in 65 cities across the United States and Canada.

One response to “Scholarships for Career Changers”

  1. Sani says:

    This is such a great article, Robyn! So many people want to change careers in this economy but are worried about the financial hardship…I’ll definitely be sharing this!!

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