Scholarships for Returning Students

It can be difficult searching for available scholarships when you are no longer a high school senior since the majority of grants and scholarships seem to be tailored to the younger crowd.

Your decision to attend college will have a positive impact on your life and career but it is hard without the right economic support. However, there is no need to panic as there are plenty of scholarships available for returning students throughout the world which can help pay for your education.

Who Are Returning Students?

Returning students are individuals who were previously enrolled in a particular educational institution and had to leave their studies due to economic/personal reasons but would now like to return to complete their courses and achieve their degree. Returning students sometimes fall in the category of “non-traditional students”.


What Sort Of Scholarships Can They Expect?

Scholarships for returning students offer specific benefits over high school seniors in the search for scholarships, especially when it comes to scholarship essays. Moreover, most returning students have had amazing life experiences and have had to overcome a lot of difficulties and so they will never be at a loss of words when it comes to filling their scholarship application.

It is best to begin your search at the university or college you plan to attend because they might have provisions for returning student scholarships. There are various programs that offer scholarships for returning students, especially women who plan to pursue higher education after raising a family.

Scholarships For International Returning Students

Emerge Scholarship for Women

This scholarship is awarded by Emerge, an organization that focuses on women empowerment through education. They strive to aid women whose educations have been interrupted and who wish to give back to their communities. Ten scholarships are awarded on an annual basis, ranging between $2000 – $5000. The applicants for the scholarships need to be a minimum of 25 years old.

The Bernard Osher Re-entry Scholarship Program

This is one of the best scholarships for returning students between the ages of 25 and 50 who wish to complete their degrees. The scholarship is awarded by the Osher foundation to students attending any one of the eighty-three universities and colleges, including the University of Miami, Boston University, New York University, throughout the United States.

The William E. and Phoebe B. Clark Scholarship

This scholarship offers financial assistance to non-traditional students who demonstrate the necessary economic need and are enrolled at Michigan State University with special preference given to widowed applicants and single parents.

Parents’ Learning Allowance

These scholarships for returning students award full-time students with children an amount of £1523 a year to sponsor their educational costs. The money may be used to pay for travel, study materials and resources, and books. The final amount of the Parents’ Learning Allowance depends on your household income.

Margaret Garson Medicine Scholarship

The Margaret Garson Medicine Scholarship from the University of Melbourne awards an amount of $3000 to a returning student in the field of Science or Biomedicine based on academic results. The candidate should aim to become a doctor upon the completion of their studies.

Returning Students’ Program of the Counselling Center

Awarded by the University of Maryland, College Park, this is one of the best scholarships for returning students who are above the age of 25 and have experienced a break in their formal education.

Alice & Harry Tashjian Scholarship

This $400 scholarship is awarded to a female returning student attending the Minneapolis Community and Technical College who is majoring in the field of engineering or liberal arts. Students who had to postpone education after high school and had difficulty maintaining a traditional educational path owing to family poverty issues and war are considered for this scholarship.

Neil Anderson Scholarship

The Neil Anderson Scholarships is awarded to a returning student planning to pursue a four-year degree in any field of study. The candidate needs to possess a minimum GPA of 3.0 from high school and demonstrate academic merit and financial need.

The Osher Re-entry Scholarship

The Osher Re-entry Scholarship is awarded to adults who plan to enter Delaware State University after a five year cumulative gap in pursuing their first bachelor’s degree. The scholarship may be used to pay for tuition expenses only and the amount of the scholarship may go up to $5000.

Paul L. and Joanne L. Peoples Scholarship for the Returning Adult Student

This scholarship is meant for adults returning to higher education for baccalaureate or advanced degree. Preference is given to students indicating interest in packaging and those re-entering due to a divorce or the death of their spouse.

Looking for the right scholarship may sometimes feel a bit overwhelming for returning students but if they stick with it, chances are that they will be able to move on in life and attending college is going to be a great move for their future career.

AAUW The Linda Todd Scholarship 2016

Linda Todd Scholarship is one of the scholarships for returning female students. Applicants must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate program in Hampton Roads and have completed a minimum of 15 credit hours at an accredited two- or four year institution (this does not include accredited career colleges) is eligible. The Virginia Beach Branch has presented 48 scholarships as of 2015, representing almost $24,200. 2016 scholarship application will be available January 2016.

Adult Skills Education Program (ASEP)

The Adult Skills Education Grant is available to adult students who are at least 19 years of age. Applicant must be a U.S. citizen, have a high school diploma, a GED or pass an Ability to Benefit test and be enrolling in a participating college to be eligible for this award. Grant of $1,000 value will be awarded. Application deadline is June 30. ASEP begins on July 1 of each calendar year.

Canadian Hard of Hearing Association Awards  

Applications are invited for Canadian Hard of Hearing Association Awards.  Eligible applicants may be first-time or returning post-secondary students, registered in a full time program at a recognized College or University. For full-time hard of hearing or deafened students, based on academic achievement, community involvement, and the determination to cope with hearing loss. The association is pleased to announce that the 2016 scholarship application form is now available online, with a deadline of March 4, 2016.

2016 Jason Lang Alberta Scholarship in Canada

The Jason Lang Scholarship was established in memory of Jason Lang to reward outstanding academic achievement of Alberta post-secondary students who are continuing full-time in an undergraduate program in Alberta. It is administered by Student Aid Alberta.  Scholarship of $1,000 value will awarded.



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