While many students who hunt for scholarships are attending college as 18-year-olds just out of high school, this is not always the case. Some students are older and others still aim to return to school to gain new skills. A recently announced scholarship aims to help them out.
The AARP Foundation wants to encourage older female students to return to school with its scholarship program open to low-income women currently living in Illinois. There will be funds available from $500 to $5,000, and up to 100 scholarships will be awarded. That will be a great boost to those who only qualified for student loans and grants.
The Women’s Scholarship Program was established back in 2007 to give women 40 years of age and older the chance to return to school. Scholarship recipients can enroll in further education or training programs from accredited institutions in order to advance their professional careers.
“In this economy, it is vital that women have access to the education and job training resources they need to advance their professional goals,” explained AARP Illinois state president, Mary Dee, when describing the scholarship program.
Since many older adults are getting online degrees, this scholarship is a great way to help them pay for their education. Combined with grants for online school, it makes getting degree attainable for many women.
Applications for this scholarship will be accepted until March 31, 2010.