Going back to school as an adult can be intimidating. Continuing your education could help either upgrade your degree or give you new skills to advance your career. Unfortunately, many adults are discouraged from continuing their education due to budget restraints.
While continuing education can be expensive depending on your path, there are scholarships designed for those who want to go back to school.
Unfortunately, so many scholarships are underutilized, leaving money in the air going unclaimed.
What Is Continuing Education?
Continuing education can mean a couple of things.
- For instance, continuing education can be for adults who have completed primary education but want to go back to school to obtain a higher degree or change careers.
- Additionally, continuing education can include students who have already obtained a diploma or degree and hope to add to their education.
Weeding through available scholarships can be a task in and of itself, so below are some of the best scholarships for continuing education.
Alpha Sigma Lambda Scholarships
Alpha Sigma Lambda is an honor society that grants scholarships to those wishing to go back to school to enhance their learning.
To be considered for this scholarship, it’s requested that you are either in a bachelor’s or associate program, with at least a 3.2 GPA and 24 hours of coursework. These scholarships consist of five $3000 awards and 15 $2500 scholarships.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant
This government grant can be awarded in varying amounts depending on your financial situation. This grant intends to help students struggling financially or those who need financial support to get them through school.
If you go to a school recognized by this grant, you can receive between $100 and $4000 a year towards your education.
Be Bold Scholarship
This scholarship will give $10,000 to qualifying students looking to make big waves in their careers. It is offered by bold.org, an organization dedicated to helping students get through school so that they can go out into the world and create change.
College JumpStart Scholarship
If you are looking to improve your family’s situation by furthering your education, you could be eligible for this $1000 scholarship. First, you are given a question that you must respond to with your statement. Second, you are asked to be enrolled or plan to enroll in either a two or four-year program.
PEO Program For Continuing Education Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to women looking to go back to school. To qualify, the organization looks for women who have been out of school for at least two years and will be completing their degree in about a year and a half. The scholarship amounts to $3000 for winners, and an interview is required.
Easy Money Scholarship
One thing that deters many from applying for scholarships is the paperwork involved with the application process.
While the paperwork is worth it, the $1000 Easy Money Scholarship is named so because applying is quite simple. You must fill in some information, but you don’t have to have a certain GPA or write an essay to be considered.
If you are at least 21 years old and want to pursue a career in the trades, you should consider applying for the $1000 Imagine America scholarship.
The Imagine America scholarship will ask you to become a foundation member. This requirement doesn’t come at a cost to you, and you can benefit from a variety of resources to help you continue your education.
Teacher Education Assistance For College And Higher Education Grant
If you’re hoping to go back to school to become a teacher or work in education, this grant is ideal for you to apply for.
In addition, this grant is designed for those looking to obtain a degree to become a teacher or work in administration at a school.
To qualify for this grant, it is expected that you will be willing to work in a low-income school for at least four years. The amount varies as to how much you could receive for this grant if you qualify.
Unigo $10K Scholarship
This scholarship can be awarded to those planning on continuing their education by 2025 at the latest. You will be asked to write an essay to be considered for this scholarship. T
heir essays are relatively simple to complete, so don’t let that deter you from applying. Unigo also offers other types of scholarships through its website.
Scholarship Points $10,000 Scholarship
This scholarship is perhaps one of the easiest to apply for, as there are no essays or other work to be done to apply. You do have to fill in a little bit of information, but it’s like signing up for a service. This quick application process is worth it, as you can win a very generous scholarship just for applying.
Courage To Grow Scholarship
The Courage To Grow Scholarship allocates $500 each month to an applicant. To be eligible for this scholarship, you are expected to have at least a 2.5 GPA. In addition, your application will consist of writing a short essay about why you believe you could benefit from the scholarship.
If you don’t win, it’s worth continuing to apply for the scholarship, given that it doesn’t require a lot of time.
Federal Pell Grant
This grant is open to students of any age pursuing their undergraduate degrees. The amount of this grant varies each year, and the amount you receive will depend on your needs and course load.
You must meet some other requirements to receive this grant, which the federal government funds. Your income will also be considered as it helps them calculate what type of grant you need based on your income situation and your family structure.
Return 2 College
This scholarship is awarded to three students looking to return to school. The scholarship consists of a $1000 award. This scholarship can be applied for regardless of your age if you are a student pursuing a graduate or undergraduate degree.
Your application for the Return 2 College scholarships will consist of you answering a question in essay format. The essay is short, so it’s not something that requires a lot of time.
It’s also recommended that you look at what your state might offer in terms of scholarships and grants. Each state will typically have financial incentives to help people further their education.
Federal Student Aid
If you are applying for student loans to help you pay for tuition and other costs, you should also know that this allows you to qualify for federal grants. These grants do not have to be paid back to the government as part of your student loan.
This is not an exhaustive list of scholarships available to you to continue your education. However, it’s highly recommended that you dedicate some time to researching scholarships and grants, as this money can help you focus on school without having to pay the money back at the end of your program.
Money should not be the main deterrent to finding happiness in a new and better career.
Scholarships can give you that peace of mind that you can go forth in your endeavors without the burden of finances. You don’t have to be a genius to qualify for a scholarship; you must apply.
Too many scholarships go unclaimed each year, and maybe those unclaimed scholarships could be just what it takes to get you through school without the stress of money hanging over your head.
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