Many people of working age can feel stuck in their current career path and are ready for a change. Learning a new vocation, especially in higher skilled fields, almost always requires going back to school. For these working students it can be difficult to find the finances needed for higher education, but fortunately there are plenty of scholarships for non traditional students out there.
Generally, the term ‘non-traditional’ is applied to any student seeking advanced schooling after what is usually considered the normal route of going to college after graduating high school. A problem is that it can seem like the vast majority of financial aid and scholarship programs are exclusively for these traditional students. However, with more and more adults returning to school every year, there has been an increase in scholarships for non traditional students. The following are just a few of the many opportunities out there.
3 Great Scholarships for Non Traditional Students
1. Job-applications.com offers a biannual scholarship of $1000 for working parents that meet the eligibility requirements. The deadline is June 14th, 2014 and applicants must submit a 600 to 1000 word essay about successfully balancing parenting, work, and school. Applicants must be a current full or part time student, work at least 12 hours a week, and be a residential parent of a child. Full eligibility requirements can be found at the above hyperlink.
2. Resume companion also has a $1000 award for any student who can create a resume based on the life of any character from history, fiction, or myth. This offer is open to students of any age, national or international, so long as they are enrolled–or due to be enrolled–in an accredited higher learning institution. The deadline for the Fall 2014 semester is July 15th, 2014. See the link above for more information on this contest.
3. The College Jumpstart Scholarship is a merit based award open to all students; high school, college, and non traditional. The first place prize is $1500 to assist with educational expenses, and the deadline is April 15th, 2014. The contest is based on GPA and the strength of a written personal goals statement contained in the application. See the linked website for complete information.
These are just three of the many opportunities for financial assistance available to non traditional students. Once you have applied to the awards listed above, you can continue your search for more scholarships. Many working aged students will be surprised by what it is out there, and how easy it is to get the help needed to pay for your continuing education. So don’t feel stuck in that dead end job; free money for your dream is out there.