Despite the fact that most scholarships and grants are given to the traditional kind of student who is going to college right after high school, there are those that are created for women over the age of 40. Here are some of the grants for women over 40 that you might consider if you are thinking about going to college.
- The Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund – This fund makes some money available each year to women over the age of 40 who want to go back to college. The scholarships are awarded in different amounts every year. The applicant has to be female, a minimum of 35 years old, a citizen of the US, pursuing an associate’s, first bachelor’s, or technical degree, and be able to show she is in needed financially. The application has to be postmarked on or prior to March 1st.
- AARP – This program through AARP gives grant money to women over the age of 40 through their scholarship program for women. The scholarship amounts will range from $500 up to $5,000. Applicants have to be female, at least forty, has to go into a study program within six months of getting award, and have the ability to show that she’s in need financially. Those women who are going back into the workforce, who are underemployed, or who are caring for the children of another family member are going to get preference. The yearly application deadline is October 31.
- BWIS Scholarship – This annual scholarship is made available to women hwo are over the age of 40 and want to go back to college through the Renate W. Chasman Scholarship. This scholarship is $2,000, and for a woman to be eligible they have to be returning to college, they have to be a citizen or a permanent resident of the US, and at least be a junior. Additionally, the person has to be a Long Island resident and be pursuing a natural sciences, engineering, or math degree. April 1st is the yearly deadline and students who are interested should go to the BWIS website.
These are three of the grants for women over 40 that are available for women who are interested going back to college and are the age of 40. Gone are the days of just teenagers and twenty year olds going into college. Women are pursuing college careers now in their 40s and even older.