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AARP Foundation Women's Scholarship Program
Applications for the 2012 Women's Scholarship Program will be accepted through March 30, 2012. The AARP Foundation's Women's Scholarship Program provides scholarship funds to women 40+ seeking new job skills, training, and educational opportunities to support themselves and their families. The AARP Foundation Women's Scholarship Program is available to eligible individuals with moderate to lower incomes and limited financial resources.
Also listed under Grants for Individuals : Women.
(Last checked 01/29/15)

Altrusa International of Grand Rapids Scholarship
Any student who did not pursue any form of post secondary education after graduation from high school or receipt of a GED for a minimum of 24 months, or a student who entered college directly after high school or receipt of GED but never completed a degree, having sat out a minimum of two years; a resident of Kent, Allegan, Ionia, Ottawa, Montcalm, or Muskegon Counties for a minimum of six months prior to applying. Financial need must be demonstrated; gradepoint must meet minimum requirement for entry into school or program of choice; two letters of recommendation must be provided. An interview may be required for finalists. Scholarship not renewable but you may reapply. For more information on additional guidelines and requirements, contact Ruth Bishop at the Grand Rapids Community Foundation at (616) 454-1751.
(Last checked 01/29/15)

American Legion Auxiliary (Michigan Department) Nontraditional Student Scholarship
Deadline: March 1
Applicant must be a dependent or descendant of a veteran as well as a non-traditional student (1) returning to the classroom after some period of time in which his/her formal education was interrupted, (2) a student over the age of twenty-two attending college for the first time pursuing a degree, or (3) a student over the age of twenty-two attending a vocational or trade school. See web site for additional possible funding by the American Legion Auxiliary.
(Last checked 01/29/15)

Community Foundation for Muskegon County
While the majority of the scholarships go to Muskegon County high school seniors entering colleges and technical schools, the foundation also assisted a number of older, "nontraditional" students pursuing higher education later in life.
(Last checked 01/29/15)

Community Foundation Alliance of Calhoun County Scholarship
Calhoun County Adult Scholarship
This scholarship has been established to provide scholarships nontraditional students who reside within Calhoun County and seek educational opportunities. The number and dollar amount of scholarships may vary each year, with a maximum award of $1,000 each. Eligibility at this time is for adults who have not been enrolled in any full time educational program for at least six months prior to the application deadline and are in need of additional education and/or technical training to enhance current employment status and/or employability. Previous Community Foundation Alliance of Calhoun County Scholarship recipients are welcome to re-apply. Strong emphasis will be placed on merit, need, academic achievement, and community involvement. Geographical representation of each recipient will also be considered.This scholarship is not for graduating students or post college graduate studies. The Community Foundation Alliance of Calhoun County Scholarship can be applied toward: (1) Technical training, (2) College education, (3) Company-related training/education, or (4) GED.
(Last checked 01/29/15)

Eaton Rapids Business and Professional Women's Club
Deadline : March 29
The Eaton Rapids Business and Professional Women's Club usually awards two $1000 college scholarships to deserving women in the Eaton Rapids, Michigan community. Applicants must be 25 years or older and registered in an accredited college or vocational program. Applications are available at the Charlotte Library, Eaton Rapids Library, Eaton County Siren, River Bend's Mesquite Grill, VFW National Home in Eaton Rapids, Wendi's Hallmark in Eaton Rapids, Little Red Schoolhouse near the Lansing Mall, or by calling (517) 663-8921. Posted in Lansing State Journal, July 12, 2008.
(Last checked 01/29/15)

A Guide for Adults in Pursuit of Higher Education (In Michigan)
(Last checked 01/29/15)

Jeannette Rankin Foundation
Women's Education Fund
The Jeannette Rankin Foundation continues the legacy of Jeanette Rankin, the first woman elected to Congress. Every year scholarships of $1,500 each are available to 25 women, aged 35 or above, to pursue their education. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, and have been accepted or enrolled in a certified technical/vocational training program or undergraduate college program. Awards will be made to promising students with severe financial need.
(Last checked 01/29/15)

Junior League of Lansing Annual Scholarships
This year the Junior League will be providing scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each to the three outstanding women in the Greater Lansing Community. The scholarships are granted to women who not only have a sincere dedication to their education, but also share the League's commitment to community service. One award is reserved for a non-traditional student enrolled in post-secondary school and the other two are given to graduating seniors. Nominations required.
(Last checked 01/29/15)

Lansing Community College
Women's Resource Center
Single Parent/Displaced Homemaker/ Non-Traditional Career/Special Populations (SP/DH/NT/SPOPS) Grant
Assistance with tuition, textbooks, and transportation is available to students who belong to one of these special populations. Income guidelines and other eligibility criteria apply. According to federal guidelines, those with the greatest financial need will have priority. The Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Growth, Community College Services Unit, provides funds for this program. This grant is intended to assist students in occupational programs. For more information, call (517) 483-1199.
(Last checked 01/29/15)

Linda Lael Miller Scholarships
Linda's scholarships are awarded annually to women who are 25 years or older, non-traditional students who have a difficult time finding scholarships for which they qualify. As in previous years, the scholarship funds may be used not only for tuition and books, but also for childcare, transportation and other expenses not covered by traditional scholarships.
(Last checked 01/29/15)

Michigan State University
Child Care Grant
The MSU Child Care Grant Program provides funds to students with children to assist in meeting the cost of licensed child care during the school year. To be considered you must:
(1) Be enrolled at least half-time in a degree granting program at MSU, the Agricultural Technology or Teacher Certification programs.
(2) Be the parent of a child 12 years old or younger or a child with special needs under the age of 19.
(3) Incur child care expenses from services provided by a licensed provider.
(4) Demonstrate financial need for this grant as established by your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) filing or International Student Financial Data Form.
(5) Be making satisfactory academic progress as required by the university.
(6) Use child care services because you are a single student, or if married, because your spouse is either a student or employed outside the home.
For more information contact, MSU Office for Financial Aid, Mary Kimball, 432-6681
(Last checked 01/29/15)

Michigan State University
Mildred B. Erickson Fellowship
If you have had to interrupt your degree studies for a significant amount of time, and can demonstrate financial need, the Mildred B. Erickson Fellowship is designed for you. The individual scholarships cover the approximate cost of one course, undergraduate or graduate, for up to two semesters through Michigan State University and its Regional Centers.
(Last checked 01/29/15)

Michigan State University
William E. and Phoebe B. Clark Scholarship
The Clark Scholarship is designed for non-traditional students who are enrolled in a degree program at Michigan State University, and can demonstrate financial need. Single parents and applicants who have experienced life-changing circumstances (such as the death of a spouse or partner) are particularly encouraged to apply. The individual scholarships cover the approximate cost of one undergraduate or graduate course, up to $1,500.
(Last checked 01/29/15)

National Association of Career Women
Lansing Founding Chapter
Harriett E. Pincumbe Scholarship
Application should be submitted to NACW Scholarship, PO Box 27203, Lansing, MI 48909. For more information, send an email to nacw@danamgt.com
Deadline : April 30
Annually awards a scholarship to a woman who is working toward or desires to pursue her academic career. The scholarship was established to honor one of the NACW's founders, Harriett E. Pincumbe, who died after founding NACW with Priscilla Petersen and Sandra Frauenheim. Two $1,700.00 scholarship may be awarded for 2010-2011. An interview may be required. (1) Must be resident of Eaton, Ingham or Clinton county.
(2) Enrolled in or eligible to enroll in an accredited school pursuing an Associate's or Bachelor's degree.
(3) Employed, interning, volunteering, or serving in other activities.
(4) Experiencing financial need. Please describe your need in your personal letter.
(5) Tell us about yourself personally and professionally in your application letter. How would you benefit from the scholarship? What are your goals? How was your academic career interrupted, and why did you decide to go back to school? Why should you be selected to receive the scholarship?
(6) At least one Letter of Recommendation from someone who knows you well enough to write about you as a person and as a student.
(7) Provide the names of two additional references
(Last checked 01/29/15)

Nora Flemington Scholarship Trust
Address ; 508 E. Margaret St., Iron Mountain, MI 49801-1844
Scholarship awards to full-time female students who are over the age of 22 and residents of Dickinson or Iron counties, Michigan, or Menominee County, Wisconsin.
(Last checked 01/29/15)

Otis M. Smith Scholarship
Deadline : May 1
Applicants must be single mothers who are residents of Wayne, Oakland or Macomb counties and attend or will attend Wayne State University, any campus of the University of Michigan, or Catholic University Law School in Washington, D.C. Priority is given to full-time students, but part-time students may also be considered. The program awards up to four nonrenewable scholarships of $2,000. Applications are available through this link or at the financial aid office of eligible institutions.
(Last checked 01/29/15)

Patsy Takemoto Mink Education Foundation for Low-Income Women and Children
Deadline : May 1
In 2010, the Foundation will offer five Education Support Awards of up to $2000 each to assist low-income women with children who are pursuing education or training. Education Support Awards may be used for direct school expenses or for living expenses while you are enrolled in an educational program.
(Last checked 01/29/15)

P.E.O. Program for Continuing Education
P.E.O. Program for Continuing Education (PCE) was established in 1973 to provide need based grants to women in the United States and Canada whose education has been interrupted and who find it necessary to return to school to support themselves and/or their families.
(Last checked 01/29/15)

Soroptimist International
Midwestern Grants
The Midwestern Regional of Sorpotimist International awards several scholarships to women, including:
(1) Virginia M. Wagner Award to honor the effort and scholorship of a woman attending a college or university to earn a baccalaureate, masters or doctoral degree. (2) The Women's Opportunity Award is reserved for women who are financially responsible for their families and who need to further their education, skills and/or training in order to imporve their employment status.
(Last checked 01/29/15)

Talbots Womens Scholarships Fund
Deadline : January 1
In keeping with Talbots long-standing tradition of helping women succeed, the Talbots Charitable Foundation is proud to offer a scholarship program for women looking to pursue a college education later in life. This program empowers women to enrich themselves through learning. To date, over $1 million in scholarships have been awarded to deserving women ranging in age from their late 20s to 60s....Completely re-imagined, this program will award $180,000 in college scholarships for the 2010 academic year, including 10 $15,000 scholarships and one $30,000 Nancy Talbot Scholarship Award, presented in memory of the founder of Talbots. This Award will go to the extraordinary finalist demonstrating courage, conviction and an insatiable entrepreneurial spirit.
(Last checked 01/29/15)

Troy Women's Association
Adult Scholarship Application
Deadline : April 15
The Troy Women's Association awards scholarships to graduating senior girls or women returning to school who have demonstrated community service or have a financial need. A special scholarship, The Donna Smith Scholarship, will be awarded to a deserving woman or graduating senior who has demonstrated community service experience and is pursuing a degree in business or accounting. Applications can be emailed or mailed.
(Last checked 01/29/15)


SciVal Funding
Provides access to a searchable database of more than 12,000 active opportunities, 2.25M awards (back to 2004), and 4500 funding bodies. Geographic coverage is strongest for the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, European Commission, Australia, Ireland, Singapore, India, South Africa, and New Zealand. At present academic discipline coverage is strongest in the sciences and business; hopefully it will beef up funding information in the arts, humanities, and social sciences as time goes by.
For more information see Frequently Asked Questions: MSU Scholars (SciVal Experts/SciVal Funding)
(Last checked 01/29/15)

Foundation Grants to Individuals Online (Main Library Access Only)
Includes descriptions of more than 6,000 foundations and public charities that fund individual grantseekers, and is searchable by nine different criteria. Records provide contact information, financial data, application information, and program descriptions, with links to more than 500 foundation Web sites. Updated quarterly.
(Last checked 01/29/15)

An extensive online grants database owned and operated by Schoolhouse Partners, and it contains more than 16,000 funding opportunities provided by more than 5,100 unique sponsoring organizations. Also provides a selection of funding news.
(Last checked 01/29/15)

MSU Scholarship Search
MSU offers a wide variety of scholarships, some of which have criteria which severely limit the number of students who might be eligible for the scholarship, while others have much broader criteria. This facility should help you find those MSU scholarships for which you might be eligible. You can search either by unit (College/Department) within the University or by criteria such as major/specialization, Michigan county of permanent residence, high school, or study abroad.
(Last checked 01/29/15)

Cornell University
Graduate School Fellowships Database
(Last checked 01/29/15)

If you have access to the world wide web and are willing to fill in the online forms, this service promises a free customized list of financial aid sources. FastWeb is actually a searchable database of more than 400,000 private sector scholarships, fellowships, grants, and loans from more than 3,000 sources for all levels of higher education. First-time visitors have to register (first and last name and a user ID), then complete a profile, including background and fields of study. Registrants then receive a list of all currently relevant funding sources. The registration information is stored and can be used on subsequent visits. The entire sign-up process, and delivery of available funding sources, can be a bit tedious: about five to twenty minutes, depending on the connection speed. Approximately 500 new scholarships are added to the database daily, so registrants can stay current. Provided courtesy of Financial Aid Information Page and Student Services, Inc. created by Mark Kantrowitz and sponsored by the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators.
(Last checked 01/29/15)


The Main Library Reference Funding Center maintains a constantly expanding library of scholarship books and funding directories, most of which are unavailable elsewhere on campus. Funding seekers should remember that no single resource covers every possible funding opportunity, so explore books as well as databases and web sites, so you can discover as many funding opportunities as possible.

The books mentioned on this page are available for public use in the Michigan State University Libraries. If you are unable to visit our library, consider visiting a Foundation Center Cooperating Collection in your home state or a local public library in your home town. If the books are not available there, ask about interlibrary loan or visit a local bookstore to find out whether they can be purchased.

Better Late Than Never : Financial Aid for Re-Entry Women Seeking Education and Training. Women's Equity Action League. Washington, D.C. : WEAL, 1987. 59pp. Funding Center (1 East) LB 2338 .B47 1987
Focuses on programs that provide financial aid for women who need to train or retrain for a career. Apprenticeships are also included.

Financing Your College Degree: A Guide for Adult Students. David F. Finney. New York, N.Y. : College Entrance Examination Board, 1997. 141pp. Funding Center (1 East) LB2337.4 .F56 1997

Peterson's Scholarships and Loans for Adult Students : The Only Guide to College Financing for Students 25 and Over. Princeton, N.J. : Peterson's Thomson Learning, c2000. 398pp. Funding Center (1 East) LB2337.2 .P466 2000
The first ten chapters are a complete review of the basic and essential financial aid options that are available for adult students and provide advice on managing the financial aid process and student debt. The rest of the book identifies 549 award programs, scholarships, fellowships, grants, prizes, and other gift aid opportunities for adults.

Scholarships for Re-entry Students:
Grants and Retraining Assistance for Adults Returning to College (E-Book Advertisement)
Although many adult students hear about help to go back to school, continue their education, or train for a new career, they are often unaware where to find it or what programs they may be eligible for. Our special eBook provides information on scholarships, grants, and private organizations and associations that aid adults returning to college. Sources of aid include awards especially for re-entry students, women, single parents, and adults re-entering the work force, including money from federal, state, and private organizational and academic programs. Assistance is available for full or part-time, undergraduate and graduate study. Awards range from $500 to $10,000, include description and contact information, and are hyper-linked for the Web. All information is newly updated, and available for immediate download.


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