Through its Adult Students in Scholastic Transition program, Executive Women International awards 13 scholarships each year to nontraditional students. The awards range from $2,000 to $10,000.
To qualify you have to apply through one of the organization’s 38 participating local chapters to be considered.
The Philanthropic Education Organization (PEO) offers up to $3,000 in need-based grants to women whose education was interrupted, but who now want to pursue a degree to better support themselves and their families.
To be eligible, a woman must be enrolled in school and be within 24 months of completing an educational program.
If you meet these requirements and would like to apply, you must have the sponsorship of a local PEO club. However, membership is not required. You can complete the form for the sponsorship and submit it to a local chapter.
Patsy Takemoto Mink served in Congress and was the first woman of color to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.
In her honor, the Patsy Takemoto Mink Foundation was launched in 2003. Since then, it has assisted low-income women, particularly mothers. This is a unique scholarship for moms looking to reduce their educational costs.
The organization offers five awards of up to $5,000 each for low-income mothers pursuing an education. Awardees are chosen based on financial need, personal history and future goals. Funds could be used on educational costs or to afford child care expenses.
To be eligible, applicants must be mothers and at least 17 years old. You must also be entering a vocational training course or pursuing your associate’s or bachelor’s degree.
What’s more, an applicant’s income cannot exceed $20,000 for a family of two or $28,000 for a family of four. The organization opens up the scholarship to applicants in the spring of each year.
The Soroptimist Live Your Dreams Award provides support and financial assistance to women who are the primary earners in their families. Each year, the organization gives out more than $2.6 million in grants to nearly 1,700 women.
If you would like to apply, you must be the main source of financial support for your family. And, you must be enrolled in or accepted to a vocational training program or a four-year college or university. Applicants must also be able to demonstrate financial need.
The Live Your Dream Awards offers three levels of cash awards. Eligible applicants can submit their application between August 1 - November 15. Ultimately, a Live Your Dream Awards finalist has the potential receive up to $16,000 to help offset tuition costs, purchase books, get transportation, or find reliable childcare so she can worry less about how to pay her bills and focus on reaching her dreams.
The Women’s Independence Scholarship Program (WISP) provides scholarships to women who are survivors of intimate partner abuse. The program is designed to help survivors regain independence and self-sufficiency through education and employment.
Full or part-time students with financial need are eligible. The primary goal of WISP is to help women who have been separated from their abusive partner for at least one year.
Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis, and you can apply via the WISP website.
The National Coalition of Estheticians, Manufacturers/Distributors & Associations --- or NCEA -- offers a $1,000 annual scholarship for students who have partially completed school. To be eligible, you must enroll in an esthetician-only program. If you're enrolled in a cosmetology or general beauty program, you aren't eligible for this financial award. The NCEA will only consider applicants who have an 80 percent or higher grade average and have at least an 80 percent attendance record.
Associations such as the Professional Beauty Association and National Cosmetology Association offer scholarship money for students enrolled in esthetician programs. The Professional Beauty Association -- or PBA -- offers a $1,000 annual award to current members through the Hans Neumaier Memorial Scholarship. If you're a high school graduate, the PBA Sally Beauty Scholarship provides $500 and $1,000 financial awards to pay for skincare school. Another PBA scholarship is the $1,000 Minerva Beauty Scholarship for students who are enrolled in beauty school.
Current employees of Hand and Stone Massage and Facial Spa in the Houston area are eligible for a $2,000 Scholarship towards the 750 Hour Elite Esthetics tuition OR $1,000 towards 320 Hour Eyelash Extension Specialist tuition. Applicants must indicate their current employer as Hand and Stone on their initial application prior to being approved. Employment must be verified by Admissions before scholarship is awarded.