If earning a college degree or certificate is a part of your plans, there are sources of financial assistance to help Plus 50 learners.
Information on various kinds of financial aid can be acquired through Waubonsee's Financial Aid Office. The Waubonsee Community College Foundation offers a number of Waubonsee Scholarships for which you may be eligible.
In addition, there are private organizations which award scholarships for non-traditional students. The list below has information about scholarships awarded by private organizations to assist the non-traditional student with paying for college. Each scholarship listed below has its own unique requirements and deadlines. Note that most of these scholarships require the learner be seeking a credit certificate or degree.
Questions about the scholarships listed here should be directed to the organization funding the award.
Adult Students in Scholastic Transition (ASIST) --- The ASIST scholarship is available to adults facing economic, social, or physical challenges, who want to improve their situation through education. Local Chapters of Executive Women International (EWI) partner with educational providers and social services agencies to identify potential candidates. Students first apply and compete at the local chapter level. Chapter-level winners are submitted to the corporate level for the opportunity to be selected for one of 13 scholarships ranging from $2,000 to $10,000. Each chapter has its own deadline date for submitting an application, so contact your local chapter to obtain their timeline for the application process.
Non-Traditional Student Scholarship—American Legion Auxiliary --- Applicants for this scholarship must be members of the American Legion, American Legion Auxiliary, or Sons of the American Legion. Scholarship recipients are non-traditional students returning to the classroom after their formal education was interrupted, or a non-traditional student who is just beginning his/her education at a later point in life. This scholarship is typically around $2,000 and applications are typically due by March 1.
Jeanette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund --- Applicants for this scholarship must be at least age 35 or older, low-income and a permanent U.S. citizen or resident. Applications must be postmarked by March 1. Scholarships will be distributed in the fall semester.
Talbot Women’s Scholarship Fund --- This fund provides scholarships for women who are returning to college to secure a professional degree. Applicants must have graduated high school, or earned their GED, no less than 10 years previous to applying for the award. Six $10,000, and 60 $1000, scholarships are awarded annually. Scholarship applications are usually accepted in December.
Walmart Associate Scholarships --- These scholarships are available to people who work full or part time with any division of Walmart for at least 6 months. Applications are accepted four times per year. The next round of applications launched on August 1 and will be due September 3, 2013.