University of Holy Cross

Scholarship Programs for "Non-Traditional" Students

As a service to the community, we have compiled this list of "outside" scholarship opportunities available to "non-traditional" students.

This list can be used as a starting point to encourage applicants to research additional funding opportunities.

Rev. Msgr. Larry J. Droll Scholarship for Catholic LaityThe Rev. Msgr. Larry J. Droll Scholarship for Catholic Laity, established in 2002, is designed to assist Catholic laymen and women who are pursuing a graduate degree that might qualify them for professional positions in parish and diocesan ministry.

The renewable $2,000 scholarship will be awarded to two candidates in need of tuition assistance for additional education who serve or want to serve his or her parish as an Administrator, Youth Minister, Parish Coordinator or other role. The application deadline is February 15. 2015.

This scholarship is geared towards those who have already obtained their bachelor’s degree and who are either enrolled or wanting to enroll into any Catholic graduate school in Texas, Arizona, Florida, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma or Mississippi. Applicants may also be enrolled in an extension program or in the Catholic University of America School of Canon Law.

 Women Returning to College

The Live Your Dream Award Program – The Soroptimist’s “ Live Your Dream Awards (formerly the Women’s Opportunity Awards) assists women who provide the primary source of financial support for their families by giving them the resources they need to improve their education, skills and employment prospects.

Patsy Takemoto Mink Education Foundation  -  In 2015, the Foundation will offer five Education Support Awards of up to $5000 each to assist low-income women with children who are pursuing education or training. Education Support Awards are disbursed in two separate installments over the academic year (one each semester, and may be used for direct school expenses or for living expenses while you are enrolled in an educational program. Awardees will be notified by phone or email. Shortly after recipient notification, the list of aw.

AAIA Displaced Homemaker Scholarship: The Association on American Indian Affairs offers Displaced Homemaker Scholarships in the amount of $1500 each, to those men and women who would not otherwise be able to complete their educational goals due to family responsibilities. Funds may be used to assist with child care, transportation and basic living expenses, etc. in addition to educational costs. Disbursement is made during the first semester. Applicants must be full time students. This scholarship does not automatically renew. Students are eligible to apply on a yearly basis.

P.E.O. Program for Continuing Education:   Provides grants up to $3,000 for educational expenses, (e.g., tuition, books, transportation, childcare) to women whose education has been interrupted and who find it necessary to resume studies due to changing demands in their lives
Jeannette Rankin Foundation: Awards grants to low-income women (over the age of 35) who have a vision of how their education will benefit themselves, their families, and their communities.

Talbots Women's Scholarship Fund - national scholarship program that is geared towards women who earned their high school diploma or GED at least 10 years ago and who are now seeking a college degree. Application Deadline: usually in January of each year.
The Women's Independence Scholarship Program - The objective of the Women's Independence Scholarship Program is to help survivors of intimate partner abuse obtain an education that will in turn offer them the chance to secure employment, personal independence and self sufficiency.

Business and Professional Women of Louisiana - This scholarship fund originated as the Agnes Morris Education Loan Fund and is sponsored and funded by BPW/LA.  This scholarship is a continuing education scholarship for a woman, 25 years or older. The recipient of this scholarship must be a BPW/LA member. The scholarship can be used for an acceptable learning program from an accredited university, college, or technical college as well as proven coursework for license or career advancement.  The student must complete 6 or more hours per semester or quarter.  The check is issued jointly to the student and the school/institution


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