College Scholarships for Adults, Transfer & Returning Students (Nontraditional Students)

nontraditional studentEven though you may be a nontraditional student older student or returning to college as an adult after a number of years, you should still conduct your scholarship search just as a younger student would. This means you should use the Free Scholarship Search section in addition to the search strategies in Winning Scholarships for College to find college scholarships. Review Chapter 20 in Winning Scholarships for College titled, “Scholarships for Nontraditional Students – Distance Learners and Adults Returning to College.” During your search you will find that not only are there scholarships that do not have age requirements, there are also scholarships specifically intended for nontraditional students just like you. If you don’t have time to read a book but you do have a computer, the Scholarship Workshop CD for Nontraditional & Current College Students is a computer based resource you can use. Within minutes of accessing the CD, you will be taking specific action steps designed to help you find scholarships for starting or finishing your education. Using the Scholarship Workshop CD for Nontraditional & Current College Students you can directly link to programs and resources designed to help you find college aid immediately, rather than spending considerable time wandering all over the Internet without a specific path to follow.

Also due to busy schedules, many of the students attend a webinar or teleclass. Both online classes are based on the live Scholarship Workshop presentation.


Dara Brown attended The Scholarship Workshop. She states, “I am a nontraditional student (wife and mother returning to school). I learned so much during your lecture about finding scholarships, putting together the best application, and the importance of the supplementary materials. If your teachings could work for me, it will work for any student! Anyhow, thank you once again!! I traveled all the way from Baltimore for your Reston workshop . . . and it was the best thing I could have ever done!”

Lydia in Connecticut attended an online class with Marianne Ragins. She wrote to Marianne Ragins, “Dear Ms. Ragins: It’s been six months since I took your teleclass. In that time I have won $10,500 worth of scholarships. I also received a $10,000 no interest loan through my old high school alma mater. I am a non-traditional 40 year old student who is changing careers and looking to gain the best training for my new chosen field. Thanks to your book, Winning Scholarships for College; and the teleclass, I am well on my way to making all my dreams come true.Thank you! Thank you! I am grateful to you and I wish you every blessing possible.”

Book to Help You Get ScholarshipsFor nearly two decades, motivational keynote speaker Marianne Ragins has been giving the very interactive presentations to thousands of students (of all ages), parents and educators throughout the country to provide scholarship search help for students nationwide.

Use the following short list of adult scholarships to give you a jump-start on your scholarship search. Please contact each organization to confirm deadlines and eligibility criteria. Do not use this listing as your sole resource! There may be other scholarships available to you based on your background, life experience, and specific interests. Attending an online class with Marianne Ragins will also help you learn other strategies to find local and regionally based scholarships as well as those for your specific situation.

To get additional information about the scholarships and awards listed below, visit the linked web sites or refer to the appendix of Winning Scholarships for College for more information. Winning Scholarships for College also contains a special section for women in search of funds as a returning college student. You can also turbocharge your search by using the Scholarship Workshop CD for Nontraditional & Current College Students.

Scholarship/Award Scholarship Amount Deadline Administrator/Sponsor
Adult Students in Scholastic Transition (ASIST) Varies March of each year Executive Women International
Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship Program up to $30,000 per year Late January Jack Kent Cooke Foundation
“Leading the Future II” Scholarship Varies March 1 The Scholarship Workshop
Ragins/Braswell National Scholarship Varies April 30 The Scholarship Workshop
Cash Store Continuing Education Scholarship Varies Varies Scholarship America
Dr. Angela Grant Memorial Scholarship Fund $2000 – $5000 Early March Dr. Angela Grant Memorial Scholarship Fund


This session is designed to provide information for adult and nontraditional students as well as current college students and those looking for graduate school funding!