Outside Scholarships for Returning Adults

What are Outside Scholarships and Grants?

Outside scholarships and grants are awards given by people, organizations, and companies to individual students to assist them with their college education. Scholarship and grant qualifications are set by the provider and can be quite specific, such as students with dependents, students with a certain college major, female students, students from Hispanic families, students who have served in the military, etc.


Professional Studies Students

Talbots Charitable Foundation
Who: Adult women returning to college
Amount: $1,000-$10,000

Linda Lael Miller Scholarship for Women
Who: Female students aged 25 years or older; special attention is given to single parents, survivors of domestic violence, and students with disability
Amount: $10,000 awarded annually divided between the successful applicants.

Jeanette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund
Who: Low-income women 35 years of age or older who are working to secure meaningful careers and break the cycle of poverty.
Amount: Awards vary based on financial need.

Women’s Independence Scholarship Program
Who: Survivors of spousal abuse
Amount: Awards vary based on financial need

Patsy Takemoto Mink Education Foundation
Who: Low-income women with dependent children
Amount: $2,000

General Henry H. Arnold Education Grant
Who: Service members and their spouses
Amount: $2,000

American Legion Auxiliary Non-traditional Student Scholarship
Who: Adult students headed to college for the first time or returning to complete an interrupted education; requires American Legion membership for two previous years
Amount: $1,000

Association for Non-traditional Students in Higher Education
Who: Adult students pursuing a higher education
Amount: Awards vary depending on course of study, academic achievement, and financial need.

Adults Students in Scholastic Transition Scholarship
Who: Single parents, displaced homemaker, and adult learners returning to college to improve career opportunities
Amount: $1,000-$2,500



Graduate Students

American Association of University Women’s Career Development Grant
Who: Women returning to college to pursue an advanced degree
Amount: $2,000-$12,000

Association for Non-traditional Students in Higher Education
Who: Adult students pursuing their degrees in higher education

Amount: Amount varies depending on course of study, academic achievement, and financial need


This site does not provide an exhaustive list. Contact the Admissions Office (405) 491-6332 or a Financial Assistance counselor (405) 491-6666 (Bethany),  or 918-970-4629 (Tulsa), to discuss your scholarship needs and eligibility.