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

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

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

Barbara Rhomberg Excellence in Nursing Scholarship
Nursing (RN to BS)
Who: Nontraditional nursing students who postponed the pursuit of a college degree after high school, or had their college careers interrupted, and instead entered the workforce, or military or fulfilled a family or non-profit obligation.
Amount: $1,000

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

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.

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

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

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 listed below to discuss your scholarship needs and eligibility.  


Perry Diehm 
Director of Financial Aid
Phone: 405-491-6409


Don Lewis
Financial Aid Counselor
Bridge and Online Undergraduate Programs      
Phone: 405-491-6668 | Fax: 405-491-6302

Connie Miller
Financial Aid Counselor
On Campus Undergraduate Programs
Phone: 405-717-6204 | Fax: 405-491-6302

Rhonda Tyler 
Financial Aid Counselor Graduate Programs
Phone: 405-491-6685 | Fax: 405-491-6302

Laniece Watkins
Financial Aid CounselorTulsa Programs
Phone: 405-491-6335 | Fax: 405-491-6302