December 12, 2019


Adult scholarships are perhaps the most difficult to come by on a charity basis.  In fact, most scholarships only help kids coming out of high school and going directly into their college education.  If you are an adult and you have dreams of either finishing your education or continuing, you might need to get a little creative on where you find your free money.


Things That May Hang Up An Adult

Few things in life actually give preference of kids over adults, but unfortunately, scholarships are one of them.  Some of the most common criteria involved in qualifying for scholarships involve:

  • Being a recent high school graduate
  • Going directly from high school into a college program (not coming from a community college)
  • Not continuing education
  • Pre-career basis.

These will put you at a disadvantage as an adult.  But there still are a few different things that you can do, if you are already employed, or you are an adult going back to college.  It is important that you think outside the box on this particular field, for the simple fact that the conventional methods of finding a college sponsored scholarship will help very little.


Employer Based

If you are simply looking for scholarship funding to go back to college in hopes of continuing your education, then there are still a few very lucrative options that might just pay for the whole thing.

The best (and first place to do your search) is to go directly to your current employer in order to find the scholarship money.  Here are a few reasons why this has a high chance of success.

If you are in an established position within the company, then you will actually become more valuable to them.  When you are highly educated and qualified, then you will grow within the company and be able to take on more responsibility.  That is music to the ears of any employer.

In addition to that, you will also provide that company with the ability to list you for a tax break.  In most cases, giving to people for scholarships is considered a charitable donation by the IRS.  So, they not only invest in their own employee, but they can claim that as a tax break.  This is one reason why they might invest in you to your heart’s content.

Among the most known companies that do this will be UPS, Chic-fil-A, and Sheetz.  There are several other Fortune 500 companies that will be able to help you out as well.  A simple search on your own company’s website should reveal the answer if they have a scholarship program.  If the answer is not there, then contact your own HR department.



If you belong to a Union or some type of Associations, then you are in luck.  In fact, almost all associations have some time of scholarship program.  For instance, the National Association of the Self Employed (NASE) has a rather sizable scholarship for entrepreneurial minded students.  They’ve been known to give anywhere between $1,500 to $4,000 towards your education.  There are also quite a few others that you might be able to access, such as the National Federation of Paralegal Associations, which is a conglomerate with a track record for handing out scholarships to paralegals hoping to continue education.


Religious Org.

Say, for instance, that you want to go into a seminary to become a minister.  There are many different religious organizations that will provide scholarships to help with the cost.  Also, your own denomination may be one of the best ways to go.  Often times, certain denominations like the Orthodox Presbyterians of America have a great deal of money for scholarships.  Churches need ministers, and what better way to get there than to give scholarships, so they can go to seminary.