December 12, 2019


I know what you’re thinking… most of the scholarships on here are tailored towards younger students that are just out of high school or are in their second year of college.  If you are over the age of 25, then there are actually quite a few opportunities for you to take advantage of …ESPECIALLY if you have dependents.  So, not only will you be getting a tax break, but there are quite a few organizations out there that will assist if you are hoping to go back to school.  You don’t have to wait any longer.  The opportunity is right in front of you!


Employer Based Scholarships

Although this may not be “age-specific” it should be a good idea to note that many employers will give you a tuition break.  If you are someone who is looking to go back to school (provided that your education pertains to your current job), then you are in a good bit of luck.  There are a whole bunch of Fortune 500 companies that are just dying to send you back to school.  Nine of these companies, such as FedEx, UPS, and even Monsanto will pay for over half of your scholarships.  Eleven of the most prevalent of the Fortune 500 and Wall Street will pay for a just under half, such as pharmaceuticals and even MAIN contractors.  Was that a relief for tuition so that you can go back to school?  An answer would have to be that they are paying to invest in their own employees.  Inside their company, they won’t have to give that out as charitable giving, allowing them to be exempt from taxation.  Job opportunities exist everywhere, allowing you to pay the tuition so you can find yourself in that plush corner office.


Age-Specific Foundation

Also, it may really help if you access foundations that support those folks over the ages of 25 and 35.  There are just a few out there, but they exist primarily to give people a second chance.  Once life, family, and jobs begin, it can be very difficult to hit the books again, which means that you will probably never get the chance to go back.  Paying for it is even more of an impossibility, which means that having this scholarship funding access can really terminate that burden, and send you back to your local college for that Masters degree. You won’t have to worry any longer about if you will be able to pay to fulfill your dreams.


Available Funding From Foundations

If you’re a U.S. woman who is at least 25 years old and has been accepted at an accredited American college or university, you may be eligible for the BPW Foundation’s Career Advancement Scholarship Program. You’ll have to demonstrate that you have a financial need, and any monies you receive can only be used for associate, bachelor, or graduate degrees. Award amounts are not set, as they are determined by each recipient’s need.

If you’re a female single parent age 25 or over enrolled at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, why not try for the Elizabeth Pfiffner Debot Memorial Scholarship? The amount of funding varies, and financial need must be shown. All prior recipients of this scholarship can reapply year after year.

As we said before, don’t discount your own workplace when it comes to scholarships. If it is a large company, chances are that they will have some sort of funding in place for employees returning to school. In addition, they also might have a corporately funded foundation which awards scholarships to returning students as well. The Wal-mart Foundation is one such example. They have a program for eligible Wal-Mart employees called The Higher REACH Scholarship.