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Scholarships for Black Women: Attending College as a Non-Traditional College Student

Applying for college can be a tedious task and weighing in your options to fund your education can also pose as a hurdle, throw in your non-traditional student status and before you know it you’re talking yourself out of pursuing an educational goal. A former college professor of mine defined a non-traditional college student as:

  • Students that do not attend college directly after high school.

  • A student attending college after age 24.

  • Students working full time and/or attending school part-time.

  • Students with a spouse and/or child(ren).

This demographic of college enrollees are more prevalent than not on college campuses. Here’s a list of scholarships created to accommodate the non-traditional African American Woman college student.

Dr. Wynetta A Frazier is the founder of the National Hook-Up of Black Women, Inc and creator of the Sister to Sister Scholarship. The scholarship is specified for single mothers age 30 and above who are not receiving financial support from a spouse or family member.Two recipients are awarded $500 dollars contingent upon meeting scholarship guidelines. Additional services offered through Dr. Frazier’s organization are family empowerment, health and wellness, and a reading for life program. Visit or

During your scout for scholarships it may appear that some of the applicant criteria is not within reach. (i.e. gpa requirements, letters of recommendations, etc.) While this doesn’t necessarily fall within the guidelines of a non-traditional college student; these are some of the challenges associated. Do not fret, the ladies of The National Association of Colored Women’s Clubs (NACWC) have you covered. Applicants must be high school graduates with a minimum of a C average, have a need for financial assistance, a recommendation from an active member and an endorsement from the member’s club and region. Therefore ladies, research the organization and find out who some of the active members are and reach out. There is plenty of time with the deadline set for March 31st. Visit their site for further details.

Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund provides support for higher education to women 35 and older. Their goal is to build better lives through college completion. In order to be considered eligible for the scholarship candidates must, be over the age of 35, meet the income requirements, be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident pursuing technical or vocational education, an Associate's degree, or first Bachelor's degree. Candidates must be enrolled in or accepted to an accredited school. For further information go to

There may be a desire to return to school or obtain your college degree;perhaps age, funding, and lack of resources are concerns. Keep in mind where there is a will, there is a way. Utilize these resources curtailed for your specific needs in obtaining a higher education regardless of your enrollment status.

Ms. Lowery – “I reside in Los Angeles, Ca. I a am former middle school teacher currently working in social service. My hobbies are reading, dance, gardening, and traveling.”

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