Distance learning has become so popular that universities now fund online college scholarships just for adult students enrolled in their distance degree programs.
If you are searching for financial aid for online education, there’s never been a better time to go online and get educated.
Here's a list of a few continuing education scholarships to help you get a degree online.
Visit these accredited colleges for details on their distance learning scholarships for nontraditional and older college students.
Penn State University - World Campus Distance Education Scholarships
Penn State, a regionally accredited university, has been offering distance education courses and degrees for more than 100 years. Online students who enroll in one of more than 30 distance master's or associate or bachelor degrees offered by Penn State’s World Campus Online are eligible to apply to scholarship funds to help defray the cost of online education. The school offers several scholarships for World Campus students.
University of Wisconsin-Platteville - Distance Education Scholarships
UWP offers a number of scholarships to students in its distance education division: The Dawn Drake Excellence in Distance Education Scholarship is one of them. There is also a Project Management and a Professional Development Online Learning Scholarship.
Kansas State University - Scholarships for Online Education Students
Kansas State University offers several scholarships for online undergraduate and graduate students. K-State also offers the Allan D. Sicat scholarship for military veterans or active duty military seeking an undergraduate or graduate degree through their distance education program. Online students over the age of 25 who are enrolled in a minimum of three credit hours can apply for the Maurine Allison O’Bannon Memorial Scholarship.
Online graduate engineering students may be eligible for the Robert F. Sykes Scholarship. Requirements include enrollment in K-State's distance master's degree programs in civil engineering or engineering management; one year work experience in engineering; and a 3.5 GPA.
Bemidji State University, located in Minnesota, offers the Edward Gersich Distance Education Scholarship to a online bachelor's degree student over the age of 25 and who has a 3.0 GPA. The university also offers several Minnesota-specific distance education scholarships.
Distance students at the University of Great Falls who have a 3.0 GPA or higher are automatically considered for a scholarship of $2,500.
Washington State University Online and ASWSU-Online (Associated Students of WSU-Online) teamed up to offer a scholarship for WSU Online students. Applicants must have a 3.0 and be enrolled for at least six credit hours.
Online Education Scholarships – Women, Military, Rural Students
Online education is all about making higher education more accessible. Traditionally, more women than men have turned to distance learning. In addition, members of the military, a highly mobile work force, have favored online education. Learners in rural areas in the Midwest and the West have relied on distance learning to deliver essential career and college courses straight to their computer keyboards.
The sites detailed below provide online education scholarships especially for the military, low-income individuals or underserved educational groups such as women and rural Americans.
AMVETS National Service Foundation - Scholarships
AMVETS (American Veterans) awards scholarships to veterans/active military, their sons, daughters or grandchildren. Descendants of deceased veterans are also eligible. Several scholarships, including the Dr. Aurelio M. Caccomo and The Henry G. Huestis Memorial Scholarship awards can be applied to online programs.
Western Governors University - Online Education Scholarships
Western Governors University, a regionally accredited online college, offers an array of distance education scholarships for online students.
Other WGU scholarships include:
• WGU Institutional Partner Fund
• WGU Healthcare Partners Fund
• Teacher Education Achievement
• Association for Nursing Professional Development (ANPD)
• Hispanic Scholarship Fund
• Military Service
Distance learning students can apply for numerous numerous grants and scholarships at Moody Bible Institute. The school also gives a grant to a female student enrolled in Moody Bible Institute’s Distance Learning Center.
Zonta International, a global organization of executives and professionals working together to advance the status of women, awards the Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship each year to women pursuing undergraduate or master's degrees in business management. Online students are eligible for the award. Each region gives a $1,000 scholarship, with 12 international scholarships of $7,000 given away as well.
Colleges and universities are continuously adding new distance learning scholarships. Check with your school of choice to see if they offer a general distance education scholarship or one specific to your major.
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