Older women hold an important position in our society. Their role as mothers shape the future and the present of their children and the country. In most cases these women have to fulfill a double job of taking care of their children and earning a livelihood. Who doesn’t know that better educational qualifications can bring better job opportunities and higher salaries? Therefore, in an attempt to reap the rewards of a graduate or a higher level degree, many older women try to restart their educational career. The obvious hurdles in their way are time management and money. The good news is that at least one of these, namely money, can be taken care of through scholarships for older women. Thanks to the policies of the current government, there are many opportunities available for older women.
Some of the scholarship opportunities that are available for older women include.
- Women seeking job skills, education, trainings who are above the age of 40 can apply for the AARP Foundation’s Women’s Scholarship Program.
- Women who are making a reentry in a university can apply for the Bernard Osher Foundation scholarship.
- Elderly women can also apply for the Commonwealth fund.
- The Dallas Women’s Foundation helps women gain better positions in the community.
- The Grameen Foundation is helping women worldwide to change their lives.
- Soroptimist Women’s Opportunity Award provides cash to women who are the primary financial supporter of their families and are also enrolled to a vocational/skills training program or an undergraduate degree program.
Furthermore, older women can search for scholarship opportunities both online on the internet and offline by contacting the various universities and colleges. The institutions will be more than happy to send the candidates all the details for possible funding chances for the study effort. There are also many companies that are interested in offering older women some financial help.
There are a number of things that the candidates should give a thought to. They must have clear picture of their field of interest and how will they benefit themselves and their community after acquiring it. They must also figure out why they stand out from the crowd and deserve to be funded. Sometime the previous academic record is also important.
The four horsemen of scholarships are also applicable here. 1) Research and apply well in time, 2) maintain accuracy of credentials, 3) save the information for later reference and 4) apply to as many places as possible.