AARP Women’s Scholarship for Women Ages 40+

July 16, 2008

The AARP Foundation announced a call for entries for its second annual Women’s Scholarship Program, which will provide funds to women ages 40 and over who are seeking higher education.

“The AARP Foundation is pleased to be offering the Women’s Scholarship Program again this year,” said Delaware State Director Lucretia Young. “AARP Foundation is committed to elevating opportunities for women. Last year, we were able to provide valuable resources that enabled 74 deserving women to have access to the educational tools to advance their professional goals.”

The Foundation states that older women lack resources later in life because they earn less.

The criteria for the Women’s Scholarship Program is:

  • Must be female and age 40 and over (as of Aug. 31, 2008)
  • Must have low to moderate income with limited financial resources.
  • Be enrolled in an accredited, post-secondary school (public or private) or training program within six months of the scholarship award date.

Priority consideration is given to women in three categories:

  • Women who have been out of the workforce for an extended period.
  • Women raising the children of another family member (such as grandparents raising grandchildren, or those raising siblings or nieces/nephews).
  • Women in dead-end jobs (those with no opportunity for advancement, low pay and lacking either health or retirement benefits).

The Program does not provide assistance for graduate school and is available to U.S. citizens only.

One-hundred scholarship awards will be given, with funds ranging from $500 to $5,000. Interested applicants can submit their applications at from July 1, 2008 to August 22, 2008; the awards will be given in early 2009.


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