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Scholarships for Adult Learners on Cape Cod (last updated in 2018)


Lost Coin - - $1000
P.O. Box 82, Milton, MA 02186
Print application from website; must be mailed
Qualifications: Women only; resident of MA low income; vocational or undergraduate degree; letter of recommendation required

PEO - – PCE $3000 (also 2% loans with co-signer)
Qualifications: Only women; out of school for at least 2 years; within 24 months of graduation; certificates, AA/AS, BA/BS; sponsorship through local chapters: Centerville, Harwich-Chatham, Dennis, Edgartown, Falmouth, Orleans, Wellfleet.

BPW Business and Professional Women of Lower Cape Cod – Qualifications: Women 21 years or older; living on Lower or Outer Cape Cod for 2 years; currently enrolled in degree program or certificate program; provide statement of financial need in cover letter; must submit details of course program, schedule and goals, including completion criteria; program must be tailored towards training and education leading to career advancement, in your present career or towards a new profession or business.

Application online emailed to or send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to BPW of Lower Cape Cod, c/o Scholarship Fund, PO Box 1793, Orleans MA 02653

MWPHE Student Achievement Scholarship Awards - #!student-achievement-scholarship-award/jnq1y - $1,500
Online application: February deadline
Qualifications: Women enrolled & matriculated at MA public university with at least 3 completed courses in their major; GPA of 3.0 or higher; application, essay stating future goals, transcript, and two recommendations.

Educational Foundation for Women in Accounting Michele L. McDonald Scholarship - - $1,000
Qualifications: Woman returning to college from the workforce or after raising children; goal of pursuing a degree in Accounting in preparation for a career as an 
accounting or finance professional; continued commitment to this goal after 
receiving the award; demonstrated aptitude in accounting and business as evidenced by prior coursework and/or work 
experience; clear evidence that goals and a plan for achieving those goals have 
been established; demonstrated financial need.

American Business Women’s Association of Cape Cod – - $1,500 
Qualifications: Women only
; must be citizens of the United States of America and residents of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard or Nantucket; are attending or have been accepted at an accredited college, vocational or technical school, at 2nd semester level in September; GPA of 3.0 or better

UMass Dartmouth Foundation: Estelle Woolfe Robinson and Ruth Solomon Smith Memorial Scholarship
Qualifications: Women, older or non-traditional undergraduate student; prefer Cape Cod residents, Outer Cape particularly; returning to school or beginning college for first time  

Patsy Takemoto Mink Educational Foundation Awards - - up to $5,000
Qualifications: Woman, at least 17 years old;
a mother with minor children; pursuing a vocational degree/certificate, an associate’s degree, first bachelor’s degree, professional/master’s/doctoral degree; enrolled in not-for-profit, accredited institution or program; low-income (annual family income less than $20,000 for family of 2; less than $24,000 for family of 3; less than $28,000  for family of 4)


FOR ALL ADULTS - Local Scholarships:
Cape Cod Community College Educational Foundation Scholarships -                                   
Scholarship information booklet and application is made available online each year
 for students; all community college students are notified via email at the onset of the application period.

The Cape Cod Foundation -
Information online in January with April 1 deadline for online application, letters of recommendation, personal essay, and transcript. Check the Cape Cod Foundation website for the most recent scholarship booklet for all scholarships. Scholarships for “continuing students” are for anyone who has started college, dropped out, and is now returning to finish.

CCYP Career Connect Scholarship -    
Qualifications: Separate application required; over 21; returning to school/new career/take courses to develop professional life; undergraduate, graduate, certificate or training program, professional leadership courses; full/part-time; Cape Cod (Barnstable County) resident for past 3 years.

Scarbrough Adult Learner Scholarships - - $3,000

Qualifications: Adults returning to school (out of school for 2 years or more); US citizens; preference for 2 year degree/professional certificate/technical certificate or undergraduate degree; preference for Cape Cod residents, but SE MA students are considered.

Cape Cod Foundation Scholarship - - $1000
Qualifications: Cape Cod or Islands resident; returning adult student; significant financial need; displays perseverance & strong work ethic.

The Cape Cod Foundation also has individual scholarships for residents of certain towns: Yarmouth - Gateway Isles Scholarship ($500); Brewster - Henry & Minny Whittemore Scholarship (up to $10,000); Sandwich - Sandwich Legacy Scholarship ($500).

Roothbert Fund Scholarships 20 - - $2,000 - $3,000
Qualifications: Fund does not emphasize any particular form of religious practice or worship; fund seeks to provide support to persons motivated by spiritual values; fund has awarded grants to persons entering a wide range of careers. However, preference will be given to those who can satisfy high scholastic requirements and are considering careers in education; must be a resident of ME, NH, VT, RI, MA, CT, NY, NJ, PA, Oh, DE, MR, DC, ViA, WV or NC.

The Barnstable County Agricultural Society, Inc. -
Qualifications: Planning or have entered into a course of study in Agriculture, Aquaculture, Green Sciences, Turf/Grass Management, Marine Sciences, Equine Sciences, Veterinarian, Family and Consumer Sciences to include Interior Design, Clothing and Textiles, Culinary Arts, Nutrition and Food Preservation, or Management in a related field.

Atlantic Aviators Aviation & STEM Scholarship - - $1,000
Qualifications: Women or men interested in a career in aviation, science, technology, engineering or mathematics; high school seniors, college freshman or sophomores who have demonstrated an aptitude for and have interest in pursuing, or are currently pursuing an aviation or technology related degree at an accredited 
college or university, flight training, type ratings, or other aviation-related studies; applicants must submit a 250 word essay describing their goals, achievements thus far and financial need for selection committee review.

Tourism Cares Academic Scholarships  
Qualifications: Full or part time student enrolled in a travel, tourism or hospitality related program of study pursing an Associate, Bachelors or Master’s degree; enrolled in the fall semester of a two or four year university located in the United States or Canada; cumulative or overall minimum 3.0 grade point average.

Horticultural Research Institute Scholarships - - up to $3,000
Timothy S. and Palmer W. Bigelow, Jr. Scholarship 1 ($3,000)
Spring Meadow Nursery Scholarship 3 ($3,000)

Muggets Scholarship ($1500)

Sandwich Legacy Scholarship - - $500
Qualifications: Resident of Sandwich; demonstrated community service & volunteerism in Sandwich; academic success & financial need; prefer cultural arts & history.

Patrick M Butler Memorial Scholarship -
Qualifications: Residents of Barnstable County when graduate from high school; accepted into/currently attending law school; attending part/full time in next academic year.

Eleanor Ruth Parsons Gleason Scholarship - - $4000 over 4 years
Qualifications: Graduate of Nauset or Cape Cod Technical High School; undergraduate program, preference to Yale University & Trinity College; preference for math/finance major.

Peter Kirwin Memorial Scholarship - - $500
Qualifications: Current/former residents of Cape Cod or Islands; preference for Falmouth residents; pursuing master in social work, full or part-time

Cape Cod Hospitality Marketing Association - - up to $6,000
Qualifications: Only hospitality or related program; full-time undergraduate (2 and 4 year) and graduate programs; residents of Cape Cod or Islands; current and returning adult students.

Cape Cod Restaurants, Inc.  Scholarship - - $1,000
Qualifications: Students enrolled in Zammer Hospitality Institute or graduates going on to a culinary arts/hospitality program at 4 year college; for employees/children of employees of Cape Cod Restaurants, Inc.

Live for Lou Drug Counseling Scholarship - - $5,000
Qualifications: Pursuing certificate, license, undergraduate or advanced degree for substance abuse counselor; prefer students from Cape Cod.

World Concern Scholarship - - $12,000 over 4 years
Qualifications: Family has resided in a town on the Lower/Outer Cape for the past three years (preference for students from Orleans); require financial assistance; plan to pursue/are pursuing an undergraduate degree in either environmental sciences or international relations at an accredited four-year college or university.

Dorothy W. and Charles M. Campbell Scholarship  - - $14,000 over 4 years
Qualifications: Resident of Orleans, Brewster, or Eastham; graduated from Nauset Regional High School or Cape Cod Technical High School; studying marine engineering at an institute of higher learning; current college students from Cape Cod or the Islands who are attending Massachusetts Maritime Academy are also eligible to apply.

Jay Elliott Memorial Scholarship - - $2,500  
Qualifications: Pursuing a degree or certificate in Visual Arts or Graphic Design at Cape Cod Community College or has earned their associates degree at CCCC and is continuing on to a four-year college to earn a degree in Visual Arts or Graphic Design; preference for students who are interested in pursuing a career in photography.

Michele Marks-McCormick Memorial Scholarship - - $1,500
Qualifications: Separate application required; student is pursuing a career in aviation or to obtain their private pilot's license.

George E. and Doris K. Parmenter Aeronautical Scholarship - - $2,725
Qualifications: Current college student from Cape Cod or the Islands; student demonstrates commitment to pursue a career directly related to aeronautics.

Annie S. Crowell Scholarship - - $1,000 to $3,000
Qualifications: Pursuing a career in teaching or education; preference given to relatives of Hyannis Normal School or Hyannis State Teachers College Alumni.

Hyannis Normal School Alumni Scholarship - - $1000-2000
Qualifications: Graduates of public high school in Barnstable County; completed at least one semester of college; preference to relatives of Hyannis Normal School/career in teaching/education

Brig Gen (USAF ret) John F. Flanagan Scholarship - - $2,000
Qualifications: One male and one female who are permanent residents of Cape Cod or the Islands who will be juniors or seniors at a 4- year college in the fall; attending full-time; have at least one parent that is active military or a veteran.

Malcolm M. Gidley Memorial Scholarship -
Qualifications: For graduating seniors current college students from Cape Cod (Barnstable County) to attend Wentworth Institute of Technology.

Eleanor Ruth Parsons Gleason Scholarship - - $4,000 (dispersed over 4 years)
Qualifications: For graduates of Cape Cod Regional Technical High School or Nauset High School; preference for students who are/will be attending Trinity College or Yale University and/or are pursuing a major in math or finance.

Joseph Woodson Scholarship - -  $500-2000
Qualifications: Only for students at Cape Cod Community College, full or part time.

Esther M. Wallace Scholarship - up to $4000  
Permanent residents of Barnstable County; current graduates of Cape Cod Community College; attend full time at University of Massachusetts, preferably Amherst.

Barnstable High School Class of 2009 Dean Boger Memorial Scholarship - $700
Qualifications: For a graduating senior from Barnstable High School who will be attending a 2- or 4-year institution of higher learning.

Paul Dever Daley & Robert Joyce Scholarship - $500
Qualifications: For a Provincetown resident in at least their second year of higher education.

Toby Sanders Scholarship - Varies
Qualifications: For graduating seniors from Monomoy Regional High School who have demonstrated a strong work ethic and a keen interest in golf by having successfully participated in the golf program for at least two years.

Caroline B. Chapin Scholarship - - $1,000
Qualifications: Students from Cape Cod entering junior or senior year at University of Massachusetts Amherst.

David Fisk Scudder Scholarship - - $2,000
Qualifications: For continuing college student graduating from Cape Cod with a preference given to students graduating from Barnstable High School; attending a New England Small College (NESCAC) with preference given to students enrolling at Colby College.

American Legion Auxiliary - -  $2000 per auxiliary geographic
Qualifications: Applicant must be a member of the American Legion, Auxiliary or Sons of the American Legion; dues must have been paid for the two preceding years and for calendar year in which the application is 
made; applicant may be pursuing training in a certified trade, professional or technical program or a two-year or 
four-year degree program.

Post 9/11 GI Bill –
Qualifications: Served for 90 days or more after September 10, 2001 or individuals discharged with service-connected disability after 30 days; this benefit provides up to 36 months of education benefits, generally benefits are payable for 15 years following your release from active duty.
All training programs must be approved for GI Bill benefits.
Full tuition & fees and a monthly housing allowance (MHA) will be provided. Annual books & supplies stipend.

The One Family Scholars Program -
Qualifications: This is a last dollar scholarship that is awarded to a student whose official Expected Family Contribution (EFC), located on your Student Aid Report, and financial aid packages totals are less than the cost of tuition and fees. Endorsed by a partnering community organization from One Family's network OR referred by two organizations with which the applicant is currently affiliated. A single head of household with dependent children under the age of 18. Family income at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level. An entering or returning student at an approved accredited undergraduate institution in 
Massachusetts. A permanent resident of Massachusetts and a United States citizen or Resident Alien. Have a definite plan to use the desired degree to enter a family.

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