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Scholarships for Adult Learners on Cape Cod (last updated in 2021)
Always contact the organization confirm deadlines, qualifications, etc.
Lost Coin - lostcoinwomensfund.org - $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 - peointernational.org – 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 – bpwlowercapecod.org/blog/scholarship-information 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to BPW of Lower Cape Cod, c/o Scholarship Fund, PO Box 1793, Orleans MA 02653 email@example.com
American Business Women’s Association of Cape Cod – abwa.org - $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
Patsy Takemoto Mink Educational Foundation Awards - patsyminkfoundation.org - 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:
The Cape Cod Foundation - capecodfoundation.org/Scholarship
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 - capecodfoundation.org/portfolio/cape-cod-young-professionals-ccyc-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 - Capecodfoundation.org - $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 - capecodfoundation.org - $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).
SCHOLARSHIPS FOR MAJORS:
Roothbert Fund Scholarships 20 - www.roothbertfund.org/scholarships - $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. - capecodfairgrounds.com/scholarship
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.
Horticultural Research Institute Scholarships - hriresearch.org - 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 - capecodfoundation.org - $500
Qualifications: Resident of Sandwich; demonstrated community service & volunteerism in Sandwich; academic success & financial need; prefer cultural arts & history.
SCHOLARSHIPS BY PLACE OR AFFILIATION:
Hyannis Normal School Alumni Scholarship - capecodfoundation.org - $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
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 - capecodfoundation.org - $1,000
Qualifications: Students from Cape Cod entering junior or senior year at University of Massachusetts Amherst.
David Fisk Scudder Scholarship - capecodfoundation.org - $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 - divisionalaforveterans.org/Scholarships/Non-Traditional-Student-Scholarship - $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 – benefits.va.gov/gibillmilitary.com/education/gi-bill/new-post-911-gi-bill-overview.html
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 - onefamilyscholars.org
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.