Scholarships available for women through AARP

The AARP Foundations Womens Scholarship Program provides scholarship funds to women age 40 and older seeking new job skills, training, and educational opportunities to support themselves and their families. The program is available to eligible individuals with moderate to lower incomes and limited financial resources. Scholarships may be used at a public or private secondary school, including community colleges, technical schools, and four-year universities. Funds are payable to the institution and may be used to pay for tuition, fees, and books. In order to be eligible for the scholarships, applicants must be women, age 40 or older by Aug. 31; able to demonstrate financial need; and enrolled in an accredited school or technical program within six months of the scholarship award date. The program does not provide assistance for graduate degree programs. It seeks women who are entering 2-3 year technical or skills up-grading programs or in the final stages of their college experience. Priority is given to women who are: Returning to the workforce after an extended absence; underemployed (in a job with limited pay, limited growth opportunities and limited benefits); or raising another family members child/children, such as grandparents raising grandchildren (with the ability to demonstrate significant financial responsibility for those child/children); applicants can be either a full-time or a part-time student. The application requires basic contact information and education, employment and/or community service history. Applicants also answer short essay questions regarding: Their educational goals and significant obstacles they have faced in their lives and how they have overcome them. The program application may only be submitted on-line. The application and additional information is available at: www.aarp.org/womensscholarship. Scholarship awards will range from $500 to $5,000, depending on financial need and the cost of the education or training program. The Senior Connection is a column provided by the Clinton County Office for the Aging. For more information about services for senior citizens, contact their office at 135 Margaret St., Suite 105, Plattsburgh or call them at 565-4620.

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