For women, ages 25 or older, whose previous higher education experience was interrupted or put on hold.

Not every adult learner that advances into higher education signs up for a four-year curriculum.  Many adults today seek job training that lasts a year or two, and then places them in the workforce.  Technical, trade and vocational schools do not always bask in the financial aid limelight attracted by high-profile universities, but Blessons Scholarships for Women awards are available for trade schools too.

The Blessons Awards are unique and may often function as the only source of support for women where no other granting and scholarship organizations may exist or are accessible in it’s nature where grade point average is NOT a deciding factor. They give women the resources to realize their educational goals to use the funds in whatever way that helps them most such as: books, tuition, on-campus health insurance, cafeteria, computer labs and transportation.

Each award season, we will receive countless applications of incredibly inspiring women with survivor stories who have had their higher education put on hold due to challenging life lessons including; cancer, mental illness, physical or emotional abuse, or who are first generation immigrants.

In 2018, Blessons is committed in funding a minimum of (6) - $1000 one-time scholarship awards in providing educational assistance, to disadvantaged, low-income women who are 25 years or older. These women are U.S. citizens pursuing an undergraduate education at a regionally accredited college or university or at a vocational or technical and trade school program that lead to degrees or certificates, and within the United States.

The applicants are 25 years and older, are empowered from their challenging lessons that has interrupted their higher education and now view the blessings in completing it. Our goal is to increase our capacity to give more awards each year in order to reach all of the women who will potentially benefit from the Blessons Scholarships for Women Awards.

 You can help as a Blessons volunteer, charity athlete, inspirational impetus, school partner, sponsor or even host an educational workshop on behalf of Blessons. The support from our supporters and communities helps us continue in delivering this life-changing program to empower women through education.

 

    The Blessons Scholarships for Women program focuses on women who are returning to higher education, after interruptions. The next application cycle for Blessons Scholarships awarded towards Spring 2018 tuition is now CLOSED.  Our next cycle begins on February 1st, 2018 and will close on May 31st, 2018 for awards to be used in Fall 2018. 

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OVERVIEW


Eligibility Requirements
Applicants for Blessons Scholarships for Women Awards must be:

  • Low-income, disadvantaged women, who are ages 25 or older and whose higher education was interrupted or put on hold due to challenging life lessons including; cancer, mental illness, physical or emotional abuse, or who are first generation immigrants.
  • A U.S. citizen of the United States.
  • Applied for FAFSA. 
  • Pursuing an associate's degree, a first bachelor's degree, continuing education program or trade school completion . Enrolled in, or accepted to a school within the United States, regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, North Central Association. The Higher Learning Commission is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation.
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Selection Factors

  • Submit two letters of recommendations.
  • Submit one essay between 750 - 1000 words describing the following; 
    • How your higher education was interrupted or put on hold due to challenging life lessons.
    • The financial challenges you face today in obtaining assistance and/or available resources in funding your education.
    • What your life’s goals and objectives are and how obtaining a diploma, certificate or associate’s degree will further these goals and objectives.
    • How you will use your "Blessons" in giving back to your community after completing your continued higher education.

Non-Discrimination Policy
It is the policy of Blessons Scholarships for Women to make financial awards without regard to race, creed, religion, color, ancestry, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, or disability.


Questions Regarding the Application
Please do not call the office with scholarship application questions. Carefully read the instructions and guidelines included with the scholarship application (below). If you still have questions, you may send an email to our Scholarship Awards Committee at  scholarships@blessons.org .