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Women's Scholarships

Make sure to visit our Kansas State non-traditional and local scholarships webpage for further women's scholarship opportunities.

General Returning/ Non-Traditional Students

Emerge Scholarships
This nonprofit program was established to support “women whose educations have been interrupted, who have overcome significant obstacles, and who give back to their communities.”

  • Award: Amounts vary year to year, but recently ranged from $2,000 to $5,000.
  • Eligibility requirements:
    • Enrolled in or accepted into an educational institution
    • Age 25 or older
    • Demonstrated financial need
    • Evidence of community service
  • Enrollment level: This funding is awarded for undergraduate and graduate study.

M. Hildred Blewett Fellowship
Offered through the American Physical Society, this opportunity is available to students whose careers in physics research were interrupted. Funding can be used to cover childcare and other expenses, as well as tuition and equipment.

  • Award: Up to $45,000
  • Eligibility requirements:
    • Previous academic work toward a PhD
    • Established affiliation with an academic institution
    • Citizen, legal resident, or resident alien in the U.S. or Canada
  • Enrollment level: This funding is awarded at the doctoral level.


Lifetime Adoption Foundation Scholarships
The Lifetime Adoption Foundation provides a range of nonprofit services focused on “the development of healthy and fulfilling futures.”

  • Award: Amounts vary.
  • Eligibility requirements:
    • A birth mother who placed a child up for adoption from 1990 to the present
    • Minimum 2.0 GPA
    • Enrolled in or accepted into a part-time or full-time program
    • Drug free
  • Enrollment level: Awardees may attend vocational or undergraduate institutions.

Patsy Takemoto Mink Education Foundation Awards
This foundation seeks to continue the work of Patsy Takemoto Mink, the first woman of color elected to the U.S. House of Representatives and an ardent proponent of women’s rights and civil rights.

  • Award: up to $5,000, which may be used for school and living expenses while enrolled as a student
  • Eligibility requirements:
    • A mother with minor children
    • Enrolled in a not-for-profit, accredited institution
    • Meet low-income status as defined by the program (e.g., annual family income of less than $20,000 for a family of two)
  • Enrollment level: Applicants must be pursuing vocational, undergraduate, or graduate level programs, including professional and doctoral degrees.

Military Veterans

Army Women’s Foundation Legacy Scholarship
The Army Women’s Foundation, a nonprofit organization, offers this funding as a way to recognize and support the service of women in the military.

  • Award: Amounts vary, but range from $1,000 to $2,500.
  • Eligibility requirements:
    • Honorable service in the U.S. Army, U.S. Army Reserve, or Army National Guard
    • Minimum high school GPA of 2.5 for community college and technical certificate students; minimum GPA of 3.0 for undergraduate and graduate students
  • Enrollment level: Scholarships are available for study in community college programs, technical certificate programs, and at the undergraduate and graduate level at colleges and universities

Career Start Scholarship
This opportunity for a $500 scholarship is sponsored by the AMVETS National Ladies Auxiliary, and offered to “members who are expanding, updating, and/or reentering the work force.” The award is handed out to three students annually.

  • Award: $500
  • Eligibility requirements:
    • Current member of the AMVETS National Ladies Auxiliary
    • Successful completion of at least one semester/quarter at an accredited technical or business school, or college or university
    • Demonstrated financial need
  • Enrollment level: These scholarships are awarded at the undergraduate and graduate level.


Jeannette Rankin Foundation Women’s Scholarship Fund
Established to honor the work and mission of women’s rights supporter Jeannette Rankin, this fund seeks to help low-income women complete college degrees.

  • Award: up to $500
  • Eligibility requirements:
    • Age 35 or older
    • Demonstrated low-income status as per the U.S. Department of Labor’s Lower Living Standard guidelines.
    • Enrolled in or accepted to a school that holds regional or ACICS accreditation
    • U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Enrollment level: These scholarships are awarded to students pursuing a technical or vocational education, associate degree, or first bachelor’s degree.

Soroptimist Live Your Dream Awards
The Soroptimist volunteer organization seeks to “improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment.” For women who provide the primary financial support in their households, this scholarship opportunity can make education goals a reality.

  • Award: $5,000 regional awards, with additional grants available ranging from $3,000 to $10,000
  • Eligibility requirements:
    • Enrolled in or accepted into a program
    • Do not have a graduate degree
    • Demonstrated financial need
  • Enrollment level: Students in vocational or other skills training programs, and undergraduate degree programs are eligible to apply.

Women’s Organizations

Women’s Independence Scholarship Program (WISP)
WISP, Inc. is a private organization focused on assisting survivors of domestic abuse to achieve their educational goals.

  • Award: Amounts are determined on an individual basis. Past amounts have averaged around $2,000.
  • Eligibility requirements:
    • A survivor of partner abuse, separated from the relationship for one to seven years
    • Received services from a nonprofit agency through which a sponsor/mentor may be identified
    • Enrolled in or applied to an accredited school or program in the U.S.
    • Interested in education to advance current career, make a career change, or re-enter the workforce
    • Demonstrated financial need
    • Citizen or legal resident of the U.S.

P.E.O International Philanthropies, or Educational Project
(PCE) was established in 1973 to provide need based grants to women in the United States and Canada whose education has been interrupted and who find it necessary to return to school to support themselves and/or their families. The maximum one time grant is $3,000 though lesser amounts may be awarded according to available funds and financial need. The grant may not be used for living expenses or to repay loans of any kind.  It also may not be used to pay past educational expenses, including those previously paid with borrowed monies, credit card or student loans. While grants may be used for academic and technical courses, they are not intended to cover the cost of prerequisite courses necessary to secure admission into the final program of study. Furthermore, a PCE grant is not approved for use by those intending immediate continuation of their education beyond the program for which the grant is requested: e.g. associates to bachelors or bachelor to masters.