The Jeannette Rankin Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds for, and awarding scholarships to, low-income women, ages 35 and older. Each scholarship recipient has a vision of how a college education will benefit herself, her family, and her community. Most recipients are in truly meager financial circumstances and may have other hardships or disabilities.

From one $500 scholarship in 1978 to 80 scholarships in 2007, JRF has awarded over $1 million in financial aid to more than 500 US women.

Source: Jeannette Rankin Foundation

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17 Responses to “Scholarships For Women Age 35 and Older”

  1. Medina Pickford on March 25th, 2008 4:18 pm

    I would like more information on your scholarships for women over 35. I’m 45 and started my first year at JCC in Adrian, MI. I recently, lost my job of 13 years and had a great opportunity to start over and go to college.

  2. Yudelkis Tavarez on March 28th, 2008 6:39 pm

    I would like more information on the scholarships for women over 35. I just applied for financial aid to study as a medical assistant. So I better my self in life but what was available to me was not enough and I can get it the program. please help

  3. admin on March 30th, 2008 9:44 pm

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  4. cloris Torrey on April 8th, 2008 4:32 pm

    I am 59 year of age I am interested information on scholarship for my age group.

  5. admin on April 21st, 2008 2:20 pm

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  6. Michelle W. on May 6th, 2008 9:18 am

    Good Day,
    I am a 48 year old woman who has been trying
    for years to go back to school but each time I’d try my financial situation sets me back,first it was my children,than my marriage.I know that I could do better with some kind of a degree ,I just don’t know were to start or how. I would greatly appreciate some assistance.I cn;t afford any loans at this time and am in search of grants and scholarships.if you have any ideas I welcome them.

  7. admin on May 6th, 2008 10:16 am

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  8. Mia Chabral on May 25th, 2008 5:20 pm

    Greetings,I’m writing to find out about grants and scholarships I can apply for. Curretnly I’m enrolled at Life University (1st quarter) to pursue my BS in Nutrition. I do not want to accumlate a lot of student loan debt, because i’m already paying for one and just acuired 1 more to attend Life Univesity for Spring,Summer, and Fall quarter. I’m a single parent and self employed. Please direct me to a good source I can start with. Thannk you.

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  10. Angelina Gardner on February 8th, 2009 2:27 pm

    I am currently attending at Bevill state Community College in Hamilton, AL. I am looking for a scholarship for the summer semester in order to graduate with an Associate of Science in Paralegal degree. I have been attending on a Federal Pell Frant and unfortunately they do not awards such grants for the summer semester. The classes that i need in order to graduate are only offered during specific time of the year, being the summer semester. In this time of economy crisis I am not able to afford the cost of theses classes. My husband has also started to attend the school in order to recieve a nursing degree since his work slowed to the point of barely affording our monthly bills. I would love to learn about the grants and scholarship available to me. Thank you, Angelina Gardner

  11. Angelina Gardner on February 8th, 2009 2:28 pm

    Please forward any information to my email.

  12. Robin Green on July 31st, 2010 4:37 pm

    Im a single mom, Im 48, and Im starting college classes fall 2010. Im really hoping for a schlorship of some sort; anything would be a blessing. As it stands I need to work full time and attend classes at night in order to just make my monthly bills.If you have any information for me please forward it to my e-mail.

  13. Denise K. Nielson on December 23rd, 2010 6:09 pm

    Money for school…amazing…I am a mother of 6 and have seen my children graduate from college and would love to now have the opportunity to do it myself.

    With your help this can happen.
    My age is 47, and I just filled out my application online with the University of Utah, in their Radiology department.
    Please let me know what I need to do to have some financial help.
    Thank you so very much !
    ~ Denise~

  14. Mobeen Mirza on March 23rd, 2011 1:04 am

    Many of us get confused and spend most of the time finding out whether we are eligible for a particular scholarship or a grant. Women, in general have lesser time to explore these facts, as they are burdened with loads of responsibilities including household, work, social aspects and personal life. All these obligations leave little or no time for her to explore the avenues for scholarships for women.

  15. Sandra Baxter on September 15th, 2012 7:31 pm

    I am a 43 years mother of two that is trying to get a degree in criminal Justice but I have finanical problem that have came up that made me have to withdrawn from school and I have only 36 more hours to complete to get my degree. I have been work on this degree for the last 5 year and now that I am this close to completeing is course and I please get some finanical help

  16. Pamela L. Washington on October 15th, 2012 8:55 am

    I am a 46 year old low income black woman who wants to continue to go to college . I do work for a public school district as a paraprofessional but barely can make ends meet. I do have some college hours but cant pursue my dreams of becoming a Counselor without schloarship money.

  17. Helen Garnett on November 21st, 2012 1:18 pm

    Hello, just need to know how to get the help I need to go back to school to farther my education, dont have much money, but I do work five day a week and have two kids at home.

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