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Each year the Division of Continuing Studies (DCS), through its office of Adult Career and Special Student Services (ACSSS), awards scholarships and grants specifically designed for nontraditional students. Nontraditional students are a diverse group, including:  

  • returning adult students seeking to earn or complete a degree after a break in their education;
  • single parents struggling to balance the demands of family, work, and study; or
  • professionals needing to enhance their job skills.

Continuing Education (CE) Grants are available each term to admitted and enroll students at any level who have compelling financial need. Qualifying students are either pursuing a degree part-time or taking course work for credit as a non-degree (University Special) student. Grant deadlines occur three times a year to include July 1 for Fall, November 1 for Spring and May 1 for Summer. For more information on eligibility requirements see https://acsss.wisc.edu/scholarships/.

 

Alternatively, scholarships are awarded one time per year, available to degree-seeking students. Only one application is required to apply for all the scholarships offered through ACSSS. The 2017 deadline is February 20. The online application becomes available each year in December and recipients will be notified in early to mid-April. For more information on eligibility requirements see https://acsss.wisc.edu/continuing-education-grant/.


To access these grant and scholarship applications via Scholarships@UW-Madison, log in at https://scholarships.wisc.edu/StudentApp.

 

For more information, contact:

 

Division of Continuing Studies

Adult Career and Special Student Services

21 N. Park Street, Suite 7101

Madison WI 53715

608-263-6960

advising@dcs.wisc.edu

 

Application Information

Apply for Adult, Career and Special Student scholarships through Scholarships@UW-Madison, accessed through your Student Center. Additional details are on the website at https://acsss.wisc.edu/scholarships/.

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Division of Continuing Studies
Adult, Career and Special Student Services
21 N. Park Street, Suit 7101
Madison, WI 53715
608-263-6960
advising@dcs.wisc.edu

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Scholarships for this Program

Scholarships Descriptions
Support from the American Association of University Women (AAUW) - Madison/Monona Branch dates back to 1993 with the establishment of the initial Single Parent Scholarship Fund. Their mission is to "...advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy...
Support from the American Association of University Women (AAUW) - Madison/Monona Branch dates back to 1993 with the establishment of the initial Single Parent Scholarship Fund. Their mission is to "...advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research."
The Adult Student Scholarship Program Fund is supported by generous donors such as alumni, family, friends and community members throughout the year.
The Adult Student Scholarship Program Fund is supported by generous donors such as alumni, family, friends and community members throughout the year.
The Alma Baron Second Chance for Women Scholarship was established by Alma Baron in 2001 to support a female returning adult student over 45 years of age. This award was inspired in large part by her own personal experience of...
The Alma Baron Second Chance for Women Scholarship was established by Alma Baron in 2001 to support a female returning adult student over 45 years of age. This award was inspired in large part by her own personal experience of returning to college at age 51 to earn a doctorate in adult education. Following her death in 2006 friends and family continue to support the fund in her memory.
The Alma Baron Scholarship criteria include the following: 1) female who is 45 years or older; 2) recently admitted or continuing UW-Madison degree candidate in good academic standing; 3) demonstrating financial need; 4) U.S. citizen, permanent resident, asylee, or other eligible non-citizen; and 5) with potential for academic success based on career or non-career experience in the past five years. Eligible applicants will be evaluated in a competitive selection process. View the program site and the scholarship application for details. Scholarship awards for nontraditional students require admission to a UW-Madison degree program. Prospective students who have not yet been admitted as UW-Madison degree candidates should submit an application for admission well before the scholarship deadline, and must anticipate an admissions decision by mid-March. Awards will be contingent upon enrollment during the scholarship year.
The Bernice D. Kuney Scholarship was established in 1989 with a gift from Edith Martindale to honor her mentor, Bernice Kuney. Ms. Kuney taught English for forty years at UW Extension, serving adults returning to college for degree work or...
The Bernice D. Kuney Scholarship was established in 1989 with a gift from Edith Martindale to honor her mentor, Bernice Kuney. Ms. Kuney taught English for forty years at UW Extension, serving adults returning to college for degree work or professional development. Ms. Martindale, class of 1944, devoted her professional life to a better understanding and response to mental illness and mental disability through her work and writings.
To be eligible for consideration an applicant must 1) have experienced a significant gap in their education--ideally, a cumulative gap of five or more years; 2) demonstrate financial need; 3) show academic promise, achievement, and commitment; and 4) be U.S. citizens, permanent residents, asylees, or other eligible non-citizens. Eligible applicants will be evaluated in a competitive selection process. View the program site and the scholarship application for details. Scholarship awards for nontraditional students require admission to a UW-Madison degree program. Prospective students who have not yet been admitted as UW-Madison degree candidates should submit an application for admission well before the scholarship deadline, and must anticipate an admissions decision by mid-March. Awards will be contingent upon enrollment during the scholarship year.
Tuition grants are offered each term to support adults who have experienced a significant break in their formal education and do not qualify for federal financial aid or scholarships due to their part-time enrollment status.
Tuition grants are offered each term to support adults who have experienced a significant break in their formal education and do not qualify for federal financial aid or scholarships due to their part-time enrollment status.
Applicants must be returning adult students with a significant break in their formal education of five or more years. This includes degree-seeking students enrolled less than half-time and non-degree University Special students not eligible for financial aid. (Dissertators and full-time degree seeking students are not eligible.) Student must demonstrate financial need as indicated within the application. Recipients will be selected primarily on the basis of financial need, clearly expressed educational goals and significant interruption (usually five cumulative years or more) in formal education. The balancing of such factors as number of degrees already completed, length of interruption in education, proximity to completion of educational goal, recent academic performance and other indications of potential academic success at UW-Madison will result in the allocation of grants as funds allow. Priority given to those who are on a path to earn a first undergraduate degree, including those currently in special student status.
Alumni Joe Corry and Barbara Weston Corry established the Joe Corry and Barbara Weston Corry Scholarship Fund in 2000 after devoting a combined 53 years to the University as academic staff members. Barbara Weston Corry retired as a senior editor...
Alumni Joe Corry and Barbara Weston Corry established the Joe Corry and Barbara Weston Corry Scholarship Fund in 2000 after devoting a combined 53 years to the University as academic staff members. Barbara Weston Corry retired as a senior editor at the Center for Demography and Ecology and Joe Corry was an associate vice chancellor in the Office of Academic Affairs.
The scholarship criteria include the following: 1) single parent and head of household; 2) demonstrating financial need; 3) recently admitted or continuing UW-Madison degree candidate with strong academic record; 4) returning adult student who is at least 21 years of age with at least one year of interruption in study at the post-secondary level; and 5) a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, asylee, or other eligible non-citizen. Eligible applicants will be evaluated in a competitive selection process. View the program site and the scholarship application for details. Scholarship awards for nontraditional students require admission to a UW-Madison degree program. Prospective students who have not yet been admitted as UW-Madison degree candidates should submit an application for admission well before the scholarship deadline, and must anticipate an admissions decision by mid-March. Awards will be contingent upon enrollment during the scholarship year.
The Sosa family, as supporters of the university, started the Kindness Matters Scholarship to give returning adult students with financial need and a strong academic history the opportunity to focus on completing their target degree. Beth and Brandon Sosa's daughter...
The Sosa family, as supporters of the university, started the Kindness Matters Scholarship to give returning adult students with financial need and a strong academic history the opportunity to focus on completing their target degree. Beth and Brandon Sosa's daughter Aanya chose the name Kindness Matters in light of their family belief that, above all, love and kindness are most important.
Nontraditional and returning adult students eligible for award consideration must 1) have experienced a gap in their education for at least one year; 2) be at the undergraduate or professional level; 3) demonstrate financial need; 4) show academic promise and commitment with a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA; 5) be U.S. citizens, permanent residents or other eligible non-citizens. Eligible applicants will be evaluated in a competitive selection process. View the program site and the scholarship application for details. Scholarship awards for nontraditional students require admission to a UW-Madison degree program. Awards will be contingent upon enrollment during the scholarship year.
The Nancy W. Denney Memorial Scholarship was established by friends, family, and colleagues in memory of Nancy Denney, a devoted professor of psychology and single parent who died of breast cancer in 1995. The goal was to continue Denney's advocacy...
The Nancy W. Denney Memorial Scholarship was established by friends, family, and colleagues in memory of Nancy Denney, a devoted professor of psychology and single parent who died of breast cancer in 1995. The goal was to continue Denney's advocacy for students who faced joint responsibilities of parenting, work, and study. The scholarship exists due to a generous initial contribution by the Evjue Foundation Inc., and support by numerous private donors.
The Denney Scholarship criteria include the following: 1) single parent who also is head of household; 2) new or continuing student in College of Letters and Science (L&S); 3) pursuing first undergraduate degree and intending to complete that degree within L&S; 4) evidence of financial need; 5) potential for success; and 6) U.S. citizen, permanent resident, asylee, or other eligible non-citizen. Eligible applicants will be evaluated in a competitive selection process. View the program site and the scholarship application for details. Scholarship awards for nontraditional students require admission to a UW-Madison degree program. Prospective students who have not yet been admitted as UW-Madison degree candidates should submit an application for admission well before the scholarship deadline, and must anticipate an admissions decision by mid-March. Awards will be contingent upon enrollment during the scholarship year.
The Osher Reentry Scholarship is funded by The Bernard Osher Foundation, which seeks to improve the quality of life through its support for higher education. This endowment assists adults who wish to return to college to complete their undergraduate degree...
The Osher Reentry Scholarship is funded by The Bernard Osher Foundation, which seeks to improve the quality of life through its support for higher education. This endowment assists adults who wish to return to college to complete their undergraduate degree after a significant break in their studies. We are one of 88 universities nationwide selected to receive this endowment.
Nontraditional and returning adult students eligible for award consideration must 1) have experienced a cumulative gap in their education of five or more years; 2) be at the undergraduate level pursuing their first baccalaureate degrees; 3) be returning adult students who anticipate participation in the workforce for a significant period of time subsequent to graduation; 4) demonstrate financial need; 5) show academic promise and a commitment to obtaining their degrees; and 6) be U.S. citizens, permanent residents, asylees, or other eligible non-citizens. Eligible applicants will be evaluated in a competitive selection process. View the program site and the scholarship application for details. Scholarship awards for nontraditional students require admission to a UW-Madison degree program. Prospective students who have not yet been admitted as UW-Madison degree candidates should submit an application for admission well before the scholarship deadline, and must anticipate an admissions decision by mid-March. Awards will be contingent upon enrollment during the scholarship year. The Osher Reentry Scholarship is not intended for students seeking a second undergraduate degree or students who are exclusively enrolled in online courses.
PLATO, the Participatory Learning and Teaching Organization, is a learning-in-retirement organization that relies on active member involvement to develop and provide participatory learning, teaching, and social opportunities for members. Historically, PLATO Scholarships have supported the degree completion goals of single...
PLATO, the Participatory Learning and Teaching Organization, is a learning-in-retirement organization that relies on active member involvement to develop and provide participatory learning, teaching, and social opportunities for members. Historically, PLATO Scholarships have supported the degree completion goals of single parents whose family commitments presented unique challenges to their academic progress. In 2013 PLATO expanded that support to include not only single parents but also other nontraditional students who are striving to complete their UW-Madison degrees.
PLATO Scholarships are available to nontraditional adult students who are new or continuing undergraduates, graduate students, or professional degree students at UW-Madison. To be considered, an applicant also must 1) have significant financial need; 2) demonstrate strong potential for academic success; and 3) be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, asylee, or other eligible non-citizen. Eligible applicants will be evaluated in a competitive selection process. View the program site and the scholarship application for details. Scholarship awards for nontraditional students require admission to a UW-Madison degree program. Prospective students who have not yet been admitted as UW-Madison degree candidates should submit an application for admission well before the scholarship deadline, and must anticipate an admissions decision by mid-March. Awards will be contingent upon enrollment during the scholarship year.
This scholarship was started by the Dean of Students Office and the Adult Career and Special Student Services. The purpose is to provide a scholarship for single parents working on their undergraduate degrees.
This scholarship was started by the Dean of Students Office and the Adult Career and Special Student Services. The purpose is to provide a scholarship for single parents working on their undergraduate degrees.
To be eligible for consideration an applicant must be: 1) the sole head of their household and the single parent of at least one dependent child supported by and living in that household; 2) a new or continuing student pursuing their first undergraduate degree; 3) able to demonstrate financial need; and 4) a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, asylee, or other eligible non-citizen. Preference may be given to undergraduates who have completed at least 30 degree credits with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better. Eligible applicants will be evaluated in a competitive selection process. View the program site and the scholarship application for details. Scholarship awards for nontraditional students require admission to a UW-Madison degree program. Prospective students who have not yet been admitted as UW-Madison degree candidates should submit an application for admission well before the scholarship deadline, and must anticipate an admissions decision by mid-March. Awards will be contingent upon enrollment during the scholarship year.
To support a returning adult graduate student, Karen Doerfer Daily established the Stuart Daily Seeds of Learning Fund in 2004 to honor the memory of Stuart G. Daily, a teacher of much, to many. His most valuable asset was his...
To support a returning adult graduate student, Karen Doerfer Daily established the Stuart Daily Seeds of Learning Fund in 2004 to honor the memory of Stuart G. Daily, a teacher of much, to many. His most valuable asset was his knowledge, and he encouraged others in their quest for knowledge.
To be eligible for consideration an applicant must 1) be recently admitted or continuing as a UW-Madison graduate degree candidate; 2) be in good academic standing; 3) demonstrate financial need; 4) show potential for academic success based on career or non-career experience in the past five years; and 5) be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, asylee, or other eligible non-citizen. Eligible applicants will be evaluated in a competitive selection process. View the program site and the scholarship application for details. Scholarship awards for nontraditional students require admission to a UW-Madison degree program. Prospective graduate students who have not yet been admitted to UW-Madison should submit a graduate application for admission well before the scholarship deadline, and must anticipate an admissions decision by mid-March. Awards will be contingent upon enrollment during the scholarship year. Students pursuing professional degrees are not eligible for this scholarship.
The University League has offered support for returning adult students since the fund was established in 1993. In 2004 it created a second scholarship to support a female returning adult student. The Cynthia McCreary Holbrook Youmans Endowed Scholarship was established...
The University League has offered support for returning adult students since the fund was established in 1993. In 2004 it created a second scholarship to support a female returning adult student. The Cynthia McCreary Holbrook Youmans Endowed Scholarship was established in honor of a former president with a distinguished history of community and campus service.
To be eligible for award consideration, an applicant must be 1) female; 2) in financial need; 3) possessing academic merit; 4) returning to school after some break in education; 5) admitted to an undergraduate or graduate degree program; and 6) a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, asylee, or other eligible non-citizen. Eligible applicants will be evaluated in a competitive selection process. View the program site and the scholarship application for details. Scholarship awards for nontraditional students require admission to a UW-Madison degree program. Prospective students who have not yet been admitted as UW-Madison degree candidates should submit an application for admission well before the scholarship deadline, and must anticipate an admissions decision by mid-March. Awards will be contingent upon enrollment during the scholarship year.
The University League, Inc. founded in 1901 has supported a scholarship for a returning adult student since the fund was established in 1993. "The University League, Inc. is a non-profit organization open to all. It is dedicated to promoting educational...
The University League, Inc. founded in 1901 has supported a scholarship for a returning adult student since the fund was established in 1993. "The University League, Inc. is a non-profit organization open to all. It is dedicated to promoting educational and social activities for its members and supporting scholarship funding that benefits students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison."
Scholarships marked with FAFSA required prior to awarding decisions in the list above require a completed Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for awarding decisions. To learn more about applying for financial aid, please visit the Office of Student Financial Aid website.