A GPA Isn’t Everything.
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.
Not every student is top of their graduating class when it comes to GPAs, and many of them are overlooked when it comes time to hand out scholarship money. These same students may have accomplishments outside of their test scores, however. Blessons, NFP recognizes these women with scholarships tailored specifically for their hard work as they faced challenging life lessons.
The Blessons Awards are funded by donations and 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 cycle, 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 such as; 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.
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 complete a higher education, after interruptions. The next application cycle for Fall 2018 Awards begins on February 1st, 2018 and will close on May 31st, 2018 at 12pm Central Time.
Scholarships for Women Application OVERVIEW
Applicants for Blessons Scholarships for Women Awards must be:
- Adult/Non-traditional female students who are ages 25 or older and whose higher education was interrupted or put on hold due to challenging life lessons such as; cancer, mental illness, physical or emotional abuse, or who are first-generation immigrants.
- She must be a citizen or legal permanent resident of the United States.
- Must submit a copy of her financial aid rejection letter or financial aid package (FAFSA) to demonstrate financial need.
- IRS tax forms for two prior years.
- Must be pursuing a first bachelor’s degree, an associate’s degree or a technical or vocational education, enrolled at a regional or ACICS accredited school, at least part-time and within 6 months of the scholarship award date.
- Proof of applicant’s program acceptance letter or current transcript.
- Must also be willing to disclose any supporting materials when requested.
Selection Factors: The Blessons Awards Committee considers financial need, personal circumstances and achievements, educational and career goals, challenges faced in life, how their Blessons are viewed and the impact of the scholarship in addition to the following;
- Two letters of recommendations must be mailed, sealed, directly to the attention of Blessons Scholarship Awards Committee at the listed address of the website: both from individuals not related to the applicant, attesting to her character.
- Submit one essay between 750 - 1000 words describing the following;
- How your higher/continued education was interrupted or put on hold due to challenging life lessons.
- The financial challenges you face in obtaining assistance and/or available resources in funding your education.
- Must project your plans, including personal goals, projected use of degree/new skill.
- How you are planning to achieve those goals through education and/or skills training.
- How you will use your "Blessons" in giving back to your community after completing your continued higher education.
Blessons, NFP will not pay the student directly. Instead, the organization will send a check directly to the higher education institution where the student is enrolled. Things like “tuition, fees and other appropriate educational expenses” will be covered by the funds. Recipients of the scholarship awards will not be reimbursed.
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 Awards Committee at email@example.com .