AARP Foundation Women's Scholarship Program

AARP Scholarship Program helps women 40+ create new lives and new futures.

AARP Foundation Women’s Scholarship Program provides scholarship funds to eligible women 40+ who are seeking new job skills, training and educational opportunities to support themselves and their families. 

Research shows that women, in particular, experience significant financial and employment hardships in the second half of their lives.  The Women’s Scholarship Program addresses these concerns by supporting education and training to help limited-income women create new lives and new futures.    

• Eligibility: Applicants for the Women’s Scholarship Program must be:

? women;
? ages 40 and over;
? able to demonstrate financial need; and
? enrolled in an accredited school or technical program within six months of the scholarship award.

• Use of scholarship funds: Scholarships fund part-time or full-time study (tuition, fees, and books) at public and private secondary schools, such as community colleges, technical schools, and four-year universities. They do not fund graduate studies.

 Priority candidates: Most scholarship winners complete their final college credits or enter 2-3 year technical skills and skills upgrade programs.  Priority is given to women who are:                                
? returning to work after an extended period of time;
? in jobs with limited pay, growth opportunities and benefits; or
? raising and financially responsible for another family member’s children (e.g., grandparents raising grandchildren).

• Selection process: An independent selection committee chooses scholarship winners based on financial need, personal circumstances, educational goals, and the scholarship’s potential impact on candidates’ lives, families and communities. All decisions are final.

• Amount of awards: AARP Foundation awards up to 100 scholarships each year ranging from $500 to $5,000, depending on financial need and the education or training program’s cost.

• How to apply: The application is only available online and additional information about the program can be found at www.aarp.org/womensscholarship. Applications will be accepted until March 31st, 2009 at 5:00 PM (CST).

• Program support: The AARP Foundation funds the Women’s Scholarship Program with generous support from Bank of America and the AARP Foundation Women’s Leadership Circle (WLC), a national network of volunteer leaders, women of affluence and influence, who support the AARP Foundation in achieving its mission and goals.

Pull Quote: Thank you for helping me set an example for my daughters to encourage them to strive for more.  I am determined and the future is bright.
 –-Kerry, 2008 AARP Foundation Women’s Scholarship Recipient


The AARP Foundation is AARP’s affiliated charity. Foundation programs provide security, protection and empowerment for older persons in need. Low-income older workers receive the job training and placement they need to re-join the workforce. Free tax preparation is provided for low- and moderate-income individuals, with special attention to those 60 and older. The Foundation’s litigation staff protects the legal rights of older Americans in critical health, long-term care, consumer and employment situations. Additional programs provide information, education and services to ensure that people over 50 lead lives of independence, dignity and purpose. Foundation programs are funded by grants, tax-deductible contributions and AARP. For more information about the AARP Foundation, please log on to www.aarp.org/foundation.