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Scholarships for Adult Degree Students

Whitworth Scholarships

If you have any questions regarding these scholarships, please contact us at or 509.777.3222.

Courage to Continue Scholarship for Adult Learners
In support of adult learners, the School of Continuing Studies is pleased to offer a limited number of non-renewable scholarships each semester to students who are enrolling at Whitworth University for the first time.

Amount: Varies based on available funds, from $500-$1,500. This scholarship is meant to help close funding gaps at the beginning of a student's time at Whitworth.

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Scholarship deadlines:

  • Aug. 1 for students beginning classes in May or August
  • Sept. 1 for students beginning classes in September
  • Dec. 1 for students beginning classes in January
  • Feb. 1 for students beginning classes in February

Eligibility: Must be matriculated within the School of Continuing Studies at least half time (six or more credits) and complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at Students must apply via the online scholarship application to be considered.

Meals on the Run
This gives students an opportunity to have a meal or two at Whitworth University’s Sodexo dining hall. It features a wide variety of fresh food designed to satisfy everyone’s appetite with a buffet style approach.

Amount: Limited meal tickets available. 

Child Care Scholarship
Awards funds to single parents who are juggling the cost of tuition and child care.

Amount: Varies

Student Teaching Support Grant
Guaranteed $1,000 tuition discount; available for all TCP/TCP-O students during their final student teaching semester. No application required.

Outside Scholarship Opportunities

Applicants must be U.S. citizens or legal residents who are starting a program of higher education (college or graduate school) within the next 12 months or are currently full or part-time students. Applicants must be age 17 years or older. There is no maximum age limit. Students are chosen based off of a paragraph response to a prompt. 

Amount: $1,000 

This award is for U.S. students. Must be a legal U.S. resident. Must reside within the 50 United States or the District of Columbia. Must be 14 years of age or older to apply. Students will respond to the prompt “Would you rather be smart, funny or rich? Why?” 250 words or less.

Amount: $10,000

Working Parent College Scholarship
The Working Parent College Scholarship Award Program is accessible to individuals who are enrolled as either full- or part-time students in a recognized U.S. postsecondary educational institution, maintaining a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. Applicants must have worked an average of at least 12 hours per week for the previous four weeks at the time of application and must be the residential parent of at least one minor child. 

Amount: $1,000

Jeannette Rankin Foundation
The Jeannette Rankin National Scholar Grant provides unrestricted non-tuition funding and support to women and nonbinary students across the country. National Scholar Grant recipients are age 35 or older, demonstrate financial need, and are pursuing a technical or vocational education, an associate degree, or a first bachelor’s degree at an accredited U.S. institution. Scholar Grants are distributed directly to recipients and are renewable for up to five years.

Amount: Varies 

Women Helping Women Fund
Awards funds to local mothers living in Spokane County who are juggling the cost of tuition and child care. Must be a female student with one or more dependent children requiring child care during the school year.

Amount: $1,500-4,000 

Patsy Mink
Awards funds to women who have minor children based on financial need, vocational goals and personal circumstances. 

Amount: Varies 

Live Your Dream Award
Provides funds to parent who provides the primary financial support for family/dependents.

Amount: Varies 

Beacon Scholarship for Rural America
The Beacon Scholarship for Rural America will award scholarships to one winner in the spring and two winners in the fall semester, to graduating high school seniors, current college students or adult learners planning to enroll in an accredited college program. Applicants must also reside in a rural area and meet low-income criteria outlined in the application below. Two letters of recommendation from teachers, coaches, counselors, other academic professionals or colleagues are required.

Amount: Varies 

1800 Wheelchair Scholarship
Awards funds to students who use a wheelchair. Students in the past have been asked to explore and describe mobility issues on campus, personal challenges and more.

Amount: $500

Federal TEACH Grant

Must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen and complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Students do not need to demonstrate financial need but must be admitted to the education program (typically during sophomore year) pursuing a major or minor in a high-need subject area. Must be willing to repay the grant as loan with interest if fail to meet the four-year service requirement.

Amount: Up to $4,000 per year

Below are some additional links to websites that offer outside scholarships:

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Tribal Scholarship Opportunities

Check with your tribe for any tribe-affiliated scholarships. Here are the scholarship sites of some of our local tribes:
•    Spokane
•    Coeur d'Alene 
•    Kalispel
•    Colville

Employer Tuition Reimbursement Opportunities

Check with your employer to see if they offer tuition reimbursement. Some examples include:
•    STCU
•    Spokane Public Library 
•    Amazon
•    Providence 
•    Allstate
•    Apple
•    Bank of America
•    Kroger
•    Microsoft