Scholarships and Opportunities
Nontraditional Student or Adult Learner Scholarships
Nearly one in three students attending UW is a non-traditional student. These students make up a diverse group with a variety of life experiences, backgrounds, skills, responsibilities and needs. To lighten the financial difficulty of students who are parents, the ASUW has created a Child assistance scholarship. This student must have a child dependent and demonstrate financial need. This scholarship will have a value of $1,000 for one semester and will be awarded the spring semester following application. This year, ASUW will be awarding 10 (ten) $1,000 scholarships. Previous recipients are encouraged to apply again with the understanding that each application will be given equal review and consideration. For application and deadline see: http://www.uwyo.edu/asuw/scholarships/
Adult Student Scholarship (Spring Award Only)
Applicants must be UW undergraduate first bachelors' degree seeking students who:
Are over 25 years of age at the time of application;
Completed at least 6 UW credit hours in the fall semester prior to the spring semester which applicant is applying for;
Are in good academic standing at UW and received a cumulative G.P.A. of 2.5 or higher;
Will be enrolled at UW for 6 credit hours or more in the spring semester which applying for;
Are citizens of the United States or permanent residents.
Still have financial need as determined by the Office of Student Financial Aid
Students who have been awarded AS scholarships previously are eligible to apply.
for application materials. Applications due by 4:30 pm the Wednesday before Thanksgiving in November prior to the spring semester funding is needed for.
Osher Reentry Scholarship
Applicants for the Osher Reentry Scholarship must meet the following criteria: Be between the ages of 25 and 50 at time of application; Pursuing a first Bachelor's Degree in a declared major field of study at UW; Have an enrollment gap of at least 5 years while working on bachelor's degree or starting to work on a bachelor's degree (may be cumulative; does not have to be sequential, Have applied & been accepted at UW; FAFSA filed with UW; Anticipate being in workforce upon graduation from college for at least 10 or more years.
Recipients of the Osher Reentry Scholarship will be referred to on-campus resources such as the Student Success Services program, the Nontraditional and Women's Center, and the Veteran Services Center (if applicable) and will be expected to meet with an advisor at least once each semester as well as complete an annual survey. The scholarship provides up to the semester cost of tuition and fees and continuation is dependent on academic progress and a commitment to obtaining a degree, level of program participation, and need for financial aid as determined by UW Student Financial Aid.
Applications must be complete and must be received by 7/10/15 by 4:30 pm for the 2015-16 academic year
Daniels Boundless Opportunity Scholarship for Highly Motivated Students
Applicants for the Daniels Boundless Opportunity Scholarship program must meet the following criteria: Admitted to UW Fall 2015; 2015-2016 FAFSA filed with UW; Age 25 or older as of Sept 1, 2015; Declared a major if you're transferring 60+ credits to UW or have 60+ earned credits at UW; Full-time enrollment for Fall 2015; Working toward your first Bachelor's Degree. The Daniels Fund provides the Boundless Opportunity Scholarship to UW. The Daniels Boundless Opportunity Scholarship honors and supports nontraditional students who recognize the value of an education to create a better life. Bill Daniels said "America remains the greatest nation on earth, where boundless opportunities still exist for each and every one of us". The Daniels Boundless Opportunity Scholarship Program provides financial, academic and personal support and will require commitment from the scholars in the program.
Acceptance to the Boundless Opportunity Scholarship Program for Highly Motivated Nontraditional Students will result in placement & participation in either the Student Success Services program or the Nontraditional Student Center’s cohort mentoring & academic program and completion of scholarship forms, photo submission, and Daniels Fund statement/information in the UW Foundation Office. Participants agree to meet the requirements of each cohort which includes regular bi-weekly to monthly meetings and meetings with a support person. The scholarship provides up to $1,000 per semester (fall and spring) for up to two years and continuation each semester is dependent on academic progress, maintaining full-time status, level of program participation, and need for financial aid as determined by UW Student Financial Aid.
Applications must be complete and must be received by July 1, 2015 at 4:30 pm.
Click here for application materials.
McKeown Family Scholarship
The McKeown Family Scholarship is for new nontraditional age undergraduates beginning their postsecondary education or returning to continue undergraduate work after an extended absence. Applicants must be new entering UW students either the Fall semester or the Spring semester. The McKeown Family Scholarship is for the entering semester only.
Application deadline for students entering UW in the Fall Semester is July 1 annually. Application deadline for students entering UW in the Spring semester is Nov. 23rd annually
Click here for application materials.
University Women's Club Scholarship
Scholarships by Department:
Below are specific departmental scholarships for Nontraditional Students at the University of Wyoming.
College of Arts and Sciences:
Rhoda O Lewis Student Award
Communication and Journalism
Carl & Dorothy Rott Scholarship- Non-traditional Journalism and Communication Students
Wyoming Association of Sheriffs and Chiefs of Police (WYSCOP) Scholarships
Sandy Schwartzkoopf Scholarship Trust (Award for non-traditional student over 25 who must enroll the following year in the College of Arts and Science with an English major at UW.)
Sandy Schwartzkopf Scholarship Trust (est. 2000)
- Award for non-traditional student over 25 who must enroll the following year in the College of Arts and Science with an English major at UW.
- Award will appear as a lump sum deposit in UW student account by the end of the semester of application.
Raymond N. Plank Scholarship
Office of Financial Aid
Eric Steven Johnson Memorial Scholarship
- Scholarship for students who are 21 years or older, have graduated from a high school in WY Carbon County #2 district, or from any high school in Carbon County, WY, or from any high school in WY, in that order of preference.
Shaw Family Scholarship
- Scholarship for a graduating senior from a WY high school within the Big Horn Basin area, who exhibits financial need. Must be in good academic standing. Preference is for non-traditional students.
College of Agriculture and Natural Resources:
College of Business:
Wyoming Women's Foundation/Edelweiss Opportunity Scholarship
The Edelweiss Fund Scholarship
The Osher Fund
General Scholarship Information
College of Engineering
College of Education
Patricia B. Ferris-Hawley Scholarship
Dick and Marty Brown Endowment in Education
Grace Thorson Brown Scholarship
Virginia M. Davis Memorial Scholarship
- Scholarship for students enrolled in the College of Education with demonstrated financial need, and a 3.0 or higher GPA. Selection is also based on commitment to education, communication skills, and participation in extracurricular activities, including volunteer work. One award designated for a non-traditional student, or a practicing teacher for continuing education.
Suzanne P. Hoffman Scholarship
- Scholarship for students enrolled in the College of Education, student must be a WY resident, of sophomore, junior, or senior standing with a minimum GPA of 2.0. Preference if given to non-traditional aged students.
Kercher Family Scholarship
- Scholarship for students enrolled in the College of Education, student must be enrolled as a graduate student in the Adult Learning and Technology department, or any non-traditional student in the College of Education with financial need.
Margaret S. Powell Memorial Scholarship
- Scholarship for students enrolled in the College of Education, who exhibit financial need. Preference will be given to non-traditional and/or older than average student.
UW Casper College Center
Myra Fox Skelton Foundation
University of Wyoming/Casper College Center Non-Traditional and First Generation Scholarship
College of Health Sciences
Gordon S. & Charlott Myers Health Sciences Scholarship
Paul Stock CHS Scholarship (nontrad) Pearl Crossley O’Kieffe Memorial Scholarship
Wiest Nursing Scholarship
- Scholarship for a non-traditional, full-time generic nursing student, who possess a 3.0 or higher GPA. Preference is for student at the junior and senior standing.
Division of Social Work
Honors Scholars Program
Dr. Scholl Honors Scholarship
All have a stated GPA requirement of 3.0 to 3.5 depending on the program. However, when a student is nontraditional, minority, or first generation, we will make exceptions to that policy down to a 2.75, the minimum for studying abroad.
Geneseo Migrant Center – Berrien Fragos Thorn Arts Scholarships for Migrant Farmworkers
- Eligible applicants must demonstrate an interest in pursuing further development of their talents in one of the following disciplines: visual, performing, media, literary, and crafts.
- A budget or documentation of expenses must be submitted with the application, a portfolio or samples of work are required, minimum 16 years of age, applicant need not be enrolled in school, and a history of movement to obtain work in agriculture is required.
The Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans – 2016 Scholarship
- Eligibility includes being any of the following: You have been naturalized as a US citizen on your own or as a minor; you are or will by the application deadline be in possession of a valid green card.
Soroptimist – Live Your Dream Awards
- Eligibility includes being a woman who provides the primary financial support for yourself and dependents, has financial need, is enrolled in or has been accepted to a vocational/skills training program, or an undergraduate degree program, and does not have a graduate degree.
BBG Communications – Youth Volunteer Scholarship Award
- Explain in less than 1000 words why you have chosen to volunteer your time with the organization(s) that you have and how your experience has changed your life.
- Eligibility includes over the past 2 years have a minimum of 50 hours of volunteer work, maintained a GPA of 3.5 or greater, and be under the age of 21 on the day of deadline.
Wiley CPAexcel – Accounting Student Scholarship Program
- Must be an actively enrolled full or part-time college student taking at least one accounting course.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers – Single Mother’s Scholarship 2015
- Write a 500+ word essay on the advantages of going back to school while caring for your children as a mother.
- Must be enrolled in an accredited high school, college, or university in the US, be a mother, and maintain a cumulative GPA of a minimum 3.0
Heinz College and HACU – HACU-HIS Alumni Scholarship
- Scholarships are awarded at the time of admission, and to be considered for this scholarship awards, an eligible applicant should indicate their affiliation with an HSI (Hispanic Serving Institution).
Geneseo Migrant Center – Frank Kazmierczak Memorial Migrant Scholarship
- Application evaluation is based on leadership, volunteer and community involvement, extracurricular activities, and scholastic achievement.
- Must be a child of a migrant worker or a migrant worker (priority will be given to those with mobility in the last 3 years), have teaching as a career goal, and have financial need.
Barbara Wiedner & Dorothy Vandercook Memorial Scholarship Foundation, Inc. – Peace Scholarship
- Fill out application form, write a short autobiography, and provide letters of recommendation.
- Eligibility includes being a high school senior or college freshman at time of application, and provides evidence of leadership and/or personal initiative in activities or in an organization relating to peace and social justice, nuclear disbarment, and/or conflict resolution.
Geneseo Migrant Center – Gloria Mattera National Migrant Scholarship Fund
- Gives migrant youth across the country a chance to make choices regarding their careers and futures.
- Eligible applicants must be entering or enrolled in college or other types of post-secondary programs, high school dropouts, or potential dropouts.
Geneseo Migrant Center – Migrant Farmworker Baccalaureate Scholarship
- Purpose is to provide financial support to a deserving student with a history of migrating for employment in agriculture who has successfully completed one year of college.
International Student Scholarships
Click here for a listing of possible international student scholarships.