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Nontraditional Student or Adult Learner Scholarships

ASUW Child Assistance Scholarship

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. 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:

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.

  • Applications must be complete and must be received by February 15, 2019.

  • Click here for application materials. 

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 February 15, 2019.

  • Click here for application

Daniels Boundless Opportunity Scholarship for Highly Motivated Students

  • 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 February 15, 2019.

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. 

  • Applications must be complete and must be received by February 15, 2019.

  • Click here for application materials.

University Women's Club Scholarship

  • Applicants must be female, nontraditional students.  Nontraditional students must also meet the following criteria:  Undergraduate students must be at least 25 years old by September 1 of the current year.  Graduate students must be 30 as of September 1 of the current year.

  • Applications will be accepted from full time and part time students at any UW campus, from UW outreach and on-line students, and from undergraduates and gradate students.

  • Click here for more information.

Scholarships by Department

Below are specific departmental scholarships for Nontraditional Students at the University of Wyoming. 

College of Arts and Sciences


Rhoda Owen Lewis Student Award

  • Nontraditional undergraduate/graduate students who are pursuing a degree with a focus on archaeology.

  • Instructions on applying


Communication and Journalism:

Carl & Dorothy Rott Scholarship

Criminal Justice:

Wyoming Association of Sheriffs and Chiefs of Police (WYSCOP) Scholarships


Dr Lee E and Dolores J Golden College of Education Scholarship Fund for Undergraduates

  • This fund shall be used to fund scholarships for nontraditional students, 24 years or older, enrolled in the College of Education at the University of Wyoming.

  • Preference for nontraditional students that are veterans or immediate family members of veterans.



Skinner Scholarships

  • Skinner Scholarships have been a source of considerable support for recent non-trads seeking a Secondary Math Degree who do have FAFSA need.

  • PDF Application


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.



UW at Casper Nontraditional Student Scholarship

  • Funds for students enrolled at the University of Wyoming/Casper College Center.

  • applicant must also meet one or more of the following criteria: be 25 years of age or older; be a parent or responsible for a minor dependent(s).

  • Application:  WyoScholarships

Office of Financial Aid

Eric Steven Johnson Memorial Scholarship

  • Scholarship is awarded in this order of preference: students who are 21 years or older; have graduated from high school in Hanna, WY; or from any high school in School District #2 Carbon County, WY; or from any high school in WY.

  • Application:  WyoScholarships


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.

  • Application:  WyoScholarships


College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

  • There are no specific scholarships for Nontraditional Students, below is general scholarship information for UW students in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

College of Business

College of Engineering

College of Education

Patricia B. Ferris-Hawley Scholarship

Dick and Marty Brown Endowment in Education

  • Financial support for non-traditional students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in the UW College of Education.

  • Can be used for a student scholarship, graduate assistantship, travel, research, and participation in special related programs.

  • May also be provided to non-traditional students for the purpose of maintaining or obtaining teaching credentials or certifications.

  • Application: WyoScholarships


Grace Thorson Brown Scholarship

Virginia M. Davis Memorial Scholarship

  • Scholarship for students enrolled in the College of Education, demonstrate financial need, and maintain a 3.0 or higher GPA.

  • Selection is also based on commitment to education, superior communication skills, and participation in extracurricular activities; including volunteer work.  Preference will be given to Wyoming residents.

  • One award is designated for a non-traditional student, or a practicing teacher for continuing education.

  • Application: WyoScholarships


Suzanne P. Hoffman Scholarship

Kercher Family Scholarship

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.

  • Application: WyoScholarships

College of Health Sciences

Gordon S. & Charlott Myers Health Sciences Scholarship

Paul Stock College of Health Sciences Scholarships

Pearl Crossley O’Kieffe Memorial Scholarship

Wiest Nursing Scholarship

  • Applicant must be enrolled in the Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing to the eligible.

  • Scholarship is for a non-traditional, full-time generic nursing student, who possess a 3.0 or higher GPA. Preference is given to junior and senior students.

  • Application: WyoScholarships


Gordon S. and Charlott Myers Nursing Scholarship

  • Awarded to students enrolled in the School of Nursing. Preference to non-traditional students.

  • Application: WyoScholarships

Division of Social Work:

Gordon S. and Charlott Myers Social Work Scholarship

  • Scholarship grant for non-traditional students admitted into Social Work in the College of Health Sciences.

  • Application: WyoScholarships

Kay L. Cox Memorial Scholarship Fund

  • Scholarship is open to social work students who are BSW admitted majors and MSW students.

  • Preference is given to non-traditional and/or need-based students.

  • Application: PDF

Other Scholarship Opportunities in the Division of Social Work

  • List

Honors Scholars Program


Dr. Scholl Honors Scholarship

  • Scholarship for non-resident and/or older than average students who are enrolled in the Honors Program


  • Application: WyoScholarships

International Programs


Cheney Scholarships

External Scholarships


Geneseo Migrant Center Scholarships:

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.

  • More Information

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.

  • More Information

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.

  • More Information

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.

  • More Information

The Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans

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.

  • More Information and Application

Wiley CPAexcel – Accounting Student Scholarship Program

  • Must be an actively enrolled full or part-time college student taking at least one accounting course.

  • More Information

Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers – Single Mother Scholarship

  • 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

  • More Information and Application 

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.

  • More Information and Application

International Student Scholarships


  • Click here for a listing of possible international student scholarships.




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