Scholarships for Adults Seeking Vocational Training

College isn’t for everyone. Many students opt for vocational schools instead because the training programs are shorter and less expensive and can lead to more hands-on, in-demand careers than traditional universities. The majority of these students, 66 percent, haven’t been in high school for at least 15 years, notes the below adult scholarships guide The Refrigeration School, Inc. created. Fortunately, there are plenty of scholarships to help these adult learners fund their education.

Where to Find Scholarships for Adults

We’re all familiar with the scholarships for good grades or athleticism, but did you know adults could receive scholarships based on where they live or work or their field of study? That’s right. States like Arizona have community organizations, such as Rotary International, that offer scholarships toward vocational certificates. Employers often provide tuition assistance to help their employees advance in the skilled trades. Groups like Women in HVAC/R give up to $2,000 annually to send female students to HVAC and refrigeration training.

The scholarship opportunities don’t stop there either. Vocational school funding exists for students with documented disabilities, veterans and their children, union members, and much more. You can even find scholarships for studying odd trades, such as the field of vacuum coating.

Sure, the awards may not equate to a full ride, but, as Investopedia points out, smaller scholarships are often less competitive and have fewer requirements. With awards ranging from $50 to $500, these scholarships can add up to significant amounts that can help with tuition and other school-related costs, such as books and supplies.

How to Apply for Scholarships

How do you make your scholarship application shine and increase your odds of winning? First of all, make sure to apply for every scholarship you qualify for—the more you apply for, the greater your chances of winning! Your next step is to research the organization offering the scholarship. Who are they? What is their mission? These details can help you tailor your application answers and personal statement essay to each organization’s vision and objectives. Once you start filling out the applications, read the instructions carefully and make sure each is complete. Lastly, include positive letters of recommendation from former teachers and employers.

Now that you know where to find scholarships for adults and how to successfully apply for them, it’s time to start seizing these opportunities. The last thing that should stand between you and your dream job is figuring out how to pay for trade school. Check out the RSI adult scholarships guide below to learn more.

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The Refrigeration School was established to train entry-level Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration (HVAC/R) technicians. They’ve also added the Electrical Technologies and Electro-Mechanical Technologies courses in 1986 and 1987 respectively, to respond to the growing demand for entry-level electricians and facility maintenance technicians.



One Comment on “Scholarships for Adults Seeking Vocational Training

  1. It’s a shame more people aren’t aware that these scholarships exist. I think there’s a large number of older people who are stuck in dead end jobs and feel like they have no options because school is so expensive, and they figure scholarships are only for kids coming out of high school/etc so they’re just screwed. But that’s not the case at all!

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