Scholarship Of The Month: The Emerge Scholarship For Non-Traditional Women

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Emerge logo with 2013 Recipient Highlights written beneath it.

This could be next year!

I receive many emails from SALT™ Blog readers and have read a lot of your stories. I chose this award as the scholarship of the month because it seems to work well for a lot of our non-traditional readers.


The Emerge scholarship provides non-traditional female students with awards of up to $5,000 to pursue their educational dreams. Applications are due by October 31, 2013.

Let’s look at the eligibility requirements.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be currently enrolled or accepted into an educational institution in the United States
  • Must be at least 25 years old
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Must demonstrate financial need

In addition, the application states that an applicant’s education must have been delayed or interrupted at some point. Based on the emails I’ve received, I know that many of you are returning to school after some delay. If you can convey the same passion from those messages to me as you do in your essay for this scholarship, you’ll be golden!

Additional Essay Guidance

I don’t have too many tips for this scholarship (I just really wanted to call everyone’s attention to it). However, I will say that if there were any scholarship where you could try your hand at “telling your story,” this would be it. The essay topic is: “How Beginning Or Continuing My Academic Education Will Positively Impact My Life.”

This question is really trying to get at what caused your academic pause—and how you overcame those issues. What does an education mean to you, and why is it so important that you complete your educational journey? It isn’t a trick question, but rather one that is left open on purpose, so you can share whatever is meaningful to you.

Ready To Apply Or Learn More?

I hope that at least a few of you are able to apply for this award, because I really think it’s a winner. You can apply and learn more at The Emerge Scholarship website.

Good luck!

Looking for even more scholarships with application due dates in October? Be sure to check out Diane’s previous post.


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  1. Cassandra Rodriguez-Lamas October 1, 2013 / 5:15 pm

    Dear Diane Melville,
    I am almost all of the above. I am 24 years old (March 21,1989) and I did have a delay in my higher education. Today, I am back on track and very excited about it. I could very much use the financial support offered in this scholarship to continue to purse my educational dreams. Please let me know if it is possible for me to apply for this scholarship and I will start working on my essay right away.
    Thank you.
    Cassandra Rodriguez-Lamas
    (enrolled full-time – MBA at University of Tampa, Tampa, Florida)

  2. Diane Melville October 4, 2013 / 4:04 pm


    While there is probably a good chance you’ll be disqualified based on your age, it never hurts to try! I’ve won a few scholarships where I wasn’t 100% qualified (for example, I had a 3.45 GPA instead of the minimum 3.5 GPA).

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