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"As the only parent to my little girl, this scholarship has afforded me a bit of breathing room which, in all honesty, feels like a miracle." -UWW student

scholarships for adult students

As part of its commitment to increasing access to higher education, UMass Amherst offers dozens of scholarships each year. Check out the UMass Scholarship Search. It's a simple tool that helps match students with scholarships.

uww scholarships for adult students

UMass Amherst UWW also offers its own scholarships for our adult students. Here are some of the $500-$2500 scholarships our students have the opportunity to apply for each semester. If you are a UWW student, please visit the UWW Student Center for upcoming deadlines and to apply. 

David A. Cole Scholarship for Continuing & Professional Education and University Without Walls
This scholarship for adult students is for those enrolled in CPE and University Without Walls programs at UMass Amherst who are making career changes and who have financial need.

Edward J. Harris Lifelong Learning Fund
Named in honor of an early director of UWW, this scholarship is awarded to a student enrolled in the University Without Walls who is in good academic standing, demonstrates financial need and is the parent of a dependent child. 

Friends of UWW Scholarship
Started by the Friends of UWW alumni group, this scholarship is awarded to a UWW student in good academic standing who demonstrates financial need. This scholarship is specifically to support UWW students taking summer courses. 

Jeffrey C. Taylor Educational Opportunity Fund
Established by and named after Jeffrey Taylor, UMass UWW alumnus and founder of Monster.com, this scholarship for adult students is awarded fall and spring semesters to a student enrolled in the University Without Walls who demonstrates financial need. Completed application and essay of no more than 750 words required.

Miriam Williford Scholarship Fund
This scholarship is available for degree-seeking UMass Amherst CPE and UWW students in good standing who can demonstrate a life-long history of active involvement in learning and non-traditional education. Awards are need based and are only made during spring semester.

Misty Catherine Bassi Memorial UWW Scholarship
In the spirit and memory of 2009 graduate Misty Bassi, this scholarship for adult students is awarded fall and spring semesters to a student enrolled in University Without Walls who demonstrates financial need and is in good academic standing. 

UWW Faculty Student Scholarship Fund
Established to honor the dedication and passion of the UWW faculty, past and present, this scholarship is awarded fall and spring semesters to a student enrolled in the University Without Walls student who demonstrates financial need and is in good academic standing.