Each year, hundreds of applicants apply for the POWER scholarships, however we are only able to recognize 18 deserving recipients.
The selection committee is focused on identifying non-traditional women students, whose education was delayed or interrupted, with a vision to succeed despite any adversities life has presented. We are especially interested in recognizing women who give back to their communities and whose goals and desires for education align with their passions. Additionally, scholarships are given to women who are residents of the state of Indiana and who are pursuing their educational endeavors in the state of Indiana.
This may include women who are returning to school after a hiatus, changing careers, seeking advancement in their career or work life, and stay-at-home moms entering the workplace who are in need of additional education/training. This scholarship is not intended for recent high school graduates or women who are eligible for or have already received other significant financial aid.
The money provided by the POWER scholarship may only be used to pay for tuition and fees at an educational institution. The scholarship check will be made directly to the institution with instructions to apply the funds to the student’s current account to pay for school tuition, books and fees. If awarded, scholarship funds will be available as of January 2017 and may be paid toward tuition, books and fees from that time until the full scholarship funds are used or the fall of 2019, whichever is first.
There will be 18 scholarships awarded, 2 per each Congressional district for $750 each. One scholarship will be awarded to a non-traditional woman who is enrolled in courses at a higher education institution in the state of Indiana. The second scholarship will be awarded to a non-traditional woman who is majoring full-time in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics program (STEM) at a higher education institution in the state of Indiana.
The primary selection criteria the committee will consider are:
- Financial Need (based upon employment, family contribution, other scholarship funding, other income, etc.)
- Personal Vision (alignment with goals with life journey)
- Service to Community
- Future Plans (how the applicant plans to apply her education)
- Other pertinent information