Copyright Scholarship for Nontraditional Students

Apply for's Scholarship for Nontraditional Students here! Find information to support your studies as a nontraditional student.

Award Description

An academic award of $500 will be provided to a nontraditional student by Increasing access to education is at the heart of's mission and we hope to aid nontraditional students pursue higher education through this scholarship.

General Scholarship Information

One Scholarship Awarded Annually

Application Deadline: September 1, 2022

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Selection & Eligibility Criteria

Selection will be based on academic history and extracurricular activities. Financial need will not be considered.

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent U.S. Resident.
  • Must be an enrolled (or accepted) student in an accredited college or university who is planning on continuing the next year.
  • Graduating high school seniors who meet the above-mentioned criteria may apply.
  • Must have a minimum of 30 semester or 45 quarter hours still to be completed.
  • Must consent to provide a digital photograph of self and quote for display on if notified as the award winner by the selection committee.


The winner will be notified following the deadline and the award will be sent directly to the recipient by check to the permanent mailing address noted in the application.

Academic award winners who accumulate more than $600.00 in prizes over a one-year period will be issued an IRS form 1099 (or the equivalent). This will require contest winners to provide with certain personal information prior to receipt of their winnings.

Academic Award Provider

The academic award is provided by The application process is completely online.

Read the full scholarship terms and conditions.

Information and Resources for Nontraditional Students

A student is considered 'nontraditional' when they meet any of the following criteria:

  • Has a gap of over a year between high school and college
  • Supports dependents, excluding a spouse
  • Attends school part-time for at least some of the year
  • Works full-time whilst studying
  • Doesn't hold a high school diploma
  • Is determined to be financially independent

Particularly for nontraditional students, it can be valuable to investigate whether you could be eligible for college credits through Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) as a nontraditional student. Many people learn college level skills in the workplace, through courses or exams while in the military, or through corporate training. It can be possible to demonstrate these college level skills in a number of ways, including:

  • Taking exams like CLEP or DSST
  • Making a portfolio for assessment
  • Transcripts provided by the American Council on Education (ACE)

It is also best to check with your preferred schools on how they grant or transfer college credits earned through these means.

Having a gap between high school and college can be beneficial to gain professional and personal skills, however exploring different ways to study can be helpful when returning to academic learning. Additionally, getting some support from online tutors can help fill knowledge gaps, walk through problems and support you studies throughout your degree.