The 2021-2022 Application Cycle is now OPEN.

Each year, Jeannette Rankin Foundation awards scholar grants to individuals who demonstrate financial need, identify as women, ages 35 and older, who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents pursuing an undergraduate education or a trade skills certification at an accredited college or university in the United States. Scholar Grants are renewable for up to 5 years and distributed directly to the recipient.

*Jeannette Rankin Foundation defines women as all those who suffer under the material conditions that have historically been assigned to women, which includes trans and nonbinary people, intersex and agender people, and queer people.*


Jeannette Rankin Scholar Grant Eligibility Requirements

An applicant for a JRF Scholarship must be:

  1. Identify as a woman, age 35 or older
  2. Financial need (based on income guidelines listed below)
  3. A U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident of the United States.
  4. Pursuing a technical or vocational education, an associate's degree, or a first bachelor's degree.
  5. Enrolled in or accepted to a not-for-profit, regionally accredited institution.

Selection Factors

  1. Your Goals
  2. Your plan for reaching your goals.
  3. How will you use your education to give back to the community?

Income Guidelines

JRF's financial need eligibility is based on the student's estimated household income for the coming year. Our income guidelines come from the Department of Labor's Lower Living Standard. The figures below are updated each year by January 1st.

Income Guideline Chart

Compare your 2021 household income with the figures in this chart to determine your eligibility.

Non-Discrimination Policy

It is the policy of Jeannette Rankin Foundation to make financial awards without regard to race, creed, religion, color, ancestry, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, or disability.


Please do not call the JRF office to find out if your school is accredited. Applicants should check with their school's enrollment or financial aid office to confirm regional accreditation. JRF accepts the following accreditations:

  1. Middle States Commission on Higher Education
  2. New England Association of Schools and Colleges
  3. Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
  4. Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
  5. Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
  6. Western Association of Schools and Colleges

Questions Regarding the Application

Carefully read the instructions on the application.

To view a list of resources, including other scholarships for women, click Resources.

If you still have questions, you may contact JRF via email: 
Please do not call the office with scholar grant application questions.