Educational Workshops

College 101: Have you been thinking about getting a post secondary credential or going back to finish a credential you started? Dr. LaToro Yates, Higher Education Enrollment Specialist and JRF Board Member, will provide you with the basics you need to know to be successful.



How to Pick a College: You’ve made the decision that you are going back to school. Now the question is - where do you want to go to school? Community college, trade school, university, or online? Higher Education Scholarship Consultant, Michele Johnson, will walk you through the process of identifying the best school for you by considering things like cost, proximity, majors offered, etc. LaTrena Artist and Cat Luna, JRF Program Staff, will share their journey and provide helpful tips.



Time Management: You’re going back to school, but you have children, a job, and multiple commitments. How do you make it happen and preserve your sanity? JRF Scholar Alumna and Program Manager, Cat Luna, just graduated with honors from the University of Oregon while raising three children and working. She will share her tips and tricks for getting it all done.



How to Pay for College: Post-secondary education is often very expensive. Higher Education Scholarship Consultant, Michele Johnson, will share her inside knowledge gained from years of experience at the Central Scholarship Fund of Maryland. LaTrena Artist and Cat Luna, JRF program staff, will share their experiences with you.




The Jeannette Rankin Foundation is not affiliated with the organizations, businesses, or schools found below. Links provided are used at reader's sole discretion and do not guarantee selection for any of our scholarships or any funding found below.

Need help finding a college? Use these tools to help you find a college or university that fits your goals!

Not everyone knows what major they want to pursue or even all of the possibilities that are out there. These websites can help you discover what majors align with your passions!

Check out some of these sources for adults returning to school or starting for the first time.

    • Looking to earn your Bachelors of Science in Nursing? You are in the right place. is your source for finding the accredited, online RN to BSN program for you. RN to BSN programs are perfect for working professionals, allowing practicing nurses to work toward a bachelor’s degree. Students learn how to use and manage a variety of healthcare technologies and use best practices in implementing and analyzing health outcomes for patients.
  • Federal Student Aid Adult Student Checklist
    • A convenient, straight-forward guide to Federal Aid (FAFSA) for adults pursuing higher education.
  • Non-Traditional College Students
    • An article that provides support and resources specifically with the adult student in mind!
  • Going to College as an Older Student
    • In the article, you can learn about the reasons for getting a degree as an older student, learn ways to deal with inevitable problems, find information on financial support, and check out tips for successful study as an older student!

There are millions of dollars worth of scholarships out there for you to apply for. Use these search engines to help you sift through all of this educational cash!

Need help understanding the financial aid process or simply want to develop better budgeting skills? We've got you covered. Check out these resources for financial planning!

  • Online Students’ Guide To Understanding Financial Aid
    • This guide, provided by Maryville University, provides readers with a comprehensive guide to financial aid (for online and in-person students). The Jeannette Rankin Women's Scholarship Fund is not affiliated with Maryville University. Using their tool does not guarantee admission to their institution, nor should it make the reader feel obligated to apply for admission.
  • The Simple Dollar
    • The Simple Dollar is a resource for anyone looking to learn real-life money management. Their expert contributors cover strategies, tools, and products that empower you to manage debt and build wealth.
  • Choose to Save
    • The Choose to Save® national public education and outreach program is dedicated to raising awareness about the need to plan and save for long-term personal financial security. As part of its mission, Choose to Save® develops user-friendly, multimedia materials to help individuals plan and save for their financial future.
  • Mint
    • Easily create budgets, and see their suggestions based on your spending. Track your bills like never before and get alerts when it's time to pay so you never miss one. Find out your credit score for free and get tips to help improve it, no credit card required.
  • America Saves
    • America Saves, a campaign managed by the nonprofit Consumer Federation of America, motivates, encourages, and supports low- to moderate-income households to save money, reduce debt, and build wealth. The research-based campaign uses the principles of behavioral economics and social marketing to change behavior. Non‐profit, government, and corporate groups participate in America Saves nationally and through local, regional, and statewide campaigns around the country.


Are you or do you know a woman who is in need of scholarships for college? We have compiled a current list of scholarships that are geared toward our women scholars or have had a history of helping women achieve their educational dreams!

  • Women’s Independence Scholarship Program
    • WISP is available nationally to women who have left an abusive domestic situation and who are pursuing an education designed to provide economic independence for themselves and their children.
  • Live Your Dream Awards
    • The Live Your Dream Awards provide monetary assistance to women who provide the primary source of financial support for their families.
  • Women’s Forum, Inc.
    • Awards are given to high-potential women, age 35 and over, whose education and lives have been disrupted by extreme adversity. Applicants must demonstrate noteworthy promise, resilience in the face of challenges and a commitment to making a difference once their own career goals are achieved. True financial need should be evident, and the candidate should be enrolled in a degree program and be in good academic standing.
  • Patsy Takemoto Mink Education Foundation
    • Patsy Takemoto Mink served in the US Congress from 1965-1977 and again from 1990-2002, where she represented Hawaii's 2nd Congressional District. The first woman of color elected to the US House of Representatives, she worked tirelessly for civil rights, women's rights, economic justice, civil liberties, peace, and the integrity of the democratic process. The Foundation offers five Education Support Awards of up to $5000 each to assist low-income women with children who are pursuing education or training.
  • National Leased Housing Assoc. Education Fund
    • This Fund has several different scholarship opportunities. Including:
      • The AIMCO Cares Opportunity Scholarship: to provide educational grants to residents of affordable housing to support their goals of attending college.
      • Bill Gandert Memorial Scholarship Fund: To establish a scholarship program to benefit a graduating senior or a returning student to allow them opportunity to pursue a further education in a specific trade or vocation outside of traditional undergraduate schools.
      • Mary Lou Manzie Memorial Scholarship: Mary Lou Manzie was a woman who dedicated her career to providing safe, decent and affordable housing. The goal for this scholarship is to benefit a non-traditional student in an encouraging and non-discriminatory way allowing them opportunity to pursue a higher education or other training.
      • Neil Churchill Memorial Scholarship: To establish a scholarship program for graduate level study.
  • National Pathfinder Scholarship
    • The National Pathfinder Scholarship Fund was established in 1985 in honor of First Lady Nancy Reagan. The three annual scholarships of $2,500 provide financial assistance and support to women seeking undergraduate or graduate degrees. Undergraduate sophomores, juniors and seniors, as well as students enrolled in a master's degree program, are eligible to apply for the scholarship. Recent high school graduates and undergraduate freshmen are not eligible.
  • NAWIC Founders' Scholarship Foundation
    • The NAWIC (National Association of Women in Construction) Founders’ Scholarship Foundation (NFSF) was established in 1963 by NAWIC to assist in providing the construction industry with trained employees through higher education. Each year they award over $25,000 to worthy recipients in construction-related programs. Award amounts range from $500 to $2,500.
  • HORIZONS Foundation Scholarship Program
    • Through the HORIZONS Scholarship, Women In Defense encourages women to pursue careers supporting U.S. national security, with a focus on defense or foreign policy. The National Defense Industrial Association, Women In Defense, and their sponsors are proud to invest in high-performing women to increase diversity and innovation in government, academia, and the defense industrial workforce.
  • Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarships
    • The Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship is a highly selective scholarship for the nation’s top community college students seeking to complete their bachelor’s degrees at four-year colleges or universities. Each Cooke Scholar has access to generous financial support for two to three years, college planning support, ongoing advising, and the opportunity to connect with the thriving community of fellow scholars.
  • Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarships
    • Women of any age, pursuing an accredited business or business-related program who demonstrate outstanding potential in the field, are eligible and encouraged to apply. For a full list of the eligibility and application requirements, please refer to the application.
  • The Women Techmakers Scholars Program
    • Through the Women Techmakers Scholars Program - formerly the Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship Program - Google is furthering Dr. Anita Borg’s vision of creating gender equality in the field of computer science by encouraging women to excel in computing and technology and become active leaders and role models in the field.
  • ELCA Fund For Leaders
    • Fund for Leaders has been offering scholarships for students at ELCA seminaries who are pursuing rostered ministry in the ELCA since 2000. In the 2018-2019 academic year alone, the fund will provide over $2.6 million in scholarships to over 260 ELCA seminary students, empowering those whom God calls into ministry to go and serve as the church needs and the Holy Spirit leads.
  • Educational Foundation for Women in Accounting
    • The Educational Foundation for Women in Accounting awards scholarships to women who are pursuing Accounting degrees at the undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate levels. You may apply for more than one scholarship, with the exception of Women In Transition and Women in Need. Please study the criteria for each scholarship to determine your eligibility.
  • AAUW American Fellowships
    • AAUW American Fellowships support women scholars who are completing dissertations, planning research leave from accredited institutions, or preparing research for publication. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Candidates are evaluated on the basis of scholarly excellence; quality and originality of project design; and active commitment to helping women and girls through service in their communities, professions, or fields of research.
  • American Indian Graduate Center
    • Students must be seeking a full-time degree at a nationally or regionally accredited higher education institution in the United States. All applicants must be able to demonstrate tribal affiliation through the submission of a Tribal Eligibility Certificate. Each opportunity has specific affiliation requirements, please review the specific criteria that you are applying for to ensure eligibility. The TEC is due on the day the application is due. Individuals applying for multiple opportunities should submit just one TEC to AIGC. All applicants must be able to demonstrate financial need through submission of a Financial Needs form (FNF) (due by July 15 each year) and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • The mikeroweWORKS Foundation Education Scholarship Program
    • Through its scholarship programs, including the Work Ethic Scholarship Program, the Foundation provides financial assistance to qualified individuals with a desire to learn a skill that is in demand. The Foundation has been instrumental in granting more than $3 million in education for trade schools across the country.

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