The ANSWER Scholarship Endowment provides financial support and encouragement to adult women age 25 and older who are raising school-age children (grades Pre-Kindergarten -12) and are seeking to earn a four-year undergraduate degree in the field of their choice. Scholarship award amounts will vary annually at the discretion of the Scholarship Committee, though they typically range from $2750 per year for two-year associate degree to $5500 per year for four-year bachelor’s degree. Scholarships are awarded up to four consecutive years. Applications are accepted November 1 – February 1 of each year.
Applicants must: Be a “nontraditional” female student age 25 or older at the time of the application deadline; Be the primary caregiver to at least one school-age child (enrolled in grades Pre-Kindergarten through 12) while in the scholarship program. This includes natural born, legally adopted children or children for whom legal guardianship has been granted. The children must live in the home with the applicant; Be U.S. citizens, including foreign-born U.S. citizens, and legal residents of one of the following counties: Mecklenburg, Cabarrus, Catawba, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Rowan, Stanly or Union in North Carolina or Lancaster or York in South Carolina; Be enrolled or accepted as a full-time, degree-seeking student at an accredited institution in Mecklenburg, Cabarrus, Catawba, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Rowan, Stanly or Union in North Carolina; or Lancaster or York in South Carolina, seeking a first-time bachelor’s degree in any subject, a two-year nursing degree, a two-year degree in CPCC’s Health Careers Program or Information Technology. Applicants who have already earned a 4-year degree are not eligible to apply. Recipients are also not eligible to receive scholarship monies if attending a for-profit school.