Merit-Based Scholarships and Awards for Adult Students
Students in the Cedar Crest College School of Adult and Graduate Education (SAGE) are eligible for a number of scholarships and awards. (Note: An adult student is a student who has been out of high school for more than four years.) Here are the current options for which SAGE students may apply.
Transfer Scholarship for Adult Students
Cedar Crest College recognizes the academic achievements of transfer students. Students who transfer from a regionally accredited college or university to Cedar Crest College may be eligible to receive a scholarship to pursue a baccalaureate degree. An unlimited number of scholarships are available. Transfer students must meet all of the following criteria to be considered for a scholarship:
- Obtain a final GPA of 3.0 from the most recent college attended
- Enroll as a degree-seeking matriculated student at Cedar Crest College
- Enroll at Cedar Crest College within one year following attendance at the institution where the qualifying GPA was obtained
- Complete a minimum of 24 transferable credits at the most recent college attended
- This scholarship is available only during the Fall and Spring semesters
- Students who have completed a bachelor’s degree are not eligible
Transfer Scholarships for Full-Time Students
The scholarship award will be equivalent to 25% of the tuition, not to exceed the amount of $2,000 per semester, and is renewable for two consecutive years. Cedar Crest College offers a full-time scholarship to students who meet the following criteria:
- Enrolled for a minimum of 12 credits per semester at Cedar Crest College
- Have completed a minimum of 24 credits per academic year
- Maintained an overall GPA of 3.0
Transfer Scholarships for Part-Time Students
The scholarship award will be 10% of the tuition and is awarded for four consecutive years. Cedar Crest College offers a part-time scholarship to students who meet the following criteria:
- Enrolled for 6 - 11 credits per semester at Cedar Crest College
- Have completed a minimum of 12 credits per academic year
- Have maintained an overall GPA of 3.0
Newcombe Scholarships for Adult Students
These scholarships are provided by the Newcombe Foundation and are specifically designed to assist the mature/second-career woman. Normally these scholarships are awarded as a part of the student’s financial aid package to complement other sources of assistance. To be eligible, students must:
- Apply for financial aid
- Be matriculated
- Have junior status (55 credits or more)
- Be at least 25 years of age
Life circumstances other than those normally reviewed in the financial aid process will be considered. Funds are limited. The Newcombe Foundation website is at www.newcombefoundation.org.
Pathways to Professional Excellence Program
The School of Adult and Graduate Education has partnered with local institutions to help their employees and members reach their educational goals by offering tuition discounts on courses taken at Cedar Crest College. To see if your employer or organization is a partner in this program, please click on “Pathways to Professional Excellence.”
Bethlehem Branch AAUW Scholarship for Adult Students
The American Association of University Women (AAUW) is the largest and oldest national organization of women who are college graduates. AAUW promotes education and equity for women and girls.
Non-Traditional Female Students’ Scholarship Guidelines:
- Women applying must be a resident of the Bethlehem Branch AAUW area. (This area includes the City of Bethlehem, Hanover Township, Bethlehem Township, Fountain Hill, Hellertown and Saucon Valley.)
- Applicant Must:
- Have had her studies interrupted at some point for at least six months.
- Have completed the equivalent of two years of college work.
- Be attending or have been accepted for the Fall term at an accredited four-year college or university for undergraduate work.
Awards range in size from $500 per year. For more information, inquire at the Student Financial Services office. Application for Bethlehem Branch AAUW scholarship must be made before March 1.
EWI for Adult Students
The Lehigh Valley Chapter of Executive Women International (EWI) offers Adult Students in Scholastic Transition (ASIST) Scholarships which benefit non-traditional students. Selection criteria includes, but is not limited to: financial need; socially/physically/economically challenged adults; responsible for small children.
Application for these scholarships must be made before April 15th. Application forms may be downloaded at www.ewiconnect.com.