The Osher Reentry Scholarship is made available to Continuing Studies students through a donation from the Bernard Osher Foundation.  This grant is intended to provide financial support for students who have had to stop attending college for reasons beyond their control and have not been enrolled in undergraduate classes for five years or more.  If awarded, the grant will cover tuition for a student’s first course back to school at Continuing Studies, with the potential to be renewed in the following semester.   For questions regarding the Osher Reentry Scholarship, please contact Nikki Ritterbeck at 610-499-4284.  Applications for the Fall 2013 semester should be submitted by August 1, 2013; Spring 2014 application are due by December 1, 2013.

Link to the OSHER Scholarship Application 


Continuing Studies awards several academic and need-based scholarships throughout the academic year.  Because most scholarships are made possible through gifts from various benefactors to Widener University, most individual scholarships have specific and differing eligibility requirements. We have found that it is easiest for students interested in being considered for these scholarships to submit a “General Scholarship” application.  Scholarship applications will be reviewed for any appropriate award available.

Applications for the Fall 2013 semester should be submitted by August 1, 2013; Spring 2014 applications are due December 1, 2013.

Link to scholarship application.

Scholarships awarded through Continuing Studies may include:

The Charlotte Newcombe Scholarship

The Edith Hannum Scholarship

Continuing Studies General Adult Scholarship                                                                                                              


Charlotte Newcombe Foundation supports the completion of bachelor’s degrees for mature women who need financial assistance at selected colleges and universities.  Application for this scholarship must be made through Continuing Studies, using the Continuing Sutides General Scholarship Application.  (see above description under CONTINUING STUDIES SCHOLARSHIPS.) For more information on the Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation see 


In keeping with its long-standing tradition of helping women succeed, the Talbots Charitable Foundation offers the  Talbots Women's Scholarship Fund to empower women to enrich themselves through learning and achieve a college education later in life.

Visit information.  2013 guidelines are currently being evaluated.


Taylor Community Foundation accepts applications from students who live in the service area and will pursue an undergraduate degree in the allied health professions.  Applications and guidelines for these $10,000 scholarships are available online at

Applications are typically accepted from May 1st through the last business day in November. 


Granted by the Alpha Sigma Lambda Adult Education Foundation, this scholarship is open to students 24 years of age or older currently enrolled in a baccalaureate degree program with Continuing Studies who have completed at least 30 credits at Widener University and that currently have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale.  Funds awarded are to be used during the upcoming academic year.  STUDENTS NEED NOT BE INDUCTED MEMBERS OF ALPHA SIGMA LAMBDA TO APPLY.  Information is available at Applications for 2013-2014 are due in April 2013.


This foundation offers scholarships to low-income women over the age of 35 who have had to overcome tremendous obstacles to work toward their educational goals.  For guidelines and application information visit or call 706-208-1211.  The application cycle for 2013 is now closed. The 2014 application cycle will open on November 1, 2013.  


Each year, challenges future leaders of America to provide creative solutions/ideas to many of the nation's most critical issues, real estate/housing in particular, which can be used to help turnaround the market.  Currently enrolled college students are invited to apply for a scholarship by submitting an essay. First place will receive $5,000 and second through fifth place will each receive $1,000 in scholarship monies.  SUBMISSION DEADLINE: DECEMBER 15, 2013.  See for details and information on how to apply.   


Established by the Wilmington Women in Business (WWB) organization in Wilmington, DE, the Fresh Start Scholarship is designed for “women who have interrupted their education for various reasons and now seek to return to school to better their status and opportunities.”  Eligible students must be admitted to an accredited Delaware college in a two or four year degree program at the undergraduate level. For more information on this scholarship visit or call the WWB office at 302-656-4411.  Completed Scholarship applications are due by MAY 31 yearly.