When you’re picturing the typical college student, you’re probably thinking about an 18-year-old who recently graduated from high school.
While it’s true that the majority fits that mold, today it’s becoming increasingly common for people of all ages and backgrounds to enroll with offline or online college course programs at an older age.
Speaking of which, online degree programs are the main reason why this trend is one the rise today. Online courses let people who are trying to juggle more responsibilities in life also work toward an online degree and get an education. This wasn’t possible a few decades ago.
People of all ages are now taking up online masters degrees or associate programs online and employers are no longer biased against online degree programs (well, at least the majority).
Online degree programs cater to a lot of student groups, but most of them fit in the non-traditional category. A non-traditional student can be anyone who has postponed a higher education due to financial need or health issues, military veterans or single parents.
Online college course programs prove that everyone can get a higher education, even late in life. On top of that, online courses are a bit more affordable than traditional programs, since they allow you to save money on things like housing and travel expenses.
It’s also possible to study at any level. Students have a wide choice of online masters degrees available, so online degree programs are also perfect for those who want to change career and focus on a new field. Online masters degrees also come in handy for those who are looking to get a job promotion.
Despite the appeal of online degree plans, many non-traditional students worry they won’t be able to afford their offline or online college course programs, not at this point in their lives.
But they shouldn’t. Scholarships targeting this particular student category are available, which is a very comforting though.
Here’s an example of such a scholarship. Offered by the American Floral Endowment, the Carlson-Johnson Scholarship for non-traditional students, targets students of offline or online courses who are pursuing degrees in floriculture and horticultural fields.
In order to submit your candidature will need to fill out the online application form and attach two letters of recommendations, as well as transcripts from the most recent school you’ve attended (a minimum GPA of 2.0 is required).
Be careful when completing the application form, as your passion for the industry needs to shine through via academics and involvement in extra-curricular activities.
You also need to write a statement of intent (it’s billed as the most important part of the application) in which you’re expected to describe career and academic goals, backed-up by work-related and life experiences that support these goals.
The Carlson-Johnson Scholarship is worth $4,000 and the deadline to apply is set for May 01, 2018.