Aztec scholarship portal.

Returning to college after some time away from campus can be challenging. As a working professional, it’s important to enroll in degree-bearing programs that provide flexible classes with accessible learning modalities and affordable tuition. Fortunately, there are many resources to receive financial aid, including millions of scholarships awarded yearly. 

With so many scholarships available, they usually focus on serving a certain type of student. One of the most notable college returnee scholarships is the Dorothy Allshouse Endowed Scholarship

The Dorothy Allshouse Scholarship supports full-time students who have been out of school in the workforce for an extended time and are returning to school to earn a degree.

To be considered for the scholarship, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Enrolled as a full-time student. 
  • Be a returning student with previous experience in the workforce. 
  • Pursuing your first bachelor’s degree. 
  • Have a financial need determined by the SDSU Financial Aid Office. 
  • File for FAFSA or the California Dream Act Application before the scholarship’s deadline for financial need to be determined. 

Students can apply via the SDSU Aztecs Scholarship Portal and earn an academic year’s worth of tuition, fees, and books, just like past recipients Navneet Kaur and Leanne Loera

Both Kaur and Loera returned to college with more than 20 years of cumulative work experience to pursue a Bachelor’s in Business Administration. Earning the scholarship helped both recipients pursue their degrees in hopes of using them to help those around them. 

“It’s not about, ‘I have a degree, I want to start making money,” Loera said. “It’s, ‘I have a degree, I want to start helping people.’”

Incoming students must apply for scholarships including the Dorothy Allshouse Scholarship by August 30 and are encouraged to apply for early action before August 2.