Alma Baron Second Chance for Women

The Alma Baron Second Chance for Women Scholarship was established by Alma Baron in 2001 to support a female returning adult student over 45 years of age. This award was inspired in large part by her own personal experience of returning to college at age 51 to earn a doctorate in adult education. Following her death in 2006 friends and family continue to support the fund in her memory.

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Eligibility Criteria
The Alma Baron Scholarship criteria include the following: 1) female who is 45 years or older; 2) recently admitted or continuing UW-Madison degree candidate in good academic standing; 3) demonstrating financial need; 4) U.S. citizen, permanent resident, asylee, or other eligible non-citizen; and 5) with potential for academic success based on career or non-career experience in the past five years.

How to Apply
The annual application deadline is February 20. Apply online through by using the Sign In button in the top-right corner of your screen. VISIT THE PROGRAM SITE for tips on putting together a competitive application. For assistance contact UW-Madison’s Adult Career & Special Student Services at 608-263-6960 or via e-mail at

Selection Criteria
Eligible applicants will be evaluated in a competitive selection process. View the program site and the scholarship application for details. Scholarship awards for nontraditional students require admission to a UW-Madison degree program. Prospective students who have not yet been admitted as UW-Madison degree candidates should submit an application for admission well before the scholarship deadline, and must anticipate an admissions decision by mid-March. Awards will be contingent upon enrollment during the scholarship year.

Donor Information
The Alma Baron Second Chance for Women Scholarship was created with generous support from Alma Baron, a professor in the UW-Madison School of Business who experienced a lengthy interruption in her own education before returning to UW-Madison to complete her degree.

Award Information
Scholarships provide up to $2,000 in funding support for one academic year. Recipients are encouraged to reapply in subsequent years.

Conditions of Award
Scholarship recipients must be enrolled in at least six credits over the two semesters of the scholarship award year (e.g., 3 credits/semester).

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