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Resources for Returning Women Students

Returning Women Students are identified as undergraduate students over the age of 25 seeking their first undergraduate degree. 

The Returning Women Students Program at the Women’s Center offers monthly workshops and programs that focus on the academic, personal, and professional aspects of life as a returning woman student (sometimes referred to as adult learners). Programs include topics such as resume building, networking events, financial management, and self-care. We encourage adult learners at UMBC to participate in the monthly workshops, join the Women’s Center listserv, or to check our homepage for upcoming workshops. We have highlighted a list of resources that often used by our students but encourage everyone to stop by and say hello if you have any questions.

Download a brochure about our program and services! 

Scholarship Resources: Applications for 2017-18 have CLOSED. Applications for 2018-2019 will be available in January 2018.

The Women’s Center offers several scholarship opportunities for undergraduate women over the age of 25 seeking their first undergraduate degree. For more information about the scholarship process, please scroll down.

Academic Resources

The Learning Resource Center is available to assist all UMBC students in achieving their academic goals.  They can help you find a tutor, work with you to improve your writing, or provide peer-to-peer support around particularly difficult classes.

The Office of Student Disability Services (SDS) ensures that UMBC students with disabilities are afforded an equal opportunity to participate in and benefit from the programs, services, and activities of the University through the provision of accommodations and reasonable modifications that result in equal access and full inclusion.

The Office of Academic Opportunity provides resources and support to students who are traditionally underrepresented, including low-income, first generation, and minority students, in post-secondary education in order to facilitate academic success.

Personal Resources

Build a community of other returning women students at UMBC by joining our closed Facebook group. Ask questions, share resources, and connect with others like yourself using this social media tool.

Being a Returning Woman Student can present a unique set of challenges not often faced by traditional aged students.  Some students may find that they need social support like WIC or SNAP.  To find out if you qualify for WIC and how to apply, please visit the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene website.  Information on SNAP benefits can be found at the Department of Human Resources page.

Financial Smarts @ UMBC provides students with the tools necessary to make informed and effective decisions about their finances.

The Financial Aid and Scholarship Office can also be a good place to research additional scholarship opportunities or learn about other resources such as professional judgement.

The Counseling Center at UMBC is a free resource available to all students. The center offers individual counseling, group counseling, or can refer you to someone else who may be able to help you with your unique set of challenges.

The UMBC Psychology Training Clinic which is located on South Campus as is accessible via UMBC shuttle. The clinic provides evidence-based treatment for behavioral health issues, including individual and group therapy for anxiety, depression, substance use, health challenges, relationship and family issues, and other types of mental and emotional health challenges. Fees are on a sliding scale and designed to make treatment affordable.

The Y Preschool at UMBC is now accepting registrations for its childcare program.  This facility is located on the UMBC campus in a newly remodeled building.

The Maryland Family Network can also assist you in locating child care closer to where you live.

The UMBC Moms and Parents Group offers a resource of information specifically tailored to students who are parents. Nursing parents can also access the lactation room in the Women’s Center on the main campus or the lactation room at Shady Grove’s campus. 

Professional Resources

The Career Center is available to assist students around finding employment.  This includes resume building, interviewing skills, and help finding a job.

UMBC’s WILL (Women Involved in Learning and Leadership) hosts a $tart $mart workshop once a semester.  This American Association of University Women (AAUW) program is a great tool to teach you about salary negotiation.

Scholarship Resources

The Women’s Center offers several scholarship opportunities for undergraduate women over the age of 25 seeking their first undergraduate degree.  Applications for 2017-18 have CLOSED. Applications for 2018-2019 will be available in January 2018.

The scholarship application for the Charlotte W. Newcombe Scholarship, the Bryson-Neville Scholarship, the AEGON Scholarship, and the Rosalie Tydings Scholarship are combined into one common application. The common application enables eligible students to apply for more than one of the Returning Women Students Scholarships using the same application. Eligibility requirements can be found on the application and may differ from scholarship to scholarship. All applicants must be over the age of 25, have earned at least 60 credits, have at least a 2.5 GPA, and be working towards their first undergraduate degree.

Although the current scholarship application period for the 2017-2018 school year is over, please feel free to familiarize yourself with the application by downloading using the link below. In addition, general information about the scholarship program and other resources is below.

Download 2017-2018 Application Here. 
Scholars Program Requirement for All Scholarships Awardees:
  1. If you are selected as a scholarship recipient, you will be required to sign the Women’s Center Scholarship Agreement Form and any other additional forms required by the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarship before receiving the award.
  2. Recipients will be required to write a thank you letter to the scholarship foundation describing how this award will impact their educational and career goals. Additional details will be included in the award letter. Failure to honor this requirement may result in forfeiture of the award.
  3. Recipients will be required to write a short biography to be used for grant purposes. Additional instructions will be provided at a later date.
  4. Students must agree to comply with the Returning Women Student Scholars Program requirements outlined in the Women’s Center Scholarship Agreement Form. These requirements include:
    • Meeting one-on-one with a professional staff member at the Women’s Center at least once per semester
    • Attending a 3-hour orientation prior to the start of both the fall and spring semesters
    • Attending at least one Returning Women Student event during and the fall and spring semesters

Students who are not selected for a scholarship award are invited to join the Returning Women Student Scholars Program as an affiliate member.

The deadline to submit your 2017-2018 Returning Women Scholarship Common Application was Friday, March 31, 2017.
The 2017-2018 application period has closed. Please come back in January 2019 for 2018-2019 information.


This is not an exhaustive list.  The Women’s Center Staff is available to assist you locating services should you need help with resources not listed here.