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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 Forum at the Women’s Center offers monthly workshops that focus on the academic, personal, and professional aspects of life as a returning student. These programs include resume building, networking events, financial management, as well as a variety of other topics. We encourage you to participate in the monthly forums, 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.


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.

Student Support Services is designed for students who are low-income, first generation college students, and students with disabilities from all racial and ethnic backgrounds who have a need for academic and other support services in order to successfully complete their college education.

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 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 Y Preschool at UMBC is now accepting registrations for its childcare program for Fall 2015.  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 Service 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 negotiations.

Scholarship Resources 

The Women’s Center offers several scholarship opportunities for undergraduate women over the age of 25 seeking their first undergraduate degree.

The scholarship application for the Charlotte W. Newcombe Scholarship, the Bryson-Neville Scholarship, and the AEGON Scholarship are combined into one common application this year. 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, and be working towards their first undergraduate degree.

The deadline to submit your 2016-2017 Returning Women Scholarship Common Application has passed.  The 2017-2018 applications will be open in February 2017. 

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 Scholars Program requirements outlined in the Women’s Center Scholarship Agreement Form. These requirements include:

a. Meeting one-on-one with a professional staff member at the Women’s Center at least once per semester
b. Attending a 3-hour orientation prior to the start of the fall and spring semesters
c. Attending at least one Returning Women Forum event during and the fall and spring semesters

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.