EWNJ accepting applications for scholarships for non-traditional females in graduate programs in N.J.

Are you a non-traditional female student working toward a graduate degree at a New Jersey college or university? The Executive Women of New Jersey may have money for you.

EWNJ is now accepting applications for its 2023 Graduate Merit Award Program. The average scholarship amount is $5,000. The recipients will be announced in the fall. The deadline is April 30.

To apply, click here.

EWNJ defines ‘non-traditional’ the following way:

· A student who returns to their studies several years after receiving an undergraduate degree;

· A student who may have completed their undergraduate degree at a later date;

· A student who changed careers and is returning to school to retool their career;

· A student who comes from a non-traditional educational or socioeconomic background.

Courtney McCormick, the president of EWNJ and senior vice president at PSEG, said the group places a high value on education.

“Education is one of the strongest predictors of career success, and too often, women seeking a degree find the financial burden too significant,” she said. “We want to help women with strong potential lower systemic barriers and make sure they are seen and supported by a network of empathetic women who have been in their shoes.”

To date, EWNJ’s Graduate Merit Award Program has provided over $1.3 million in tuition assistance to nearly 350 women attending New Jersey colleges and universities.

“EWNJ’s fundamental mission is identifying and removing hurdles that have traditionally kept women out of leadership positions,” McCormick said. “Our Graduate Merit Award Program helps offset the cost of tuition so they can focus on their degrees and careers.”

Marianne DeAlessi, chair of the EWNJ Scholarship Committee and lead healthcare consultant at DeAlessi Enterprises, agreed.

“EWNJ takes pride in providing financial support to women seeking an advanced degree at a New Jersey university, especially during the current economic uncertainty,” she said. “The

Graduate Merit Award Program provides the necessary financial boost many women need to become leaders in their field.”