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Debra S. Jackson New Horizons Scholarship

2 winners, $2,500 each
Application Deadline
Jul 21, 2024
Winners Announced
Aug 21, 2024
Education Level
Recent scholarship winners
Eligibility Requirements
40 or older

Debra S. Jackson was a beloved mother with an enduring spirit and a strong belief in the power of second chances.

Debra courageously returned to college at age 40, a decision that not only demonstrated her resilience but also profoundly changed the course of her life. After more than two decades in a demanding retail career, Debra’s return to education opened new doors, allowing her to embark on a completely different career path. 

The skills and knowledge Debra gained in college transformed her life, enabling her to contribute significantly to educational causes, the community, and various charities, including her church. Her story is a testament to the transformative impact of education at any stage of life.

This scholarship seeks to honor the legacy of Debra S. Jackson by supporting students who are making the brave decision to return to school later in life. 

Any adult learner who is forty years of age or older may apply for this scholarship opportunity.

To apply, tell us about your life journey and experiences, how these have impacted your values and goals, how you plan to use your education to make a difference, and how this scholarship will help you achieve your goals.

Selection Criteria:
Ambition, Drive, Impact
Published December 26, 2023
Essay Topic

Reflect on your life journey and the experiences that have led you to pursue higher education at this stage in your life. How have these experiences shaped your personal values, career aspirations, and commitment to community service? Describe how you plan to use your education to make a positive impact in your community or chosen field, and how this scholarship will assist you in achieving these goals.

400–600 words


When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is Jul 21, 2024. Winners will be announced on Aug 21, 2024.