Clausen Lifelong Learning Scholarship

Grand View University recognizes that adult students may encounter many challenges as they complete their degrees. The Lifelong Learning Scholarship, established in 2004 by Grand View alumnus, Aage Clausen, is designed to assist non-traditional students in reaching their educational goals. It was Aage's hope that the recipients of this scholarship will seek to better their lives, and be positive role models for others as they work to improve the quality of life in their communities.

Recipients of the Clausen Lifelong Learning Scholarship with documented financial need may receive $250 per credit hour, up to a total of $5,000, per academic year. Application priority deadline is in March. Learn about this year’s application and deadline here.

Eligibility Requirements
  • Must be a “non-traditional student” which is defined as a student meeting any of the following criteria: is married or has children or is re-entering the educational system after several years or is at least 23 years of age or older.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or an eligible non-citizen.
  • Have applied for federal and/or state aid (submitted FAFSA) for the upcoming academic year.
  • Are working toward a bachelor's degree at Grand View University.
  • Have not previously earned a Bachelors Degree.
  • Have at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA or have a minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA for college course work completed within the past five years.
  • Admitted to Grand View University.
Application Requirements

Failure to address all of the following requirements may disqualify you from the scholarship: 

  • Complete the FAFSA before March 1
  • Provide transcripts from other colleges if requested
  • Write an essay of no more than 1000 words which: 1) describes your career goals; 2) describes how your life and work after graduation will (a) help others, and (b) enhance the quality of life in your community, 3) explains your financial need, and 4) states the number of credits you expect to take from August of this year through July of the next year. Note: Failure to address all of these points may disqualify you.
  • Complete the application.
Selection Process

A committee will review the scholarship applications and recipients will be selected based on the following:

  • Well defined academic and career goals
  • Desire to “make a difference” in your community or profession
  • Demonstration of initiative and responsibility
  • Ability to communicate well in writing
  • Academic performance
  • Financial need

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