GOALS: To build an inventory of partners and programs that will provide scholarship opportunities to students from non-traditional candidate pools.

ACTIVITIES: Collect data about eligibility requirements, contact information and web links about partners and programs.

OPPORTUNITIES:  Data about certifications, internships, apprenticeships and journeymen opportunities as well as curriculums and career paths.

Project Priorities – 3/28/2019

  • Identify scholarships for non-traditional students that lead to certificate, internship, apprenticeship, or journeyman opportunities.
  • Define non-traditional students.
  • Survey CPN to identify institutions and providers with scholarships.
  • Identify high school and community college counselors and inquire what companies/foundations/families provide scholarships. Compile list, contact, thank them, and ask if we can share their story to engage others to do likewise.
  • Identify the industries, jobs, and employers who fund training for non- traditional students for educational programs.
  • Who are the providers of Educational Services? Name of program, contact, website, and telephone number.
  • Tell the stories of the providers, scholarship recipients and the employers that have these programs…To engage others to join the mission team!

    Participating Organizations to Date 3/28/19

    • Doing Good at Work
    • Wake Tech
    • Crossroads Fellowship Church
    • St. Augustine’s University
    • Shaw University
    • TMT Youth Community Foundation

    Transformation Exchange Tech Support:

    From the perspective of vulnerable populations:

    “Non-traditional” students in the context of vulnerable people groups may refer to those who fall outside accepted norms and into defined categories that bear the stigma of societal labels and trigger “red flags” or risk indicators that can become barriers to access. Non-traditional pools of candidates can include veterans, people with disabilities as well as people in recovery from addiction, homelessness, and involvement with the justice system.

    From the educational perspective:

    The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) has identified seven characteristics that are common to nontraditional students.

    To be considered as non-traditional, students:

    • Do not immediately continue their education after they graduate from high school
    • Attend college only part time
    • Work full time (35 hours or more per week)
    • Are financially independent
    • Have children or dependents other than their spouse
    • Are a single parent
    • Have a GED, not a high school diploma

    75% of all undergraduate students have a least one of these characteristics and are thus “nontraditional” in one way or another.