Feb 21, 2023 3:01:26 PM | achs Funding Your Holistic Health Education: Tips for Finding Scholarships

Holistic health education scholarships ... Yes, please! But, where to look? How to apply? Read on for scholarship secrets you need to know!

amanda hellerHere at the American College of Healthcare Sciences (ACHS), we're lucky to be able to speak with prospective students all day long. They're budding aromatherapists, herbalists, and holistic nutritionists (the list goes on!), just like some of you. And, they ask great questions, especially about how to pay for their holistic health education. (Great question, right?!?) Who doesn't want to know the answer? So, we turned to our Director of Enrollment Services, Amanda Heller, to find out what students really want to know. Her answer: scholarships!

Wherever you are on your path—whether you're a new student, a returning student, a graduate student, or just starting to think about heading back to school for your online holistic health career training—start out on the right foot with Amanda's tips for tracking down top scholarship dollars. Here we go...

Amanda's Top Tips

  1. Create a professional email (no silly names or offensive words) that is specifically for scholarship searches, applications, setting up profiles, etc. This is to keep it separate from your personal email so you don’t lose important emails or fill up a regular-use email with any junk mail that could result.
  2. Save your scholarship essays. It's easier to modify an essay you have versus re-writing an essay each time you want to apply for a new scholarship. Adapt your essays as needed so you don’t have to re-write everything each time.
  3. Ask 2-3 people for references that are general in nature for scholarship applications. Ask them for multiple copies so you can use them for multiple scholarships.
  4. If you are involved in any social or community activities and projects, keep track of them. Examples include volunteer service (when? where? what? hours donated? responsibilities?), religious activities, and social organizations with a membership (track activities and positions held, and track donated time to volunteer activities).
    piggy bank
  5. Keep a list of scholarships you apply for. Track when you submitted your documents, the due date, the "announcement date," and contact information so you can call and check in as needed.  
  6. Look in unexpected places for scholarships!
  7. Don’t let yourself get disappointed! Keep a list of what you apply for and dates they choose the recipients. Free money is good money—even if its only $50—it helps pay for your education. Remember: it’s like looking for a job. You gotta keep applying and waiting…but good things come to those who work hard and wait!

Where to Look for Scholarships

  1. Any professional or social organization where you are a member
  2. Community businesses, churches, etc.
  3. State and local government
  4. Large corporations like Bayer Medicine, Walmart, and Clairol (if you also happen to be a massage therapy student, you may qualify for the Helping Hands for Growth Grant Program—more information is available on the ACHS website at https://www.achs.edu/scholarship-funding)
  5. You can find scholarship directories at the local public library (it is a very big book!)
  6. Your place of employment: do they have tuition assistance, tuition reimbursement, or employee scholarship programs?
  7. Industry organizations like the Natural Products Foundation
  8. Internet searches

Where to Look for Scholarships on the ACHS Website

ACHS offers several scholarship opportuntities for students who qualify. You can find information on the scholarships on the ACHS website, which include:

  1. ACHS Military Scholarship, which awards a one-time scholarship of $1,000 toward tuition
  2. ACHS Adult Skills Education Program Scholarship, which awards a one-time scholarship of $1,000 toward tuition—you can also read Q&A's from ASEP Scholarship recipients—Angie Jackson, Jennifer Combs, and Krysta Merrill—right here on our blog!

Where to Look for Scholarships Online

  1. www.nerdwallet.com
  2. www.fastweb.com
  3. www.scholarships.com
  4. http://naturalproductsfoundation.org
  5. http://www.healthjobsstarthere.com/
  6. www.collegescholarships.com
  7. http://www.college-scholarships.com
  8. www.schoolsoup.com/scholarship-directory/special-situation/non-traditional-student/
  9. http://www.collegescholarships.org/scholarships/non-traditional.htm

 If you have scholarship-hunting tips and tricks to share, post a comment! We'd love to learn what's worked for you

Click here to subscribe to our blog!
Lauren Torchia

Written By: Lauren Torchia

Lauren Torchia is a writer, editor, and obsessive iPhotographer. She holds an MS in Writing from Portland State University and has more than 10 years’ experience writing and editing for commercial and creative enterprises. She currently serves as ACHS Dean of English and Communications Manager and is 200-hr yoga teacher certified from YoYoYogi in Portland, OR. Recent work has appeared in YOGANONYMOUS and Elephant Journal.