Scholarship Encourages Adults to Continue Their Education

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Scholarships are not just for the very young

Educational scholarships are not exclusively reserved for the younger student thanks to the availability of the Mary Cone Barrie Scholarship.  The award will go to two non-traditional students who demonstrate their financial need and their commitment to education. Destiny Solutions,  a lifelong learning business solutions company, announced that applications for its Mary Cone Barrie Scholarship are being accepted until August 29, 2014.

“Our company is very passionate about providing non-traditional students with resources to further their education,” said Shaul Kuper, Founder and CEO of Destiny Solutions, creators of software for universities and colleges that helps them to successfully attract, manage and maintain their non-traditional students.  “We work with schools everyday, helping them create an infrastructure to manage their non-traditional students. This scholarship is one way that we extend our mission and connect directly with learners themselves.”

The Mary Cone Barrie Scholarship remains one of few scholarships offered to adult learners to recognize their efforts in pursuing higher education.

Bucks County Community College

Bucks County Community College

Geeti Ahmadzai, a chemistry major at Bucks County Community College who was awarded one of last year’s scholarships, was very excited to be immersed in an educational environment when she enrolled, but she found much-needed financial resources hard to come by.

“There are very few scholarships available for non-traditional students,” Ahmadzai said. “This scholarship really means the world to me.”

Saundra Vernon, a double major in psychology and anthropology at Saint Mary’s University who was also awarded one of last year’s scholarships, expressed that she too had difficulty finding financial support.

“I find the majority of scholarships are there for high school students,” said Vernon. “There is not a lot of funding or scholarship money for anyone over the age of 25.”

Since 2008, the Mary Cone Barrie Scholarship has been awarded each year to two adult students and is named in honor of the late Dr. Mary Cone Barrie, director of the School of Continuing Studies at the University of Toronto. A true advocate, supporter and innovator of non-traditional higher education, Dr. Mary Cone Barrie was a dear friend and mentor to Destiny Solutions.

The scholarship is open to any non-traditional student studying at an accredited institution in the United States or Canada. Applications can be found on the Destiny Solutions website, and are due back by Friday, August 29, 2014.

For scholarship applications and further information, please visit:

To view last year’s winning essays visit:


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