Do you have a dream to transform your life?

No matter the challenges or setbacks you’ve faced, whether personal or financial, your aspirations to thrive are valid and achievable. Apply to become a Fresh Start scholar.

Fresh Start awards annual scholarships to women in Delaware based on financial need, personal challenges, and academic record. Scholarships are awarded in New Castle, Kent and Sussex counties for women to attend any of the accredited colleges and universities in the state. In over 25 years, Fresh Start has offered financial aid and mentorship to 293 women of all ages and ethnicities.

Here’s what you can expect from your application

In order to apply, you must be a Delaware resident, at least 20 years old and have had a 2-year gap in your education. You can expect to answer questions about your personal and professional life, as well as demonstrate financial need.

Scholarship Application Overview

Katrina, 2021 graduate

After a 20-year break from school, Katrina earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from Wilmington University, in order to further her career as a nurse for the Delaware Division of Developmental Disabilities Services. She lives with her husband and child in Middletown.

Kira J., 2020 Graduate 

Kira earned a Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Science from Wilmington University and graduated Magna Cum Laude. The single mother of a young adult daughter left a job in the banking industry. She aims to complete a Certificate in Human Trafficking in Spring of 2023.

“Fresh Start has given me just that—a fresh start. And with it, our family has gotten a fresh outlook on life. The sky is the limit and we are living and walking that reality daily.”

Genesis J., Behavioral Science/Wilmington University

Colleges our scholars have attended

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