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AARP Foundation Scholarship

Educational assistance for jobseekers over 50

Train for the Digital Economy

Get the skills and training you need to compete in today’s job market. 

With the AARP Foundation’s Skills for the Digital Economy scholarship, jobseekers over 50 may be eligible to enroll in a UW professional certificate program or course at no cost.


The Skills for the Digital Economy program is a new initiative in Washington state to help workers over 50 get the skills, training and support they need to compete with confidence for in-demand jobs in a variety of sectors.

Managed by the AARP Foundation, the program provides participants with: 

  • Financial assistance for professional certificate programs or courses
  • Computer skills training
  • Career coaching and job search tools
  • Connections to community resources


To be considered for this program, you must:

  • Be 50 or older
  • Reside in Washington state
  • Be underemployed or unemployed
  • Have a household income below the levels listed or below the Washington State Self-Sufficiency Standard income applicable to your household and county (use calculator).

People in Household

Annual Income

1 $32,200
2 $43,550
3 $54,900
4 $66,250
5 $77,600


  1. Carefully review the admission requirements for your chosen certificate program or course to make sure you qualify. 
  2. If you have questions about the program or your qualifications, contact us.
  3. Complete the Skills for the Digital Economy application. Include two forms of identification: One with your age and photo, such as a driver’s license, and the other with your residential address, like a utility bill.
  4. Sign the income self-attestation form sent by the program.
  5. If approved for the program, you can start the enrollment process for your program or course. Our Enrollment Services is here to help — just email or call 800-506-1325. 

scholarship details

Award amount: Up to full program cost

application status: Open

APPLICATION DEADLINE: None; open while funds are available

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