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College Scholarships and Grants for Single Mothers

In addition to childrearing, household responsibilities, and providing for the family, single mothers multitask in their responsibilities and attending college may seem like an impossible feat. According to Raise the Nation, an organization dedicated to helping single mothers wanting to continue their education by finding money for college, nearly 38 percent of single mothers live at or below the poverty level. Those with at least a bachelor’s degree are five times less likely to find themselves in dire financial states.

With little finances at their disposal, many single mothers critically need financial aid. Luckily, numerous scholarship providers recognize that single parents need assistance if they are to pay for school. That is why many college scholarships and grants have been created specifically to help single mothers afford a post-secondary education. To help single mothers, scholarship providers are making it possible for them to create a more secure financial future for themselves and their children.

Take a look at the following scholarship opportunities for single mothers. If you would like additional scholarship information regarding programs based on single-parent status as well as other criteria, try conducting a free college scholarship search at Scholarships.com.

Andersen Nontraditional Scholarship for Women's Education and Retraining Scholarship
Application Deadlines: March 01, Annually
The Andersen Nontraditional Scholarship for Women's Education and Retraining (ANSWER) provides financial support and encouragement to adult women age 25 and older who are raising school-age children (grades K-12) and are seeking to earn a two-year nursing degree or a four-year undergraduate degree in the field of their choice. For full details and to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's [...] More

Bernice Murray Scholarship
Application Deadlines: March 07, Annually
The Bernice Murray Scholarship Foundation was created by U.S. Senator James Jeffords, along with family and friends of Bernice Murray, long-time aide to Senator Jeffords. The scholarship was established to honor her unselfish contributions to improving the lives of Vermonters. The aim of the foundation is to make a difference in the lives of Vermont families, as Bernice Murray helped make a [...] More

Capture the Dream, Inc.'s Single Parent Scholarship
Application Deadlines: June 30, Annually
In hopes of encouraging single California parents to pursue higher education, Capture the Dream, Inc. ("CTD") announced the introduction of its Single Parent Scholarship Fund offering college-bound students with a $1,000 scholarship to support their goal of obtaining a four-year degree.

Low-income, single parents who are Bay Area residents and will be enrolled full or part-time at a two- or [...] More

Patsy Takemoto Mink Foundation Scholarship
Application Deadlines: August 01, Annually
Established in 2003, the Patsy Takemoto Mink Education Foundation aims to carry on some of Congresswoman Mink's most ardent commitments: educational access, support, and opportunity for low-income women, especially mothers; and educational enrichment for children.

To be eligible for this award, applicants must meet the following criteria:
- Must be a woman of at least 17 years of age
- [...] More

Soroptimist Women's Opportunity Award
Application Deadlines: November 15, Annually
The Women's Opportunity Awards program assists women who provide the primary source of financial support for their families by giving them the resources they need to improve their education, skills and employment prospects.

Each year, more than $1.5 million in education grants are awarded to more than 1,000 women, many of whom have overcome enormous obstacles including poverty, domestic [...] More

Last Edited: November 2015

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