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College Scholarships and Grants for Single Mothers

In addition to childrearing, household responsibilities, and providing for the family, single mothers who want to go to college have a whole new list of responsibilities. For most of us, this is an impossible feat, but single moms always find a way to make it work. According to Raise the Nation, an organization dedicated to helping single mothers who want to continue their education, nearly 38% of single mothers live at or below the poverty level. Single moms with at least a bachelor’s degree are five times less likely to find themselves in dire financial states, which is why it is important for returning students who are single parents to find money for college and get that degree.

Considering how much it costs to raise a family, single mothers looking to go to college need financial aid. Luckily, countless organizations recognize that single parents need help paying for school. That is why a lot of college scholarships and grants were created specifically for single mothers. These scholarships help single moms afford the education they need to create a secure financial future for themselves and their children.

Take a look at the scholarship opportunities for single mothers. For more scholarship information about single-parent scholarship programs, as well as other programs, conduct a free college scholarship search at Scholarships.com.

Bernice Murray Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/16/2020
  • Amount: $2,000
  • The Bernice Murray Scholarship Foundation was established to honor Bernice Murray's 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 positive difference in the lives of so many human beings during her short life. In order to apply, you must attend an accredited school [...] More

Ellen M. Cherry-Delawder Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 1/31/2020
  • Amount: Varies
  • This scholarship will be awarded to a student who has attained a minimum 2.0 GPA and is pursuing a program of study in a business-related field. Preference will be given to female students with dependent children. Students must show financial need. Along with the application, students must write a 500-word essay defining career and educational goals, and the benefits of a college education. For [...] More

Frances M. Dunn Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: Varies
  • A scholarship with a minimum award of $500 per year. Funded by the children of Frances Dunn. Professors Antonen, Lee and Shirley have generously agreed to act as a screening committee to evaluate candidates for the scholarship. Awarded to a deserving non-trad single mother in the IS program (must be a sophomore, junior, or senior). Students who have earned at least a 2.5 GPA and who wish to [...] More

LouEllen Dabbs Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/21/2020
  • Amount: $750
  • The LouEllen Dabbs Scholarship is for a student who is a single parent and interested in pursuing a career in business, banking, or finance. To qualify, students must be enrolled in business administration or banking, be a single parent, be registered for a minimum of nine credits, and have at least a 2.35 GPA. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website. [...] More

Michael S. and Jeffrey C. Hagler Scholarship Fund

  • Application Deadline: 3/15/2020
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Michael S. and Jeffrey C. Hagler Scholarship Fund is for nontraditional students who are single mothers enrolling in at least 9 credits in a degree-seeking or certification program at Boise State University or College of Western Idaho. Must be enrolling in at least 9 credits per semester as an undergraduate student or 6 credits per semester as a graduate student. Preference may be given to [...] More

Roadway Worker Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/15/2020
  • Amount: $10,000
  • Eligible applicants for the Roadway Worker Memorial Scholarship must be dependents of roadway workers killed or permanently disabled in work zone construction or maintenance activities within the work zone, including mobile operations and the installation of roadside safety features. Spouses of fallen workers and parents with custody or legal guardianship of surviving children are also eligible. [...] More

Soroptimist's Live Your Dream Award

  • Application Deadline: 11/15/2020
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Soroptimist Live Your Dream Awards (formerly known as the Women's Opportunity Awards) 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. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's [...] More

The Silver Shield Foundation

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Silver Shield Foundation has been helping children of police officers and firefighters killed in the line of duty with the cost of their education. We set aside an education fund for each surviving child to assist with tuition payments for prep school, college and university undergraduate and graduate school, vocational and technical school, and tutoring services. The tuition assistance [...] More

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Last Reviewed: January 2020

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