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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.

Ann and Peter Ziegler Scholarship
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The Ann and Peter Ziegler Scholarship has been established through The CNM Foundation to assist women majoring in Liberal Arts who are single parents and who plan to transfer to a four year institution.

Eligibility Requirements:
-Major in Liberal Arts
-Plans to transfer to a 4-year institution
-Be a single parent
-Have a 3.0 GPA or higher
-Enrolled in a minimum of 9 hours
-Completed [...] More

Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund
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The purpose of the Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund (ASPSF) is to provide supplemental financial assistance to those single parents living in Arkansas who are pursuing a course of instruction that will improve their income-earning potential. Guidelines for the manner in which the scholarship may be used are at the discretion of each scholarship provider.

Standard Eligibility:
-Be a [...] More

Beatrice F. Kroesche Fund Scholarship
Application Deadlines: January 31, Annually
This award was established in 2011 by the Beatrice F. Kroesche Foundation. The scholarship is awarded to a single women who is visually or hearing challenged, or a single mother who is in good academic standing and majoring in humanities or education. Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA.

For more information, visit look at the Continuing Student Scholarships page on the Westminster College [...] More

Bernice Murray Scholarship
Application Deadlines: March 04, 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

Bruce and Marjorie Sundlun Scholarship
Application Deadlines: March 13, Annually
The Bruce and Marjorie Sundlun Scholarship is managed by the Rhode Island Foundation for students who are single parents.

Eligibility:
-Rhode Island resident
-Low-income single parent (men or women)
-Preference given to parents currently or previously receiving state aid or those who have been previously incarcerated
-College-Level Study [...] More

Burlington Business and Professional Women’s Organization Science and Technology Scholarship
Application Deadlines: March 04, Annually
BPW/USA, founded in 1919, promotes equity for all women in the workplace through advocacy, education, and information. The Burlington Business and Professional Women’s Organization Science and Technology Scholarship was established to help single female parents advance their careers.

Eligibility:
-Attend an accredited school approved for federal Title IV funding
-Reside in Addison, [...] More

BYU Marriott School Single Parent Scholarships
Application Deadlines: March 01, Annually
The Marriott School has several scholarships specifically donated by the Spouse Association of the Marriott School’s National Advisory Council to help single-parent undergraduate and graduate Marriott School students with educational expenses. In order to be considered for this scholarship, the following conditions must be met:

-A single parent (mother or father) with custody of dependent [...] More

Calvert Family Endowed Scholarship
Application Deadlines: January 31, Annually
The Calvert Family Endowed Scholarship was established in 2005 from a gift by Hayden Morgan Calvert. The scholarship is awarded to a junior or senior who are either married or a single parent working full or part-time while attending classes. Applicants must have financial need, and at least a 2.50 GPA.

For more information, visit look at the Continuing Student Scholarships page on the [...] More

Capture the Dream, Inc.'s Single Parent Scholarship
Application Deadlines: June 30, Annually
The goal of our scholarship fund is to help eliminate one of the leading obstacles preventing single parents and minority students from attending college – the soaring cost of tuition. We believe when students have the opportunity to attend college, our society thrives. We provide talented students with the means to be able to reach a higher education, which helps develop the future leaders of [...] More

Deanna Forbush Endowed Scholarship
Application Deadlines: January 31, Annually
The Deanna Forbush Endowed scholarship was established in 2007. This scholarship is awarded to single mothers who have strong academic records and plans to attend graduate school. Applicants must be enrolled full-time.

For more information, visit look at the Continuing Student Scholarships page on the Westminster College website. [...] More

Downer-Bennett Scholarship
Application Deadlines: March 01, Annually
The University of New Mexico administers a large and diverse collection of endowed scholarships providing assistance to Main campus undergraduate students each year. These scholarships are designed to reward, encourage and assist students in pursuing academic excellence and leadership roles. The Downer-Bennett scholarship for single-parent students.

General Eligibility:
-Be a single [...] More

Dr. Dean K. and Helen S. Christensen Endowed Scholarship
Application Deadlines: January 31, Annually
The Dr. Dean K. and Helen S. Christensen Endowed Scholarship was established in 1995 and is awarded to a female nursing student who is also a single parent. Applicants must have a minimum 2.50 GPA and be enrolled as a full-time nursing student to apply.

For more information, visit look at the Continuing Student Scholarships page on the Westminster College website. [...] More

Ellen M. Cherry-Delawder Memorial Scholarship
Application Deadlines: March 31, Annually
This scholarship will be awarded to a student who has attained a GPA of at least 2.0, is pursuing a program of study in Business related field. Preference will be given to female students with dependent children. Students must show financial need by filing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). To be considered, students must submit the required 500 word essay defining career and [...] More

Emporia State University Single Parents With Children Scholarship
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The Single Parents with Children Scholarship is a fund that has been established to assist single, divorced, or widowed Emporia State University students who are raising children and attending school simultaneously. Scholarship funds are awarded for the academic year, with half of the disbursement in the fall semester and the remainder in the spring semester.

Eligibility:
-Be a single parent [...] More

Frances M. Dunn Memorial Scholarship
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The Frances M. Dunn Memorial Scholarship Funded by the children of Frances Dunn. The scholarship is awarded to a deserving non-traditional single mother in the IS program who is a sophomore, junior, or senior. Students who want to nominate themselves must have at least a 2.5 GPA and submit a letter of application and a resume to the committee. [...] More

Frank Kennedy Vernoy Scholarship
Application Deadlines: January 31, Annually
The Frank Kennedy Vernoy Scholarship was established in 1989 by memorial gifts from Esther Nelson and the Western Independent College Fund. Applicants must be non-traditional students enrolled half-time with a minimum 3.0 GPA who have financial need. Preference is given to single parents.

For more information, visit look at the Continuing Student Scholarships page on the Westminster College [...] More

James E. "Pete" Petersen Scholarship
Application Deadlines: January 25, Annually
Established in 1983 to honor Marie Petersen, the mother of former Westminster College President James E.“Pete” Petersen. Recipients must be non-traditional female students, with preference given to single parents. Applicants must be enrolled at least half-time and have a minimum 3.0 GPA.

For more information, visit look at the Continuing Student Scholarships page on the Westminster College [...] More

Katherine A. Ellis Scholarship
Application Deadlines: January 31, Annually
The Katherine A. Ellis Scholarship was established in 2015 and is awarded to female accounting students. Preference is given to single mothers who have financial need. Applicants must be enrolled full-time.

For more information, visit look at the Continuing Student Scholarships page on the Westminster College website. [...] More

Kathleen McVey Memorial Scholarship
Application Deadlines: February 05, Annually
College of the Redwoods offers a wide variety of scholarships for every type of student. The Kathleen McVey Memorial Scholarship is for Humboldt or Del Norte County High School graduates, with preference given to Fortuna high school graduates. Applicants must be single parents, seeking a long-term career in nursing. Preference is given to single parents with younger children. Students must have a [...] More

Kathryn Kyriopoulos Colemere Endowed Scholarship
Application Deadlines: January 31, Annually
The Kathryn Kyriopoulos Colemere Endowed Scholarship was established in 2004. The scholarship is awarded to students who are single parents and have financial need. Preference is given to students in business, education, or nursing. Applicants must be enrolled at least half-time and have a minimum 3.0 GPA.

For more information, visit look at the Continuing Student Scholarships page on the [...] More

Katz & Phillips Single-Parent Scholarship
Application Deadlines: July 31, Annually
Katz & Phillips, P.A. is proud to support future lawyers with the Single-Parent Scholarship, awarded to one high-achieving, bright student intending to pursue a career in law who is also a single parent.

Application Requirements:
-Applicant must be either a current law student at an accredited law school or at an accredited undergraduate university planning to attend and accepted into law [...] More

Kentucky Colonel’s Better Life Scholarship
Application Deadlines: March 01, Annually
At least one student in each of the 16 KCTCS college districts will be selected to receive the Kentucky Colonel’s Better Life Scholarship to cover tuition, books, and other educational expenses.

Eligibility:
-Recipients must be a Kentucky resident
-Must attend school full time, pursue an associate degree
-Must be a single working parent with one or more children under the age of [...] More

LouEllen Dabbs Scholarship
Application Deadlines: March 23, Annually
This 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 9 credits, and have at least a 2.35 GPA. [...] More

Marie Ferraro Scholarship
Application Deadlines: February 15, Annually
A proud alumna of Buffalo State College and the Educational Opportunity Program, Ms. Ferraro graduated from Buffalo State in 1991 with a BA in English and a BS in Social Work and six years later completed her MS in Student Personnel Administration. Ms. Ferraro credits her academic and professional success to the support of her family and the encouragement and guidance provided by the Educational [...] More

Michael S. and Jeffrey C. Hagler Scholarship Fund
Application Deadlines: April 01, Annually
ICF manages over 70 different scholarship funds – each customized according to the desires of the fund creator. Each has its own eligibility criteria, application requirements, and review process. Many have their own applications, deadlines, and eligibility requirements.

Eligibility for the Michael S. and Jeffrey C. Hagler Scholarship Fund:
-Planning to enroll in a degree-seeking program or [...] More

Oakland University Critical Difference Scholarship
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The Critical Difference Award is for single, head of household students who have had their education interrupted for at least one year.

To be eligible, applicants must:
-Be enrolled in an undergraduate degree program at OU and have completed 16 credit hours at OU or transferred
16 credit hours from any post-secondary institution
-Maintaining an overall GPA of at least 2.5
-Provide an [...] More

Park Foundation Scholarship
Application Deadlines: June 01, Annually
Two awards are given to full-time students, one male and one female. Recipient must be either a single female, head-of-household student with dependents; a single male, head of household with dependents; or a Vietnam veteran who no longer has access to educational benefits and has a GPA of at least 3.0. Student must be a custodial parent and must demonstrate financial need. [...] 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

Peggy A. Stock Presidential Scholarship
Application Deadlines: January 31, Annually
The Peggy A. Stock Presidential Scholarship was established in 2002 by friends of Dr. Peggy A. Stock, to honor her service as president of Westminster College from 1995-2002. This scholarship is awarded to undergraduate students with strong academic backgrounds and financial need. Preference is given to single parents. Applicants must have a minimum 3.5 GPA and be enrolled at least half-time. [...] More

Roadway Worker Memorial Scholarship
Application Deadlines: February 15, Annually
The American Traffic Safety Services Foundation Roadway Worker Memorial Scholarship Program, awarded annually, provides financial assistance for post-high school education to the dependents (children or spouses) of roadway workers killed or permanently disabled in work zone accidents, including mobile operations and the installation of roadway safety features. Spouses of fallen workers and [...] More

Steven K. Wright Scholarship
Application Deadlines: January 31, Annually
The Steven K. Wright Scholarship was established in 1994 by Dr. Gilbert L. Wright, in memory of his son Steven. This scholarship is awarded to a student who has financial need. Preference is given to a non-traditional student who is a single parent. Applicants must be enrolled at least half-time and have a minimum 3.0 GPA.

For more information, visit look at the Continuing Student [...] More

The ANSWER Endowment Scholarship
Application Deadlines: March 04, Annually
The Andersen Nontraditional Scholarship for Women’s Education and Retraining (ANSWER) was established to provide financial support and encouragement to adult women age 25 and older who are raising school-age children (grades Kindergarten – 12) and are seeking to earn a two-year nursing degree, a two-year degree in CPCC’s Health Careers Program, or a four-year undergraduate degree in a 4-year [...] More

The CCC Scholars Program Award
Application Deadlines: February 28, Annually
Scholarships are awarded to new incoming students who have overcome any obstacles to pursue their higher education.

Students who meet at least one of the following criteria:
-Live in transitional housing
-Is a parent
-Recently unemployed (within the last six months)
-U.S. Veteran
-Be a dependent student
-Graduate high school (within the last 3 years)
-Be US citizens or permanent [...] More

The Silver Shield Foundation
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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

Tony and Ann Merritt Single Mother Scholarship
Application Deadlines: January 31, Annually
The Tony and Ann Merritt Single Mother Scholarship was established in 2013 by Ann Merritt. The scholarship is awarded to students who are single parents or were raised in a single parent household and have financial need. Applicants must be enrolled at least part-time.

For more information, visit look at the Continuing Student Scholarships page on the Westminster College website. [...] More

Last Edited: January 2016

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