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College Scholarships and Grants for Single Mothers

Single mothers must spend time with children, run errands and work long hours to provide for their families. When one shoulders that kind of responsibility, attending college may seem like an impossible feat. According to Raise the Nation, an organization dedicated to helping single mothers who want to continue their education find 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 such a dire financial state.

With little finances at their disposal, many single mothers are in critical need of 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 postsecondary education. In helping these 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.

Jeannette Rankin Fund Scholarships
Application Deadlines: March 01, Annually
Each fall, Jeannette Rankin Women's Scholarship Fund awards scholarships to low-income women, ages 35 and older, who have a vision of how a college education will benefit themselves, their families and their communities. The scholarships are open to students pursuing a technical or vocational education, an associate's degree or a first bachelor's degree. Applicants must be U.S. citizens 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./HTMLCHUNK_4/ To be eligible for this award, applicants must meet the following criteria: - Must be a woman of at least 17 years of [...] More

Arizona Business & Professional Women's Foundation Scholarships
Application Deadlines: March 01, Annually
Scholarships are awarded to women 25 years old or older who are starting or returning to a community college or trade school in Arizona to advance their career/job opportunities. Applications are available online or through your community college financial aid office and must be postmarked on or before March 1st to be [...] More

Women's Opportunity Award (Washington, DC)
Application Deadlines: December 15, Annually
Soroptimist International of Washington, DC is seeking applicants for its recognition program targeted to young women who make the community and world a better place. The Women's Opportunity Award honors women who are working to better their lives through additional skills training and education. The award is aimed at improving the lives of women by giving them the resources they need to improve [...] More

Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund
Application Deadlines: Varies
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./HTMLCHUNK_4/ In most cases, scholarships may be used for tuition, books, utility bills, car maintenance, childcare, or any other financial need that [...] More

Women's Opportunity Award
Application Deadlines: December 15, Annually
The Women’s Opportunity Award seeks to recognize and support women who are pursuing additional skills, training and education. This $2,000 cash award helps women who are the primary wage earners for their families to enter or return to the workforce or to improve their employment status. /HTMLCHUNK_4/ Eligibility: The award is open to women demonstrating financial need who provide the primary [...] More

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