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Scholarships for Single Fathers

Raising kids is no easy task, especially for single fathers. Single dads are often under-appreciated in the sacrifices they make for their children. The number of single fathers in America is growing rapidly. In America, over 8 million men are single dads. Like single moms, single dads looking to go to college have more responsibilities than the average college student. Along with taking over all domestic responsibilities, single student-dads have to provide for their family financially while paying outrageous tuition bills. Having at least a bachelor’s degree helps people move up financially, and achieve a more comfortable living situation, which is why it is important for single parents to find money for college and get that degree. For single dads, a degree means not only gaining a better financial situation for themselves, but creating a better future for their kids.

Considering how much it costs to raise a family, plus the cost of higher education, single dads looking to go to college need financial aid. Since the single-dad population is still underrepresented compared to single moms, there are not as many scholarship opportunities specifically for single dads. However, most single-parent college scholarships and grants are open to both genders, to make sure single dads have equal opportunity to pay for school.

Below are scholarship opportunities for specifically single fathers, and single-parent scholarships that are open to both genders. For more information about single-parent scholarship programs, as well as other programs, conduct a free college scholarship searchat Scholarships.com.

Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: 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. Guidelines for the manner in which the scholarship may be used are at the discretion of each scholarship provider.

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

Bernice Murray Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/4/2018
  • Amount: $2,000
  • 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 Deadline: 3/13/2018
  • Amount: $1,500
  • 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

    For more information or to apply, please visit [...] More

BYU Marriott School Single Parent Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2018
  • Amount: Varies
  • 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 Deadline: 1/31/2018
  • Amount: $1,000
  • 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 or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website. [...] More

Capture the Dream, Inc. Single Parent Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 6/30/2017
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Capture the Dream, Inc. offers the Single Parent Scholarship to graduating high school seniors and college
    undergraduate students who will be enrolled at accredited, not-for-profit two or four-year institutions in the fall term. Each scholarship winner will receive a $1,000 scholarship to be mailed to their college or university.

    Eligibility:
    -Must be a Bay Area resident. Bay Area residence [...] More

Downer-Bennett Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2018
  • Amount: $1,000
  • 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.

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

Emporia State University Single Parents With Children Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $8,000
  • 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

Frank Kennedy Vernoy Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 1/31/2018
  • Amount: $1,000
  • 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 or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website. [...] More

Kathryn Kyriopoulos Colemere Endowed Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 1/31/2018
  • Amount: $1,500
  • 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 or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website. [...] More

Kentucky Colonel’s Better Life Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2018
  • Amount: $2,500
  • 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 Deadline: 3/23/2018
  • Amount: $750
  • 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 nine credits, and have at least a 2.35 GPA.

    For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website. [...] More

Marie Ferraro Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/15/2018
  • Amount: Varies
  • 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

Oakland University Critical Difference Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Critical Difference Award is for single, head of household students who have had their education interrupted for at least one year.

    Eligibility:
    -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 unofficial transcript of [...] More

Park Foundation Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 6/1/2017
  • Amount: $2,000
  • 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.

    For more [...] More

Peggy A. Stock Presidential Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 1/31/2018
  • Amount: $5,000
  • 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 Deadline: 2/15/2018
  • Amount: $6,000
  • 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 Deadline: 1/31/2018
  • Amount: $500
  • 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 or to apply, please visit the scholarship [...] 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

Last Reviewed: March 2017

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