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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.

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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: 3/15/2023
  • 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. Applicants must live in the state [...] More

ASSP Foundation Family Scholarship Fund

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Family Scholarship Fund was established in 2013 to assuage the hardship of families affected by a workplace tragedy. This scholarship, available to spouses and children who have lost a loved one in a workplace incident, provides educational funding to minimize the financial impact of their loss and encourage continuing education. As safety professionals continue to make a greater impact, [...] More

Bernice Murray Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/16/2023
  • Amount: $4,000
  • The Bernice Murray Scholarship Foundation was established to make a difference in the lives of Vermont families. Applicants must attend an accredited school approved for federal Title IV funding (Pell grants, Stafford loans, PLUS loans), be a single parent with primary custody of at least one child 12 years of age or younger, and demonstrate financial need. For more information or to apply, [...] More

Bruce and Marjorie Sundlun Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/4/2023
  • Amount: $2,000
  • The Bruce and Marjorie Sundlun Scholarship is managed by the Rhode Island Foundation for students who are low-income single parents and who are Rhode Island residents. Preference is given to parents currently or previously receiving state aid or those who have been previously incarcerated. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website. [...] More

BYU Marriott School Single Parent Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 2/1/2023
  • Amount: Varies
  • BYU Marriott has several scholarships specifically donated by the Spouse Association of the school’s National Advisory Council to help single-parent graduate BYU Marriott students with educational expenses. In order to be considered for this scholarship, the following conditions must be met:

    Applicant is a single parent (mother or father) with custody of dependent child(ren); Applicant must be [...] More

Capture the Dream, Inc. Single Parent Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 7/31/2023
  • Amount: $1,000
  • 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

Downer-Bennett Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2023
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Downer-Bennett scholarship is for single-parent students attending the University of New Mexico main campus. Eligible applicants must be a continuing undergraduate student, have a cumulative total of at least 12 UNM Main campus credits earned by the end of the fall semester, have a highly competitive cumulative UNM GPA, and enroll in/earn 12 credits each semester at the UNM Main campus for [...] More

Dr. Wynetta A. Frazier "Sister to Sister" Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2023
  • Amount: $500
  • The Wynetta A. Frazier "Sister-to-Sister" Scholarship was created to provide financial assistance to mature African American women in their pursuit of post-secondary education. An applicant must be a returning student, whose education was interrupted by family responsibilities or other personal demands and is now ready to complete college, or one who is entering college for the first time because [...] More

Kathleen McVey Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/12/2023
  • Amount: Varies
  • College of the Redwoods offers the Kathleen McVey Memorial Scholarship to a continuing college student in the LVN or RN program. Additional requirements for this scholarship include being a continuing college student, demonstrate financial need, be a Humboldt County or Del Norte County high school graduate (preference given to Fortuna High School graduates), be a single parent (preference given [...] More

LouEllen Dabbs Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/24/2023
  • Amount: Varies
  • 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

Minnesota Child Care Grant

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $6,500
  • The Minnesota Post-Secondary Child Care Grant Program helps low-income students who have young children pay for child care while the student attends classes. Minnesota residents who have a child 12 years old or younger (or 14 or younger if the child is disabled) and whose family size and income qualify for the program. To qualify, students also must be Minnesota residents, be enrolled for at [...] More

Operation Second Chance

  • Application Deadline: 4/15/2023
  • Amount: $3,500
  • The OSC Scholarship Program seeks to further the organization’s mission of support for wounded, injured, and ill service members/veterans and their families through need-based dependent financial assistance grants to aid in the pursuit of higher education. During each academic period, OSC will award grants to a select number of dependent children (unmarried, 23 years and younger) and spouses of [...] More

Oregon Ford Opportunity Program Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2023
  • Amount: Varies
  • Hallie E. Ford (1905-2007), a founder of The Ford Family Foundation, established the Ford Opportunity Program to assist single parents in obtaining a degree. The award covers 90% of unmet college costs and is calculated on the college’s Cost of Attendance (tuition, fees, room and board, personal costs, etc.), minus other grants and scholarships. Applicant must be residents of Oregon or Siskiyou [...] More

Park Foundation Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 6/1/2023
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Park Foundation Scholarship is offered to 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 information [...] More

Professional Women of Winston-Salem Scholarship Fund

  • Application Deadline: 7/15/2023
  • Amount: $2,000
  • The Professional Women of Winston-Salem (PWWS) established a scholarship fund for single mothers in or attending school in Forsyth County. The scholarship is intended to help single mothers complete their education while juggling the demands of family, work and school; all the while demonstrating a strong commitment to their academic studies. The PWWS Scholarship Fund will provide $2,000 for [...] More

Rise Foundation Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/30/2023
  • Amount: $500
  • The Rise Foundation Scholarship is for high school seniors enrolled in Chicago Public School (low income, single parent household) who has been accepted and enrolled in a 2- or 4-year degree program and who attends 3 / 5 remaining Rise Foundation workshops. All applicants must submit an essay no longer than 500 words. The essay prompt will be visible on our website.

    All students who meet the [...] More

Scholars Fund for Education Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 1/31/2023
  • Amount: Varies
  • Our years of experience working in higher education with women and men has taught us that education is the key to unlocking economic empowerment. When women and men are educated, they have opportunity, choice and power to make healthy decisions for themselves and their families. Our programs are delivered locally by local Pope & Yell County community volunteers. They provide the muscle and [...] More

Single Parent Degree Program Scholarships of Northwest Arkansas

  • Application Deadline: 3/15/2023
  • Amount: $2,500
  • The Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Northwest Arkansas offers awards to single parents residing in Benton, Carroll, Madison or Washington counties. Eligible applicants must: be a legal United States resident or a resident with DACA status; have a high school diploma or GED; have low to moderate income, typically not more than 250% of federal poverty guidelines; have completed or is in the [...] More

Single Parent Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/30/2023
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The Custody X Change Giving Fund awards three scholarships worldwide to single parents each year for undergraduate study.
    To apply, email us with your contact details, and attach the following: a 400 to 500 word essay, "How you will you use your education to improve your family?" (Please include a brief explanation of your parenting situation.); and your unofficial college transcript — or your [...] More

SPSFNWA Named Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Northwest Arkansas offers awards to single parents residing in Benton, Carroll, Madison or Washington counties. Eligible applicants must: be a legal United States resident or a resident with DACA status; have a high school diploma or GED; have low to moderate income, typically not more than 250% of federal poverty guidelines; have completed or is in the [...] More

Stanwood Democrats/Delores Haglund Jones Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 7/15/2023
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The Stanwood-Camano Area Foundation offers numerous scholarships, including ones for high school seniors, college students, and adult learners. Adult scholarships are available to adults with financial need who either reside within the boundaries of the Stanwood-Camano School District, or who are former graduates of Stanwood High School or Lincoln Hill High School.

    To be eligible for the [...] More

SVCF Deblinger Family Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/19/2023
  • Amount: $10,000
  • The Deblinger Family Foundation wants to enable low-income, single mothers to focus on achieving their academic goals and performance, so that they can create a successful future.

    Applicants must be single, female parents who are currently enrolled, or have been enrolled in the past year, in a community college to obtain an associate’s degree, certificate or in a four-year college transfer [...] More

Undergraduate/Single-Mother Child Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/8/2023
  • Amount: $1,000
  • There will be 2 Undergraduate Scholarships awarded. Both of these will be valued at $1,000 each. These Scholarships are based on Financial Need and Academic Merit. Applicant must be a U.S. Citizen who will be an incoming or current undergraduate student at an accredited 4-year college for the school year the scholarship is awarded. Applicant must have a Cumulative GPA of 3.4 or above (submit a [...] More

Veterans United Foundation Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 4/1/2023
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Veterans United Foundation Scholarship aims to assist military service members and their families by awarding scholarships to help pay for tuition and books. Potential applicants must be pursuing a post-secondary degree at an accredited college or university. To be eligible for this scholarship award, applicants must be a surviving spouse or a surviving child of a deceased service member from [...] More

Virginia Military Survivors & Dependents Education Program

  • Application Deadline: 5/1/2023
  • Amount: Varies
  • The purpose of VMSDEP is to provide undergraduate or other postsecondary education to eligible participants by providing a waiver of tuition and all required fees associated with tuition at any public institution of higher education or other public accredited postsecondary institution granting a degree, diploma, or certificate in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Benefits are available for up to 36 [...] More

Washington-Nixon Nursing Scholarship for Single Mothers

  • Application Deadline: 6/5/2023
  • Amount: Varies
  • Nurses Helping Nurses mission is to provide an avenue for nurses to reach back and lift our fellow nurses up through encouragement and empowerment motivating them to completion of a goal of success as a nurse. The first of many scholarships to come is the Washington-Nixon Nursing Scholarship founded by Ms. LeShea Washington-Nixon, MSN, RN. The “Washington-Nixon Nursing Scholarship” will assist [...] More

Women In Need Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/30/2023
  • Amount: $2,000
  • The Women In Need Scholarship is for a woman who is the primary source of support for her family and is completing her sophomore year of academic pursuit to earn a degree in accounting. This is renewable upon a 3.0 GPA. Must be a US citizen. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website. [...] More

Women in Transition Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/30/2023
  • Amount: $16,000
  • The Women In Transition scholarship was designed for women who have become the primary source of support for themselves and their families and wish to return to school to obtain a degree in accounting. This is available to incoming or current freshmen, and women returning to school with a freshman status who demonstrate financial need. This scholarship is renewable upon a 3.0 GPA. Applicants must [...] More

Women With Promise Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The Women With Promise Scholarship Program offers North Texas women the opportunity to begin or restart their journey toward a college degree. Support is available for full or part-time students from Dallas and Collin counties attending or planning to attend educational programs at accredited institutions of higher learning in Dallas or Collin counties. Also, they must have a nonprofit [...] More
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