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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.

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

LouEllen Dabbs Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/25/2020
  • 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

Park Foundation Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 6/1/2020
  • 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 information [...] 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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