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Scholarships for Single Parents

Raising kids is no easy task, especially for single parents. Single parents have to take on twice the responsibility, playing the role of both mom and dad, while going to work to make a living to support their family. Already working double, single parents looking to go to college have a lot more on their plates than the average college student. Along with domestic and financial responsibilities within the household, single parents also have to keep up on college work and college bills. Having at least a bachelor’s degree helps people move up financially, achieving a more comfortable lifestyle for the family, which is why it is important for single parents to find money for college and made their educational goals a reality. For single parents, a degree not only means gaining a better financial situation for themselves, but having more in their pockets to provide for their kids.

Considering the costs for raising a family, plus the cost of higher education, it is critical for single-parent students to find financial aid. Since there are a good number of single parents looking to go back to school, there are scholarship opportunities available specifically for single-parent students. Most single-parent college scholarships and grants are open for both genders, making sure both single mothers and single fathers have an equal opportunity to pay for school.

Below are a list of scholarship opportunities specifically for single parents. For more information about single-parent scholarships, as well as other scholarships, conduct a free college scholarship search on Scholarships.com.

ANSWER Scholarship Endowment

  • Application Deadline: 3/6/2021
  • Amount: Varies
  • ANSWER Scholarship Endowment provides financial support and encouragement to adult women age 25 and older who are raising school-age children (grades Pre-Kindergarten -12) and are seeking to earn a four-year undergraduate degree in the field of their choice (minimum award amount of $4,000), a two-year nursing degree (minimum award amount of $2,000), or a two-year degree in CPCC's Health Careers [...] More

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. Eligible applicants must [...] More

Bernice Murray Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/16/2021
  • 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

Bruce and Marjorie Sundlun Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/4/2021
  • 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: 2/1/2021
  • Amount: Varies
  • In order to be considered for the BYU Marriott School Single Parent Scholarships, applicants must: be a single parent (mother or father) with custody of dependent child(ren); admitted to one of the programs in the Marriott School; and, remain in good academic standing and will be reevaluated yearly. When a student gets married, he/she is no longer eligible for the scholarship. For more [...] More

Capture the Dream, Inc. Single Parent Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 6/30/2021
  • 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: 3/1/2021
  • 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

Ellen M. Cherry-Delawder Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 1/31/2021
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Ellen M. Cherry-Delawder Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to a student who has attained a minimum 2.0 GPA and is pursuing a program of study in a business-related field. Preference will be given to female students with dependent children. Students must show financial need. Along with the application, students must write a 500-word essay defining career and educational goals, and the [...] More

Kathleen McVey Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/5/2021
  • 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: 3/25/2021
  • 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: 6/1/2021
  • 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: 2/15/2021
  • 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. Applicants must be enrolled in or have been accepted to a vocational/skills training program or an undergraduate degree [...] 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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