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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.

Ann and Peter Ziegler Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Ann and Peter Ziegler Scholarship has been established through The CNM Foundation to assist women majoring in Liberal Arts who are single parents and who plan to transfer to a four-year institution. Students must be majoring in liberal arts, plan to transfer to a four-year institution, be a single parent and have a minimum 3.0 GPA. Applicants are required to be enrolled in a minimum of 9 [...] 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.

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

Beatrice F. Kroesche Fund Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 1/31/2018
  • Amount: $2,000
  • This award was established in 2011 by the Beatrice F. Kroesche Foundation. The scholarship is awarded to a single woman who is visually- or hearing-challenged, or a single mother who is in good academic standing and majoring in humanities or education. Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website. [...] 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: 5/12/2018
  • Amount: $1,500
  • 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

Burlington Business and Professional Women’s Organization Science and Technology Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/4/2018
  • Amount: $1,000
  • BPW/USA, founded in 1919, promotes equity for all women in the workplace through advocacy, education, and information. The Burlington Business and Professional Women’s Organization Science and Technology Scholarship was established to help single female parents advance their careers.

    Eligibility:
    -Attend an accredited school approved for federal Title IV funding
    -Reside in Addison, [...] 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: 6/30/2018
  • 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

Deanna Forbush Endowed Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 1/31/2018
  • Amount: $600
  • The Deanna Forbush Endowed scholarship was established in 2007. This scholarship is awarded to single mothers who have strong academic records and plans to attend graduate school. Applicants must be enrolled full-time. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website. [...] 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

Dr. Dean K. and Helen S. Christensen Endowed Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 1/31/2018
  • Amount: $1,800
  • The Dr. Dean K. and Helen S. Christensen Endowed Scholarship was established in 1995 and is awarded to a female nursing student who is also a single parent. Applicants must have a minimum 2.5 GPA and be enrolled as a full-time nursing student to apply. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website. [...] More

Ellen M. Cherry-Delawder Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 1/31/2018
  • Amount: Varies
  • This 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 benefits of a college education. For [...] 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

Frances M. Dunn Memorial Scholarship

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  • Amount: Varies
  • A scholarship with a minimum award of $500 per year. Funded by the children of Frances Dunn. Professors Antonen, Lee and Shirley have generously agreed to act as a screening committee to evaluate candidates for the scholarship. Awarded to a deserving non-trad single mother in the IS program (must be a sophomore, junior, or senior). Students who have earned at least a 2.5 GPA and who wish to [...] 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

Katherine A. Ellis Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 1/31/2018
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The Katherine A. Ellis Scholarship awards female accounting students. Preference is given to single mothers who have financial need. Applicants must be enrolled full-time. 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

Michael S. and Jeffrey C. Hagler Scholarship Fund

  • Application Deadline: 4/1/2018
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Michael S. and Jeffrey C. Hagler Scholarship Fund is for nontraditional students enrolling in at least 9 credits in a degree-seeking or certification program at Boise State University or College of Western Idaho. Students must be a resident of the state of Idaho and demonstrate financial need. Must be 24 years or older. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's [...] More

Oakland University Critical Difference Scholarship

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  • 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: 6/1/2018
  • 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

Patsy Takemoto Mink Foundation Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 8/1/2018
  • Amount: $5,000
  • 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.

    To be eligible for this award, applicants must meet the following criteria:
    - Must be a woman of at least 17 years of age
    - [...] 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

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