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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.

Beatrice F. Kroesche Fund Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 1/31/2020
  • 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: 3/16/2020
  • 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

Ellen M. Cherry-Delawder Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 1/31/2020
  • 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

Frances M. Dunn Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • 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

LouEllen Dabbs Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/21/2020
  • 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

Patsy Takemoto Mink Foundation Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 8/1/2019
  • 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.

    Applicants must be a woman of at least 17 years of age who is a mother, with minor children and is enrolled in a skills training, [...] 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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