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Single mothers are in an especially difficult position when deciding whether to return for advanced education. In addition to simply trying to get into a university, they must consider how time off from work will affect the family finances and who will care for their child while they return to school.
Additionally, they may wonder whether they will have enough time to complete coursework while balancing the needs of their family. Many scholarships exist to help single moms return to school. Below are just a few of the many scholarships available to single moms.
Scholarships for single mothers
Regaining One’s Self Esteem or R.O.S.E. Scholarship aims to empower single mother’s to overcome the effects of domestic abuse or who are working to increasing their independence by advancing their education. The scholarship is for women in the New England area who have completed at least one year of undergraduate studies. The funds may be used for textbooks, fees, and tuition. More information can be found on their website: http://www.rosefund.org/.
Women’s Independence Scholarship Program: Changing Your World Scholarship is geared towards single mothers who want to return to college but are unable to afford to do so. In order to be eligible, women must be survivors of domestic violence and must have at least one year where they have been separated from their abuser. The individual must complete a FAFSA, be eligible to attend a college or university, shows a high need for financial help, and demonstrates dedication to completing an academic program. More information can be found on their website at: http://www.rosefund.org/.
Soroptimist Women’s Opportunity awards scholarships varying from $3,000-$10,000. In order to be eligible, the applicant must be the primary provider for her dependent children, demonstrate financial need, must be enrolled in an academic program, and demonstrate motivation to achieve their goals. More information can be found on their website at: http://www.soroptimist.org/awards/eligibility.html.
The Patsy Takemoto Mink Education Foundation offers the chance for five single mothers to receive a $3,000 scholarship. Women must be at least 17 years of age in order to apply. Additionally, applicants must demonstrate financial need, and have a dependent minor child. More information regarding eligibility and deadlines can be found at their website: http://patsyminkfoundation.org/edsupport.html.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers Single Mothers Scholarships are offered to mother’s who are attending either high school or college. The application requires an essay of at least 500 words on the benefits of attending school while being a parent. Five finalists will be selected and subsequently awarded a $1,000 scholarship. Applicants must have a 3.0 GPA or higher and submit an application prior to the December 5th deadline. More information can be found here: http://www.rosenfeldinjurylawyers.com/news/single-mother-scholarship/.
Low-income single mothers will likely be able to get some funding by completing the FAFSA. Numerous grants are available including the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant and the Federal Pell Grant. In fact, under Obama’s administration the amount of the Pell Grant has been raised to $5100. The Obama administration has tried to make it easy for single moms to return to school and there is even a “Moms Returning to School” Grant available.
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