30+ Scholarships for Single Mothers & Single Parents (SHARE THIS)



It has been a herculean task for single mothers or parents to combine their education and keep up to the training of their ward   In addition to balancing a full academic course load, they are also responsible for feeding, clothing, and financially supporting their children.

Studies suggest that up to 60% of families headed by single mothers are living in poverty – which makes the idea of spending money on education even more difficult to fathom.

Fortunately, there are multiple companies who want to help moms and single moms improve their situations through education. Read on to see a list of scholarships directly aimed at mothers who are pursuing higher education. Many organizations want to help mothers get back into the classroom. They believe that if moms are getting college degrees, then they will be able to get better jobs and eventually be able to provide more for their families.

The Ford Opportunity Program

The Ford Opportunity Program is need-based and designed for single parents who are “head of household,” without the support of a domestic partner, and who are seeking a bachelor’s degree. This program is available to residents of Oregon or Siskiyou County, California.The scholarship award is not a set amount but is calculated to cover 90% ($1,000 minimum/$25,000 maximum per academic year) of each student’s college costs. The online application is available beginning in the fall of each year.

Provided by: The Ford Family Foundation
Course: Bachelor’s degree course
Award: Cover 90%
Eligibility: Residents of Oregon or Siskiyou County, California
Deadline: The fall of each year.
Apply Now:http://www.tfff.org/what-we-do/successful-citizens/scholarship-programs/ford-opportunity-program

Soroptimist Women’s Opportunity Award

Live Your Dream is started by Soroptimist International of the Americas is a scholarship program for women serving as the only source of income for their family. The applicants must be enrolled in, or have been accepted to, a vocational/skills training program or an undergraduate degree program and must demonstrate financial need. The single award money allocated for the applicant is up to $10,000.Live Your Dream Awards recipients may use the cash award to offset any costs associated with their efforts to attain higher education, such as books, childcare, tuition, and transportation.

Provided by: So optimist International of the Americas
Courses:  A vocational/skills training program or an undergraduate degree program
Award: Up to $10,000
Eligible: women with low income
Application Deadline: November 15, 2017
Apply Now: http://www.soroptimist.org/awards/live-your-dream-awards.html

Emerge Scholarships

The 2017 Emerge Scholarship is aimed at  empower single mother residing in the United States. A single mother who is the resident of Georgia can apply for this scholarship before the deadline reaches out. Emerge Scholarships declared the approximate value of each award will be $2,000 to $5,000.

Provided by: Emerge Scholarships Inc.
Courses:  Any college course
Award: $2,000 to $5,000
Eligible: Georgia resident applicant with age of at-least 25 years
Application Deadline: April 21, 2017
Apply Now: http://emergescholarships.org/index.php/apply#eligibility-criteria

Mary Jane Young Scholarship for Re-Entry Women

Mary Jane Young Scholarship for Re-Entry Women announced by MSU for single parents. The student of MSU currently enrolling as graduate or undergraduate was eligible for this scholarship. The $1000 grant money will be awarded to the winning candidates.These scholarships are for $1,000 each. The number of awards varies from year to year.

Provided by: Minnesota State University
Courses: Graduate or Undergraduate courses
Award: $1,000 each
Eligible Students: Graduate or undergraduate students attending Minnesota State University
Application Deadline: March 3, 2017.
Apply Now: https://www.mnsu.edu/wcenter/scholarships/

The Jeannette Rankin Fund awards scholarships

Jeannette Rankin Fund (JRF) scholarships are awarded annually to low-income women, 35 and older, who are pursuing undergraduate degrees at accredited colleges and universities. The scholarships are for $2,000 each and may be used for tuition, books, transportation, childcare and other living expenses and will be disbursed over two school terms, starting in fall 2017.

Provided by: Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund (JRF)
Course: An undergraduate courses
Award: $2,000 each
Eligibility: Low-income women, ages 35 and older
Deadline: March 17, 2017
Apply Now:http://rankinfoundation.org/students/application/

The Women’s Independence Scholarship Program (WISP)

WISP is available nationally to women who have left an abusive domestic situation and who are pursuing an education designed to provide economic independence for themselves and their children. To be eligible to apply for this scholarship, the applicant must be a woman who is a direct survivor of intimate partner abuse. There is no deadline for applications; however, it takes them about two months to review new submissions.

Provided by: the Women’s Independence Scholarship Program (WISP)
Course: Multiple courses
Award: Varies
Demonstrates a critical need for financial assistance
Deadline: There is no deadline for applications.
Apply Now:http://www.wispinc.org/

Mom: Win a $10,000 scholarship!

Scholarships4Moms is owned and operated by FreeCollegeScholarships, LLC. They are a small, private company located in San Francisco, California.Sign Up for $10,000 scholarship give away before March 15th, 2017!

Provided by: Scholarships4Moms Company
Course: Varies
Eligibility: A U.S. Citizen/Perm Resident
Deadline: March 15th, 2017
Apply Now:http://scholarships4moms.net/

The Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers’ Annual Single Mother Scholarship

Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers believes in the empowerment of single mothers through education. Hence, they want to expand opportunities for single mothers who are going back to school by offering two $1,000 scholarships (one awarded to a single mother in an undergraduate program or community college and one to a single mother enrolled in an accredited law school). The scholarship may be used to cover school-related expenses, such as tuition fees, registration costs, supplies, and books.

Provided by: Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers
Course: An accredited high school, college or university course
Eligibility: Must be a mother who is attending school
Award: A $1,000 scholarship each
Deadline: December 5, 2017.
Apply Now:https://www.rosenfeldinjurylawyers.com/scholarship.html

Patsy Takemoto Mink Foundation Scholarship

Education support award applications are an annual scholarship program provide financial aid for low-income mothers (women) of at least 17-year-old with children and enrolled in accredited college or university in the USA. In 2017, the Foundation will offer five Education Support Awards of up to $5000 each to assist low-income women with children who are pursuing education or training.

Provided by: Patsy Takemoto Mink Education Foundation
Courses:  Vocational, Associates or Professional degree courses
Award: $5000 each.
Eligibility: U.S. single mother of at least 17 years old
Application Deadline: Check back inApril, 2017.
Apply Now: http://www.patsyminkfoundation.org/edsupport.html

The Women Techmakers Scholarship

Through the Women Techmakers Scholars Program – formerly the Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship Program – Google is furthering Dr. Anita Borg’s vision of creating gender equality in the field of computer science by encouraging women to excel in computing and technology and become active leaders and role models in the field. Women Techmakers Scholars will each receive $10,000 USD (for students in the US) or $5,000 CAD (for students in Canada) for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Provided by: Google Inc.
Course: Bachelors, Masters or Ph.D. program in
Eligibility: Identify as female
Deadline: Varies
Apply Now:https://www.womentechmakers.com/scholars

Andersen Nontraditional Scholarship

Foundation for the Carolinas announces Andersen Nontraditional Scholarship for the women of age 25 years and older, raising school age children. The legal residence of North or South Carolina enrolled or planning to enroll in an accredited institution in North or South Carolina can apply for this scholarship. To know more contact them at 704-544-1988.

Provided by: Foundation for the Carolinas
Courses:  Any undergraduate or graduate courses
Subjects:  Any
Eligible Students: Any North or South Carolina contiguous county resident with a school age child
Application Deadline: Varies
Apply Now: http://www.fftc.org/Page.aspx?pid=710

Financial Success for Single Mothers Scholarship

Furzy Marketing offered Financial Success for Single Mothers Scholarship program for a single mother of United State of America. Financial success essay competition opened for 18 years and above age candidates with 2.3 GPA. $750 will be rewarded to the Furzy Inc. essay competition winner.

Provided by: Furzy Inc.
Courses:  Any college course
Award Money: $750
Eligible Students: U.S. citizen single mother with minimum 2.3 GPA
Application Deadline: Varies
Apply Now: http://www.furzymarketing.com/scholarships/

Scholarships for Women Returning to School

AARP Foundation Women’s Scholarship

This scholarship is aimed at women aged 50+ who want to go back to school. Awards range from $500 to $5,000 and are given to around 350 people every year. Winners must enroll in an accredited university within 6 months of winning the scholarship. Applicants will have to write a short essay about their educational goals and significant obstacles that they have overcome.


AAUW Virginia Beach Branch Scholarship

Students who are residents of Virginia Beach and at least 23 years old may apply for this scholarship. You should currently be enrolled in an undergraduate program at an accredited institution and have returned to school after being away. You should have a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Applicants must write a short essay about their career goals and special circumstances. At least one award of $500 will be given.

Scholarships for Women Returning to School

Arizona BPW Foundation Annual Scholarship

The Arizona Business and Professional Women’s Foundation gives out several scholarships aimed at women who are returning to school to better their career prospects. Applicants must attend a community college or trade school in Arizona and will need to write an essay about their career goals and financial situation. The application deadline is November 1st. Award amount varies.


BK Krenzer Reentry Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded by the Society of Women Engineers to a non-traditional student who has re-entered education after a break. Students should be studying any kind of engineering and may be college freshmen, sophomores, juniors, or seniors. The award is for $2,500.


Dr. Wynetta A Frazier Sister to Sister Scholarship

This scholarship is aimed at African American women who are either returning to school after a break or who are starting college for the first time following a break after high school because of family responsibilities or other personal demands. Applicants must be able to confirm acceptance into a college or university to pursue a BA degree, must be at least 35 years of age, and need to write an essay on a given topic. Two awards of $500 will be given. The deadline is March 1st.


Emerge Scholarship

Emerge Scholarships are aimed at non-traditional women students who are going back to school after a break. Applicants must be residents of Georgia who are planning to study in Georgia, be at least 25 years of age, and must express their career and life goals in the application. The number of awards given varies every year; last year 14 were given. The award amount ranges between $2,000 and $5,000.


Executive Women International Scholarship

EWI offers the Adult Students in Scholastic Transition Scholarship (ASIST) for adults who are facing economic, social, or physical challenges and are looking to improve their lives through education. Students must first apply through local chapters, and then chapter winners will be entered to win at the corporate level. Corporate level scholarships are for amounts ranging from $2,000 to $10,000. There are 13 winners.

Jeannette Ranking Women’s Scholarship

This scholarship is aimed at women who are 35 years of age or older, low-income, US citizens or permanent residents, and are pursuing their first bachelor’s degree, associate’s degree, or technical degree. Selection will be based on applicants’ stated goals and plans for reaching them, and how they plan to use their education to give back to the community. The award amount is around $2,000.

Linda Lael Miller Scholarship

This scholarship is for women aged 25 years or older who want to complete their education and were previously unable to do so because of barriers or difficulties in their lives. Students should attend an accredited college in the US or Canada and be US or Canadian citizens. The application includes an essay where applicants must explain why they are applying for the scholarship, how they will use it, and how they’re going to pursue their goals. The award amount is around $1,000.


Mary Cone Barrie Scholarship

Any student who is currently enrolled in a continuing education program in a Canadian or American college or university may apply. Applicants must submit an essay up to 1,000 words about their personal circumstances and how continuing education will make a difference in their lives. Awards are for $2,500.


Non-Traditional Student Scholarship

Applicants must be members of The American Legion, American Legion Auxiliary, or Sons of the American Legion. Applicants should be non-traditional students returning to the classroom after a period of interruption, or be starting education at a later point in life. Winners will be selected based on need, academic achievement, character and leadership, and personal goals. A $2,000 scholarship is awarded in every Auxiliary geographic division.


P.E.O. Program for Continuing Education

This grant is intended for women whose educations have been interrupted and who want to return to school to complete a degree or certification. Applicants should be citizens of the USA or Canada and be studying in one of those countries. They should have had at least 24 consecutive months as a non-student in their adult lives and be within 2 years of completing their desired educational program. Awards are up to $3,000

Society of Women Engineers Olive Lynn Salembier Scholarship and Mary V. Munger Memorial Scholarship

Applicants must be members of the Society of Women Engineers and must have been out of the engineering workforce and school for at least two years prior to re-entry. The Olive Lynn Salmbier scholarship awards $1,500 and the Mary V. Munger Scholarship awards $2,750.

The Talbots Scholarship Program

This scholarship is for women who graduated from high school or earned their GED at least ten years ago and are now looking to return to school for an undergraduate degree. The deadline is either in January or after the first 5,000 applications are received – so apply early! There will be one prize of $30,000 and thirty prizes of $5,000.

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