Scholarships for Single Mothers

Scholarships for Single Mothers

As a mother of four, I have a great deal of respect for single mothers, especially those who make the decision to go to college. When I went back to school in 2004, I was lucky enough to have a husband and two sons in high school who could help take care of my younger children and our home. Without them, I don’t know how I would have balanced everything without going crazy. Single mothers, on the other hand, not only face the same challenges of juggling classes and coursework, but they also have the responsibility of caring for their children, providing financial support, and keeping their households in order. It’s no easy feat, especially if they don’t have any nearby family or friends to help. Even those who do have a strong support system may be faced with another obstacle – financial aid. Single parents must make tough decisions regarding money, which may cause them to postpone their education or take fewer courses per semester. If they drop below part-time status, it could reduce their eligibility for certain financial aid programs. Without federal and institutional support, many single parents simply cannot afford to continue (or even start) their degree programs. Thankfully, there are scholarships for single mothers that can help lighten their financial burden and make their dreams of a college education a reality.

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New Year Scholarships

10 Scholarships to Kick Off the New Year

It doesn’t seem possible that 2013 will be ending in just a few days. Where has the time gone?  I mean, seriously, doesn’t it feel like you were just trying to figure out what to wear on the first day of school? I’m sure many of you are grateful that the semester is finally over, especially if your grades were not spectacular. If you’re a high school senior, you’re still wondering when you can catch your breath and take a break. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but you still have a few more weeks of torture to endure while you wait to learn your fate for next year. Even if you took the initiative and applied to early decision, you’re probably wondering how you’re going to pay for everything. The stress never seems to end, does it? Before you start pulling out your hair, take a deep breath and relax. I’ve got your back. The New Year is a perfect time to work on scholarship applications. Just schedule a little time between your Call of Duty marathons and catching up on all those television shows you missed this fall. Here are a few to get you started.

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Minority Scholarships

How Can I Find Scholarships for Minorities?

Today’s question: “How can I find scholarships for minorities?”

To make the dream of a higher education possible for everyone, more and more organizations are providing scholarships for minority students. But, who is considered a minority student?  You might be surprised to learn that it’s not simply those who come from a specific ethnic background; there are other traits that might be considered, as well. In this YouTube video, Ashley, our scholarship expert, breaks down the different characteristics that may give you access to free money for college.

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Scholarships for Moms

Mom, You Can Win Scholarships, too!

Heading back to college as an adult is never easy. Many of us have families, jobs and other demands on our time. Then, of course, there’s the financial strain it can place on our budgets. I know, because I have been there. Nine years ago, I made the decision to quit my job and go back to college to finish my degree. I was worried about being the oldest student in my classes (I wasn’t!) and how I was going to pay for everything without disrupting my children’s lives. I didn’t want them to give up any of their activities or make any huge changes to the way we lived. Why should my dream make their lives miserable? So, I did some research to see if I might be able to find some free money for college. I had a son, who was a sophomore in high school, and he was already applying for college scholarships. I found that many of these programs were also open to me. Unfortunately, he wasn’t really thrilled to be competing against his mother for scholarships, so I tried to find programs that were more suited to my skills and needs. I soon found several programs that targeted women and mothers, which meant I could apply without the worry of eclipsing my son. I’ll never forget the first award I won; it was right before Mother’s Day and my children put the notification letter in a box with a silver charm that said ‘winner.’ It’s still one of my favorite gifts to this day.

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