One eligibility requirement for most scholarships listed below is that you must qualify financially.
Most often, this requires you to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Do this with your previous year's tax return and complete the FAFSA every year in February.
Available to: Any woman with minor children, enrolled in a training program (including GED) or pursuing a degree. The program must be accredited and you must qualify financially.
What does it mean to qualify financially? Your family income must meet the financial criteria found on the Patsy Takemoto Mink Education Foundation award application page.
Tell me more: Hear a heart-wrenching story of a 2009 scholarship recipient that went from sleeping in mall bathrooms to earning her degree.
Deadline: August 1
Available to: Single parents and minority students who are California residents and are either graduating from high school or are full-time undergraduate students at a two- or four-year college or university.
Application information: Capture the Dream Single Parent Scholarship aims to thwart the obstacle of soaring tuition costs for single parents and minority students. Applications can be submitted by the deadline found on the Apply Now page.
Deadline: July 15
Long name, great scholarship. The IOMOTC Scholarship is available to any Illinois resident with multiples (twins, triplets and so on). Students apply for a $100 scholarship and also a $300 scholarship.
Each applicant must:
Deadline: August 31
Each year more than $1.5 million in scholarships are provided through cash awards to assist women who are the primary supporters for their families. These scholarships give these women the resources they need to improve their skills and education, thereby improving their career opportunities.
Applicants must first determine their eligibility for the women's opportunity awards.
Each applicant must:
What should I expect from the process? Hear from past recipients and meet some finalists as they tell their stories.
Deadline: December 1
Get full details on how to apply for the Women's Opportunity Awards.
The AAUW offers an array of scholarships for women in select states. There is also a great fellowship and grant program for women seeking career advancement both in the United States and internationally.
What can I do today? Have a good understanding of your career path as the grant committee will want to hear about your goals and timelines. If you have a great story of breaking gender barriers or have a project in the works, delve into the AAUW awards.
Apply for scholarships if: The scholarship section has many scholarships with many different requirements. Find the one corresponding to your geographic location.
Deadline: December 15
Learn more: http://www.aauw.org
Mary Jane Young put herself through college doing housekeeping and kitchen labor. After her death in 1989, her legacy lives on through this scholarship for non-traditional women attending the University of Minnesota.
Eligible for scholarship if:
Is there anything else I need to know? Yes. Consider the Coplan Donohue Single Parent Scholarship as well. Similar eligibility requirements exist for this. Read the requirements and complete the scholarship application by the deadline of April 25.
Deadline: April 25
Although this award is specific to Aurora Public Schools in Colorado, this scholarship can provide amazing assistance to the right individual.
Available to students who: Graduate from an Aurora Public School and are teen parents. One would hope that if you are a teen parent in Aurora Public Schools in Colorado and are set to graduate, your guidance counselors have been prepping you for this great opportunity for a $500 scholarship! Download the application here.
Deadline: March 29
A hero can be defined many different ways. The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire defines a hero as a single parent returning to school, which might require more time and energy than being an actual comic book super hero.
Apply today: Single parent applicants hoping to attend UW-Eau Claire can put this on the top of their to-do-lists.
Apply if: You are a single parent and have applied to UW-Eau Claire, have been admitted to the college, and have financial need. Complete the online application and submit the complete copy by the date on the website. There are also merit-based scholarships (based on GPA) available to single parents once enrolled at the college.
Deadline: April 15
Another long name, another great scholarship. Unfortunately, this great opportunity is only available to residents who live in Southern California or Clark County, NV.
Each applicant must:
Deadline: February 1
Learn more about the Southern California Mothers of Twins Clubs.
The Jeannette Rankin Women's Scholarship Fund seeks to provide support to low income women across the nation who are 35 and older in order to help them secure employment and break the cycle of poverty.
Who is eligible?
Still have questions? Check out the Jeannette Rankin Scholarship Frequently Asked Questions page.