Do any sort of search for single mom scholarships on the web and you’ll find all sorts of misleading information about scholarships for moms or women. Most of these programs listed online are either completely out of date, outright lies trying to get you to ‘pay money’ for fake scholarships, or straight out spam.
We’ve sifted through ALL the crap online and come out with a list of 50+ LEGIT scholarships that target women, working moms and single mom types that you can apply for in 2016. We’ve also created a very comprehensive list of the best 40+ Legit Grants for Single Moms as well. So if you are looking for a GRANT (as opposed to a scholarship), check that list out.
We’ve done our best to keep this list updated, as of the end of 2016!
These are actual, legit no BS scholarships that you can apply for. And having spent almost two weeks creating this list, let us assure you there are plenty of scholarship SCAMS and fake scholarships out there that will trick you.
Since these (to the best of our research) are all legit scholarship offers, you will have to qualify for the scholarships — there is absolutely NO guarantee’s you will get the money and you will likely have to apply to quite a few to land one. But persistence can pay off if you are willing to do the work of applying.
We will try to keep this list updated every year with relevant information and if we find programs are no longer active, will will make a note of it. Please keep this list updated in the comments with new scholarships if you can.
Why a Scholarship?
It’s incredibly expensive to go back to school — and when you are the sole bread earner for a family and single mom raising kids, it’s an even more difficult choice. Scholarships can provide a means of making college (or some sort of education) more affordable — even possible — for single moms. Unless you land a real lucrative scholarship though, most scholarship programs will only provide you with SOME of the money needed to go to school.
Realistically, you are going to have to apply for as many different scholarships as possible to up your chances of qualifying for a couple. And you are also going to have to look at grants and student loans — and even some sort of part time work — to afford college.
This list of real scholarships for single moms are there for the taking, if you fit the requirements and apply. So read our list and start applying. You just might get some free cash for school.
Do You Have to Have Good Grades?
Usually, yes. Real scholarships (especially the best ones) are given out only to a few people each year. That means there’s a lot of competition which means you will have to stand out from the other applicants. Having good grades in highschool and/or college, I won’t lie, can go a looong way to improve your chances to win a scholarship. But there’s also another element considered: your impact on your community and your ambitions. If you can prove you have or you currently are making an impact in your community (volunteering, working on food shelters, helping kids) and your education ambitions ultimately are to achieve an education so you can give back to the community (social worker, teacher, counceller, psychologist — some field that can benefit the community in some way), then you drastically increase your chances of landing a scholarship.
Some scholarships also consider your financial need as a big factor. These scholarships are kind of a combination between a scholarship and a grant, with your financial need (you might have to be considered and proof you are low income) being considered as one of the criterion for winning it.
So, in short, yes, grades usually do matter. But there are a number of what are called ‘non traditional scholarships’ on this list which don’t necessary look at or only at your grades (GPA) as a requirement to win the scholarship. If you don’t have good grades (always look at the GPA requirements for applying for the scholarship ), these type of scholarships are possible.
Scholarship vs Grant vs Loan
Before we start, let’s clarify first the difference between scholarship, grants, and loans.
- Scholarships: Scholarships are awards given out (usually) based on merit, merit being either scholastic achievements (high grades), social achievements (you’ve given back to the community, done volunteer work), or goal-based (you are pursing specific worthy goals with your education). Some scholarships look at more than one of these when considering candidates.
- Grants: Grants on the other hand are usually given out based on financial need, NOT merit (though some grants might look at your achievements). Look at our 40+ Grants for Single Moms for a list of real grants.
- Loans: Loans are amounts given out that must be repaid, usually with interest.
Grants and scholarships do NOT need to be repaid. Loans do, and with interest.
How to Improve Your Chances for a Scholarship
There are a few things you can do to increase your odds of getting a scholarship.
- First, apply for the FAFSA (more on this below). This should be the first thing you should do
- Apply for as MANY scholarships as possible. Really, don’t just send in a couple, send out dozens or more!
- Treat your scholarship application like a job application (which it is!). This means ensure you give as much information, proof read your submissions, and if you are writing an essay (one of the requirements scholarships sometimes have), make sure you spend time writing a good one!
- Do volunteer or community service. Many scholarships look at what community or volunteer service you’ve done. If you make a point to help your community, you CAN have an easier time qualifying for a scholarship.
If you are do the four points above, you drastically increase your chances of getting a scholarship, even if your grades are not the best.
We’ve specifically broken down the types of scholarships into four categories to make picking out the RIGHT scholarships easier for you:
- Federal Grants
- Scholarships for Fields of Study
- Traditional Scholarships
- Non-Traditional Scholarships
- Contest-Based Scholarships
Now then lets look at LEGIT no bullshit scholarships that are specifically for women, mothers, and single moms. There are MORE scholarships out there, but these are the scholarships we’ve found after many hours of research that target moms specifically.
These are not scholarships but rather grants given out by the GOVERNMENT to students who are going to school. You must fill out the FAFSA application. Filling this application will automatically enter you into consideration for these federal grants AND will be used by schools for consideration of their own grants and scholarships.
Many many scholarship programs offered by non-profit foundations will look at your FAFSA application when considering your scholarship applications should you apply for them.
So it goes without saying, the FIRST thing you need to do if you are looking for scholarships is fill out and send off the FAFSA.
FAFSA (Free Application of Federal Student Aid) Grants
This is listed first because it’s the first thing you should fill out if you are looking to go back to school and you need financial aid to help make that happen.
So. If you want to go back to school, you absolutely start with the FAFSA application first.
The FAFSA is the application you fill out to apply for federal student aid. This is essentially what you fill out if you don’t have enough money to attend a school in the United States. The FAFSA includes a number of grants you might just qualify based on your assessed financial need.
Even IF you are only looking for scholarships, you should still apply for the FAFSA. Should you qualify, you may get at least SOME (Free) grant money to help with your costs. In some cases, you may get a lot of money. Money you don’t have to pay back. It’s very important you fill out the FAFSA (the earlier the better) because most schools in the United States will use the info you put in your FAFSA application to decide who qualifies for their own school grants,scholarship, and loan programs. Thus, if you DO NOT APPLY, you may miss out on federal grants you could qualify for and for any grants and scholarships your school may award themselves.
This is the application that almost every single accredited college and university in the USA uses to determine your eligibility for federal, state, and college financial aid which includes scholarships, grants, loans, and work-study.
You can find more information about FAFSA on their website.
As for ‘Grants’, they offer the three programs that might give you (free money). Note that this are GRANTS and not scholarships. Grants are usually given out based on financial need while scholarships are usually merit based.
Note: If you fill out the FAFSA, you will be automatically considered for these grants below:
1. Federal Pell Grant
This is the main federal grant (not a scholarship) given out by the government to students who fill out the FAFSA. If you have financial need you will get this grant (unlike MANY of the scholarships on this page which are merit based or must be ‘won’ on what you’ve done in the community, your grades, an essay, etc.
EVERY eligible student will receive at least SOME grant funding if they qualify. The maximum amount given out per year as of 2015 is $5,730. How much of that amount you get depends on the following:
- yourfinancial need,
- your cost of attendance,
- your status as a full-time or part-time student, and
- your plans to attend school for a fullacademic year or less.
How to Apply
2. Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
This is a grant and NOT a scholarship, but it’s so important and so easy to get, that we’ve listed it here under the scholarships. The FSEOG is only given out to students with exceptional financial need, unlike the Pell Grant which is given out to every student who qualifies. The FSEOG works like this: the federal goverment gives out a certain amount of funding to each school. The school is in charge of distributing that amount. Once the FSEOG funding for that school runs out for a year, no more FSEOG grants will be given to students who attend that specific school.
The amount given out ranges between $100 and $4,000.
How to Apply
You are given this grant based on your financial need automatically when you fill out the FAFSA. You don’t apply for it specifically. See the FAFSA application page.
3. Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grants
These are special grants given out where the student must take certain types of classes at school to qualify for the grant and then they must finish school and work a specific type of job (in a specific industry) to keep that grant from becoming a loan. Basically take an education program being promoted by the government, then work in that field after you graduate, and you don’t have to pay the money back. TEACH grant amounts can be up to $4000 PER YEAR and may cover the duration required to complete your studies.
TEACH grants are usually given only for the following:
- in a high-need field
- at an elementary school, secondary school, oreducational service agency that serves students from low-income families
- for at least four complete academic years within eight years after completing (or ceasing enrollment in) the course of study for which you received the grant.
You must sign a TEACH agreement before you get the funds, should you qualify. If you do NOT complete your studies or get a job in the field covered by the TEACH grant contract, your grant turns into an unsubsidized student loan.
How to Apply
Unlike the other federal grants, you will have to specifically APPLY for this (and you must be in an area of study that’s approved by the program) and you will have to sign a contract if you accept the grant offer. First fill out the FAFSA, then you can find more info on the TEACH website.
Need-Based Scholarships for Single Moms
These are scholarships for women on which financial NEED is the primary requirement (though there may be other requirements). Quite often, these scholarships look more at your need than academic achievements.
4. The Patsy Takemoto Mink Education Foundation
A scholarship given out to low-income women with kids who are pursuing an education or skill training. Each year, five awards of UP to $5000 dollars are given out to five deserving women. The money may be used for tuition or living expenses WHILE you are enrolled in a program.
- Women, 17 years or older
- Mother with dependent children
- Pursing a vocational degree / certificate, an associate degree, a bachelor’s degree, masters or pHD.
- must be considered a low income household (less than $20k annual income per year for a family of 2, less than 24k for a family of 3, and less than 28k for a family of 4)
How to Apply
Go to the Patsy Mink website to apply
This is one of the better scholarships for single moms we’ve found with amounts awarded up to $5,000 which can be used not only for tuition and school fees, but living expenses too. It’s also flexible in regards to the type of education applicants can be pursuing. As long as you are in some accredited program (vocational or skill training), you can apply (you don’t just have to be going to college or university).
5. The Jeanette Rankin Foundation Women’s Scholarship Fund
A scholarship program that targets women 35 and older who are considered low income, with low income considered earnings of $14,856 per year with $7500 added per each person in the household (see more details about financial eligibility). Eligible women must be a US citizen or permanent residents and be accepted into or enrolled in either a technical program, a vocational education, associate degree, or bachelors degree. The scholarship picks based on your goals, how you plan to reach your goals and how you plan to give back to the community.
To apply for the Jeanette Rankin Scholarship, you must be:
- Woman 35+ years
- Low income household (earnings of $14,856 per year with $7500 added per each person in the household)
- US Citizen or Permanent Resident
- Currently accepted into or enrolled in a vocational, technical, or degree program
March 1st each year
Recommended For: Women above the age of 35 who are going to an accredited school and can demonstrate financial need. You stand a better chance of getting this scholarship if your program of study gives back to the community/society in some way (health worker, nurse, teacher, social worker, education related, etc)
The Jeanette Rankin Foundation Scholarship is a legit program that’s helped over 750 women since it’s inception. We couldn’t find the exacts about how much is given out by the scholarship, but it’s clearly worth applying for IF you are a single mom over the age of 35 with a family and going to an accredited school (their website lists what counts as accredited). It seems their selection process is entirely based on your need, how detailed and specific your plans are to complete your education, and what you plan to do to give back to the community. It follows if you can demonstrate a solid plan of study with some concrete and tangible means of paying for your education while also aiming your studies towards programs/studies that will help the community or other women when you are done, you stand a good chance of winning this.
If you take a look at the Jenatte Rankin Scholarship story page, you will see the women and the programs of study they completed that won the scholarship. Most of these are in studies that offer some assistance back to society:
- Social Work
- Childhood Education
It goes without saying, you should be very specific about these goals if you want to increase your chances of getting accepted.
- Your goals
- Your plan for reaching your goals
- How you will use your education to give back to the community
6. Capture the Dream Single Parent Scholarship
This is a scholarship offered to minorities OR single parents (moms and dads) living in California who are graduating from high school or currently an undergrad student at a college or university (part of a 2 or 4 year program). You must submit an essay explaining why you should be selected for this scholarship and how you have overcome your challenges in your life. You can read more about the exact essay topic details on the application website.
This scholarship has two different scholarship awards:
- George Geng On Lee Minorities in Leadership Scholarship
- Single Parent Scholarship
- Must demonstrate financial need
- Have a history of leadership
- Community service record
- Have a list of professional recommendations
- Have good academic performance
- Be living in California
How to Apply
Go to the Capture the Dream website. You must submit a 1000 word essay, you must have demonstrated financial need, you must live in California, and you must have a letter of recommendation from a teacher or other professional.
A very good scholarship to apply for IF you live in California and are a single parent or minority from a low income household and you are going to or enrolled in a 2 year or 4 year college or university. You will need to write an essay and you will need a letter of recommendation. If you meet these criteria, you should apply.
7. Illinois Organization of Mothers of Twins Clubs
A fantastic scholarship for MOMS who live in Illinois, have twins, triplets, quintuplets, etc. Because you are a mom , have financial need, are in an accredited GED or university program, and you have twins (rare!) you stand a very good chance of getting this scholarship IF you meed the criteria because it’s so specific. The scholarship awards are $100 and $300.
Each applicant must:
- you have financial need
- in an accredited university or a GED program
- Have a C grade or better in all your coursework
- Be a resident of Illinois
- have twins (or more)
How to Apply
Go here to see information about this scholarship. you will have to email your application to the email address listed. Winners are chosen by random from the eligible applicants.
8. Minnesota State University Mary Jane Young Scholarship
A scholarship in memory of Mary Jane Young, a women who went to college while doing housework and kitchen labor. Her legacy has given a generation of non-traditional women financial help to attend the University of Minnesota. The scholarship award is $1000 and the number of awards vary from year to year.
- single mother of 25 years or older
- full time undergrad student of Minnesota State University or you are re-entering a college with at least 30 semester credits completed before
- fave financial need
How to Apply
Go to the Minnesota State University application page to apply here.
9. Coplan Donohue Single Parent Scholarship
Another similar scholarship to the Mary Jane Young Scholarship. It’s given out to single parents going to Minnesota State University. If you meet these qualifications, also apply for the Mary Jane Young Scholarship.
- A Non-traditional/single-parent student who has custody of his or her children
- Commitment to being a parent
- Full-time undergraduate or graduate student in any major attending MSU
April 10, 2015
10. APS Education Foundation
A great scholarship the focuses on helping out teen parents who want to go to college. You must be a teen parent going to or graduated from Aurora Public School in the state of Colorado. This scholarship gives out $500. If you are in Colorado, also consider applying for the other 3 scholarships:
- Conference of Minority Transportation Scholarship Program
- Jewish Women Scholarship
- Crowley Foundation Scholarship
- Be a teen parent
- Going to Aurora Public School
How to Apply
You can download the application right here to get more details and instructions on how to here.
11. National Council of Jewish Women Scholarship
This is given out to JEWISH women of 16 years or older who live in Colorado. The women must have applied to an accredited college (junior college or a community college), a vocational or tech school, or a full university or graduate school. It’s based on financial need and community involvement. The amount given out is $2000 per award.
- Be a Jewish women 16 or older
- Be living in Colorado
- Applied to accredit college, vocational or tech school, or university
- Demonstrate Financial Need
March 20, 2015
How to Apply
Go here to get the application packet
12.University of Wisconsin Eau Claire Single Parent Scholarships
These are single parent scholarships that cover both NEED and MERIT, depending on the scholarship you apply for. There are 12 different scholarships offered, both non traditional and traditional ones — all targeting single parents and women. Definitely apply if you are going to this university. The award amount varies depending on the scholarship.
Note: filling out one single application will apply for 8 of the 12 scholarships.
- Varies depending on scholarship (go website for exacts)
- Must be going to UW Eau Clair
- Must be a single parent or woman
How to Apply
Go here to view all the single parent scholarships and submit applications
13. National Leased Housing Assoc. Education Fund
The NLHA Fund is a scholarship given out to residents who live in federally assisted low income properties OR those who are receiving the HUD Section 8 vouchers. In english, this just means if you are getting some sort of governernment assistance for your housing and you are going back to school, you are qualified to apply for this scholarship.
There are 4 types of scholarships offered which basically cover everyone:
- The AIMCO Cares Scholarship: Given to those applicants who are completing high school or currently enrolled in an undergraduate program who can demonstrate financial need
- William F. Gandert Memorial Scholarship: Given those who are graduting high school or returning to complete high school. The applicants must show merit (good grades) and also the need to pursue education opportunities towards a specific trade or vocational skill
- Mary Lou Manzie Memorial Scholarship: Given to a student who can demonstrate financial need and merit while also pursuing educational opportunities that can help achieve better career goals.
- Neil Churchill Memorial Scholarship: A scholarship to help a needy student pursue the completion of higher level graduate studies (masters program)
- demonstrate financial need
- be living in low income federally-assisted property OR recipient of Section 8 Housing Voucher.
March 25, 2015 (11:30 pm)
How to Apply
You can apply here on their website:
A fantastic program that you should absolutely apply for if you are living in federally assisted housing OR/AND receiving Section 8 housing vouchers while also trying to complete high school or pursue an undergraduate, graduate, or vocational skill training. Since a number of single moms are considered low income and may be receiving Section 8 housing assistance, this scholarship is a good one to apply for. Unlike many of the other scholarships on this list, this one is for men and women. But it’s such a good scholarship, I list it here.
14. Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund
A scholarship fund specifically for single parents living in Arkansas who are pursing education with the intent to improve their earning potential.
- single parents (1 ore more children under 18)
- living in Arkansas
- low income
- no previous degree or diploma from university
How to Apply
Got apply at the official website here
15. The Soroptimist Live Your Dream Awards
A scholarship that targets women who are the primary source of income for their family. The program has given more than $30 million in education grants to women in need since it started in 1972.
Women must be enrolled in or accepted for either a vocational training program or undergraduate degree and demonstrate a high financial need. The grant award is broken down into three tiers: local level awards, regional level awards, and national level awards. The local-level award amount varies. However, if you qualify for a local-level award, you are then eligible to apply and qualify for regional level award between 3,000 to 5,000 USD. If you qualify for a regional award, you are then eligible to qualify for one of three national level awards of $10,000.
Recommended For: This is more of a grant than a scholarship (meaning it’s based more on financial need rather than grades, though your grades and other achievements will likely be considered by the judges). It’s recommended for single moms with financial need who HAVE been accepted into a vocational training program or an undergraduate program. Note this is one of the scholarships given where you don’t need to be pursuing a degree — vocational training program is sufficient.
- must be enrolled in or accepted into a vocational training program or undergrad degree
- can either be a US citizen OR a non citizen but legally working and living in the USA.
- must be the primary financial support for your family
- must demonstrate financial need
Apply between July 1 to November 15 to qualify for the next year award (2016).
How to Apply
You can find out more about the Live Your Dream Awards here.
This is a legit scholarship and it’s been actively giving women in need grants since 1972. You must be pursuing education to qualify, but the fact that it gives out grants to women enrolled in a skill training as well as in a degree program make this a flexible program. It’s also one of the only scholarship programs we found that offers money to NON US citizens, as long as you are living and working in the US.
If you are going back to school and are already accepted or enrolled, you should apply for this.
16. Arizona Business & Professional Women’s Foundation
This foundation offers scholarships to women who want to go back to school to increase enhance their job prospects.
The foundation offers 4 scholarships with targets different groups of women (women going to university, women going to college, women getting vocational / skill training):
- BPW/AZ Foundation Scholarships
- Dr. Dorine Chancellor Endowment
- Crowell Endowment
- Muriel Lothrop-Ely Endowment
- Must be a woman, 25 and older
- Must reside in the state of Arizona
- Must be enrolling or accepted into a degree program, training program or some other accredited program
How to Apply
Go to the website for more information about the requirements and to directly apply
This is a legit scholarship. If you live in Arizona and you are seeking some sort of training as a women, you should apply for this.
17. Women’s Independence Scholarship Program
This scholarships is given to women who have survived partner abuse and who are in school. So if you meet this criteria and you want to go back to school, apply. It’s also based partly on financial need as another one of the criteria.
- Survived partner abuse and have been separated from the abuser for at least one year but not more than seven
- a citizen of the United States
- applied to or accepted into an accredited course of study in the US
- demonstrable financial need
- have a plan for re-entering the work force using your education or newly learned skills
- Have sought services from a domestic violence agency for at least six months
18. Oregon Ford Restart Program Scholarship
A scholarship started by the Ford Family Foundation that offers non-traditional scholarships to adults who wish to go to post secondary school. 30 applicants a year are given this scholarship. The amount given out ranges from $1000 to $25,000 per year.
Unlike many of the other scholarships, this one is based on NEED. You must fill out a FAFSA application (and your FAFSA must be approved) to be considered.
- be 25 years
- be a resident of Oregon
- completed high school or GED equivalent
- planning to attend a post secondary school to achieve a two year or four year degree at an accredited school
How to Apply
Go to their website to apply. You must also have submitted the FAFSA application as well before applying.
19. American Indian Graduate Fund
This fund offers scholarships and fellowships to American Indians. It’s not gender specific, but if you are of American Indian (or Alaska Native) and looking at pursing an education at university (both undergrad or masters) or even high school, you are highly likely to qualify for one of their scholarships.The American Indian Graduate Center offers fellowships and loans for service to American Indian and Alaska Native undergraduate and graduate students.
See the full list of their scholarship programs here
Scholarships for Fields of Study
These are scholarships given out to women who are studying specific areas of study that the organization offering the scholarship wants to promote. These are often called special interest scholarships. If you are a women with financial need pursuing an area of study in line with a scholarship offering, you SHOULD apply.
20. The Educational Foundation for Women in Accounting
(for women pursuing Accounting Studies)
This is a legit scholarship program offered by efwa.org and target women going to post secondary school studying accounting. The scholarships range from $1000 to $16000, depending on the specific scholarship program and range from a one year scholarship (minimum $1000) to a full 4-year scholarship. The woman must be the primary income earner for the family.
The Educational Foundation for Women as of 2015, offer the following 4 scholarship programs:
- Institute of Management Accountants IMA®
- Rhonda J. B. O’Leary Memorial (Seattle Chapter AFWA)
- Michele L. McDonald Memorial
- Moss Adams Foundation
There are two other scholarships, Women in Need and Women in Transition that are NOT being offered for the 2015-2016 year.
- You can apply for more than one of these scholarships at the same time and are ONLY applicable to United States citizens.
- You must be attending a school in the USA
- Must be enrolled in an accounting program or taking account classes or Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting
- Online courses / schools count, provided they are accredited.
- You can find out more about the scholarship programs offered by EFWA.org here.
Apply before April 30
Your craaazy if you are looking for scholarships and financial aid and you have not completed and sent in the FAFSA. So before anything else on this list, you should send this off. Go to the FAFSA website, get the form and fill it in, then send it off. This application will open you up automatically to a number of federal grants (automatically given if you qualify) and school-awarded scholarships. And many of the other individual scholarships will look at your FAFSA (if you are accepted or denied) application as one of the requirements.
Recommended For: Women who are going to college (or enrolled in an accredited online school) and are studying or will be studying accounting.
21. Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship
(for women pursuing the field of Computer Science)
A scholarship that aims to encourage women to pursue computer studies, specifically computer science or computer engineering.
Applicants must satisfy all of the following criteria to be eligible:
- Be a woman and currently an undergraduate or graduate student at a university for the current year or who will be enrolled in or accepted in for the next year.
- Be majoring in computer science, computer engineering or other related field
- Good Grades
- Be Involved in some activity that encourages other women to join the computer science field
- Scholarship given to bother citizens, permanent residents and international students
A scholarship you should absolutely apply for if you are going to be enrolled in or currently enrolled in Computer Science at a university. However, this likely won’t apply to most women visiting this site.
How to Apply: Visit the Anita Borg Scholarships Homepage to learn more about the Anita Borg Scholarship
22. Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarships
(for women pursuing a business degree)
A scholarship for women who are pursuing an undergrad business degree and in their senior year (third or fourth year). $1000 is given out for scholarships awarded at a regional/district level and 12 international scholarships of $7,000 are given out. This is a global scholarship and applies to women living in different countries/regions with Zonta clubs (go to their website to see if you are living in such an area with a Zonta club in it). You have to be a Zonta member (membership is about $80 bucks per year).
- Must be a woman
- Must be enrolled in undergrad program at accredited university and be pursuing a business degree
- Must be living or studying in a Zonta region
- Must be a Zonta member
How to Apply
To apply, go here.
If you are already in school as a woman and pursuing a business degree, check with their website to see if you are living in a Zonta region. If you are (likely the case if you are in the US), you might want to consider signing up to be a member of Zonta, then apply for the scholarship. There could be some money in it for you.
23. NAWIC Founders’ Scholarship Foundation
(for women pursuing construction-related fields)
Scholarships for women who are pursuing a degree in a construction-related program such as architecture, civil engineering, construction management. This also applies to non-degree programs like a construction trade program (apprenticeship training, community college, technical school, etc). The scholarship amount ranges between $500 – $2,500 dollars.
For Undergrad scholarship:
- Be a woman
- enrolled in construction degree program
- must want to work in a construction-related sector
- GPA must be 3.0 or higher
For Construction trade scholarship:
- be enrolled in construction-related training program
- mst be currently in training for your trade
How To Apply
Go here to read the full list of requirements or to apply.
If you are a woman and pursuing some study related to construction and you want to work in construction, you should apply for this. There are few women in the construction industries, so you stand a good chance of getting this if you apply.
24. National Pathfinder Scholarship
(for women pursuing government fields of study)
The National Federation of Republican Women provides a scholarship to women attending university. The scholarships given out range from $1000 to $2500 per year. The scholarships target women who’s course work or study focus relates to government. This means if you are studying political science, government, economics, or you’ve worked for a political party or had some experience in that area (working with political campaign of some sort), you should apply.
There are actually three scholarships offered:
- National Pathfinder Scholarship
- Betty Rendel Scholarship
- Dorothy Andrews Kabis Memorial Internship
How to Apply
To find out more information and to apply, go here.
25. HORIZONS Scholarship Program
(for women pursing National Security Studies)
The HORIZON’s Foundation aims to help women achieve careers in the U.S.national security and defense fields and to provide additional opportunities to women already working in these sectors. The foundation started in the 1990’s and since then has given out almost $268,000 with 125 scholarship awards. The awards are given out based on academic achievement.
- Be a Woman
- Be a a member of the Women in Defense (see their website — you must sign up)
- Must be enrolled in an accredited university or college
- Must demonstrate financial need
- Must have a GPA of at least 3.25
Make sure you apply before July 15
How To Apply
You can read their full requirements and apply from the HORIZONS website here.
The HORIZONS scholarship is given out to women who demonstrate financial need are are involved in some way in the defense and national security fields. This could be either working in those fields, taking courses related to those fields, and are members of HORIZON’s Women in Defense (it’s a $40 per year membership).
Taken from their website:
security studies, military history, government relations, engineering, computer science, cyber security, physics, mathematics, business (as it relates to national security or defense), law (as it relates to national security or defense), international relations, political science, and economics. Others will be considered if the applicant can successfully demonstrate relevance to a career in the areas of national security or defense.
So if you are working in the security field or planning to work in it or studying in fields that tie into it, you stand a good chance of getting some money. In 2015, they gave 4 scholarships ranking from 3,000 to 18,000! Not that you have to be a member. BUT if you are directly studying or taking courses relating to national security or defense, OR you work in this section, PAY the 40 dollar yearly membership and apply for this scholarship.
If you are NOT taking courses related to security or national defense, skip this.
26. Conference of Minority Transportation Officials of Colorado Scholarship Program
10 scholarship awards are given out to students interested in studying in a transportation-related field. This scholarships is for both men and women and not specifically just single parents.
- Pursing transportation related fields of study
- Have a 2.5 or more GPA
- Entering or enrolled or applying for an credited post secondary program
- Be enrolled in a Colorado High School
How to Apply
These are tradition scholarships. That is, they look usually your academic performance as one of the primary criteria for your eligibility. Other criteria such as your community service, volunteering, career ambitions are also important. You usually also have to be either currently enrolled or applying to school to be eligible.
27. Emerge Scholarships
Scholarships for women offered between the amount of 2k to 5k. The money is given ONLY to the institution you are enrolled to pay down your tuition and fees for a period of at most 3 years from time of receiving it. The amount given out as of 2015 is between $2,000 to $5000.
The scholarship is given based on your level of need, how much funding you’ve received from other sources, your life ambitions and goals, how good your submitted essay is, community activities you’ve participated in, and any awards received. Basically, if you can show you’ve done some quality social work, you have serious ambitions and a solid plan to achieve them, and you’ve done well in high school, and you write a damn good essay, you will stand out.
The requirements are as follows:
- must be at least 25 years old
- be a resident of the state of Georgia. Proof of residency is required.
- must be enrolled in a continuing education program
- submit an essay and complete the application form, then mail them in
How to Apply
To view the full requirements and apply for the Emerge Scholarship, visit their website.
This is a good scholarship for women, but it appears the requirements are pretty strict. If you’ve done poorly in your previous schooling and don’t have a very solid plan for your studies and you’ve done little to no social work, and your essay submission sucks, you probably won’t qualify. We conclude this is a good scholarship for those women who got good grades in school in the past but had dropped out of school only to return later on.
So recommended for women who are continuing school (especially after a long break) who demonstrate financial need and who have done well in school in the past / and or have a good history of giving back to the community.
28. AAUW American Fellowships
This program has given out more than 3.7 million in funding through their (244 and counting as of 215) fellowship and grants to deserving women and nonprofits in the 2014-2015 year.
The money is given to individuals who perform research for a number of different fields of studies which aim to improve schools and communities. These grants are all for highly educated women, usually going back for graduate or post-doctoral studies. As such, this funding is out of reach for most people. However, IF you are a single mom and highly educated, considering going back for a masters degree or phd, then there is a lot of funding here.
There are six different grants and fellowships offered but only 4 of them apply to individuals:
- American Fellowships: Given to women who are studying full time to finish a PHD or preparing to publish research papers. The amount given out is $6,000 to $30,000.
- Career Development Grants: Given to women who pursue a degree, changing careers, or are entering the workforce again with a bachelor’s degree that’s at least five years old. Recipients are given $2,000 to $12,000 in funding.
- International Fellowships: Given out to women who pursue full time graduate studies or post doctoral studies who are NOT United States Citizens or permanent residents.
- American Fellowships: Given to women who are doing post doctoral studies, post doctoral studies, or peparing for research paper. Funding is between $6k and $30k
Various, depending on the program. Check their website details.
How to Apply
If you want more information about these programs and to apply, go to the American Fellowship website here.
These are not so much general scholarships as they are fellowships. There is a difference between the two: Fellowships are aimed at graduate and pHD students to enable completion of studies or research studies. For the very select few single moms who are very educated and want funding for research, these are fantastic programs. For the rest, not.
So we recommend this scholarship for highly educated women who are either entering the workplace again after 5 years or are pursuing a graduate, phd, or post doctoral studies.
29. Women’s Forum, Inc.
The Womens Forum Education Fund scholarship gives scholarship awards to women over the age of 35 who reside in New York City and are pursuing an undergrad degree (Bachelor’s degree). This scholarship is given out based on two essays by the applicant who can demonstrate they have overcome adversity while also giving back to the community and who’s future ambitions promise even great leadership potential in the future.
The award is given out with two installments of $5,000 through the school year.
- Be female and 35 years of age
- Live in New York City
- Be enrolled in a Bachelor Degree program or Associate Degree and have earned at least 12 credit
How to Apply
Read the requirements and apply here on their website.
If you live in New York City, and are a woman 35 and older, and you’ve made a difference in your community in some way, you should apply for this. You will have to write two essays, one about your personal history and one about your career goals and your motivations. This award is not based on financial need, but rather on your ability, through the essay, to detail how they’ve made a difference in their community (and lives) while also overcoming adversity and who demonstrate, through their ambitions, they will make even more of a difference in the community after their education.
30. Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarships
One of the more competitive scholarships in the country. The Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship targets students who are transferring from a two year community college program to a university to finish a four year degree program. Students do not directly apply, but are nominated by the Jack Kente Cooke Representative at their institution.
This scholarship is awarded to 85 recipients. It’s a very competitive scholarship that looks at academic achievement, financial need, leadership abilities, and personal goals. the amount given out can be up to $30,000 per year. As such, it’s one of the best scholarships to get IF you are transferring to a university from community college.
- Be currently enrolled at a US community college
- Plan to enroll in a four year baccalaureate program at a college or university
- Have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5
- Able to demonstrate financial need
31. Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Scholarships
This scholarship is given to women who are admitted into an accredited undergraduate or graduate program who are in engineering or computer science fields of study. This is a big scholarship fund — in 2014, over $700,000 was given out through 230 scholarship awards. The scholarships range from $1000 to $20,000.
There are a number of different scholarships that are given out, and SWE has a number of local affiliates in various states that DO offer local scholarships for different states.
How to Apply
To find more information, go here.
Another scholarships that targets women going to university who want to pursue the tech field. If you fit both requirements, consider applying for this scholarship. Unlike some of the other scholarships, this is not so much based on your academic performance. There are also some non-traditional scholarships offered to help encourage women with tech educations (computer science, engineering) to go get back into the work place after a couple years out of it.
Non Traditional Scholarships
These are scholarships that are offered to students who don’t consider themselves traditional college students. This means you typically don’t have high grades but real life work experience or you started school then stopped and took some years off and now want to continue your studies.
Quite often, NON TRADITIONAL SCHOLARSHIPS are have creative submission requirements (submitting a picture of yourself, creating a video, filling out a survey, etc) that are NOT related to your academic performance or financial need status, unlike the other scholarships. They are often given out by websites or businesses as a promotional tool — which is good for you as you don’t have to have good grades and submission process is usually easy — you fill a survey or submit a video, picture, or short essay.
You don’t usually need to send in your transcripts, have filled out the FAFSA application, or any of that.
Non-Traditional Scholarships typically look more at your LIFE experience and GOALs over your (previous) academic achievements. As such, these are good scholarships to apply for if you are a single parent type and you never had good grades (or you didn’t finish school) but have serious ambition to change your life through getting an education.
32. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers’ Single Mother Scholarship
This website awards 2 winners a $1000 scholarship every year, chosen from five finalists. To apply, you must write a 500+ word essay and email in (with a copy of your school transcripts). The essay must be about the advantages of going back to school and how being a mother has helped you prepare and face the challenges of going to school again.
- Must be enrolled in high school, accredited college or university in the United States
- Must be a mother who is going to school
- Must have a GPA of at least 3.0
How to Apply
You can read more details on how to apply here.
If you are going to school (even high school) and maintain decent grades (3.0 GPA), you should apply for this. You will have to write a compelling essay on how being a mother has helped you as a student, and you make this convincing, you stand a good chance of getting. We’ve checked their website out but the information has not been updated for this year. As such, make sure you CONTACT them first before writing the essay and applying.
33. Drug Lawsuit Source
This is a scholarships offered by a law firm specializing in drug lawsuits to single parents who are in school or going back to school. You must write an essay and submit your school transcripts. The scholarship amount is $1000, and two awards are given out every year.
- single parent (helping to raise child, though you don’t need full custody)
- You must be currently enrolled in a U.S. high school, trade school, apprentice school, junior college, college, university, or graduate school in the United States.
- You must have a GPA of 2.7 or higher and are required to submit a copy of your transcript indicating your grade point average (GPA). You may submit an unofficial school transcript.
How to Apply
Go here: http://www.druglawsuitsource.com/single-parent-scholarship-2015
34. CampusDiscovery Scholarship
This is a scholarship that’s given out to current students (college ones) or recently graduated students. The award amount is $5000 and to apply you must complete a college survey and submit an essay explaining what you advice you would give to a younger version of yourself before starting college.
The Application Deadline is September 30
How to Apply
To Apply go here.
35. Impact a Life Scholarship
This scholarship award gives up three scholarships amounts of $400, $600, and $1000. To apply, you must submit an essay about how offering a raffle drawing contest can aid a business or organization.
The application deadline is December 31st
How to Apply
36. Imagine America Adult Skills Education Program
This is a scholarship specifically offered to non-traditional students. You must be at least 21 years of age to apply. You must be applying to a school that is participating in the scholarship program and you must complete a short survey to complete your application. Once you do, you will be entered in for the scholarship.
- Be enrolling in a participating college
- Meet eligibility requirements of the college
- Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
- Be at least 19 years of age and have a high school diploma, GED or pass an Ability to Benefit test
- Not be a previous recipient of any other Imagine America Foundation scholarships/awards
- Complete the NCCT Educational Success Potential Assessment
You must apply by December 31st
How to Apply
Go to their website
37. General Scholarship for Higher Learning
The website HotelsCheap offers students aged between 16 and older a $1500 scholarship. To apply, you must submit 4 essays.
The deadline for submissions is October 15.
How to Apply
For more information and to apply, go to their website.
These are contests that are given out through contests offered by private companies, corporations, and websites. They are NOT free money grants or scholarships won by merit. You must apply and your application may be chosen randomly (a raffle) or by some other criteria.
38. SR Education Group
This ‘scholarship’ is more of a contest-based one. Every month, individuals (male and female) are chosen for their $2000 giveaway. To apply, you simply review your school for a chance of winning $2000 dollars.
How to Apply
You can apply (by applying, you simply fill out a review of the school you went to or are currently going to).
39. Curiel & Runion Single Mother Scholarships
This is another scholarship offered by a law firm to single mothers who is going back to school. They award 2 scholarships of $1000 each to two women (mothers) who are enrolled in high school, college, or university in the US. The selection is based on a 500+ word essay about the advantages of going back to school which gathers the most social attention (facebook likes, tweets, etc).
- Enrolled at an accredited high school, college, or university in the U.S.
- Must be a mother who is going back to school
- Maintain a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 3.0 (or equivalent)
- Submission must be received by June 5, 2014
How to Apply
If you are interested in applying, read the full details here.
If you are in school as a mom (yes, even high school) and you maintain a good GPA, it’s worth applying for this if you are willing to hustle for some social support online. You have to write the 500+ word essay about why going back to school has prepared you for the challenges of being a student. This essay is what will get your chosen as as one of the 5 finalists. After this, you will have to promote it on social media as the 2 winners of the 1000 dollar scholarship are the two essays that get the most social media traction.
40. ProjectED Ben Franklin and the Electric Fire Video Contest
This scholarship is basically a video submission contest for students are are non-traditional types. Yes, that’s it — you create a short video and submit it to apply for this scholarship! The scholarship gives out several $1000 awards and a couple $200 scholarship awards. For you creative types out there, this is a great contest scholarship.
You must apply before the September 22 application deadline.
How to Apply
Go to the website here to apply.
41. Simple Words Scholarship
This scholarship is given out by the website, Unigo.com. Every year four people who intend to pursue an udnergraduate or graudate degree are given a $10,000 scholarship. To enter, you must come up with FIVE creative words that will describe your life after you graduate from college. This is a good scholarship for those who are creative. And well, you are only coming up with 5 words to apply! Why not apply.
Apply by September 30th
How to Apply
Go to the Unigo.com website for more details about this scholarship and to apply.
42. Bankrate Future Selfie Scholarship
This non-traditional scholarship is for US students (aged 17 years or older). The amount offered is between $1000 (2 awards) and $3000 (one award) to the persons who submit the most creative and expressive SELFIE photo. Yes, that’s right — you can win a scholarship for a selfi! You must take a selfi and post it on facebook, instagram, or twitter with the hashtage #FutureSelfie.
The application deadline is October st.
How to Apply
Go to the bankrate website for more details. But the gist of it is that you take a creative selfi, psot it to social media under the fashtag #FutureSelfie, claim your photo on the website as your (it will appear automatically if you use the hashtag) then fill out the entry form.
43. Return2College Scholarship
If you are planning to head to college within the next year (12 months), you can apply for this scholarship. The amount offered is $1500 and to qualify you must be a part or full time undergrad or graduate student. Each year, the Return2College scholarship gives out 3 awards.
The application deadline is September 30th
How to Apply
To Apply, go to their website and send in the online form.
44. Scholarships 4 Moms
This is a contest scholarship. You fill out the survey and get entered into a monthly scholarship draw. It’s pretty simple — as long as you are a mom and fill out the survey, you get a chance to win.
How to Apply
Go Here to apply.
These are scholarships that may be discontinued or closed. You should check out the website to verify this for sure, but don’t spend the effort applying unless you contact them and have the scholarship sponsor confirm the scholarship is still active.
45. OnlineColleges.org Scholarship
A scholarship of $10,000 given to single parents (male or female) that can be used to help pay costs related to schooling, such as:
- Books and School Supplies
- Utilities – Gas/Electric
- Utilities – Internet Connection
Because the money given out can be used for almost anything and the amount is $10k, this is one of the more attractive private scholarship programs we’ve seen.
- Attending an accredited post-secondary institution
- Participating in an online degree program or a campus-based degree program with a significant online component to it (such as online lectures or quizzes)
- Receiving some type of financial aid
- A single parent
How to Apply
To apply, go here.
This is a very attractive scholarship that gives out a lot of money ($10k). However, their website has not been updated since 2011/12 and there are no recent updates about the programs. As such, we feel this scholarship may be discontinued.
We recommend you contact them specifically before you apply since it may now be a discontinued scholarship program.
46. Linda Miller Scholarships
This was a scholarship funded by bestselling author Linda Miller given out every year to 10 deserving women who have fought through adversity to go back to school. The money could be used towards anything (unlike most other scholarship) that stands in the way of getting an education.
However, this scholarship has been discontinued as of 2015.
47. The mikeroweWORKS Scholarship Program
A program that offered funding for students interested in skill/trade programs. It’s closed now.
48. Talabots Womens Scholarship Fund
A scholarship that targets women who have a high school diploma or GED and who are looking to enter a 2 or 4 year undergraduate study at a college, university, or vocational tech school. 17 scholarships are awarded each year with amounts between $1000 and $10,000.
How to Apply
Go here to apply.
As of time of writing this (June 2015), the Talabots scholarship website is DOWN. So I’m not sure if this scholarship is still active. If the link works works when you try it, then it’s likely still active and you should apply if you are a woman looking to go back to school. The scholarship amounts are decent and it’s specifically for women who want better their career opportunities through education.
49. Milton G. Wright Scholarship
This online school gives out a $500 dollar award to undergraduate students. 12 of these awards are given out each year. You must be enrolled part time or full time to qualify for this. It’s currently finished, but we leave it here since it could be reactivated in the future.
The deadline for applying is September 30th
How to Apply
To apply for this scholarship, visit the official website.
50. Southern California Mothers of Twins Clubs
Another scholarship given out to moms going to school who have twins. Unlike the other similar scholarship mentioned in our list, this one applies to moms in Southern California.
High school senior who PLANS to attend college or a vocational school or who is CURRENTLY enrolled in a trade school or college
Be a mom with twins, triplets, quintuplets, or other multiples
How to Apply
Go to the website here and apply
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