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January 24, 2010

Scholarships for Single Mothers: It’s Not Too Late to Go to School

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scholarshipsforsinglemomspicture Many single mothers find it difficult to even contemplate going to college because not only do they have one or more children to care for; many of them have jobs as well. Add to that equation the concept of having to pay for college out of their pockets and many single mothers give up the dream of going to college altogether. Thankfully, there are scholarships for single mothers as well as federal grants and loans that single mothers may qualify for.

While single mothers can qualify for many of the same scholarships that others can, there are some scholarships for which you have to be a single mother or father to qualify. For example, Arkansas has a scholarship fund for single parents.It is a useful resource that single mothers can look to when they are searching for college dollars. It is called Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship. Another avenue to look is called Raise the Nation which is a US National program. A third option is a Woman's award by Soroptimist. The scholarships are around 10,000 each as well.

Single mothers who are trying to find funds for college should look at as many resources as possible. Look at federal needs based financial aid and to scholarships geared specifically toward women (whether or not they are single parents). There are also many programs that provide funds for college that are associated with workforce development. These programs can often be found by visiting your state employment agency.

While not all states currently have scholarships for single mothers, some of them do and this should be looked upon as another tool when looking for college funds. Some of these scholarships apply to only those who reside in certain counties while others may cover anyone in the state. A word of caution: Never pay for scholarship information as you can find all of the information on funding your college career for free. By the way, if you are a mom, there is a free scholarship for 10,000 dollars that is awarded in a drawing Click Here .

There is also the Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students that is offered by HRSA. It doesn't just cover nursing programs but also has scholarships for social workers and marriage and family therapists too.


  1. I am trying to get my aunt to apply for a scholorship for mothers because she has been so busy doing for everyone else and working. It is good there is money for single moms as this is a very difficult situation and often it seems hard to ever see how to get ahead. Someone told her that the Pell Grant might be an option too.

    Comment by Irene — January 26, 2010 @ 1:32 pm

  2. I know the Obama Education Stimulus has opened up some options. I think part of it is the American Opportunity Credit. It can cover tuition, books, computer supplies and course materials. It is good to see the new administration is doing something to help out students and single moms attending college.

    Comment by Jacqueline — January 26, 2010 @ 1:58 pm

  3. One obstacle for many single moms returning to school is fear. My mom did it and she was petrified but it taught me that you can face fears and succeed. She did get some scholarship money but now there are many more available than when I was a teenager.

    Comment by Jim — January 27, 2010 @ 1:17 pm

  4. I am a 20 yr old mother with no job or car. I should have done better for myself, but I didn’t. I have a car to drive now, but it’s not my car. Some old one that I don’t trust for me and my child. Finding a job is very difficult these days. I want to go to college so bad. My parents can’t help me because they have 3 others to take care of. Plus this economy is getting bad. As a mom I want to do better for me and especially my child. College is something I want to do. I’m not sure of what I want to do yet, but I know as a single mother that is dependent of her parents I feel horrible. Who knows if I can get into college cause of me slacking tremendously my final school yr. I am so worry of me and my sons future. So I am trying to find scholarships. Still it’s hard.

    Comment by Arleny — August 15, 2010 @ 1:53 am

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