Where Can I Find Single Parent Scholarships?

Going back to school can be especially challenging for individuals who are juggling the financial and family responsibilities of being single parents. However, there are scholarships out there specifically designed to help single parents cover college costs. Read on to learn where you can find single parent scholarships.

Financial Assistance for Single Parents

You can find institutional scholarships for single mothers and fathers at colleges and universities as diverse as Brigham Young University (BYU), the University of Wisconsin - Madison and the University of Central Florida. If you know what schools you'd like to apply to, check with their financial aid departments to find out if they offer any financial assistance for admitted single parents.

There are also many third-party organizations that offer financial awards to help single parents go back to school. Many are oriented specifically toward single mothers, but single fathers can also find financial assistance through regional single parent scholarships.

Regional Single Parent Scholarships

  • Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund, www.aspsf.org
  • Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Northwest Arkansas, www.spsfnwa.org
  • Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Pulaski County in Arkansas, www.pulaskisingleparents.org
  • George Snow Scholarship Fund, www.scholarship.org, scholarships for students in the Northern Broward and Palm Beach, FL, counties, including ones for single parents
  • Arizona Business and Professional Women's Foundation Scholarships, www.arizonabpwfoundation.com/scholarships.html, Arizona women 25 years or older can obtain awards for going back to school

Scholarships for Single Moms

  • The Soroptimist Club, www.soroptimist.org, for women who are the primary financial supporters of their families
  • Jeannette Rankin Foundation, www.rankinfoundation.org, financial aid program for women age 35 or older
  • Talbots Women's Scholarship Fund, www.thetalbotsinc.com, for women who hold high school diplomas or GEDs and plan to attend college on a full- or part-time basis
  • Patsy Takemoto Mink Education Foundation, www.patsyminkfoundation.org, for low-income women with children

Other Sources of Financial Aid

Being a single parent may not be the only thing that qualifies you for financial awards. There are hundreds of scholarship and grant programs out there based on academic merit, the region in which you're attending school or demographic factors, such as income level or military veteran status.

You can find these programs through an Internet search, popular scholarship search engines such as www.fastweb.com or the scholarship listing on your school's financial aid website. However, always be wary of scholarship scams, and make sure to do extra research on programs that require an application fee.

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