Scholarships for Single Mothers

As of 2007, there were 10.4 million single mothers living with children under age 18 in the USScholarships for single mothers offer women with the sole responsibility of supporting a family the opportunity to get money for college costs without the burden of having to pay it back. There are many scholarships available to women of all ages, backgrounds, and life circumstances.

Since scholarships, like grants for single mothers, do not have to be repaid, there is a lot of competition for them. The more informed, organized, and thorough you are, the stronger your scholarship application process will be. Fortunately, more and more schools and organizations are setting aside scholarships for single mothers.

Where to Look for Scholarships

The most likely (and legitimate) places to find scholarships are the federal government, private foundations, and not-for-profit organizations. A wealth of information on scholarships for single mothers can be found on the Internet, focusing on government websites or well-known, legitimate institutions.

The U.S. Department of Education has a large database at Student Aid on the Web, with grants and scholarships primarily from private organizations and individual schools. You search for scholarships of interest to you by using relevant keywords.

Scholarships from the Straightforward to the Unexpected

Scholarships are offered to a variety of different people for a variety of different reasons, ranging from the ordinary to the highly unusual. Financial need and academic achievement are not the only eligibility criteria out there. Athletics, ethnicity, age, particular talents and abilities β€” even height or weight can get you a scholarship β€” and there are scholarships for single mothers, too. It pays to research a wide range of topics that interest you so that you don’t miss any scholarship opportunities that you qualify for but would never have thought existed. A few examples of the wide range of scholarships include:

  • Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation Scholarship for Mature Women
  • International Women’s Fishing Association Scholarship
  • University Women’s Club Nontraditional Student Scholarship
  • Chick and Sophie Major Memorial Duck Calling Contest
  • The United Negro College Fund Scholarships Programs

Scholarship Tips to Remember

  • Give yourself plenty of time research scholarships that are a good fit for you.
  • Talk to your school, or the school(s) you’re applying toβ€” individual schools are the best source of scholarships for single mothers.
  • Be thorough in meeting deadlines and completing applications and essays to the best of your ability.
  • Many scholarships require that you meet a certain GPA while in school, so be prepared to study hard and use the scholarship gift as an incentive to exceed your own academic expectations.
  • Be careful with scholarships websites that seem too good to be true because they probably are. No legitimate scholarship sponsors require that you pay anything in order to be eligible. If a scholarship website asks you for money, your credit card number, or your bank account, it’s a con artist.

Watch out for Scholarship Scams

Scholarship scams are big business online and the internet is inundated with them. To help you in your search, consider the following tips for identifying scholarship scams:

  1. Avoid common pick-up lines including: “millions of dollars of unclaimed money every year” or “you can’t find this information anywhere else.” Neither statements is true: legitimate scholarships can be found simply and at no cost.
  2. You cannot “win” a scholarship, so if you did not apply for it, it is not legitimate.
  3. Websites that ask you to give your credit card information to “hold” a scholarship for you are not legitimate. As a rule, never give your credit card information for scholarship information unless you are absolutely certain they are a legitimate organization.

More information on scholarships for single mothers at the EducationGrant blog

Read more about grants and scholarships for single mothers and how to prepare for the financial aid application process at the EducationGrant blog: