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Many single mothers are searching for college grants and scholarships. College grants and scholarships for single moms and single dads is a very popular request. There are some college grants and scholarships for single moms "out there." However, it appears that there are not many college grants and scholarships out there based on the single, specific eligibility requirement of being a single mom or single parent. Our best recommendation for single moms in order to find financial aid for their education, is to please look at college grants and scholarships based on other criteria than just being a single mother or single parent. For example, if you are a female who is a single mother, lives in California, plans to attend a college in California, and plans to be a nurse, you have options other than seeking just those college grants and scholarships that are JUST for single moms. You have the ability to search for college grants and scholarships for women. You have the ability to search for college grants and scholarships for those people who live in California (state of residence). There are resources that will list college grants and scholarships per state. You can contact your California State Department of Education. Many colleges have their own sources of funding that many students do not know about until they ask a particular college's financial aid office. Many colleges have their own foundation or resources that will provide financial aid to only those students who attend their college. If you plan to be a nurse, there are organizations that will provide college grants and scholarships for students planning to achieve a career in nursing (field of study). The same is true for people seeking a career in other fields of study, also.

YES, there are some college grants and scholarships for people based on the single, specific, eligibility requirement of being a single mom, single mother, or single parent. However, there are other options for single moms and single parents for finding college grants and scholarships.

Pell Grants: A number of sources will list Pell Grants as a source for obtaining college grant money for single mothers. Actually, Pell grants are a very popular source of grant money from the Federal Government for ALL people who meet the criteria and A LOT of students meet the criteria. Here is an excerpt from ED.gov that gives a brief explanation of Pell Grants.

"The Federal Pell Grant Program provides need-based grants to low-income undergraduate and certain postbaccalaureate students to promote access to postsecondary education. Students may use their grants at any one of approximately 5,400 participating postsecondary institutions. Grant amounts are dependent on: the student's expected family contribution (EFC); the cost of attendance (as determined by the institution); the student's enrollment status (full-time or part-time); and whether the student attends for a full academic year or less. Students may not receive Federal Pell Grant funds from more than one school at a time." You may receive only one Pell Grant in an award year.

The amount that a student can receive depends on a number of factors, but it is possible to receive over five thousand dollars for a Pell Grant. You need to see a financial aid counselor at a college or a high school to learn more about this, as well as other forms of financial aid.


 

Drug Lawsuit Source Single Parent Scholarship Awards (TWO AWARDS: one to single mom and one to single father)

Sponser: Drug Lawsuit Source

Eligibility Requirements:

Criteria to apply for our Single Parent Scholarships are as follows:

  1. You must be a single parent helping to raise at least one child. You do not have to have full-time custody but must be involved in raising the child.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

This includes a 300 to 600 page essay with the topic listed at the website.

Money: One $1,000 scholarship for a single mother and One $1,000 scholarship for a single father.

PLEASE visit the website for MORE information: http://www.druglawsuitsource.com/single-parent-scholarship-2015/

 


 

The SR Educational Group OFFERS Scholarships.


Sponsor: SR Education Group

This is a good example on how we struggle to decide whether to keep some of these scholarships on this list or delete them. A few years ago, a representative from the SR Education Group contacted us to let us know about their scholarships. They seemed committed to funding four different scholarships. One of the scholarships was for single mom/single parent. Now, it appears that they fund two scholarships, but neither one is for a single parent. We will keep the following information on this website, for now. Maybe, the SR Education Group will decide to fund the other scholarships later?


Currently, they offer two different scholarships.

Community College Scholarship:  “Students enrolled at a public community college, junior college, technical college, or city college, and working towards a certificate, diploma, or degree.” Scholarship is worth $2,500.

Graduate Scholarship for Teachers: “Students enrolled in a graduate program through an accredited college or university. Scholarship is worth $5,000.”

MORE Information for ALL of SR Education Group’s Scholarships: http://www.sreducationgroup.org/scholarships

 


 

The Law Offices of Curiel & Runion Single Mother Scholarship

Sponsor: The Law Offices of Curiel & Runion

Eligibility Requirements:

Participants must meet the following criteria:

Money: $1,000.

Contact: http://www.curielandrunion.com/scholarship/


 

Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers Single Mother's Scholarship

Sponsor: Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers

Eligibility Requirements: Enrollment in an accredited high school, college or university in the United States. Must be a mother who is attending school. Two scholarships worth $1,000 each are being awarded, "one awarded to a single mother in an undergraduate program or community college and one to a single mother enrolled in an accredited law school."

Contact: Please visit http://www.rosenfeldinjurylawyers.com/articles/single-mother-scholarship for MORE INFORMATION.



Educational Foundation for Women in ACCOUNTING
: provides funding for a few different grants. "The Women In Transition and Women In Need scholarships were established to provide financial assistance to female reentry students who wish to pursue a degree in accounting. These scholarships were designed for women who have become the sole source of support for themselves and their family, either through divorce or death of a spouse. However, women who are single parents as a result of other circumstances will also be considered." Information about these two scholarships, as well as The Laurels Fund, KPMG Scholarships, Seattle ASWA Chapter Scholarship, Michele L. McDonald Scholarship, and Rowling, Dold & Associates LLP Scholarship can be found at http://www.efwa.org/scholarships.php


 

Soroptimist Live Your Dream Awards (formerly Women Opportunity Award).

"The Soroptimist Live Your Dream Awards (formerly the Women’s Opportunity Awards) assists women who provide the primary source of financial support for their families by giving them the resources they need to improve their education, skills and employment prospects.

Each year, more than $1.6 million in education grants are awarded to more than 1,200 women, many of whom have overcome enormous obstacles including poverty, domestic violence and/or drug and alcohol abuse. Live Your Dream Awards recipients may use the cash award to offset any costs associated with their efforts to attain higher education, such as books, childcare, tuition and transportation.

The Live Your Dream Awards involves three levels of cash awards. The program begins at the local Soroptimist club-level, where award amounts vary. Local-level award recipients become eligible for region-level awards of either $3,000 or $5,000. Region-level award recipients then become eligible to receive one of three international-level awards of $10,000."

Contact: http://www.soroptimist.org/awards/live-your-dream-awards.html

http://www.soroptimist.org/


 

Eve’s Addiction JUST FOR MOMS Scholarship

This scholarship is open to any mother who is enrolled as an undergraduate or master degree program at any U.S. college or university. The applicant must be a mother who has legal custody of at least one child under the age of 18. This is an ESSAY contest. Topic is on their website.

Money: $1,000.

Contact: http://www.evesaddiction.com/scholarship.html



Linda's Scholarships: Linda Lael Miller is an author that believes "educate a woman, and countless generations to come will benefit from the investment." "Now, each year, Linda encourages women who want to improve their lot in life through education to apply for scholarships that she personally finances." A testimony to the success of Linda's grants is featured on Linda's web page describing how "a single mother of five who never attended high school, recently received her bachelor's degree in criminal justice with the help of Miller's scholarship." Information about the scholarship can be found at http://www.lindalaelmiller.com.

"The 2014 competition closes out Linda’s long-running scholarship program, for which the author has awarded approximately $150,000 in grants over the years."

Although it appears that this scholarship has come to a close, we will continue to list this in case the scholarship is continued sometime in the future.


 

"The Ford Family Foundation offers a suite of financial and program resources in Oregon, Siskiyou County, Calif., and, in some cases, other regions. Many recipients enthusiastically declare that the Scholarship Programs are about “so much more than the money. Our selection committees strive to select recipients whose past and potential are worthy of special support. We work to develop a long-term relationship with such students – not simply to bestow a scholarship." "The Ford Opportunity Program was created by Hallie E. Ford (1905-2007), a founder of the Ford Family Foundation."

At one time the opportunity program was need-based and designed for single parents who are heads of household, pursuing a bachelor's degree, and do not have the support of a domestic partner. You will need to contact this website for opportunities that they offer.

Contact: http://www.tfff.org/


 

Scholarships for Moms: We were hesitant to list this specific scholarship for a while because we just did not know if it was legitimate. However, this scholarship has been around a while so we decided to list this scholarship for mothers, single or married.

"Applicants must be 18 years of age or older and must be permanent residents of the United States. You agree that you are currently enrolled, or will be enrolled within the next 3 months, in a college or university in the United States. Applicants for the scholarships4moms.net promotion must be a parent to one or more children. You may also be expecting one or more children at the time of entry. Documentation of requirements must be produced upon request." Apparently there is NO essay so the winner it picked through a drawing. The award is for ten thousand dollars. More information is located at http://scholarships4moms.net/scholarship-application-for-moms.

Scholarships for Moms provides a Scholarship for Dads. The eligibility requirements for Scholarships for Dads are practically the same as for Scholarships for Moms, EXCEPT that you have to be a DAD. More information about this single parent scholarship can be located at http://scholarships4dads.com/.




The U.S. Department of Education
provides funding for several grants. We mentioned the Pell Grant at the top of this page because it is one of the most popular grants that many students receive year-after-year. However, we need to mention a couple of other grants that may help single mothers, single fathers, and just about anyone in the U.S. who needs funding for school.

As of the 2011-2012 school year, the federal government will no longer fund the Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG) or the National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (SMART). These were popular scholarships/grants that were funded for a number of years. There are a few other federal-funded scholarships / grants that will interest a number of people. For more information about the Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), TEACH Grant, and more, PLEASE click on the following link for more information at http://studentaid.ed.gov/PORTALSWebApp/students/english/grants.jsp .

PLEASE visit a College Financial Aid Office for more information about Federal and State grants, scholarships, and financial aid.


The good news about Pell grants and other funding from the U.S. Department of Education is that people can receive up to a little over $5,000. The bad news is that IF you are awarded the maximum amount of money, then usually, this means that you are considered by "formulas" to be really poor, and THAT is not a good situation to be in. However, if you can receive a large part of the grants, listed above, it can go A LONG WAY to getting you a good-paying job with good benefits. Let us give you a possible real-life example on how this CAN work. Let’s say that you want to get an associate RN degree. Usually, the associate degree can be achieved in about two years. As of this writing in 2015, many community colleges offer classes for "in-district" fees of about $90.00 a credit. Most classes are three or four credits a class. Let's say that your classes are four credits each. At $90.00 a credit, this means that each of your four-credit classes will be about $360.00. Let's say that you need 72 credits (approximately 18 classes) to receive the degree. Here is how important three, four, or five thousand dollars in grant money can be. You can take three classes a semester (12 credits) for three semesters (one year = fall, winter, spring/summer). This adds up to 36 credits for one year. The approximate cost of the classes for one year would be $3,240.00 (36 credits times $90.00 a credit). You do NOT need the maximum amount of the Pell Grant to fund a year's worth of classes. If you get more money, then that would be GREAT because it could pay for your BOOKS, which is another expense. Pell Grants are funded every year, SO you can ask for more money to fund the second year of community college so that you can pass your classes; fulfill the 72-credit requirement for the degree; take and pass the national examination; apply and be hired at a hospital where you can make around $50,000 with benefits for you and your family. Do NOT underestimate grant money from the U.S. Department of Education and do NOT underestimate the value of an education from a school other than a major university.

 


OTHER Resources that may help Single Mothers and Single Fathers

YouTube Video:  How to Find College Grants and Scholarships is a short six-minute video that gives you an overall look at where to find college grants and scholarships. If you have no idea on where to start to find financial aid, then this video will give you a good idea on how to go about finding free money in the form of financial aid, grants, and scholarships for college or trade schools for a variety of groups of people such as nursing students, single moms, women, and just about any U.S. Citizen seeking scholarships with the least amount of eligibility requirements.

List of No Essay Scholarships Video is a YouTube Video that gives a brief explanation of scholarships without essays and then provides a list of some actual no essay scholarships. We know that the college scholarship without the essay requirement is a popular, but yet very hard-to-find scholarship. It is very frustating to write essay after essay and not be awarded a scholarship. This video will give information about scholarships without the essay requirement.

Michigan State University Libraries Grants for Women at http://staff.lib.msu.edu/harris23/grants/3women.htm will list a lot of resources devoted to providing grants and scholarships for women. One or two of these resources will mention help for single mothers.

Fastweb is a scholarship service that is free. It is part of the Monster.com company. Fastweb is one of the more popular and recognized free scholarship search services. You need to register and make a number of selections for your profile. Like most of the free search services, if you do not like the results, then go back and change (edit) some of your original profile criteria and then perform another search. This particular service allows you to choose criteria such as field of study, gender, single parent, ethnicity, age, country of origin, disability, medical condition, and much more. PLEASE pay attention to the web pages as some of the pages/forms may be ADVERTISEMENTS for colleges that you are filling out and NOT the scholarship website's profile/registration.

Free-4U.com will provide a free scholarship search service AND a list of grants for women. The list of grants for females is located at
http://www.free-4u.com/women1.htm. There are other lists on this site that might help.

Scholarship.com is a very popular free scholarship search service. Also, this site provides a separate short list of grants for women and a list for single moms. PLEASE pay attention to the web pages as some of the pages/forms may be ADVERTISEMENTS for colleges that you are filling out and NOT the scholarship website's profile/registration.

There are a number of books that will list grants and scholarships based on all kinds of criteria. Directory of Financial Aids for Women is one book in particular that is devoted to listing college grants and scholarships for females. A list of books can be found at College Grants and Scholarships Listed in Books page. We advise you to see if your local library has any of the books, so that you can view them for free. Many libraries have an interlibrary loan service that will allow the library to retrieve the books from another library for free. Many of the college grants and scholarships listed in these books have very narrow, specific, restrictive eligibilty requirements. It is very possible that out of a book listing hundreds and hundreds of college grants and scholarships that YOU may find only a few college grants and scholarships that you are eligible for. It really may be in your best interest to try to retrieve the books through a free service such as what a library can do for you.

College Grants and Scholarships with the Minimum Amount of Eligibility Requirements is a Kindle ebook that lists approximately 150 college scholarships that have the least amount of eligibility requirements, so that just about anyone can apply for these scholarships. There are only so many scholarships for a specific group of people, whether it is Hispanic, single mothers, women, nursing students, veterans, or other groups. This ebook will provide a list of more available scholarships. Some of these scholarships require writing an essay while others require filling out just an application. There are NOT many scholarships available without specific, limiting criteria. There are many resources that will list thousands of scholarships, but a majority of them will have very specific requirements that prevents many students from applying to most of the scholarships listed in the resources. However, this Kindle ebook lists scholarships that most people within the U.S. can apply for. If you do not have a Kindle, you can download the free Kindle Previewer in order to view Kindle books on your PC at http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html/?docId=1000765261 OR https://kdp.amazon.com/self-publishing/help?topicId=A3IWA2TQYMZ5J6 . We know how difficult it is to format documents for the Kindle so the formatting might be kind of strange for some of the text. However, we find the text tolerable and the links work.

 

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