There are some legitimate sources of financial aid especially designed with the needs of working moms in mind. Here are some suggestions for you.
1. The Mommy Goes to College Scholarship
If you are a mom planning to go to college for the first time, you might be eligible to win a $1,000 scholarship from Myusearchblog.com to help pay for your first year of studies. To apply, you must submit an essay of no more than 750 words, or a video of no longer than 5 minutes, which addresses the following question:
What is your biggest challenge as a mother trying to get a degree? What can colleges and universities do to help you overcome this challenge and encourage other mothers to further their education?
Sorry, if your household brings home more than $100,000 per year, you are not eligible to apply. The application deadline is stated on the website.
2. The Google Anita Borg Scholarship for outstanding women study technology or computer science provides one (1) $10,000 award each year to students entering their senior year or already enrolled in graduate school.
3. The Jeannette Rankin Scholarship Fund awards scholarships to low-income women, ages 35 and older, to help them secure careers that will enable them to break the cycle of poverty. Scholarship recipients come from diverse backgrounds but are all unified by their motivation to succeed through higher education. The application process is described on the website.
4. The American Association of University Women has dozens of scholarships and grants for women in higher education, from assistance to moms and other women reentering the job market, to programs for women pursuing a degree in which women are underrepresented. Opportunities include up to $30,000 in research grants for doctoral candidates, up to $12,000 in “career development grants”, and up to $30,000 for non-U.S. citizens seeking to study in the United States. For more information, including scholarship deadlines, visit the AAUW website.
5. Project Working Moms (& Dads) is supported by eLearners and provides $5 million in full-tuition scholarships for women (or men) with children seeking to go back to school online. If you want more information about financial aid specifically for online learners, check out Financial Aid Finder posts here and here.
6. The A to Z Guide to Grants for Women in Higher Education lists dozens of funding opportunities, which might be right for you. Not all these grants are specifically designed for moms, but they do welcome applications from all women – moms included!
Have you discovered another great source of scholarships for moms? Please share in our comments section!