December 12, 2019

Single Mothers

Single Mothers are some of the most resilient and strongest people in the world.  If you are a single mother, then you have already dealt with stress, and you’re in the process of beating it.  There is not a whole lot that you can’t do, especially if you’ve raised that little tike on your own.  Of course, with this in mind, going back to college would seem like quite the daunting task.  How are you ever going to hold down a full time job, watch your little one, and pay for it?!  Well, you are in luck, because the last part might just be on someone else.

Now, you will still have to handle the first three parts, but you’ve overcome great adversity already.  We know you can do it!  Now, let’s get down to business.


Your Scholarship Access Points

Believe it or not, the fact that you are a single mom may work to your advantage.  If you weren’t a single mother, you might actually have to foot the bill for the entire tuition.  But, there are people in major organizations and trust fund boards, as well as your local, state, and federal governments, that is just itching to pay for your tuition.

So, where should you try first?

In your situation, go to your government first.  The reason is that you will be able know pretty quickly if you are going to budge, and they won’t necessarily look at your grades.  If you are a single mom, then this is a great place to go!

Once you’ve gotten finished with that, you will want to run a search for organizations that will pay for you to go to school.  There are thousands upon thousands of not for profit organizations that are trying to find ways to make your life easier, and many of them will have scholarships at your disposal.

The other place you should check is are colleges and universities themselves.  Now, you won’t be able to live on campus (unless they have single apartments), but you will be able to live off campus in an apartment of your own.  In many cases, you will be able to find scholarships that might even cover your costs of going to school, right down to paying the rent.

Also, consider taking online classes for your degree.  This will allow you to get up and walk away from “class” if your baby is hungry.


The Scholarships You Can Use

Each fall, Jeannette Rankin Foundation awards scholarships to low-income women, ages 35 and older, who have a vision of how a college education will benefit themselves, their families, and their communities. The scholarships are open to students pursuing a technical or vocational education, an associate’s degree, or a first bachelor’s degree. Applicants must be U.S. citizens.

  • Applications are available each November through February. During these months, applications can be downloaded from the Jeannette Rankin Foundation website. If you are unable to download the application from the website, the materials may also be requested by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope via postal mail.

Emerge Scholarships Inc. (Emerge) has awarded more than $100,000 in scholarships since its founding in 2001. While each year hundreds of applicants apply for the scholarships, we are only able to recognize a small number of winners. The selection committee is focused on identifying special women – non-traditional students whose education was delayed or interrupted, individuals with a vision to succeed regardless of any obstacles that life has put in their way. We are especially interested in recognizing women who give back to their communities and whose goals and desires for education align with their passions. Additionally, preference is given to women who are pursuing their educational endeavors in the state of Georgia.

This may include women who are returning to school after a hiatus, changing careers, seeking advancement in their career or work life, and stay-at-home moms entering the work place and in need of additional education/training. This scholarship is not intended for recent high school graduates or women who are eligible for or who have already received other significant financial aid.