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    Top 34 Scholarships for Moms and Single Moms in May 2024

    Written by Will Geiger

    Will Geiger is the co-founder of Scholarships360 and has a decade of experience in college admissions and financial aid. He is a former Senior Assistant Director of Admissions at Kenyon College where he personally reviewed 10,000 admissions applications and essays. Will also managed the Kenyon College merit scholarship program and served on the financial aid appeals committee. He has also worked as an Associate Director of College Counseling at a high school in New Haven, Connecticut. Will earned his master’s in education from the University of Pennsylvania and received his undergraduate degree in history from Wake Forest University.

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    Updated: May 1st, 2024

    According to the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, the number of single mothers in college more than doubled between 1999 and 2012. Between the costs of child care and time caring for their children, single moms face unique obstacles to getting their college degree. Luckily, there are a number of scholarships for single moms and moms in general to pay for college.

    These scholarships for single mothers include awards that support students who are attending both two year and four year institutions. These types of scholarships are so important because they will transform the lives of moms and their children.

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    The Scholarships360 Research Team reviews all scholarships individually and strives to exclude any scholarship where any of the below applies:

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    If you believe a scholarship has been published in error, please reach out to [email protected] and we’ll take a look!


    * There are certain exceptions to this, for example if the sponsoring organization is a major corporation or nonprofit with its own scholarship application system.
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    ***Idea harvesting scholarships will require students to submit blog posts or other materials that companies may use for marketing purposes.

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    $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Scholarships360

    Exclusive
    1 award worth $10,000
    Deadline Jun 30, 2024
    Grade Level All Grade Levels

    Offered by Scholarships360

    Exclusive

    The Scholarships360 $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship is open to all students who want some extra help paying for their education. Whether you are a high…Show More

    The Scholarships360 $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship is open to all students who want some extra help paying for their education. Whether you are a high…Show More

    The Scholarships360 $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship is open to all students who want some extra help paying for their education. Whether you are a high school student who hopes to go to college, a graduate student who’s in a master’s program, or an adult learner who wants to return to school, you are eligible for our no essay scholarship. This scholarship will be awarded to students who get the most out of Scholarships360 scholarships and content. You will be a strong applicant if you apply to scholarships with the Scholarships360 platform. Finalists for this scholarship will be interviewed about their process for funding their education.Show Less

    1 award worth $10,000
    Deadline Jun 30, 2024
    Grade Level All Grade Levels
    Apply

    $2,000 Sallie Mae Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Sallie Mae

    Easy Application
    1 award worth $2,000
    Deadline May 31, 2024
    Grade Level HS Upperclassmen, College & Graduate Students

    Offered by Sallie Mae

    Easy Application

    Sallie Mae will award $2,000 each month to eligible entrants. No essay or account sign-ups, just a simple scholarship for those seeking help paying for…

    Sallie Mae will award $2,000 each month to eligible entrants. No essay or account sign-ups, just a simple scholarship for those seeking help paying for…

    Sallie Mae will award $2,000 each month to eligible entrants. No essay or account sign-ups, just a simple scholarship for those seeking help paying for school.

    1 award worth $2,000
    Deadline May 31, 2024
    Grade Level HS Upperclassmen, College & Graduate Students
    Apply

    “Mom to Scholar” Scholarship for Mothers

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Maria Geiger

    Exclusive
    1 award worth $1,000
    Deadline Jan 31, 2025
    Grade Level College Students

    Offered by Maria Geiger

    Exclusive

    The “Mom to Scholar'' Scholarship for Mothers is open to mothers who want to begin or resume their journey towards earning a technical or college…Show More

    The “Mom to Scholar'' Scholarship for Mothers is open to mothers who want to begin or resume their journey towards earning a technical or college…Show More

    The “Mom to Scholar'' Scholarship for Mothers is open to mothers who want to begin or resume their journey towards earning a technical or college degree. This scholarship is funded by Scholarships360’s own Maria Geiger, who started her journey toward a B.A. at the same time that her oldest son Will started college. Maria knows firsthand how challenging it is to raise a family, have a job outside the home, and attend college, but would not change the way she did things for the world. Mothers who have a desire to earn their college degree bring unique perspectives that greatly enhance their learning experiences; for some, motherhood is a vocation that enlightens like no other. If you are a mother over the age of 35 who feels that the time is right to begin your academic or career journey, please apply! Please note that applicants will be reviewed based on both the quality of their essay and quantity of scholarships applied for on the Scholarships360 platform. Scholarships360 users who are more active on the platform will be given higher consideration. We look forward to reading your application!Show Less

    1 award worth $1,000
    Deadline Jan 31, 2025
    Grade Level College Students
    Apply

    $40,000 Build a College List Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by The College Board

    Easy Application
    Multiple awards worth up to $40,000
    Deadline Jun 30, 2024
    Grade Level High School Junior

    Offered by The College Board

    Easy Application

    Create a college list with six schools you're considering - no minimum GPA or essay required!

    Create a college list with six schools you're considering - no minimum GPA or essay required!

    Create a college list with six schools you're considering - no minimum GPA or essay required!

    Multiple awards worth up to $40,000
    Deadline Jun 30, 2024
    Grade Level High School Junior
    Apply

    “Making Waves” Scholarship for Women

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Scholarships360

    Exclusive
    1 award worth $500
    Deadline Jan 31, 2025
    Grade Level All Grade Levels

    Offered by Scholarships360

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    Are you a woman in high school, college, or graduate school enrolled during the 2024-25 academic year? If so, let us help you! Our $500…Show More

    Are you a woman in high school, college, or graduate school enrolled during the 2024-25 academic year? If so, let us help you! Our $500…Show More

    Are you a woman in high school, college, or graduate school enrolled during the 2024-25 academic year? If so, let us help you! Our $500 “Making Waves” Scholarship for Women aims to help women cover the costs of pursuing their dreams. Whether that dream is starting a business, learning a foreign language, or attending college on the path to fulfilling your dream, the scholarship will cover those costs and make your journey a little easier. No matter your goals, we want to help out a woman who is passionate about their higher education journey and actively looking for ways to fund it. In order to apply, simply write an essay about how the $500 “Making Waves” Scholarship for Women will help you fulfill your dreams. Please note that applicants will be reviewed based on both the quality of their essay and quantity of scholarships applied for on the Scholarships360 platform. Scholarships360 users who are more active on the platform will be given higher consideration. We encourage you to apply and look forward to reading your essay. Good luck!Show Less

    1 award worth $500
    Deadline Jan 31, 2025
    Grade Level All Grade Levels
    Apply

    Niche $25,000 “No Essay” Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Niche

    Easy Application
    1 award worth $25,000
    Deadline May 31, 2024
    Grade Level All Grade Levels

    Offered by Niche

    Easy Application

    Easy scholarship open to all high school and college students, as well as anyone looking to attend college or graduate school in the next year!

    Easy scholarship open to all high school and college students, as well as anyone looking to attend college or graduate school in the next year!

    Easy scholarship open to all high school and college students, as well as anyone looking to attend college or graduate school in the next year!

    1 award worth $25,000
    Deadline May 31, 2024
    Grade Level All Grade Levels
    Apply

    “Follow Your Own Path” Essay Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Scholarships360

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    1 award worth $500
    Deadline Jan 31, 2025
    Grade Level College & Graduate Students

    Offered by Scholarships360

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    At Scholarships360, our mission is to help students find and fund their postsecondary education. We know that students have a variety of educational and career…Show More

    At Scholarships360, our mission is to help students find and fund their postsecondary education. We know that students have a variety of educational and career…Show More

    At Scholarships360, our mission is to help students find and fund their postsecondary education. We know that students have a variety of educational and career interests and aspirations. That is why we are offering the “Follow Your Own Path” Essay Scholarship. This scholarship aims to support all current postsecondary students, regardless of the type of education they are pursuing. Thus, no matter your own unique educational path, we hope you apply for this $500 scholarship. In order to apply for the “Follow Your Own Path” Essay Scholarship, students must submit an essay about their career ambitions. Please note that applicants will be reviewed based on both the quality of their essay and quantity of scholarships applied for on the Scholarships360 platform. Scholarships360 users who are more active on the platform will be given higher consideration. We look forward to reading your application!Show Less

    1 award worth $500
    Deadline Jan 31, 2025
    Grade Level College & Graduate Students
    Apply

    “Outstanding Undergraduate” Essay Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Scholarships360

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    1 award worth $500
    Deadline Jan 31, 2025
    Grade Level College Students

    Offered by Scholarships360

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    The U.S. is home to over 2,000 four-year universities offering bachelor’s degrees. However, attending such universities can sometimes come with hefty costs that can deter…Show More

    The U.S. is home to over 2,000 four-year universities offering bachelor’s degrees. However, attending such universities can sometimes come with hefty costs that can deter…Show More

    The U.S. is home to over 2,000 four-year universities offering bachelor’s degrees. However, attending such universities can sometimes come with hefty costs that can deter students from attending. If you’re in a situation similar to this, we may just have the perfect scholarship opportunity for you: the “Outstanding Undergraduate” Essay Scholarship! With this scholarship, we aim to help out a lucky undergraduate student (enrolled during the 2024-25 academic year) who is passionate about their higher education journey and actively looking for ways to fund it. The scholarship is open to any U.S. citizen who is enrolled as an undergraduate at a four-year university in the U.S. during the 2023-24 academic year. In order to apply, submit an essay explaining how earning your bachelor’s degree will help you achieve your educational and career goals. Please note that applicants will be reviewed based on both the quality of their essay and quantity of scholarships applied for on the Scholarships360 platform. Scholarships360 users who are more active on the platform will be given higher consideration. We look forward to reading your application!Show Less

    1 award worth $500
    Deadline Jan 31, 2025
    Grade Level College Students
    Apply

    $25k “Be Bold” No-Essay Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Bold.org

    Easy Application
    1 award worth $25,000
    Deadline Jun 1, 2024
    Grade Level All Grade Levels

    Offered by Bold.org

    Easy Application

    Open to high school students, college students, community college students, and graduate students.

    Open to high school students, college students, community college students, and graduate students.

    Open to high school students, college students, community college students, and graduate students.

    1 award worth $25,000
    Deadline Jun 1, 2024
    Grade Level All Grade Levels
    Apply

    Vickie Drum Memorial Scholarship

    Offered by Bold.org

    1 award worth $1,500
    Deadline Jul 1, 2024
    Grade Level College Students

    Offered by Bold.org

    The Vickie Drum Memorial Scholarship was established in honor of a remarkable woman who overcame the challenges of being a mother while pursuing her college…Show More

    The Vickie Drum Memorial Scholarship was established in honor of a remarkable woman who overcame the challenges of being a mother while pursuing her college…Show More

    The Vickie Drum Memorial Scholarship was established in honor of a remarkable woman who overcame the challenges of being a mother while pursuing her college education, and who serves as an inspiration to many. Her story resonates with countless young mothers who aspire to improve their lives through higher education. However, the financial burden of attending college can be overwhelming for these individuals. In honor of Vickie Drum's legacy, this scholarship aims to support female students in North Carolina who are raising a child while pursuing an undergraduate degree. Eligible applicants must meet this criterion and maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0. To apply, share your unique journey through higher education as a parent and how it has shaped your path. This scholarship is an opportunity to not only honor Vickie Drum's memory but also empower mothers to achieve their educational goals and create a brighter future for themselves and their families.Show Less

    1 award worth $1,500
    Deadline Jul 1, 2024
    Grade Level College Students
    Get Started

    Charles Pulling Sr. Memorial Scholarship

    Offered by Bold.org

    2 awards worth $1,000
    Deadline Jul 31, 2024
    Grade Level High School & College Students

    Offered by Bold.org

    Introducing the Charles Pulling Sr. Memorial Scholarship, a tribute to a cherished father and the middle child among eleven siblings, whose circumstances compelled him to…Show More

    Introducing the Charles Pulling Sr. Memorial Scholarship, a tribute to a cherished father and the middle child among eleven siblings, whose circumstances compelled him to…Show More

    Introducing the Charles Pulling Sr. Memorial Scholarship, a tribute to a cherished father and the middle child among eleven siblings, whose circumstances compelled him to enter the workforce prematurely and leave his high school dreams behind. However, recognizing the limited job prospects available to him, he understood that obtaining his high school diploma was the key to unlocking a better life for his loved ones, and headed back to the classroom. This prestigious scholarship aims to honor the memory of Charles Pulling Sr. by empowering those who also wish to enhance their families' lives through education. Whether you are a high school or GED student, an undergraduate pursuing a non-traditional path, a first-generation student, a single parent, someone who took a break from education before returning, or over the age of 25, you are invited to apply. To apply, reveal what sets you apart as a non-traditional student and what fuels your relentless pursuit of greatness.Show Less

    2 awards worth $1,000
    Deadline Jul 31, 2024
    Grade Level High School & College Students
    Get Started

    $10,000 CollegeXpress Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by CollegeXpress

    Easy Application
    1 award worth $10,000
    Deadline May 1, 2025
    Grade Level High School Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors

    Offered by CollegeXpress

    Easy Application

    Annual $10k scholarship from CollegeXpress open to all high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors.

    Annual $10k scholarship from CollegeXpress open to all high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors.

    Annual $10k scholarship from CollegeXpress open to all high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors.

    1 award worth $10,000
    Deadline May 1, 2025
    Grade Level High School Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors
    Apply

    Helping Hands for Single Moms – Phoenix Scholarship

    Offered by Helping Hands for Single Moms

    Multiple awards worth Varies
    Deadline Rolling
    Grade Level College & Graduate Students

    Offered by Helping Hands for Single Moms

    Are you the single mom of a young child (or children) in Phoenix who is attending college or university? If so, consider applying for the…Show More

    Are you the single mom of a young child (or children) in Phoenix who is attending college or university? If so, consider applying for the…Show More

    Are you the single mom of a young child (or children) in Phoenix who is attending college or university? If so, consider applying for the Helping Hands for Single Moms - Phoenix Scholarship! The scholarship is open to legally single/divorced moms residing in the Phoenix area who are attending college and able to participate in Single Mom College Community meetings. Eligible applicants must also have at least one child under the age of 11. The scholarship is offered by Helping Hands for Single Moms, a nonprofit organization started in 2002. Their mission is to assist low-income single moms in attaining a post-secondary education. Helping Hands regularly grants awards of varying amounts to help single moms gain financial independence, pursue their postsecondary educations, and provide a positive family legacy for their dependents. If you are a single mom in the Phoenix area who is looking for funds for your education, we encourage you to apply!Show Less

    Multiple awards worth Varies
    Deadline Rolling
    Grade Level College & Graduate Students
    Get Started

    Helping Hands for Single Moms – Dallas Scholarship

    Offered by Helping Hands for Single Moms

    Multiple awards worth Varies
    Deadline Rolling
    Grade Level College & Graduate Students

    Offered by Helping Hands for Single Moms

    Are you the single mom of a young child (or children) in the DFW (Dallas Fort Worth) area who is attending college or university? If…Show More

    Are you the single mom of a young child (or children) in the DFW (Dallas Fort Worth) area who is attending college or university? If…Show More

    Are you the single mom of a young child (or children) in the DFW (Dallas Fort Worth) area who is attending college or university? If so, consider applying for the Helping Hands for Single Moms – Dallas Scholarship! The scholarship is open to legally single/divorced moms residing in the DFW area who are attending college and able to participate in Single Mom College Community meetings. Eligible applicants must also have at least one child under the age of 11. The scholarship is offered by Helping Hands for Single Moms, a nonprofit organization started in 2002. Their mission is to assist low-income single moms in attaining a post-secondary education. Helping Hands regularly grants awards of varying amounts to help single moms gain financial independence, pursue their postsecondary educations, and provide a positive family legacy for their dependents. If you are a single mom in the DFW area who is looking for funds for your education, we encourage you to apply!Show Less

    Multiple awards worth Varies
    Deadline Rolling
    Grade Level College & Graduate Students
    Get Started

    $1,000 Appily Easy College Money Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Appily

    Easy Application
    Monthly awards worth $1,000
    Deadline May 31, 2024
    Grade Level High School Freshman, High School Sophomore, High School Junior, College Freshman & College Sophomore

    Offered by Appily

    Easy Application

    This easy scholarship from Appily is open to U.S. high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, 2027) and college transfer students. One scholarship will be…Show More

    This easy scholarship from Appily is open to U.S. high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, 2027) and college transfer students. One scholarship will be…Show More

    This easy scholarship from Appily is open to U.S. high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, 2027) and college transfer students. One scholarship will be awarded each month.Show Less

    Monthly awards worth $1,000
    Deadline May 31, 2024
    Grade Level High School Freshman, High School Sophomore, High School Junior, College Freshman & College Sophomore
    Apply

    Maria Angela Bimbela Family Scholarship

    Offered by TAB Professional Services, LLC

    1 award worth $250
    Expected deadline May 2025
    Grade Level College Students

    Offered by TAB Professional Services, LLC

    Are you a Hispanic/Latino single mother who is currently enrolled in a post-secondary program? If so, the Maria Angela Bimbela Family Scholarship may be a…Show More

    Are you a Hispanic/Latino single mother who is currently enrolled in a post-secondary program? If so, the Maria Angela Bimbela Family Scholarship may be a…Show More

    Are you a Hispanic/Latino single mother who is currently enrolled in a post-secondary program? If so, the Maria Angela Bimbela Family Scholarship may be a great opportunity for you! Established in honor of Maria Angela Bimbela, an immigrant from Mexico who courageously raised four children as a housekeeper following the loss of her husband, this scholarship annually awards $250 to one (1) Hispanic/Latino single mother who is currently enrolled in college. To apply, interested students must submit a ~2,000-word essay and a transcript. Applicants may also choose to submit a recipe for inclusion in the Maria Angela Bimbela Memorial Scholarship Cookbook. If this sounds like a good opportunity for you, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

    1 award worth $250
    Expected deadline May 2025
    Grade Level College Students
    Get Started

    Women In Transition Scholarship

    Offered by Educational Foundation for Women in Accounting

    1 award worth $4,000
    Expected deadline April 2025
    Grade Level College Freshman

    Offered by Educational Foundation for Women in Accounting

    Are you a female breadwinner in the first year of an undergraduate (bachelor's) Accounting program? If so, consider applying for the Women In Transition Scholarship!…Show More

    Are you a female breadwinner in the first year of an undergraduate (bachelor's) Accounting program? If so, consider applying for the Women In Transition Scholarship!…Show More

    Are you a female breadwinner in the first year of an undergraduate (bachelor's) Accounting program? If so, consider applying for the Women In Transition Scholarship! The Women In Transition Scholarship is open to women who are the primary source of support for their families and who are enrolling as incoming college freshmen and pursuing a degree in Accounting. The scholarship is offered by the Educational Foundation for Women in Accounting, an organization that supports "equitable access to education" and the advancement of women who are pursuing careers in accounting. Each year, the scholarship awards a $4,000 scholarship to one hardworking applicant. The scholarship can be renewed for up to four years, for a total of $16,000 in scholarship money. If you’re a hardworking mom passionate about Accounting and are looking for some help to pay off your degree, we encourage you to apply!Show Less

    1 award worth $4,000
    Expected deadline April 2025
    Grade Level College Freshman
    Get Started

    $5,000 Christian Connector Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Christian Connector

    Easy Application
    1 award worth $5,000
    Deadline May 31, 2024
    Grade Level High School Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors

    Offered by Christian Connector

    Easy Application

    Students applying to the $5,000 Christian Connector Scholarship must be current high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, or 2027) interested in attending a Christian…

    Students applying to the $5,000 Christian Connector Scholarship must be current high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, or 2027) interested in attending a Christian…

    Students applying to the $5,000 Christian Connector Scholarship must be current high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, or 2027) interested in attending a Christian university or college.

    1 award worth $5,000
    Deadline May 31, 2024
    Grade Level High School Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors
    Apply

    Elevate Women in Technology Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Bold.org

    Easy Application
    1 award worth $500
    Expected deadline April 2025
    Grade Level All Grade Levels

    Offered by Bold.org

    Easy Application

    The tech industry is in dire need of more women. The Elevate Women in Technology Scholarship aims to change that by supporting the next generation…Show More

    The tech industry is in dire need of more women. The Elevate Women in Technology Scholarship aims to change that by supporting the next generation…Show More

    The tech industry is in dire need of more women. The Elevate Women in Technology Scholarship aims to change that by supporting the next generation of female leaders. This scholarship is open to women of any educational level and field of study who plan to use technology to make a positive impact on the world. While STEM and entrepreneurial experience is a plus, all women with a passion for tech are encouraged to apply. Join Calvin Rosser, who sponsors the scholarship, in elevating women in technology and driving innovation forward.Show Less

    1 award worth $500
    Expected deadline April 2025
    Grade Level All Grade Levels
    Apply

    Women In Need Scholarship

    Offered by Educational Foundation for Women in Accounting (EFWA)

    1 award worth $2,000
    Expected deadline April 2025
    Grade Level College Sophomore

    Offered by Educational Foundation for Women in Accounting (EFWA)

    The Women In Need Scholarship is for a student who is the primary source of support for her family and is completing her sophomore year…Show More

    The Women In Need Scholarship is for a student who is the primary source of support for her family and is completing her sophomore year…Show More

    The Women In Need Scholarship is for a student who is the primary source of support for her family and is completing her sophomore year of academic pursuit to earn a Bachelor's degree in Accounting. Applicants must be attending an accredited US school, be committed to the goal of pursuing a degree in Accounting in preparation for a career as an accounting or finance professional, have demonstrated aptitude in accounting and business as evidenced by prior coursework and/or work experience, and have clear evidence that goals and a plan for achieving those goals, both personal and professional, have been established. The scholarship will be awarded to the top applicant in the amount of $2,000 per year. It may be renewed for a second year upon completion of satisfactory coursework as evidenced by a 3.0 GPA. If you fit the above criteria, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

    1 award worth $2,000
    Expected deadline April 2025
    Grade Level College Sophomore
    Get Started
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    Top 5 scholarships for mothers overall

    Our editors hand-picked the following scholarships for moms because the organizations offering them are well-established, the awards are impressive, and the requirements allow a wide variety of applicants. Apply with confidence to our top 5 scholarships for mothers:

    How to win scholarships for moms and single moms

    Just as with any scholarship, scholarships for moms and single moms receive a lot of applications. They can only choose the most compelling applications to award their money to, so it’s important to stand out in yours. One great way to do this is to research the organization and read the scholarship carefully to figure out what values they are looking for in a candidate.

    Once you have this figured out, try to emphasize these values in your essays and application materials. In order to craft an effective essay, we recommend checking out some of our guides, like how to write a winning scholarship essay, how to write an essay about yourself, and how to tailor your writing to 250 or 500 word limits. We can also walk you through some common scholarship essay prompts and help you write a scholarship resume.

    Finally, don’t forget to apply to local scholarships! Local scholarships typically receive far less applications than nationwide or international ones. This means that each applicant has a better chance of winning. Look for some local community organizations, whether it is a church or community college or community center, and see if there are any opportunities offered.

    Related: Top Colleges in the United States for Affordability

    Other ways to save

    College scholarships aren’t the only way for women returning to school to save as they further their education! There are many other ways you can help pay for qualifications to advance your career. Here are a few other things to consider, including college alternatives:

    Tuition reimbursement

    An increasing number of employers offer tuition reimbursement. Some of the best-known tuition reimbursement programs in the country are at Starbucks, Chipotle, and Amazon. Try asking your HR department to see whether this is a benefit your employer offers.

    Certificate programs

    Certificate programs require significantly less time and money than a regular college education. They are typically more flexible time-wise as well. All of these make for a perfect solution for moms returning to school! There are a wide variety of certificate programs out there, including an especially inexpensive one from Google

    Related: Top certificates to earn this year

    Coding bootcamps

    Computer science is one of the fastest-growing industries out there, so there’s no surprise that more and more people are getting computer science degrees. Coding bootcamps are a great college alternative to help you start a coding career.

    Bootcamps often require no college education or prior knowledge. Additionally, they often offer income-share agreements or suspended tuition. Some won’t make you begin to pay off your tuition until you’ve landed a job after graduation. When they first began, coding bootcamps were very intensive experiences that would be difficult to maintain while raising a child. However, many opportunities now are flexible and doable for moms. One example is Flatiron School.

    Also see: Top coding bootcamp scholarships

    Community college

    Community colleges are a great option for moms and single moms to earn a degree. They are far less expensive than traditional four-year colleges, and are typically flexible on timing. They often offer night classes which can fit into a parent’s schedule after work. 

    Many adult learners end up enrolling at a community college to earn an associate’s degree, then transfer into a four-year program afterwards. This helps save money during those first two years, and allows you to move at your own pace.

    Related: Top community college scholarships

    Online college

    Online college is another burgeoning alternative to traditional four-year colleges. Many schools are offering courses through sites like Coursera. This is an especially popular option for certificates, but also for advanced degrees. They are less expensive, more flexible, and less time-intensive than four-year colleges. This makes them all the more feasible for single parents.

    Although their prestige is still forming because it is a relatively new concept, the effects of COVID have helped to make more of the population accept online college as a college alternative.

    Also see: Top scholarships for online students

    Frequently asked questions about scholarships for moms and single moms

    Do single moms qualify for Pell Grants?

    There are four main factors that determine Pell Grant eligibility:
    1. Students must demonstrate financial need through the FAFSA
    2. Students must be US citizens or eligible non-citizens
    3. Students must be attending college as an undergraduate student
    4. Eligible students may only use their Pell Grant for 12 semesters (this is total semesters and not necessarily consecutive semesters).



    As long as you check off the above eligibility boxes, you will be eligible for a Pell Grant! There is no maximum age for eligibility. Remember, applying for the FAFSA will also qualify you for other types of financial aid including federal student loans and work study.

    Do parents qualify for the FAFSA?

    Yes – parents do qualify for the FAFSA! The FAFSA will allow you to unlock need-based financial aid to pay for college. This can include need-based grants, like the Pell Grant, which do not need to be paid back and federal student loans which can have more favorable interest rates and more flexible repayment plans available to you.

    We recommend that every single mother who is contemplating going back to college or finishing their degree applies for financial aid with the FAFSA. The other benefit to the FAFSA is that you can typically combine need-based financial assistance with merit scholarships.

    Where else can moms find scholarships?

    We recommend that you start by looking at scholarships offered to your community. Chances are that your local community offers some great scholarship opportunities. We are a big fan of local scholarships, because students have a better chance of winning due to the smaller applicant pool. You can check out our guide to local scholarships to learn more about how to find, apply for, and win local scholarships.

    You can also check out the websites of any college you are interested in. Some hold scholarships specifically for moms and single moms, like this scholarship at Wilson College. We also recommend that you try out our scholarship search tool! This will custom-match you with vetted scholarships and update as deadlines pass and new opportunities open.

    What educational grants do moms qualify for?

    One of the most useful educational grants for moms in school is the Pell Grant. This is only an option for those pursuing an undergraduate education, but it provides a substantial amount of money based on financial need. The Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship is another amazing grant for moms over 35.

    Do single dads qualify for scholarships too?

    Single dads also qualify for a wide range of scholarships. The best way to start off the search is to fill out the FAFSA and to look into scholarships from your employer and from local organizations. You should also check out our scholarship search tool!

    Can I get a scholarship for being a mom?

    Yes – there are many scholarships out there reserved specifically for moms to pursue a higher education! One great example is the Patsy Takemoto Mink Education Foundation Scholarship. This annual scholarship program offers low-income women with children up to $5,000 to put towards education or professional training. Applicants must have already finished high school and children who are currently a minor.

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