For cash strapped single moms around the United States, the only way that they will ever have the option of attending college is via scholarships and grants. Because of their circumstances, there are typically a variety of funds available to them if they just take the time to seek them out.
While in some cases these programs are provided to single mothers based upon degree program, minority status or income levels, several others are available simply based upon the state that they live in. In virtually every one of the fifty states, there is a scholarship program available to single moms who are desperate need of a college level education.
In general, these scholarships require not just that the applicant reside in the specified state but that they also attend college in that same state. Because fine academic institutions are located around the US, this should not prove to be a problem for eligible single moms looking for scholarship funds. Here is a listing of just a few of the state specific scholarships that are available to ambitious single mothers.
Wisconsin: The University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire
This scholarship program is only for single mother Wisconsin residents planning to attend the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire. Several scholarships are available each year and the awards are from $500 to $3,000 per recipient. This is a need based scholarship, so applicants should be prepared to provide proof of economic hardship. In order to qualify the candidate must also be the custodial parent of at least one minor child.
California: The Bobbe Browning Memorial Scholarship
This is a $1,000 scholarship designed for single mothers who are planning to attend California State University in Fullterton. In particular, this is for older single mom applicants who are over the age of 27 and are reentering students. This is a need based scholarship that is limited to only full-time students.
West Virginia: Carrie Koeturius Scholarship
This scholarship for single mothers is for returning students who are planning to attend West Virginia University on either a full-time or part-time basis. Qualified applicants must have been away from college for at least two years or who have entered college more than 5 years after high school. The value of the scholarship varies from year to year.
Arkansas: Altrusa International of Fayetteville Scholarship
The scholarship for Arkansas natives who are single mothers is in the amount of $1,000 and may be renewed. In order to qualify, the student must have a GPA of 3.0 or better. Also, they must reside in Washington County, Arkansas and have at least one dependent child living at home. This is also a financial need based scholarship wherein the single mother must make less than $25,000 per year to qualify.