Many college grants and scholarships for women are now available to help women complete their college education. The Obama administration has called upon every American who has not completed a college education to return to school, and since single mothers are among those with the lowest rates of higher education the president’s call is of particular interest.
To help put college in reach of single mothers, the federal government is restructuring the Pell Grant program to increase the amount of the grants and to guarantee that recipients will receive annual increases.
These grants are made available first to those students with the least ability to contribute to their tuition, and since single mothers are part of single income homes, many are eligible.
The federal government is not the only source of funding for single mothers to return to school. The private sector has also responded to the new push, and has increased efforts to make single mother scholarships available.
Leading Sources College Grants and Scholarships for Women
The American Association of University Women. The AAUW is a huge source of funding for women starting or returning to college. Their scholarships target women re-entering the job market, those who want to be teachers, or women entering fields in which females are underrepresented.
The Jeannette Rankin Scholarship Fund. The focus of this fund is on low-income women, especially those over 35, who want to start or return to higher education.
The Anita Borg Scholarship. The scholarship is worth $10,000 per academic year in which the recipient qualifies through maintaining good grades.
These national scholarships for women are only the tip of the iceberg. Hundreds of millions of dollars are available from national organizations and employers, and also from the colleges and universities themselves.
Scholarships are being awarded in record numbers in a variety of categories, including athletics, academics, the arts, sciences, and those awarded to minorities.