Because most scholarships for mothers specify that they are "single" mothers, it can often be difficult for married moms to find financial assistance to go back to school. Additionally, the "financial need" requirement of many scholarships may disqualify married and working women. Ideally, scholarships for married working moms should be merit based rather than need based and should allow for the possibility of online or part-time study.
Project Working Mom Scholarships
Elearners.com has teamed with Project Working Mom to provide scholarship assistance for married working moms because it allows them to further their education online and because the scholarships are merit based. These awards are available in amounts that range from $688 to $50,000. Students can use the funds to pursue both graduate and undergraduate degrees, and they must use them to complete coursework at one of several U.S. institutions. In order to be eligible, a student must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States who is at least 18 years of age. Applicants must complete a 1,500-word essay explaining why they have chosen to pursue an online degree. There are three annual deadlines for application: March 1, April 27 and September 30. Interested students should visit the Project Working Mom website for complete scholarship details. Project Working Mom elearners.com
Talbots Scholarship Foundation
Scholarship money provided annually by the Talbots Scholarship Foundation and Scholarship America is perfect for working married moms because it focuses on older applicants and allows for part-time study. Awards range from $15,000 to $30,000. In order to be eligible, a woman must have received a high school diploma or GED a minimum of 10 years before applying for this scholarship, and she must live in the United States or Canada. The annual deadline for application is January 2. Prospective applicants should visit the Talbots Scholarship Foundation website to submit an electronic application. Scholarship America 1550 American Boulevard E. Suite 155 Minneapolis, MN 55425 507-931-1682 scholarshipamerica.org
Royal Neighbors Life Enrichment Scholarships
Life Enrichment Scholarships offered by the Royal Neighbors of America are ideal for married working moms because they can use the money for part-time and short-term studies and because they are aimed at non-traditional students 21 years of age or older. These one-time scholarships are $500 awards. Students must be members of Royal Neighbors of America in order to be eligible. The annual deadline for application is April 1. Interested students should visit the Royal Neighbors of America website to submit an electronic application. Royal Neighbors of America 230 16th St. Rock Island, IL 61201 800-627-4762. royalneighbors.org