Scholarships for Moms Returning to College

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The Bureau of Labor Statistics' Winter 2004 Quarterly Outlook reported that one significant factor hindering Americans from re-entering the workforce following an absence of five or more years was the lack of current marketable skills. Returning to college to finish a bachelor's or even a graduate degree is a sure path to improved employment options following an absence from the job market; however, the rising cost of an education can be prohibitive for mothers returning to college. Some organizations provide scholarships to assist mothers in pursuing a college education.

The American Association of University Women

The American Association of University Women awards $ 2,000 to $12,000 to women who are planning to re-enter the workforce, hold a bachelor's degree and need to earn a master's degree. Funds are available for women studying in two or four-year colleges in the U.S. or in technical schools accredited by the U.S. Department of Education. Priority is given to women of color, women pursuing their first graduate degree and to women who plan to study in a non-traditional field. The deadline for the submission of an application falls in mid-December.

AAUW 1111 Sixteenth St. NW Washington, DC 20036 202-785-7700

The Jeannette Rankin Foundation

The Jeannette Rankin Scholarship Fund provides $1,500 to female citizens of the U.S. over the age of 35 who wish to return to college to complete an undergraduate degree. Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited institution and must meet income guidelines based on the size of their households. Applications must be postmarked by March 1st.

Jeannette Rankin Foundation 1 Huntington Road, Suite 701 Athens, GA 30606 706-208-1211

The Educational Foundation for Women in Accounting

The Educational Foundation for Women in Accounting has two scholarships for women returning to school to study accounting. A woman can be granted up to $16,000 if she is entering as a freshman in an undergraduate accounting program. A second $2,000 scholarship is renewable for two consecutive years and is for incoming, current or junior students. In both cases, applicants must show financial need and provide evidence of academic progress each semester. Applications must be postmarked by the end of April.

The Educational Foundation for Women in Accounting 136 South Keowee St. Dayton, OH 45402 937-424-3391


Women who are U.S. or Canadian citizens holding a G.E.D. or a high school diploma issued prior to 2001, who are enrolled or who plan to enroll in an accredited U.S. or Canadian two, three or four-year institution and whose program of study will be completed in or before 2012 are eligible for a Talbots Women’s Scholarship of 15,000 or 30,000 U.S. dollars. Applications are due in January for the 2011 school year. Only the first 5,000 eligible applicants are processed. 507-931-1682

The AARP Foundation

Women who have been absent from the workforce for five or more years, women who are raising children of another family, or women with low income, limited job potential and no retirement benefits or health care are invited to apply for the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) Foundation Women’s Scholarship. Funds can be applied to tuition, fees and books at accredited colleges and four-year institutions as well as vocational schools. More information about the program is made available in the late fall on the website of the AARP.

AARP 601 E Street, NW Washington DC 20049 888-687-2277