Getting college education is very difficult for single mothers because they often face resistance from educational institutions while applying for financial aid and because they have the additional responsibility of bringing up a child. It is generally thought that single mother can only finance their studies with student loans if they are to continue their studies. Keeping in view these difficulties many welfare organization working for the welfare for single mothers have started scholarship programs specifically for single mothers. Like all other scholarship programs the best way to search for these programs is to search over internet.
Some educational institutions are also offering such scholarships now; together there are thousands of different scholarship programs offered to single mothers by educational institutions or welfare organization. These scholarship programs normally provide for expenses of education together with expenses of bringing up a child. With little effort single moms will be able to find financial assistance for their studies.
The Patsy Takemoto Mink Education Foundation is an organization that awards $2000 scholarships to low-income single mothers who are seeking education and training. The scholarships are generally awarded based on academic merit.
Raise The Nation is a scholarship program that works with colleges and universities to provide financial assistance to single mothers. These scholarships are awarded based on financial need.
Our Families Our Future is a scholarship program that also offers need based scholarships to financial struggling single moms.
Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund (SPSF) is a non-profit organization that offers financial assistance that covers tuition, childcare, books, utility bills and other expenses. This is a large organization that has awarded over $11 million worth of scholarships to over 20,000 applicants.
The above programs are mentioned to highlight the opportunities available to single moms. As in other cases the best way to search for scholarships is to search them over internet. You can make use of scholarship search sites to search for a scholarship you may qualify for; however students from developing countries may not be able to find such programs over scholarship search engines. Moreover usually no college in these countries provides scholarships for single moms. Applicants from developing countries should look for NGO’s in their country that provide aid to single moms.
Once you have found a scholarship program that you qualify for, make sure you make a complete education. Most of the scholarship providers will require you to provide proof of your past academic performance, your child and financial need.