Saturday September 20, 2014

Finding Scholarships for a Mom

Locating scholarships for a mom can often be like finding a needle in a haystack – ok perhaps not THAT hard but you know what I mean!

I wonder why so many colleges and employers think that moms will not make good students or employees?

Perhaps it is due to the commitment issue: they just think you don’t have the time to commit yourself to the study or the job. We know this is wrong though!

If you know that you can be a great student, and if you are ready to take on a college degree, then a scholarship is the best way to get the cash for college so that money won’t be a problem for you.

Some of the best ways to find scholarships for a mom who wishes to go to school include:

1. The Internet
The internet has a few great resources for finding scholarships and grants. Look at websites from reputable colleges and universities.

2. Go to College Campuses
Make a list of colleges you are interested in and go visit them. Talk to the department about grants and scholarships – they may have one that is perfect for you.

3. Government Departments
Call or go to your local education department or state department who will have a lot of useful information about mothers who wish to go to college.

4. Win a Scholarship
If you don’t meet merit or other criteria then winning a scholarship is a great way to get one. Just enter as many competitions and draws as you can and who knows, you may become a winner.

These are just 4 of the ways to find a scholarship if you are a mom wishing to return to school.

Live Your Dream Awards (Women’s Opportunity Award)

You may have heard about the Soroptimist Women’s Opportunity Awards. Now renamed as the Live Your Dream Awards, these education grants are aimed at women specifically.

With more than 1200 women receiving funds through this program every year, it is a very important grants program for women who may have experienced difficulties in life, and thus left in a position where paying for further education whilst maintaining the family finances is very tough, or often impossible.

Learn the basics about the Live Your Dream Awards here, so you can decide whether you will be able to apply for this very generous financial assistance that can help you and your family out as you embark on your new path to further education and career development. Read more…