Thursday February 20, 2020

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. Finding scholarships for moms returning to school does not have to be daunting or difficult. But you do have to know where to look.

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.

Adult Degree Completion Scholarships (Maine) $4000/Yr for Women Going Back To School

Did you start a college degree in Maine, but had to drop out before you could complete it?

Then you could qualify for up to $4000 per year in scholarships with the Adult Degree Completion Scholarship from the University of Maine. If your gap out of college has been for three or more years and you were studying at a University of Maine institution, then this is a scholarship that can help get your studies back on track.

There are a lot of reasons why you might have had to drop out of your college degree. Whatever the reason was, there’s nothing more disappointing than knowing you can’t continue with the studies you were so determined to complete. The main reason that women drop out of a degree early include:

  • Financial difficulties – if you can’t afford to study, you might have had to go back to full time work instead
  • Divorce – ending a relationship can place all sorts of hardship on you, making it difficult to maintain a study routine
  • Raising children – many women with young children go back to college, but some find it too challenging to juggle both, particularly when there is little to no support available
  • Lack of confidence – your grades might not be what you hoped for, dashing your hopes of completing the degree. This can often be a result of not having enough time to study due to having to work part time or look after a family

So whichever circumstance caused you to stop your studies early, if you were in the UMA system three or more years ago, there’s now hope that you can go back and complete your degree with financial assistance.

This scholarship can award you up to $4000 per year for the remainder of your studies. For many women this can be all the difference in being able to study, or having to let go of your dream forever.

Here’s all you need to know about this scholarship:

What is the Adult Degree Completion Scholarship?

  • You need to be a returning undergraduate student in Maine who has been out of college for a minimum of 3 years
  • You must have already completed 30 credits of your degree
  • Even if you intend on studying part time, you can still qualify for this scholarship as long as you are completing 6-8 credits each semester.

How much is it worth?

  • Students can receive up to $4,000 per academic year for the remainder of your studies (maximum of 8 semesters)

How do I apply for the Adult Degree Completion Scholarship?

Applications are completed online at the official website right here

There are two cut off dates depending on when you are returning to school: August 1 for a full academic year, and December 1 for an award for spring semester. Make sure you meet all five of the listed requirements before you start the application process; and take your time with the application to ensure you have the best possible chance of being selected!

Whitehouse Council Scholarship Funds (Ohio)

Whitehouse Council in Northwest Ohio is again offering two scholarship awards in 2019. These scholarships are worth $500 each and entry is open to all residents of Whitehouse, OH.

Applications are open until June 14, 2019. The Scholarship Committee will then select two winners from all applicants – and these people will receive a very handy $500 grant that you can use for your post-secondary education expenses.

To qualify for this scholarship, you must be a resident of the council area as well as be enrolled in an accredited educational institution or trade program. The funds will be paid directly to your education institution, so this is not a cash in hand scholarship. However the money will be directly available for your own expenses in your course.

Download a scholarship application PDF here, print it out, fill it in then submit it to the Council at P.O. Box 2476 • Whitehouse, OH 43571.

Village Scholarships – What Is It?

Village Scholarships had a goal of being a modern day scholarship organization with a twist: to makes use of crowdfunding and other methods to generate income which is then dispersed to scholarship winners who can use it to fund their education.

The entrepreneurs (twins) behind Village Scholarships first appeared on the show Shark Tank where they spruiked the idea for this scholarship crowdfunding platform. Unfortunately the company has not gone on to operate after 2016, indicating that their idea, although a fantastic one, did not receive the financial backing that they needed to get it off the ground.

The website which no longer exists, was originally just a concept site to display on the site and their social media accounts have not been updated since 2016. Sadly it looks like they’ve had to give up on the idea for now.

Village Scholarships came up with a great idea to help fund scholarships for students most in need. Let’s hope they are able to get the platform running at some point because this could be a life changing organization if they can come up with a better business plan, and ultimately receive the support it so deserves to get off the ground.

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