Scholarships and Grants for Single Fathers

Are you a single parent? Worry not! There are a number of scholarships and Grants for Single Fathers. Learn about the application process, rewards, deadlines, and more.

Updated by Parvathy K on 8th October 2020

For a mother to support her children it is less difficult than it is for a father. Being a single father has many responsibilities that are not often talked about. To support the children in their needs and financially, they may leave their personal dream careers astray. For such men who are single parents and wish to pursue a proper and higher education, the federal government and various other state and private organizations offer myriad financial aids such as loans, grants, work-study programs, scholarships, and grants for single fathers. 

Among the financial aids, scholarships are the most convenient form as the money received through scholarships need not be paid back unlike loans and grants as the scholarships are awarded mainly on the basis of the academic merit of the student and other achievements and not based on the financial need. Loans and grants are availed to students on the basis of the financial need demonstrated.

The scholarships offered by the different organizations, agencies, groups, and other associations help and support the single fathers who had to discontinue their education to take care of the family at an early age, to fund the tuition and fees, books and supplies, and other educational expenses. The scholarships make it possible for these men to get a proper educational qualification and get employed as basic education is very relevant when it comes to getting a proper, well-paid job.

Along with the financial requirements to raise a family in proper conditions, the students often neglect their education and career and struggle with meager salary jobs. To make it easily available to such students who have dreams of pursuing higher education or professional career, the college scholarships have lenient eligibility criteria.

Single fathers can seek financial assistance to support their college costs as there are several scholarships awarded in different levels of education. Instead of settling with small jobs, single father scholarships are benefits that lead to proper education to support a successful career.

Top 5 Scholarships for Single Fathers

The following are the top 5 scholarships for Single Fathers,

1. Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund

Application deadline

Varies

Award

Varies

Awards available

Varies

Email-Address

bchapple@aspsf.org

Contact

479-927-1402

Website

Link

Address

614 East Emma Avenue, Suite 119, Springdale, Arkansas 72764

Eligibility Criteria

  • Should be a single parent living in Arkansas

  • Must be a low-income person living at the poverty level

  • Should be a high school graduate or an equivalent with a minimum GPA of 2.0

    Must be a custodian of one or more children under the age of 18

  • Not possessing a degree or diploma from a four-year institution of higher learning.

2. Roadway Worker Memorial Scholarship

Application Deadline

2/15/2021

Award

$10,000

Awards available

Varies

Email

foundation@atssa.com

Contact

540-368-1701

Awards available

Varies

Website

Link

Address

Scholarship Committee, 15 Riverside Parkway, Suite 100, Fredericksburg, VA 22406

Eligibility Criteria

  • Candidate must be a dependent of roadway worker.

  • The scholarship is accessible to dependents of roadway workers killed/disabled while on duty.

  • Parents with custody or spouses of fallen workers can apply.

  • Candidates with a strong commitment to volunteerism are eligible to be awarded an additional  $1,000 Chuck Bailey Memorial Scholarship. 

 3. Park Foundation Scholarship

Application Deadline

6/1/2021

Award

$2,000 

Awards available

2

Email-Address

scholarships@TC3.edu

Contact

607-844-8222 x4321

Website

Link

Address

Scholarship Committee, 170 North St, P.O. Box 139Dryden, NY 13053

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants must have full-time enrollment in an educational institution

  • The applicant must have a GPA of 3.0.

  • The following recipients can take part in this scholarship:

    •  A single female

    • A single male

    • Head of household with dependents

    • Vietnam veteran with no educational benefits

  • The applicant must demonstrate substantial financial need.

4. Bruce and Marjorie Sundlun Scholarship

Application Deadline

May 04, 2021

Award

 $2,000

Awards available

Varies

Email-Address

info@rifoundation.org

Contact

401-274-4564

Website

Link

Address

Scholarship Committee, One Union Station, Providence, RI 02903

Eligibility criteria

  • Applicants must be Rhode Island residents.

  • The scholarship is valid for low-income single parents.

  • Applicants with a history of receiving state aid or incarnation are given preference.

5. Capture the Dream, Inc. Single Parent Scholarship

Application Deadline

6/30/2021

Award

$1,000

Awards available

1

Email-Address

jennifer.peak@capturethedream.org

Contact

(510) 343-3635

Website

Link

Address

Jennifer Peak, 484 Lake Park Ave #15, Oakland, CA 94610

Eligibility criteria

  • The applicant must be a single parent/ minority student.

  • Applicant must have substantial financial need.

  • The applicant must be a resident of the Bay Area.

  • Applicant must be enrolled full-time at an accredited, non-profit 4-year educational institution

  • The applicant must demonstrate a strong leadership history, commitment to the community, and top academic merit. Professional recommendations can be an added advantage. 

Conclusion

It is important for the U.S Government to cater to everyone’s needs. Most of these are achieved through financial assistance. Scholarships and grants for single fathers have helped a long way and it is believed to create more opportunities for this demographic in the near future. Before applying to any financial assistance, it is essential to scrutinize the various aspects of it and then make a decision on its application.

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