Single Parent Scholarships Overview

As it is difficult to be a parent, it is more difficult to be a single parent. It is often difficult for the students who are single and/or parent of one or more children to balance their education and the family expenses. For such students who seek financial aid, scholarships are awarded by state and private organizations to help the students finance their education without difficulties. Such scholarships offered to students who are single parents are categorized under single parent scholarships. There are plenty of scholarships available for single dads and single moms. Through these scholarships, the students are able to complete their basic and higher education and make them qualified for jobs to sustain themselves.

These scholarships are generally awarded to students who have lost their spouses to death. This is a great opportunity for those who discontinued their education due to personal issues to get back to studies and complete their education. Some scholarships under this category are:

  • BYU Marriott School Single Parent Scholarships: Single-parent undergraduates are awarded BYU Marriott School Single Parent Scholarships as a financial help by the Spouse Association of the Marriott School's National Advisory Council. These scholarships are specifically for single mothers.

  • Ann and Peter Ziegler Scholarship: The single mothers who are enrolled to a four-year institution majoring in Liberal Arts are awarded the Ann and Peter Ziegler Scholarship by the CNM Foundation.

  • Bernice Murray Scholarship: The Bernice Murray Scholarship Foundation offers scholarships for students who are single parents to help and encourage them to pursue their educational goals. The scholarship is awarded to single fathers only.

  • LouEllen Dabbs Scholarship: LouEllen Dabbs Scholarship is awarded to students who are single parents pursuing a career in business, banking or finance. This scholarship is awarded to single fathers who are pursuing a career in the commerce field.

Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund

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  • 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.

Kentucky Colonels Better Life Scholarship

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  • The applicant must be a Kentucky resident.

  • The student must be enrolled at an accredited institution for a full-time associate degree.

  • The applicant should be a single working parent of one or more children under 12 years of age.

  • The applicant should produce financial need.

  • Demonstrate enthusiasm for learning and potential for academic success

Marie Ferraro Scholarship

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  • Applicant should be an accepted undergraduate student at Buffalo State.

  • Applicant must declare a major.

  • Applicant must be a single parent.

  • Applicant should have a GPA of 3.25 or higher

Deanna Forbush Endowed Scholarship

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  • The applicant must be a single mother with excellent academic records.

  • The applicant must be enrolled to graduate school.

  • The applicant must be a full-time student.

Katherine A. Ellis Scholarship

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  • The applicant must be a single mother with excellent academic records.

  • The applicant must be enrolled to graduate school.

  • The applicant must be a full-time student.

Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund

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  • The applicant must be born before 30th September 2008.

  • The applicant should be a spouse, dependent or a domestic partner of the 9/11 victim.

  • The applicant must be enrolled in a postsecondary study program by the age of 24.

  • The applicant should be born after 11th September 2001.

Beatrice F. Kroesche Fund Scholarship

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  •  The applicant should be a visually- or hearing-challenged single woman.

  • The applicant may be a single mother who is in good academic standing.

  • The applicant must be majoring in humanities or education.

  • The applicant must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better. 

BYU Marriott School Single Parent Scholarships

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  • The applicant must be a single parent with custody of one or more dependent children.

  • The applicant must be officially admitted to a BYU Marriott program.

  • The student must remain in good academic standing and will be reevaluated yearly.

  • The applicant should not get married during the term of the scholarship.

Calvert Family Endowed Scholarship

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  • The applicant must be a married or a single parent who is a junior or senior attending classes while working full or part-time.

  • The applicant must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.

  • The applicant should display financial need.

Ann and Peter Ziegler Scholarship

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  • The applicant must major in Liberal Arts.

  • The applicant should plan to transfer to a 4-year institution.

  • The applicant should have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

  • The applicant should have completed at least 12 college-level credits at CNM.

  • The applicant should maintain a satisfactory academic progress.

Bernice Murray Scholarship

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  • The applicant must be a Vermont resident.

  • The applicant should be a single parent with primary custody of at least one 12-year-old child or younger.

  • The applicant must be attending an accredited school approved for federal Title IV funding.

  • The applicant must demonstrate financial need.

Bruce and Marjorie Sundlun Scholarship

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  • The applicant must be a Rhode Island resident.

  • The applicant must be a low-income single parent. 

  • The applicant should be a parent currently or previously receiving state aid or have been previously incarcerated.

LouEllen Dabbs Scholarship

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  • The student must be enrolled in business administration or banking.

  • The applicant must be a single parent.

  • The applicant must be registered for a minimum of nine credits.

  • The student should have a cumulative GPA of 2.35 or more.

Single Parent Traditional Scholarship of Northwest Arkansas

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  • The applicant must be a single parent.

  • The applicant must be a legal United States resident or a resident with DACA status, and a resident of Carroll, Madison, or Washington County, Arkansas.

  • The applicant must be a high school or GED graduate.

  • The applicant must be pursuing a career-oriented course of study to ensure a better standard of living for your family as a full-time or part-time student. 

  • The applicant must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5.

Capture the Dream, Inc.

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  • The applicant must be a resident Bay Area. 

  • The applicant should belong to a low-income household.

  • The applicant must be one or more minor children's legal parent/guardian.

  •  The applicant must be enrolled at an accredited, not-for-profit two or four-year institution.

Downer-Bennett Scholarship

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  • The applicant must be a single parent.

  • The applicant must be a continuing undergraduate student at the UNM main campus.

  • The applicant must have high cumulative UNM GPA.

Arizona BPW Foundation Scholarships

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  • The award is available only to women candidates.

  • The applicant must be 21 years of age or more and should be working in the state of Arizona.