Tuition isn’t the only expense faced by a single mom who is going back to school. Often she has to pay for additional hours of child care, expenses to travel back and forth to class, school textbooks and other supplies. That’s why it’s important to investigate all sources of grants and scholarship to lighten the financial burden.
The Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund isn’t targeted specifically toward the single mom, but if you are a woman over the age of 35 and fit the other criteria, your single mom status doesn’t rule you out.
The income guidelines are as follows:
Household Size Maximum Net Household Income
In addition to the age and income guidelines, you must be either a U.S. citizen or be a Permanent Resident of the U.S. You have to be accepted t or enrolled in a school that is regionally or ACICS accredited and be in the process of pursuing a vocational or technical education, as associate’s degree or your first bachelor’s degree.
When selecting the women to be awarded the scholarships, the committee will be looking at your goals. They will also consider the plan that you have made for reaching the stated goals and the challenges that you have already faced or may be facing as you attempt to accomplish them. Your unique financial situation will also be taken into consideration.
How to Apply for the Scholarship
Contact your school’s financial aid or enrollment office to make sure that the school has the ACICS or regional accreditation that is required for you to be eligible for the Jeannette Rankin Foundation scholarship.
Applications for the Jeannette Rankin Foundation scholarships are accepted on or after November 1, 2012 for next year. You can apply online at www.rankinfoundation.org. The website has an application form that you can download and fill out. There is also a video guide at the web page http://www.rankinfoundation.org/students/applications to help you fill out your application.
Many single moms who are going back to school don’t know anyone who can write an academic or professional reference for them. The Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund committee suggests that you choose a person who is familiar with your academic goals or personal situation to write a positive letter instead. This person could be an employer, a volunteer supervisor, co-worker or a counselor. Don’t let the reference requirement in your pursuit of the additional education funds.