Scholarships for Women Overview


Today more than ever in the past, women are turning to college as a means of secure a better future for themselves and their families. According to some studies, women make up the majority of college students today. For those who lack the financial means to take advantage of this changing educational landscape, scholarships for women can help fill the void.

One thing to watch for is that many scholarships are goal-oriented. That is to say they want to promote women as leaders, get them into currently male-dominated industries or get them into doctoral programs. This is not a bad thing. By all means, it is often designed to not only help a woman get a college education but to succeed well beyond college.

Some of these scholarships are given to those women to demonstrate leadership skills or an entrepreneurial knack before they enroll in college. Others are given to women who have been away from school for a while and are looking for ways to improve their career options. Even female undergraduates can qualify for scholarships if they are excelling in their studies. The fields of math, science and technology are always looking for more women and many businesses will offer scholarships to women willing to undertake this type of degree, such as IBM and Microsoft to name a couple.

The Jeannette Rankin Foundation Scholarships are available every year with a deadline of March 1st. These scholarships are awarded to low income women who are r35 or older with a vision of how a college education can change the lives of their families and themselves. If you are pursuing a technical or vocational education, an associate’s degree or your first bachelor’s degree, you may be eligible for this program. You must be an American citizen to apply.

The SWE Scholarship Program is another annual program. You need to apply by February 15. It provides assistance for women enrolled in “ABET/CSAB accredited baccalaureate or graduate programs, in preparation for careers in engineering, engineering technology and computer science.”

These grants are announced for sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduates in the summer and for freshman or those reentering school in the late summer or early fall. Some or corporate sponsored scholarships and others are endowments. Both are paid out when proof of registration is provided.

Other sources of financial scholarship may be available through the school you are attending. Talk to your guidance counselor or the finance office to find additional assistance paying for your college education.



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