With this current economy, no one can use an extra hand more than the working parent. They are often caught in a bind where they are constantly afraid of losing their job, thus their insurance and who knows what else. At the same time, they can’t take the time to advance themselves through going on for a degree, either on campus or an online college. They feel they are doing all they can do just to keep a house over their children’s heads. Available online grant and scholarship programs may just be a part of the answer.
What many don’t know is that there are organizations out there more than willing to help them. They realize the best thing to do is, allegorically, teach these parents how to fish, not just give them pure handouts. So they’ll help with tuition, fees and even child care. Here’s a listing of five of them out there:
(1) Project Working Mom – There’s been some doubt about this organization as they advertise on the Internet an incredibly amount. So far, however, all investigations have come up negative. Last year, Working Mom apparently handed out $2 million to working mothers. All the mothers have to do go online, fill out a questionnaire and write an essay. So far, they seem to be quite good.
(2) Jeanette Ranking Scholarship – This organization started in 1978 with its first grant of $500. As of 2008, they have awarded $1.3 million to approximately 600 low-income women who are 35 years of age or older. This organization’s goal is to help make sure such women don’t wind up in a welfare rut. They feel awarding grants and scholarships toward a higher education is one way to insure they never get trapped in one.
(3) R.O.S.E. Scholarship – Their name stands for Regaining One’s Self Esteem, and this Boston-based charity’s primary purpose is to assist victims of domestic violence. As part of this program, they provide educational grants, as they feel advanced education is one of the way these victims will rebuild their self-esteem. These grants are good for vocational schools, as well as colleges.
(4) Women’s Independence Scholarship Fund – It was once known as the Sunshine Lady’s Fund, but is usually abbreviated to WISPINC. Like R.O.S.E., this charity is for victims of domestic abuse. What does matter is they give $250 to $5,000 in grants to help women enter the work force through education. The funds are renewable and were given to nearly 600 women last year.
(5) Patsy Takemoto Mink Foundation – This group was founded by the first woman elected to the Congress for Hawaii. She specifically created it for single women with children, giving out $2,000 scholarships under a program called Educational Support Awards. Last year they gave out over 600 of these grants.
The best way to find out and apply for these student loans opportunities is to go to the websites and fill out the various applications. Search engines such as Google will list an incredible number of similar organizations besides these five, so doing a little research on them as well wouldn’t hurt. From scholarships for single mothers to victims of domestic abuse, there are serious programs and financial assistance for those willing to take that first educational step. For more information about money for college, check the internet.