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Grants for Moms

Grants for Moms

Mothers give up a lot when having a child or children. They give up a career and education in most circumstances. In others, it means changing or modifying short-term and long-term goals. Grants and scholarships can be an attractive option for mothers of all kinds, whether you are a single mom, married with children, or a teen mom, there are grants for you.


"Being homesick is natural. Go back home during spring and summer breaks. You will come back refreshed and focused."

Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund  

Named after the first woman to be elected to Congress, Jeannette Rankin, The Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund has been awarding scholarships to help over 500 women across the United States since 1978.

Jeannette Rankin was the first woman elected to the United States Congress. She served as a representative from Montana and was a prominent advocate for women’s suffrage and pacifism.

Applicants must be a woman, age 35 or older, have a low income, be a United States citizen or permanent resident, and be pursuing technical or vocational education, an associate’s, or your first bachelor’s degree. Furthermore, she must be enrolled in or accepted to, a regionally or an Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) accredited school.

Applications are currently being accepted for 2022! The deadline is June 1, 2022

The application cycle begins on November 1st each year and ends on March 1st. You have to be a U.S. citizen matriculating into an accredited American college or university.

The application process is involved, but pretty much straightforward. The site emphasizes the fact that you should review the eligibility chart to be certain that you qualify.

If you do not meet the requirements your application will be disqualified. The way they repeat this information seems to indicate that they disqualify many applicants because they do not meet the requirements.

We encourage you to view the video which does an immensely good job of explaining the application process in detail.

For example, it covers the step-by-step process, how to determine if you are considered a new student, living arrangements, and what to do if you are planning to transfer to another university.


Twitter: @rankinfund



Philanthropic Educational Organization

Philanthropic Educational Organization, or PEO, is one of the most prominent societies for women. Founded in Mount Pleasant, Iowa in 1869 the organization has over 100,000 members.

Its mission is to celebrate women’s advancement, educate women through grants, awards, and scholarships, and motivate women to achieve their highest aspirations. The best part about the PEO scholarships is that you are not required to be a member of the P.E.O. organization.

P.E.O. Educational Loan Fund has been helping women achieve their academic goals since 1907.

Applicants must be recommended by local chapters of the P.E.O. Sisterhood.

For international women who would like to attend a college or university in the United States, the P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship is your ticket.

P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship Fund
P.E.O. Executive Office
3700 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa

The maximum amount is $10,000 and is good for 12 months, which includes two semesters and a summer course or the equivalent. Be advised, that the scholarship does not cover all expenses, such as travel, living expenses, and food and shelter.

You have to guarantee your means of commuting and be able to provide for yourself. This means you should have access to a source of income or savings.

Announcements of if you will receive any funds and the amount will be done in May. Payments come in two installments: one in August and one in December.

You should start by requesting more information about any particular scholarship that interests you. Requesting information on one may or may not give you information about another that you may be eligible for.

Twitter: @CotteyCollege



Displaced Homemaker Scholarships

The Displaced Homemaker Scholarships is funded by the Association on American Indian Affairs. They offer $1,500 to women (and men) to help alleviate the burden of covering the cost of higher education on top of their other responsibilities.

Applicants will have to describe what these responsibilities are in a determination essay. Applications begin being accepted at the end of February.



Twitter: @IndianAffairs


Federal Student Aid

Financial aid can help in a tremendously helpful way. They provide financial aid and scholarship wizard to help you discover sources of funds to assist you in your educational goals.

They also have a career finder, college savings calculator, and college matching wizard to help you make the best choice regarding your education.

Usually, filling out a FASFA form and submitting it is the first thing a student does when matriculating. When applying make sure to have up-to-date information available, parents available to fill out any necessary information, and do not leave anything blank.

If your living situation will change in the upcoming months then use this information when considering how much money you have available and things about that.

If you haven’t done so already, click the title above and apply for FASFA.


Twitter: @FAFSA


Scholarships for Moms

Scholarships4mom is an initiative to help all moms who want to finish their education, but have something complicating matters such as a lack of time, a lack of support, or a lack of money.

They offer a $10,000 scholarship to help mothers achieve their educational goals and balance motherhood and/or careers.


Twitter: @Scholarships4Mo



American Association of University Women (AAUW)

American Association of University Women is a nationwide network of more than 100,000 members and donors, 1,000 branches, and 600 college and university partners.

AAUW has been around for 130 years and takes a position on issues regarding education, society, the economy, and politics.

Its mission is to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.

This organization only allows women with at least an Associate’s Degree to join. Membership fees are $17 for students and $49 for non-students.

Scholarships are given by a local chapter in your area. The only way to know if you may qualify is to address them.

It is not stated on their website whether or not you have to be a member to receive a scholarship or not. 


Twitter: @AAUW


Kalamazoo Network

The Women’s Education Coalition is a venture of groups and sororities to change lives through education.

Since it was established in 1995, the fund has granted approximately $563,000 for educational purposes and approximately $59,600 in emergency grants. In 2006, 11 first-time recipients received $19,500.

Because of their commitment to changing lives through education, $40,500 in renewal grants were awarded to 21 recipients. The need for emergency funds continues to exist.

During the 2006-07 award year, $6,500 was provided for awardees to assist with unexpected expenses that otherwise might have forced their withdrawal from school.

Twitter: @kalfound