Having a child while attending college provides both an obstacle to finishing an education as well as an incentive. Greensboro single mothers may have access to beginning their post-secondary education or completing it through scholarships that are made available in the community or through scholarships that are offered at specific schools.
The Andersen Nontraditional Scholarship for Women’s Education and Retraining was created to offer financial support to adult women who have kids in school. Scholarship award amounts vary each year at the discretion of the scholarship committee. To be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must be nontraditional female students age 25 or older, the primary caregiver of at least one child in kindergarten to 12th grade, a legal resident in a North Carolina or South Carolina county and be enrolled or plan to enrolled as a full-time student at an accredited institution in North or South Carolina or be going to school for a two-year nursing degree. A complete application includes the submission of a FAFSA, the scholarship application, transcript including the most recently completed coursework and three recommendation forms from non-related adults. Renewal scholarships are awarded if the recipient maintains satisfactory academic performance and meets mentoring requirements.
Alice Faye Carver-Bynum Scholarship
While this scholarship from North Carolina A&T University is not specifically made for single mothers, it provides that "preference will be given to students from a single-parent family." The University Scholarship Committee bases its selection on the student's scholarship, leadership, community service and financial need. Preference is given to students with a GPA of 2.5 and who are majoring in the Department of Economics.
Assistance League of the Triangle Scholarship Program
The Assistance League of the Triangle provides scholarships to working single mothers who plan to enroll at any post-secondary North Carolina educational or technical institution. The scholarships are between $1,000 to $2,500 each academic year. The funds must be used to pay for tuition or other educational expenses. Individuals must contact the league by mail, email or phone and request an application. The scholarship committee may interview applicants.
University of North Carolina
The Office of Adult Students and Evening Services at the University of North Carolina offers several scholarships for nontraditional students. These scholarships include the endowed Sarah Hoadley Wilson, Virginia D. Bufkin, the Friends of UNC, Fran and David Taylor scholarships. These scholarships range in value from $500 to $1,500 per academic year and typically require a GPA of 2.5 or higher. Some scholarships require an interest in business, marketing or entrepreneurship.
A Community Service Block Grant may be available from North Carolina that helps low-income families with the opportunity for self-sufficiency. This program provides a case management worker to assist an individual with resources for education and other services. Additionally, other financial options may be available for Greensboro single mothers, such as grants or loans. While some scholarships may not be specifically designed for single mothers, scholarship committees may weigh hardship factors into their consideration for recipients.
- ANSWER Scholarship.org: Requirements
- School Soup: State of North Carolina Financial Aid Programs
- University of North Carolina Charlotte: Endowed OASES Scholarships
- Financing Your Education: Search for a Scholarship
- North Carolina A&T University: Alice Faye Carver-Bynum Scholarship Fund
- Need Help Paying Bills.com: North Carolina Community Action
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