Happy Mother’s Day: Scholarships for Moms

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Happy Mother’s Day! For all you ladies who have children or have given birth to children but don’t want to let that stop you from achieving your academic dreams, there is money out there specifically for you. Aside from applying for federal student aid and checking for institutional scholarships, you can also consider applying for the scholarships listed in this blog.

The scholarships listed do not require students to be residents of a certain county or to be attending a certain institution. There are many other institutional and local scholarships that are aimed at helping mothers return to school or go to school for the first time. Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah is particularly mom-friendly, offering several different scholarships to single mothers. Talk to your school’s financial aid office to learn more about its specific opportunities.

Lifetime Adoption Foundation Scholarship

The Lifetime Adoption Foundation Scholarship aims to honor the women who have made the difficult decision to give up a child. This foundation provides grants to help families adopt children who are traditionally underadopted (multiples, children with special needs, older children, and African American children, etc.). Students are required to write an essay that addresses how they picked adoption and why they deserve this scholarship.

Eligibility is as follows:

  • Student must have legally given a child up for adoption after 1990.
  • Student must be able to pass a drug test and have satisfactory grades at her current school (at least a 2.00 GPA).
  • Student must have been accepted to or currently enrolled at an accredited, postsecondary institution.

Patsy Takemoto Mink Education Foundation

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Patsy Takemoto Mink was the first woman of color elected to the House of Representatives. She served in Congress for a total of 24 years. She died in 2002. Throughout her life, she was committed to giving low-income women access to education and opportunities that came easily to other people. The Patsy Takemoto Mink Education Foundation was created to continue this mission. The scholarship in her name provides up to $5,000 to low-income women who are supporting children while pursuing a college education.

Eligibility is as follows:

  • Student must be female, at least 17 years old, and have at least one child under the age of 18.
  • Student must be enrolled in a nonprofit, accredited institution.
  • Student must be pursuing a certificate, associate’s degree, bachelor’s degree (for the first time), master’s degree, or doctorate.
  • Student cannot have a household income above $20,000 (family of two), $24,000 (family of three), or $28,000 (family of four).


The Scholarships4Moms website claims to give out four $10,000 scholarships to moms who are over 18 years old and are returning to school. The website also says that your chances of winning are about one in 250,000. Obviously, these odds are not on your side, but it doesn’t hurt to fill out the short registration form and hope for the best. If you happen to win, your award can be applied to tuition, room and board, books, or class supplies. This site allows you to request more information from institutions that are affiliated with Scholarships4Moms, but this does not increase your chances of winning the scholarship. Still, having more information about your options is never a bad thing!

Soroptimist Live Your Dreams Award

A mom going back to college searching for scholarships for mothers.

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These awards are intended to help women further their education and increase their employment prospects by doing so. Though a woman doesn’t have to have children, she must have dependents. This includes children, a spouse, or parents, all of whom she is supporting with her income. Awards range from $3,000 to $10,000 and must be applied to education.

Eligibility is as follows:

  • Student must be the primary provider for her family.
  • Student must demonstrate financial need.
  • Student must have been accepted to or be currently enrolled at a vocational school or bachelor’s degree-granting institution.
  • Student must not have a graduate degree.

Wynetta A. Frazier Sister-to-Sister Scholarship

The National Hook-Up of Black Women, Inc. administers the Wynetta A. Frazier Sister-to-Sister Scholarship. Dr. Frazier has worked in education, human relations, and women’s rights groups in the Chicago area. She was previously the president of the National Hook-Up of Black Women nonprofit organization which works to create a network of African American women throughout the United States and provide role models for younger women. This $500 scholarship was created to help African American women whose education was interrupted by familial responsibilities afford their postsecondary education.

Eligibility is as follows:

  • Student must have been accepted to a bachelor’s degree-granting institution.
  • Student must be at least 35 years old.
  • Student must have had her education interrupted by familial responsibilities and is now wishing to either return to or start college.
    A woman who wants to return to college and is looking for scholarships for parents.

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  • Student who is returning to college must submit her college transcripts.

This list may seem rather short and specific. It is. Your best chances of receiving financial aid are going to be with the federal government and U.S. Department of Education, and you’ll receive this by filling out the FAFSA. There is no age limit and no condition about being a mother associated with the FAFSA. All eligible students are welcome to apply.

Remember to contact both your school and your state education department, since they will have a better idea about scholarships tailored to your school or area.

Good luck!

About Megan Clendenon

Megan C. is obsessed with Cincinnati-style chili, Louisville basketball, and Scandinavian crime fiction. She has lived in six different states and held 12 different jobs since beginning her undergraduate degree at Carleton College in 2008. The wanderlust abated somewhat in recent years, as Megan settled in Texas from 2013 to 2016 to finish a master’s degree in geosciences, write a thesis on the future horrors that stem from climate change, and get married. During her free time, you will find Megan sitting on the couch, cheering for her Louisville Cardinals, planning future adventures abroad, and snuggling with her dog, Tiger. She currently lives outside of Washington D.C.

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