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College Grants For Single Mothers

| February 5, 2010 | 0 Comments

“Recall the face of the poorest and weakest man and ask yourself if the step you contemplate is going to be of any use to him.” It definitely appears that these words of Mahatma Gandhi are being taken seriously by many institutions and organizations across America and hence they have been endeavoring to help single mothers in every possible way so that higher studies become accessible to them, and they are able to lead a dignified existence in society.

          The plight of single mothers would make even the most heartless person cringe with empathy. They have to don two roles, that of father as well as mothers. When being just a good father or mother itself is a Herculean effort, imagine if one has to do justice to both the roles, how stressful it can get!

          Single mothers have to devote time to their children, attend to every domestic requirement and work outside home to make both ends meet. With so much demand on their time, patience, and energy, going to college to pursue higher studies will obviously be out of the question.

          As per a study conducted by Raise the Nation, an organization that has pledged financial support to single mothers who are keen to pursue higher studies, approximately 38% of single mothers lead a life of dire poverty. If the same mothers had a minimum of bachelor’s degree, they will be in a position to secure better employment and lead a reasonably decent life. Thus, it wouldn’t be wrong to surmise that the main motive behind pursuing higher studies by single mothers is to look for a lucrative job after completion of the course. Hence, it becomes important that they pursue such education which would enable them to get the jobs they are looking for.

          Choosing the right university and the right grant assumes real importance here. Professional success does not happen overnight, it is actually a careful culmination of measured steps taken over a period of time. The choice of the right university, therefore, is an important step to ensure professional success. Everyone will agree that job market is fastidious and harsh on mediocre people but appreciates and rewards those with competent core skills. Here, choice of university becomes crucial as it can give the student an edge over others while competing in the job market. That is the reason why many institutions have come forward with scholarships and grants to single mothers so that they may take up higher studies in order to ensure financial security for themselves as well as their children.

          Given below are some of the scholarships which aspiring single mothers suffering from lack of financial resources to take up higher studies, should find useful: 1) The Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund: For the residents of Arkansas. 2) The Jeanette Rankin Foundation Scholarship Program: Established in 1978 and has successfully assisted more than 500 women to pursue college education. 3) Patsy Takemoto Mink Education Foundation for Low-Income Women: Started in 2003, extends every kind of support to women and mothers from low income group. 4) The R.O.S.E. Scholarship: Offers financial help to female victims of domestic torture and violence, so that they may pursue higher studies. 5) W.I.S.P. Change Your World Scholarship: Apart from helping needy women, WISP has been giving a different kind of scholarship program named Sunshine Lady Foundation for the children of the graduates of WISP, which is good news. This scholarship has been in force since March 2007. Single mothers in our society who are facing financial hardships, have a right to lead a dignified life with their heads held high. They can ensure this by taking up higher education and becoming financially stable.

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