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Scholarships and Grants for Single Fathers

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Rebecca Lake is a freelance writer and virtual assistant living in the southeast. She has been writing professionally since 2009 for various websites. Lake received her master's degree in criminal justice from Charleston Southern University.
Scholarships and Grants for Single Fathers
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Overview

In a one-parent family, it can be difficult to balance work with raising a child. Single parents who dream of pursuing a college degree are often prevented from doing so by financial obstacles. Fortunately, there are a number of scholarship and grant programs designed to make a college education more affordable and attainable. Single fathers can take advantage of these funding opportunities to pursue their first degree, continue their education or change careers.

Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund

The Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund provides financial assistance to Arkansas residents who have custodial care of at least one child under the age of 18. Single fathers who are interested in applying for the scholarship must be considered economically disadvantaged and have not previously completed a four-year degree. An exception is made for fathers who are pursuing a Master of Arts degree in teaching. Individual award amounts vary and additional eligibility criteria varies by county.

Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund
614 East Emma Avenue
Suite 119
Springdale, AR 72764
479-927-1402
aspsf.org

BYU Marriott School Single Parent Scholarships

Brigham Young University's Marriott School of Business offers financial assistance to single parents who are pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees. Single fathers who have custody of dependent children may apply if they have already gained acceptance to a degree program at the Marriott School. Award amounts vary based on individual financial need. Recipients are ineligible for scholarship renewal if they remarry while enrolled.

BYU Marriott School
730 TNRB
Brigham Young University
Provo, UT 84602
801-422-3721
marriottschool.byu.edu

Richard and Joan Fleming Single Parent Scholarship

Single fathers enrolled at the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire may apply for the Richard and Joan Fleming Single Parent Scholarship. The scholarship is geared toward students of nontraditional age, although single fathers of all ages may apply. Students are selected for the $500 primarily on the basis of financial need.

University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire
Office of Financial Aid
Schofield 115
Eau Claire, WI 54702
715-836-3373
uwec.edu

Emporia State University Single Parents With Children Scholarship

Emporia State University offers the Single Parents With Children Scholarship to single, divorced or widowed parents with dependent children. Single fathers who have custody of their dependent children may apply for the $2,000 awards. The scholarship is open to students who are enrolled full-time at the undergraduate or graduate level. Financial need is strongly considered in the selection process.

Emporia State University
Student Success Program
1200 Commercial Street
Campus Box 4065
Emporia, KS 66801
620-341-5481
emporia.edu

Federal Pell Grants

Low-income single fathers may be eligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant. The Pell Grant program provides education funding of up to $5,550 annually to qualifying students. Applicants must be enrolled at least half-time in an accredited associate's or bachelor's degree program. Individual award amounts vary based on financial need, education costs and enrollment status.

Department of Education Building
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20202
800-872-5327
ed.gov

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