Scholarships for Children of Single Parents

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Raising a child on your own can be challenging, particularly since single-parent households tend to have significantly lower incomes. It can be a struggle to cover the cost of basic needs, much less save for a college education. Fortunately, there are a number of scholarships available to help children of single-parent homes attend college. These awards can make earning a degree more attainable for children who otherwise would not be able to afford it.

Raise the Nation Foundation Child of a Single Parent Woman Scholarship

The Raise the Nation Foundation sponsors several scholarships and grants for single women and their children. The Child of a Single Parent Woman Scholarship is available to dependent children of single women who may not qualify for other types of financial assistance due to their dependent status. To apply, you must be under the age of 24 and your mother must claim you as a dependent on federal and state tax filings. Scholarships in varying amounts are available to students who are enrolled or planning to enroll in an accredited post-secondary degree program.

Raise The Nation P.O. Box 8058 Albuquerque, NM 87198 505-265-1201 raisethenation.org

Crane Fund for Widows and Children Scholarship

If you're a student attending Indiana University and the child of a single parent who is a widow, you may qualify for a scholarship from the Crane Fund for Widows and Children. To apply for a scholarship, you must be enrolled in the university's school of Applied Health Science, either at the undergraduate or graduate level. In addition to being the child of a widow, you must be able to demonstrate financial need to be considered for an award. The minimum scholarship available is $750 and awards may vary based on individual circumstances and available funding.

Indiana University School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation 1025 E. 7th Street, HPER 115 Bloomington, IN 47405 812-855-1561 hper.indiana.edu

Carolina Covenant Scholarship

If you're a student from a single parent household enrolled at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the Carolina Covenant Scholarship program can potentially meet 100 percent of your financial need in paying for college. To qualify for a Carolina Covenant award, you must be considered a dependent, enrolled full-time and pursuing your first undergraduate degree. Your family's adjusted gross income must be at or below the university's established limits for financial need based on family size. The program covers education costs for up to four years of study and in addition, some students will also qualify to receive a university grant to allow them to purchase a laptop computer.

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Office of Scholarships and Student Aid 111 Pettigrew Hall Campus Box 2300 Chapel Hill, NC 27599 919-962-8396 unc.edu

American Legion Legacy Scholarship

If you are a child of a single parent who lost a spouse as a result of active duty military service, you may be eligible for an American Legion Legacy Scholarship. To apply, you must be a dependent child of a surviving parent and be a current high school senior or recent high school graduate. The award is eligible only for those children whose parent died during active-duty service on or following September 11, 2001. Scholarship awards are available in varying amounts for undergraduate study at an accredited college or university in the U.S.

The American Legion Legacy Scholarship Fund P.O. Box 1055 Indianapolis, IN 46206 317-630-1212 legion.org

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