Divorce is a stressful time and also a time to make decisions to provide for your future. If you are a divorced woman, you should know that there are many resources available if you are looking to go back to school. Besides grants offered by the state and government, there are also scholarships that you may qualify for as a divorced woman.
There are a couple scholarships to divorced women with children. One is Accounting Scholarships for Women in Transition. These scholarships are available to those who are supporting their family due to divorce or death. This four-year scholarship totals $16,000. Full information is available at http://www.efwa.org/scholarships.php.
The Agnes Drexler Kujawa Memorial Scholarship is also available to divorced women who are at least 30 years old with at least once child. The scholarship amount totals $1,000 and can be used for any major in undergraduate or graduate study. Other conditions may apply. Contact the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh for more information.
For older women who are divorced and need additional schooling to support themselves, the AARP offers a scholarship for women over 40. The AARP Foundation Women’s Scholarship can be used for part-time or full-time study and can be used for undergraduate programs at any school. It is not valid for graduate study. Other conditions apply. More information can be found at aarpfoundationwlc.org.
Soroptimist Women’s Opportunity Awards are also available to divorced women, specifically those who are the main financial providers for their families. This scholarship is geared toward women who want to gain new skills and further their education, but have endured obstacles to do so. This scholarship is for undergraduate study only and is only valid for students with no previous college degree. The scholarship awards offer $10,000 each. More information can be found at soroptimist.org.
The Jeannette Rankin Scholarship Fund is another scholarship geared toward divorced women. This scholarship is for low-income women 35 years of age or older. You must be able to include verification of your income status as well as letters of recommendation and a history of employment. Applications are accepted between November 1 and March 1. More information can be found at http://www.rankinfoundation.org/students.
As you can see, there are many resources available for divorced women who wish to go back to school. Don’t let a lack of money deter you from pursuing your dream. There are many scholarship databases online that can match you with many opportunities.