Back To School Scholarships

  • Do you feel like your life somehow was put on-hold the day you became a mother? Do you wish to finish your education even if you know you can not afford it right now?
  • Do you constantly feel you could achieve so much more and earn a lot more if you only had a degree?
  • Do you often wish you can both be a successful career woman, as well?
  • Do you wish you had the means to provide for your child and complete college at the same time?

Well, I’ve got news for you, you can stop tormenting yourself with those feelings and thoughts. There is a way, in fact, there’s more than one way to help you. Single moms who can’t afford to finish their education because all their money is needed to support herself and her child have an alternative. That is, scholarships for single moms like you!

Yes, there are scholarships available to help you finish your education. But just make sure it is a reliable source and steer clear of scams like the Obama grant. On a lighter note, various private and government groups cater to people who need financial aid especially when it comes to education. To aid single mothers among other things is one of the objectives of these groups. To name a few:

The Jeanette Rankin Foundation Scholarship Program

This program was made in honor of an incredible woman to help adult women who have financial difficulties, it provides scholarships for single moms returning to school. They are all about empowering women and so they provide more than college scholarships, to know more please go here: http://www.rankinfoundation.org/

Patsy Takemoto Mink Education Foundation for Low-Income Women and Children

For 2011, this Foundation is dedicated to help women with children who want to complete education or get training. This organization helps these women not only achieve personal success but improve the living circumstances of her children.

Women’s Opportunity Awards

This is a private organization helping women and children. They offer assistance in the form of scholarships. This is given by Soroptimist whose greatest desire is to give a better life for women and children through the provision of resources that will help improve their education, skills and job opportunities.

Indeed, there are quite a number of aid resources for single parents out there. I’ve only just named a few. I know it sounds amazing that there are private organizations helping families like yours but they are real.

Helping Single Moms

Single mothers are probably one of the most fearless warriors out there. They face great challenges head-on and they do so alone. I do not mean to say no one has made an effort to somehow help them, what I mean is, at the the end of the day, the only one who shoulders the burden of paying for the bills and supporting her children is her. No one else but her. I do not think they are pitiful because of their circumstance but I do think they must be really strong to overcome so many hardships.

One of the biggest problems for low-income families is related to housing because most of their money is spent on daily living expenses. They barely have enough money to cover rent and often cannot afford to buy their own house. It seems like their are no other options for them. Will somebody care enough to give you a home loans? Any loan, for that matter, which can help them with their daily expenses?

Yes. There are organizations which can even provide loans for individuals with bad credit. The groups and links mentioned below can help single moms looking not only for home loans but other types.

Charities

There are charities that cater to housing problems of those with low-income and they are funded by private individuals who want to help. They look for affordable housing for others. One such group is the Charities Housing organization which also helps other look for job opportunities. For more info visit www.charitieshousing.org. Either way, these groups make sure that there are less homeless people in the streets, in the hopes of completely eliminating homelessness.

Loans

There are groups that give loans for housing, for example, the Basic FHA Insured Home Mortgage. If you get this loan, you will be given the amount you need, unlike in the U.S. Housing and Urban Development where money is not given directly to you. The program description, eligibility, and application process can be found at www.govloans.gov. There’s also a loan for people who are in danger of losing their homes. It is aptly called “Hope For Homeowners”. To learn more go here.

Shelters

There are shelters all over the country. Find the nearest shelter by visitinghttp://4homeless.hypermart.net/soup_kitchens.html. There are groups that will help find housing for you like the CoAbode Single Mothers Sharing.

It’s a fascinating concept because you live in a house with a fellow single mother, which means you get a partner who can help you with your tasks and you can also split the house bills between the two of you. More importantly, you get to have a support group, somebody who is going through the same thing as you are and understands your situation. The organizers of this programs carefully select a family to match with you. Amazing!

Realizing Your Dreams: Grants For Single Mothers

The world today is a far-cry from what it was before. The differences are clearly distinguished just by looking at the changes in our mode of transportation, and even in how easily and quickly we can contact people who are miles and miles away from us. But technological advances and innovations have not destroyed the need for every human being to fulfill their dreams.

It must be quite daunting for single mothers who were not able to get their degrees due to more pressing obligations. All their money is used for child-rearing and getting a degree seems like a distant dream. So what can be done for them?

Scholarships and Grants

Believe it or not, there are financial aid resource opportunities. Despite the financial constraints which circumstances have forced upon you, you can still pursue your dreams because there are college grants for those wanting to go back to school. The government and a few organizations and institutions are willing to help your cause. Allow me to point out some of the grants available to help you on your road to pursuing your dreams.

Federal Pell Grants

This is a student aid grant which provides for undergraduate students who are financially-challenged. The Pell grants provides varying educational grants from one person to another because financial circumstances and other factors of the recipient are taken into account. If you want to know more about the eligibility criteria for this grant, visit here: StudentAid.ed.gov.

Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education Grants (TEACH)

This was tailored for those who want to pursue a career in teaching but do not have the financial resources to sustain and pursue a degree in education. So, for single moms who want to be a teacher but do not have the means to pursue it, this is the education grant for you! The conditions and eligibility requirements can be found here: TEACH.

Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership (LEAP) and Special LEAP (SLEAP) Grants

These school grants provide the funds necessary for states to help people who really need money. These grants provide money to your state so they can assist those of you who truly need financial assistance.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG)

Depending on the funds available, schools under this program, provide financial assistance to select students who are in dire need of help. It offers grants for college. Detailed information can be found at www2.ed.gov/.

Institutional Grants and Scholarships

Most colleges provide institutional grants for students who need help financially. Single mothers who need financial assistance can try applying for college grants as well. To know some of the schools that provide grants and scholarships, go here: scholarship-positions.com.

These are only a few out of the many grants and scholarships available to you. If you try browsing the net you will find plenty. Just be careful of scams like the Obama grant and make sure your source is reliable. And now, you can go forth and pursue your dreams!

Assisting Lives Of Single Mothers

Are you a single mom who is wondering what in the world has happened to your life? Is all this what you imagined for yourself when you were younger?

At this point in our lives, regardless of the challenges of parenthood without a partner in life, I think we can all agree that even if we might not have been able to get the best, we want the best the world has to offer for our children. They are, after all, the driving force that motivate us to work hard and triumph over seemingly endless storm of obstacles.

But there’s only so much we can do and sooner or later, we’re faced with our own inadequacy, the stark realization that what we earned so painstakingly is not enough for the survival of your family. Should you start wallowing in despair now? NO!

There are government and non-government programs which provide living assistance for those in need. The following are some of the organizations which provide help.

Mercy Housing Live in Hope

This group intends to create and provide low-cost housing for low-income families. They believe that giving citizens a better life helps the community as a whole.

Homeless Assistance

This group does not only provide assistance for ending homelessness but also for preventing it. Those who are on the verge of losing their homes due to financial difficulties, this is place can help you.

Bridge of Hope

Like the group above, this group is also focused on prevention and eradication of homelessness. They seek to empower single mothers like you not only by providing permanent homes but also stability both personally and financially.

Rental Assistance

This is the largest network for rental assistance, you can seek help here: rent assistance

Single Parents Association of America

This organization provides information for aid on problems concerning single parents. It is a directory of the various groups willing to offer any help such as cash assistance.

Car Angel

This group receives car donations from people and use the car to help others. The cars might not be as slick as others but they are functional and will make travelling easier for you. Please visit here for info on how you can help: www.carangel.com/

You can also go to charities or apply for living assistance for single mothers. There are a lot of alternatives for you, do not despair and just keep looking until you find what suits you.

Help: A Mother Alone

Are you in a pinch? Did you use all your money to pay for the bills and no longer have any to pay for the rent? Are you forever trying to evade your landlord? Are you living in fear of the day your landlord will decide to evict you and your kids from his apartment? If your answer is yes, then read on, I was in the same position before and I got out of it. You can overcome this too!

Let’s face it, low income households could use a little help. But do not worry because there are alternatives for you. There are organizations out there lending a helping hand. If you’re a single mom needing help with housing, then the following can help you.

Shelters

For emergency situations in which you find yourself out in the streets there are shelters which can accommodate you and your family until they can find and afford a new one. For example, In North Carolina, they have the Raleigh Rescue Mission: Shelter and Meals,found here http://www.raleigh-rescue.org/; it provides shelter and food for the homeless.

In California, as well, they have Episcopal Sanctuary: Food, Long & Short Term Shelter, Clothing, etc., for more info, go here: www.thecross-photo.com; you and your family can stay there safely temporarily.

Rental Assistance

Besides shelters, the federal government provides aid such as the rental assistance program which are found in your state. Not only that there are also rental assistance programs provided by non-government sectors. The goal of these rental assistance program found in different states vary but they are basically to prevent homelessness, some states provide affordable homes while some only help in rent payments. Here are the rental assistance found in some states:

The Eden Council for Hope and Opportunity – Hayward

Their aim according to them is “to promote equal access in housing and provide support services which would aid in the prevention of homelessness and promote permanent housing conditions”.

Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles – Los Angeles: Provide good quality houses at affordable prices.

The Housing Authority of the County of Contra Costa – Martinez: Provide high quality houses for an affordable price and help people with low-income become self-sufficient.

There are other services and outreach programs that can offer you assistance. You can browse government sites and learn more about what they offer.

Grants For Mom

“There are two lasting bequests we can give our children. One is roots. The other is wings.” Carter Hoddings, Jr.

Like all other parents, I’m sure you aspire to provide roots and wings to your children. Even if you are the only one raising and providing for them, you hope to be able to give them the best the world has to offer and equip them with the necessary skills they would need to be able to go and venture into the world on their own. Then, you wish to give them a home they can come home to when they’re weary from fighting their own battles.

You wish for all these and more but the problem is you, who is the only one supporting them, can not get a job that pays more because you can not get higher paying jobs due to your lack of a degree and going back to school is the least of your worries.

Why? Because you’ve got to pay bills like; rent, water, electricity, medical care, food and child care among other expenses. You can barely pay for them, how can you add more expenses to your already heavy load?

Even if pursuing a degree will be more difficult for you than most, once you get it, you will be able to earn more and provide for your family better. Plus, there is help available for you and it’s made up of four little words: grants for single mothers.

You don’t believe me? Well, I know by now you probably realized that the obama grant was not true but good news because there grants available. There are a lot of categories found at www.grants.gov. You can check them out there.

Some of the grants given are for housing, health, transportation, food programs like TANF and education. For information on how to apply, visit this link.

If you’re unsuccessful in securing grant money, loans are another option.  Various lending programs are available from http://www.govloans.gov/loans.

Getting aid can help ease and even improve your current living conditions. They may not make you as rich as Midas but they can help you shoulder the burden of financially supporting your family. It’s almost like having a partner! So, go and get it!