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The Patsy Takemoto Mink Education Foundation Award

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There is a lot of competition for scholarships for college, but that doesn’t mean that the single mom shouldn’t apply. Scholarships just don’t arrive, they have to be searched out and recipients must show that they are qualified and deserving of the award.

Finding a scholarship that you are eligible for may take a lot of research. It’s no use doing the work to apply for the scholarship unless you meet each one of the requirement.

Many scholarships are available to single moms who fall within varied guidelines because they are funded by people who recognize the special needs these women require and know that an education is important to establish financial security in a single parent household.

The Patsy Takemoto Mink Education Foundation offers 5 Education Support Awards in the amount of $2000 each. The awards are for low-income women with children who are furthering their education.

The awards for the year 2011 are subject to applicants who were enrolled in an accredited program during the 2010-2011 school year and who fall within the following criteria:

  • Women who are at least 17 years old
  • Mother of a minor child
  • Fall within the low-income guidelines
  • Enrolled in skills training, GED program or ESL; or pursing the following degree:
    • Vocational
    • Associate’s
    • Bachelor’s (first only)
    • Professional/master’s/doctoral

Applications for the award for the Patsy Takemoto Mink Education Foundation Awards must be postmarked no later than July 15, 2011, but will not be accepted before May 15, 2011. The five moms who win the award will be notified in October, and they can use the $2,000 to pay for direct education expenses or for living expenses while they are enrolled in school.

Patsy Takemoto Mink was the first woman of color ever elected to the House of Representatives, serving Hawaii’s 2nd Congressional District.  Until her death in 2002, she worked for civil rights, women’s right, civil liberties and economic justice. The Patsy Takemoto Mink Education Foundation was established in 2003 to carry on her commitments of support and opportunity for women with low income, especially mother, helping with education access for moms and educational enrichment for children.

The application can be downloaded from the Patsy Takemoto Mink Education Foundation website (http://www.patsyminkfoundation.org). Remember that there is a lot of competition for scholarships, awards and grants, so it’s important that your application be filled out correctly and completely. This applies not only to this award application, but for any that you apply for. Check and double check the application before submitting it. Make sure that you meet all of the criteria for the award, and if you don’t, keep looking because the eligibility requirements that are set out for scholarships, grants and other education awards have been designed for a purpose.

Financial Aid through Scholarships

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Financial aid for college is any kind of financial assistance. Sometimes this comes in the form of student loans but it can also come in the form of scholarships. Scholarships do not have to be paid back. They are awarded on the basis of need or merit and can offset some or all of the cost of attending college. Scholarships are not just for athletes and rocket scientists either. There are a few things you should know before looking for scholarships.

College Specific

If you are interested in attending a specific college, check the school’s website to see if they offer any scholarships and what requirements are attached. You can also speak to someone in the financial aid department. They can advise you of any scholarship opportunities at the school.

Preparation

Use some of the online scholarship sites to find scholarships suited to you. Some, like Scholarship.com and Fastweb.com, offer excellent search and tracking options. Read the requirements and qualifications carefully. Some may require community service, extracurricular activities or good writing skills to answer an essay question.

Be Organized

You will need certain documents for most applications. Make sure you keep these on hand, in multiples, so that you can submit quickly when you find an opportunity. Among the items you are likely to need are a current photo, an exceptional cover letter, a history of all your community service work, school transcripts and letters of recommendation.

Letters of Recommendation

The letters are important as they indicate someone else’s support for you. They should come from a credible source, not just a friend or family member. The person should have a connection to why you deserve the scholarship. Good candidates would be a teacher, someone who knows you from your volunteer work or your employer if you are working in the field you are going to school for. Give the person ample time to write the letter. If they will agree to it, write the letter for them and let them sign it. If you choose this option, keep the praise realistic.

Look Frequently

New scholarship opportunities are added frequently so check back often. Additionally, changes in your own profile may open up new opportunities. If your GPA improves by as little as .3, it may qualify you for new opportunities. Changing majors or improving your community service portfolio could also open doors.

Attention to Detail

The most important thing you can do is pay attention to the details. Make sure you submit all the required materials by the posted deadline. Failure to include one piece of information or to get it there on time can cost you the award.

Tips on College Financial Aid and Admissions

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Financial aid and admissions are often specific to the school you plan to attend. Learn how to use the school as a resource to find financial aid, with various programs and possibly scholarships available through the school, as well as how to show your interest in the school you wish to attend so that they can see why you should be admitted.

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