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:
- Bachelor’s (first only)
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.