A lot of research has been done on the benefits of higher education, and all the studies points the same thing – individuals with higher levels of education earn more and are likelier than others to be employed.

According “Education Pays, 2010,” College Board, in 2008, median earnings for women ages 25 to 34 with a bachelor’s degree or higher were 79% higher than median earnings for women with a high school diploma.

For single mothers, going back to college seems like a real passport out of poverty. But with the rising cost of college & little finances at their disposal, they need assistance if they are to pay for school.

Recognizing the need to provide financial aid for single mothers from low-income families, scholarships for college may be offerred by the state of their residence as part of the financial aid package, alongside with other forms of student aid – the Pell Grant, federal loan or work-study award.

Typically, scholarships are “gifted” on the basis of academic merit but it is not uncommon to see scholarships awarded based on a combination of both financial need and merit.

Given below is a State-by-State list of College Scholarships for Single Mothers which are provided & administered by the state higher education agency from each respective state.1

Alabama Scholarships

Alabama Two-Year College Academic Scholarship Program
Gorgas Scholarship

Alaska Scholarships

Alaska Performance Scholarship
GEAR UP Alaska Scholarship
Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarships

Arizona Scholarships

Anne Lindeman Memorial Scholarship
Bill and Mary Reilly Scholarship
Tom Chauncey Fund

Arkansas Scholarships

Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship
Governor’s Distinguished Scholarships

California Scholarships

Cal Opportunity Scholarship
Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship

Colorado Scholarships

CollegeInvest 529 Scholarship
College Access Scholarship

Connecticut Scholarships

Connecticut Aid for Public College Students
Connecticut Capitol Scholarships

Delaware Scholarships

Charles L. Hebner Memorial Scholarship
Delaware Critical Need Scholarship
Delaware Scholarship Incentive Program

Florida Scholarships

Florida Bright Futures Scholarship
José Martí Scholarship Challenge Grant Fund
Mary McLeod Bethune Scholarship Program
Rosewood Family Scholarship

Georgia Scholarships

Georgia Governor’s Scholarship
Georgia HOPE Scholarship
Georgia Zell Miller Scholarship

Hawaii Scholarships

Hawaii State Tuition Waivers
UH Mānoa Student Scholarships (STAR)

Idaho Scholarships

Idaho Governor’s Challenge Scholarship
Idaho Minority and ”At-Risk” Scholarship
Utah-Idaho Scholarship

Illinois Scholarships

Illinois Merit Recognition Scholarships
Illinois State Scholar Program

Indiana Scholarships

Mitch Daniels Early Graduation Scholarship
Twenty-first Century Scholars Program
Twenty-first Century Scholars GEAR UP Scholarship

Iowa Scholarships

All Iowa Opportunity Scholarship
Terry E. Branstad Iowa State Fair Scholarship
Robert D. Blue Scholarship

Kansas Scholarships

Kansas Ethnic Minority Scholarship
Kansas Vocational Scholarships

Kentucky Scholarships

Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES)
Mary Jo Young Scholarship

Louisiana Scholarships

TOPS (Taylor Opportunity Program for Students)

Maine Scholarships

Hope Milliken McNally Scholarship
Kenneth Jordan Higgins Memorial Scholarship

Maryland Scholarships

Edward T. Conroy Memorial Scholarship
Maryland Delegate Scholarship
Maryland HOPE Scholarship

Massachusetts Scholarships

Agnes M. Lindsay Scholarship
Christian A. Herter Memorial Scholarship
John & Abigail Adams Scholarship
Paul Tsongas Scholarship

Michigan Scholarships

Michigan Competitive Scholarship
Michigan Tuition Incentive Program

Minnesota Scholarships

Minnesota Achieve Scholarship
Minnesota Indian Scholarship

Mississippi Scholarships

Nissan Scholarship

Missouri Scholarships

A+ Scholarship Program
Kids Chance Scholarship Program
Marguerite Ross Barnett Memorial Scholarship

Montana Scholarships

Montana Community College Honor Scholarship
Montana High School Honor Scholarship

Nebraska Scholarships

Access College Early Scholarship Program
ACE Plus Scholarship Program

Nevada Scholarships

Gov. Guinn Millennium Scholarship

New Hampshire Scholarships

Granite State Scholars Program

New Jersey Scholarships

Dana Christmas Scholarship for Heroism
Miss New Jersey Educational Scholarship
New Jersey Student Tuition Assistance Reward Scholarship

New Mexico Scholarships

Legislative Endowment Scholarship
Legislative Lottery Scholarships
New Mexico Scholars Program

New York Scholarships

New York Tuition Assistance Program
NYS Scholarships for Academic Excellence

North Carolina Scholarships

Aubrey Lee Brooks Scholarships
Incentive Scholarship and Grant Program for Native Americans (ISGPNA)
Robert Franklin Black Scholarship

North Dakota Scholarships

North Dakota Academic Scholarships
North Dakota Indian Scholarship

Ohio Scholarships

Choose Ohio First Scholarship
Ohio Academic Scholarship
Ohio National Guard Scholarship

Oklahoma Scholarships

Oklahoma’s Promise
Academic Scholars Program

Oregon Scholarships

Jerome B. Steinbach Scholarship
Arthur and Winifred E.M. James Scholarship
St. Helens HS – Susan & James Huff Scholarship

Pennsylvania Scholarships

GEAR UP Scholarship

Rhode Island Scholarships

Rhode Island Academic Promise Scholarship

South Carolina Scholarships

South Carolina HOPE Scholarship
Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship

South Dakota Scholarships

Jump Start Scholarship
South Dakota Opportunity Scholarship

Tennessee Scholarships

General Assembly Merit Scholarship (GAMS)
Tennessee Student Assistance Awards (TSAA)

Texas Scholarships

Competitive Scholarship Waiver
Texas Top 10% Scholarship

Utah Scholarships

New Century Scholarship
Regents’ Scholarship

Vermont Scholarships

VSAT-assisted Scholarships

Virginia Scholarships

Granville P. Meade Scholarship
Stephen J. Wright Scholars Program
Virginia Lee Jackson Scholarship

Washington Scholarships

College Bound Scholarship
Washington Promise Scholarship

West Virginia Scholarships

West Virginia PROMISE Scholarship

Wisconsin Scholarships

Wisconsin Academic Excellence Scholarship

Wyoming Scholarships

Wyoming Hathaway Scholarship Program
If you’re interested in any of these scholarships, do your research and familiarize yourself with the prerequisites. Choose the ones for which you best qualify and have the best chance of winning.

Pay attention to application deadlines — they can vary from late summer to late spring. With many students vying for the same, it pays to be early! So don’t wait until the last minute to get your scholarship applications and/or essays in.

Note: It may be tough finding scholarships dedicated to single dads. So, it’s a good idea to look for scholarships for single mothers. More often than not, the scholarship provider will likely consider your application too!

The U.S. Department of Education has a large database of scholarships primarily from private organizations and individual schools. You can search for scholarships of interest to you by using relevant keywords.


  1. State Higher Education Agencies []

Last updated: June 15, 2012 by & filed under Scholarships & Grants

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