Best Scholarships To Apply For

My older sister, a mother to my niece and nephew, is looking to return to school to earn an associate’s degree in Applied Psychology and eventually a degree in Social Work.

As the first in my family to earn a degree, I have some knowledge about assisting her with financial aid (she grew up in foster care), talking to an academic counselor, applying for scholarships, and ensuring she can secure financial aid for her return to school.

Since she is the head of our household and has been raising my niece and nephew on her own, I am aware of scholarships available in my state, but I want to go the extra mile to support her and make sure she feels set up for success.

With that in mind, does anyone know of scholarships specifically for single parents or single mothers pursuing a degree? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

The Scholarships360 $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship is for students who need financial support for their education. It’s open to high school students, graduate students, and adults returning to school. The scholarship rewards those who engage with Scholarships360’s resources and apply for scholarships through their platform. Finalists will be interviewed about their education funding journey.


Definitely look into scholarships for single parents or single mothers pursuing degrees. There are national sites like and Going Merry that list scholarships specifically for them in various fields. Your state might also offer grants or scholarships for single parents. It’s worth contacting your state’s Department of Education or financial aid office to see what’s available.

Let your sister know you’re there to help navigate the application process - it can be overwhelming, but having a cheerleader makes a difference

First of all congratulations to your whole family.
My advice for her would be to first apply for the college that she wants to attend to then she can get internal scholarships once she has been accepted

I’ve been searching for scholarships for the last month or so (got into a PhD program without full funding and trying to make up the gap).

I’m going to make a list here of resources I’ve used for the school I’m attending. I would see If the school you were accepted to has similar opportunity.

For disclosure I was accepted and I’ll be attending Indiana University. Since it’s a bigger university it may have more opportunities than smaller schools (but that doesn’t mean I’ll find funding better than y’all)

Want an assistantship?

Check your universities job posting page and search for assistantships or hourly on campus jobs that could help pay your way through. If you don’t currently have an assistantship this would be a godsend. My school has a Graduate Assistantship board and a separate job board. It seems up to the department offering the GA as to where it shows up. Be vigilant and search around your university website as much as you can for funding.

  1. Still can’t find assistantships or positions?

Sometimes positions aren’t advertised or they are still waiting on funding decisions. If you know a center, institute, department or place on campus that would benefit from someone with your set of skills shoot the director (or another leader) an email. Tell them in less than 4 sentences : who you are, that you are entering a program; and the kind of position you are looking for. Thank them for their time and send. If you want to attach a resume or CV that’ll help too. This is how I got my current position. I emailed a director who said she recently got funds to hire another person and needed someone with my background.

  1. Scholarship Search #1:

NASP has a scholarship for minority students link here

  1. Scholarship Search #2:

Check your state school psychology association. Indiana and my home state of Ohio have smaller scholarships (that are primarily for EdS level students) available to current and incoming students.

  1. Scholarship Search #3:

Reach out to your program staff to inquire about fellowships and other scholarships that might be available through your college. I applied for an internal fellowship (in my department) given to students with a practice and research goal of working with adolescent mental health issues. I ended up getting 12k from it which knocked a lot off of out of state tuition. I was also able to find 4 other scholarships within my university that met my background, interests and career goals. While I may not end up getting them it’s still always worth a shot applying!

  1. Scholarship Search #4:

Lastly try national or regional scholarship searches. You can use terms related to your background experience (special ed, psychology, etc), work or extracurricular experience (behavior tech, work with kids, sports, clubs, Greek life, volunteering, etc). Here are some sites that I’ve used. Found a few scholarships on here but I haven’t gotten any yet so I won’t comment on whether they are worth your time.

I advice you check the Patsy Takemoto Mink Education Foundation, Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund and Soroptimist Live Your Dream Awards because all provide education grants to low-income mothers who are pursuing higher education.

I recommend Soroptimist Live Your Dream Awards and Raise the Nation Foundation because they offer scholarship to single mothers pursuing degrees and are the sole financial providers in their families.

My aunt who raises two children on her own become a member of the Patsy Takemoto Mink Education Foundation to acquire scholarship for her degree back in 2022 and so far things are great. I advice you opt for it.

I appreciate you sharing, nim_guru! The $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship from Scholarships360 seems like a fantastic option, especially for individuals who require financial assistance for various school levels. Using Scholarships360’s materials and submitting an application via their website sounds like a wise choice. Have you or do you know anyone who has applied for this scholarship?

Rebecca Hunter Memorial Scholarship: The charity honours Rebecca Hunter by providing financial assistance to single parents.