Scholarships for women! Do you Qualify?
Years ago there were not many women attending college. Today there are less men and more women attending colleges. Equality among men and women in the work force is still lacking, however. This is why the abundance of scholarships for women is amazing. They provide financial-aid geared towards women from all walks of life and focus on not just making their dream of going to college attainable, but successfully finding employment and keeping it attainable as well.
Public and private organizations provide the majority of support for funding women attending college. They mainly focus on a specific industry or a specific field of study. There are scholarships for women that have demonstrated leadership qualities before they applied to college and other scholarships are geared toward women that have been out of school for some time and are ready to further their education and move up in career levels. Current undergraduates are not left out though; they have plenty of scholarships they can apply for as well.
Another option to consider is women specific colleges. Many traditional coed institutions tend to focus on men and do not integrate the women. This is because society as a whole is still in its infancy regarding equality among the genders. This is where a college specifically for women comes into play, they are completely focused on women, and what it will take for them to succeed in their desired field of study, even if that field is dominated by men.
Students attending women’s colleges use financial-aid that may include grant funds directly from the college along with private and federal aid. Middle-income women qualify for this financial-aid as well as low-income women.
A few colleges that are women focused are:
- Spelman College in Atlanta
- Agnes Scott College in Atlanta
- Wellesley College in Massachusetts
- Barnard College in New York
Below is a small list of financial-aid resources for women. This list is not complete, it just a sampling of the possibilities in store you.
Male dominated fields:
- The Barry Goldwater Scholarship Grant
- The Ford Foundation’s Pre-doctoral Fellowship for Minorities
- The National Black Nurses Association
- The National Physical Science Consortium sponsors Fellowships in the Physical Sciences
- The American Association of University Women (AAUW)
- The Educational Foundation for Women in Accounting
- The American Society of Women Accountants
- The Davis Program at Wellesley College
Low-income and non-traditional:
- The Business and Professional Women’s Association
- The Jeanette Rankin Foundation
Single mothers and battered women:
- Raise the Nation
- The Women’s Independence Scholarship
As you can see, there is an abundance of help for women wanting to improve their careers by furthering their education and in turn improving the quality of their lives and that of their families. Scholarships for women are available, and they are available in abundance. One only need look. There is no excuse anymore, women can not blame men or society for their lack of success. It is now in the hands of women to grab the scholarships and other financial-aid available to us and close the gap of equality between women and men.
Make sure to check with your local colleges, local chambers of commerce and other businesses to see if they have financial-aid available. I personally have worked for sole-proprietors that were more than happy to help with college finances because it boosted their business by furthering my education. There is also IBM, Microsoft, and other major corporations that offer scholarships for women. Again, all you need to do is ask, and most places will refer you to another if they are not able to help you themselves.
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