It’s Single Parentine’s Day! Enjoy today with the ones who hold your heart in their hands – your children.
If you’re a single parent trying to figure out how you will finance your child’s college education, you know that it can be quite difficult. The good news is that you are not alone, and over the years more assistance for single parents is available. If you’re unsure of where to start looking for scholarships for your child you can start here with 10 Scholarships for children of single parents.
1. American Legion Legacy Scholarship
Each year, the American Legion offers the Legacy Scholarship to provide a $37,000 stipend that can cover tuition, textbooks, and other living expenses for college students whose parent was killed while serving our country. Candidates must be the biological or legally adopted children of United States Armed Services members who died in active duty on or after 9/11. Eligible high school seniors and graduates should be enrolling for undergraduate studies at an accredited higher learning institution in America.
American Legion Legacy Scholarship
2. Ava’s Grace Foundation Scholarships
Ranging in value from $3,000 to $5,000 apiece, the Ava’s Grace Scholarship Foundation (AGSF) distributes annual awards for up to four scholars across the state of Missouri who are being raised by a single parent while the other serves prison time. Qualified candidates must be U.S. citizens, exhibit financial need, achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5, be enrolling in an accredited non-profit college, be seeking their first degree, and have a parent incarcerated in a U.S. state or federal penitentiary.
Ava’s Grace Foundation Scholarship
3. Ayo and Iken Children of Divorce Scholarship
Founded by a group of Florida divorce attorneys, the Ayo and Iken Children of Divorce Scholarship is presented annually for $1,000 to graduating high school seniors in Florida who live in a single parent family divided by divorce. Eligible applicants must plan to pursue post-secondary education after graduation, have parents permanently separated or divorced, and write a 2,000-word essay describing how their parents continue to show their love despite being part of a separated household.
Ayo and Iken Children of Divorce Scholarship
4. Carolina Covenant Scholarship
For students from single parent households who are enrolling at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the Carolina Covenant Scholarship is available to potentially cover 100 percent of tuition costs for a maximum of four years and provide a laptop computer. Qualified candidates must be considered dependents, maintain full-time enrollment status, be pursuing their first bachelor’s degree, make satisfactory academic progress, have U.S. citizenship, and come from a low-income family that does not exceed federal poverty guidelines.
Carolina Covenant Scholarship
5. David J. Ewing Scholarship Fund
In honor of a beloved father of two who lost his battle with cancer in 1990 at the youthful age of 36, the David J. Ewing Scholarship Fund was created by the University of North Texas to award tuition assistance to currently enrolled full-time undergraduate students who have lost a parent during their working years. Along with the application, candidates must submit two letters of professional recommendation, official high school transcripts, financial aid reports, and a two-page essay on their educational goals.
David J. Ewing Scholarship Fund
6. Families of Freedom Scholarship Program
Based on a financial need formula, the Families of Freedom Scholarship Program provides annual awards to dependent children of 9/11 victims, including World Trade Center workers, Pentagon employees, airplane crew or passengers, emergency medical personnel, firefighters, and law enforcement officers killed in the tragic terrorist attacks. Eligible applicants must be enrolling in an accredited post-secondary program at a vocational school, community college, or university in the United States before their 24th birthday.
Families of Freedom Scholarship Program
7. Heroes Tribute Scholarship
Through the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation (MCSF), the Heroes Tribute Scholarship is granted to provide $7,500 for up to four years to children of Marines and Navy Corpsmen who were killed in combat operations on or after September 11, 2001. Eligible applicants must be planning to attend an accredited undergraduate college in the upcoming fall, maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0, be pursuing their first bachelor’s degree, and have been raised by a single parent with an adjusted gross income under $94,000.
Heroes Tribute Scholarship
8. Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grants
Administered through the U.S. Department of Education, the Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grants are given annually for over $5,300 to college students raised by a single parent or guardian after a parent was killed in military service performed in Iraq or Afghanistan after the events of 9/11. Qualified candidates must be under 24 years old, plan to enroll in an accredited American college at least part-time, meet the Federal Pell Grant eligibility requirements, and have grieved the death of a parent in the U.S. Armed Forces.
Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grants
9. Jackie Spellman Foundation Scholarships
In loving memory of a 24-year-old who lost her battle with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) after 14 months of painful treatments, the Jackie Spellman Foundation offers scholarships for $1,000 to $5,000 to graduating high school seniors or college students who have lost a parent from leukemia or lymphoma. Eligible candidates must plan to enroll full-time in college, have critical financial need, carry a minimum overall GPA of 3.0, and write an 800-word essay explaining how leukemia or lymphoma has forever changed their life.
Jackie Spellman Foundation Scholarships
10. JoAnn Heffernan Heisen Scholarship
On the basis of academic merit and financial need, the JoAnn Heffernan Heisen Scholarship is granted annually at Syracuse University for $500 to $1,570 to currently enrolled undergraduate students raised within single parent households who need financial assistance to participate in a study abroad program. Along with a completed application, students must submit a one-page essay stating how studying overseas will help them reach their academic, personal, and career objectives in today’s global community.
JoAnn Heffernan Heisen Scholarship
This list is only a portion of the scholarships that you can find out there to help in assisting you with funding your child’s college education. So keep researching to get the most scholarship assistance you can for your child.
Raising kids can be stressful. Raising kids alone can be STRESSFUL. Here are some tips to reduce your single parent stress.
1. Get Your Finances Under Control
Raising a family on a reduced income can be one of the the most stressful aspects of being a single parent. That’s why one of the first things that you should do is understand your expenses, and make a budget. Controlling your cash flow by sticking to a budget is one of the most important things that you can do to reduce stress and move forward with your single parent life.
2. Set Up a Support System
All single parents need help — whether it’s someone to watch the kids while you run out to do errands or simply someone to talk to when you feel overwhelmed. While it’s tempting to try to handle everything alone, ask friends and family members for help. You could join a single-parent support group, or, if finances allow, hire a trusted sitter to help out with the kids or someone to assist with housework.
3. Set UP and Keep Daily and Weekly Routines
The more routines you have in place, the more smoothly your house will run. Schedule meals and chores on a weekly calendar. Have a set bedtime for the kids, along with a bedtime routine (bath, brush teeth, lay out clothes, quiet reading time before bed). Once in place, these routines will be comforting to your children because they will know what to expect each day. Consistent routines will help your kids feel more secure, and your household will run much more smoothly.
4. Maintain Healthy Boundaries with Your Children
When you become a single parent there tends to be a big void where your partner used to be. Many times it’s tempting to rely too heavily on children for comfort, companionship, or sympathy. But relying on your children to act as substitutes for an adult partner is unhealthy for both of you. Instead of relying on your children for emotional support seek out other adults for your emotional needs. If you don’t have family or friends to rely on, many churches have single parent support groups to help. Different churches offer different kinds of support, but you might be surprised at how supportive they can be. Or seek counseling if necessary.
5. Carve Out Quality Time with Your Children
As a single parent there is always going to be something you need to do around the house; but don’t let that stop you from connecting with your children in a meaningful way every day. Use your routines to connect – a quick bedtime story; or family breakfast catch up with your children will keep you connected daily. Then find larger chunks of time, perhaps on the weekends to do fun things together – bike rids, crafts or baking can provide the fun bonding time you need with your children. And it doesn’t have to cost anything. As long as you focus on love and connection, your time as a family will surely be quality time.
6. Take Time for Yourself
I know it sometimes seems impossible to carve out any time for yourself, but it is so important. With your budget, routines, and rituals in place it will be much easier to accomplish. Remember, if you’re not at your best, nothing in you single parent household is going to be running at its best. Even if it’s something as simple as a warm bath, or 15 minutes of reading before you go to bed. Setting aside personal time for you to refuel will do wonders for your whole family.
7. Stay positive
As a single parent it can be easy to become overwhelmed by all your responsibilities every day. On top of that, you may not have wanted the divorce. Or maybe you are grieving the death of a spouse. It is true; you do have to go through the grieving process. And you do have to deal with your feelings regarding a divorce; but you can still cultivate a positive environment in your home. The key is to move through and process the painful event that has happened in your family. Don’t get stuck in the pain. Don’t let negativity and sadness become what you and your family is now about. If you’re feeling sad, it’s okay to share some of your sentiments with your children, but always try to help them see that for every ending there is a new beginning.
8. Dream About and Plan for the Future
This really needs no explanation. The way to make a great future is to dream about and plan for a great future. Do this, and teach your children how to do this, and things will turn out just fine.