Scholarships for Women
Scholarships available for women today are amazing in their scope and variety, because as a woman you are no longer locked into any stereotypical idea of what you should do for the rest of your life. A hundred years ago a woman really had two choices – she could be a teacher or a nurse. Not so today!
There are scholarships for women available in every category and in every field. In order to make your search a little easier, we have divided scholarships into categories for specific groups of women. However, never exclude yourself from a group unless you simply do not meet the requirement in any way, shape or form.
- Application deadlines occur all throughout the year, not just in the spring and fall. Applying is an ongoing process. It’s not something you do once for a month or two and forget it. You have to keep at it! You should be checking websites and ready to send out new applications at least every few weeks.
- Do not limit yourself. If a scholarship is open to African American women and men, apply anyway, especially in any underrepresented profession. Your being a woman may still count in your favor, and although your odds may be a little shorter, they are still very good.
- Be ready to send out multiple applications. Have multiple copies of everything you will need to include ready to go so that all you have to do is fill out the individual new application, fill the rest of the packet with the requested pieces, and send it off.
- Request multiple copies of official transcripts so you will have them ready and waiting.
- If you are going to have to submit letters of recommendation from teachers or professors, request them at least six weeks before the end of the semester. They don’t like being asked the last week of school. The same applies if you are leaving a job. Ask for letters of recommendation before you leave so you can take them with you. They are harder to get after you’re gone.
- Get personal letters of recommendation ahead of time, too. Letters from ministers, doctors or other professional people are great. Letters from relatives are not so great. Aunt Mary may love you but she’s not a great character reference.
- Many applications require proof of financial need. Go to www.FAFSA.ed.gov and complete the free application on line. You will receive you SAR score which you will be able to submit with applications as proof of need.
Mailing the Application
- When you prepare your application, READ THE INSTRUCTIONS, and then follow them to the letter.
- When sending in applications and attachments, DO NOT OMIT ANYTHING! No matter how good it might have been, a packet missing any part is the first into the trash. It will not even be looked at.
- Don’t miss the deadline. Anything that arrives after the deadline also goes into the trash.
Where to Look for Scholarships
- Check websites every few weeks for updates or additions.
- Always look at scholarship and grant tabs on any websites for universities and colleges you are interested in attending.
- Always look at scholarship tabs on professional websites for professions you might be interested in.
- Talk to everyone you know. One of the best scholarships given every year in my community is from a fast-food restaurant, and we never would have ever heard about it unless told by a friend.
- Go to the Public Library. There are catalogues published every year with scholarships listed for both state and private colleges and universities.
It is our belief that there is funding out there for almost anyone who wants to attend college! It just requires time, determination and diligence to find it. We continually update our website to provide the best and the most up to date information to assist you in your search so keep checking back. Meanwhile, Good Luck and Good Hunting!