In a one-parent family, it can be difficult to balance work with raising a child. Single parents who dream of pursuing a college degree are often prevented from doing so by financial obstacles. Fortunately, there are a number of scholarship and grant programs designed to make a college education more affordable and attainable. Single fathers can take advantage of these funding opportunities to pursue their first degree, continue their education or change careers.
Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund
The Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund provides financial assistance to Arkansas residents who have custodial care of at least one child under the age of 18. Single fathers who are interested in applying for the scholarship must be considered economically disadvantaged and have not previously completed a four-year degree. An exception is made for fathers who are pursuing a Master of Arts degree in teaching. Individual award amounts vary and additional eligibility criteria varies by county.
Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund 614 East Emma Avenue Suite 119 Springdale, AR 72764 479-927-1402 aspsf.org
BYU Marriott School Single Parent Scholarships
Brigham Young University's Marriott School of Business offers financial assistance to single parents who are pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees. Single fathers who have custody of dependent children may apply if they have already gained acceptance to a degree program at the Marriott School. Award amounts vary based on individual financial need. Recipients are ineligible for scholarship renewal if they remarry while enrolled.
BYU Marriott School 730 TNRB Brigham Young University Provo, UT 84602 801-422-3721 marriottschool.byu.edu
Richard and Joan Fleming Single Parent Scholarship
Single fathers enrolled at the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire may apply for the Richard and Joan Fleming Single Parent Scholarship. The scholarship is geared toward students of nontraditional age, although single fathers of all ages may apply. Students are selected for the $500 primarily on the basis of financial need.
University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire Office of Financial Aid Schofield 115 Eau Claire, WI 54702 715-836-3373 uwec.edu
Emporia State University Single Parents With Children Scholarship
Emporia State University offers the Single Parents With Children Scholarship to single, divorced or widowed parents with dependent children. Single fathers who have custody of their dependent children may apply for the $2,000 awards. The scholarship is open to students who are enrolled full-time at the undergraduate or graduate level. Financial need is strongly considered in the selection process.
Emporia State University Student Success Program 1200 Commercial Street Campus Box 4065 Emporia, KS 66801 620-341-5481 emporia.edu
Federal Pell Grants
Low-income single fathers may be eligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant. The Pell Grant program provides education funding of up to $5,550 annually to qualifying students. Applicants must be enrolled at least half-time in an accredited associate's or bachelor's degree program. Individual award amounts vary based on financial need, education costs and enrollment status.
Department of Education Building 400 Maryland Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20202 800-872-5327 ed.gov