Some of the Top Student-Specific Grants

Education grants are designed to help a wide variety of student demographics. Tuition costs are expensive regardless of demographic, however. Individual EDU grant programs assist specific types of students in paying for some or all their school-related expenses.

For example, EDU grants for women, minorities, single mothers and international students are all available. This type of funding is special because (provided the funds are used as intended) they do not require repayment. Continue reading about student-specific educational grants and how to apply for yours today.

Education Grants Designed for Women
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Paying for higher education is a challenge for most prospective students. In the case of certain demographics, paying for the costs of college is even more challenging. Women, minorities and certain other demographic groups might be eligible for specialized funding to help pay for an advanced education, however.

For example, various education grants for women are available to qualified applicants. Assisting women to pay for education expenses is prioritized for numerous reasons. When a woman chooses to return to the workforce after becoming a mother she might also choose to change career fields. This type of change often requires additional education to achieve. 

Perhaps after helping raise a child or children through a certain age a woman decides to pursue her career as a priority. Either way, free grant money to pay for the cost of college helps bridge the gap of disparity between men and women in the workforce and empower women to earn the salaries they deserve.

Scholarships for women in education are also available. Scholarships are awarded based on academic merit, financial need and other factors as applicable to the university. In fact, many scholarships are funded directly by colleges and universities. Some are funded by private third-party institutions, however.

The Go Girl! Grant helps pay the costs of a higher education for women who are twenty-five years of age or older. A funding pool up to $500,000 per year is made available to disburse between qualified recipients. The primary purpose of the Go Girl! Grant is to prioritize women in financial need who are passionate about their prospective careers but cannot afford to pay for the necessary schooling. Applicants are required to submit:

  • A one-page autobiography.
  • Details about their professional goals.
  • A minimum of three references (professional and personal references alike).

Women who are selected in the first round of eligibility processing need to attend and successfully complete an interview. Funds from this grant program are disbursed twicer per year. Bi-annual disbursements occur by June 15th and December 15th annually.

The Jeanette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund helps pay the costs of higher education for women who are thirty-five years of age or older. Applicants must be pursuing either an associate’s or bachelor’s degree. Trade skills certification applicants are also pre-qualified to apply. 

Additional qualification requirements include U.S. citizenship or legal permanent residency. Funds are made available (renewable) for up to five years, which makes this grant highly beneficial to those who receive it. Applications are only accepted between November and February each funding year, so be certain to submit yours on time.

The Society of Women Engineers Scholarship grants awarded funds to women who are pursuing degrees in computer science, engineering, or both. Awarded funds range between $1,000 and $16,000, making this grant one of the best available. Applications are accepted twice per year based on your academic level. For example, freshman applicants are permitted to submit for this program between March and May. Sophomore applicants and higher are permitted to submit for this program between the first day of December and mid-February.

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