Mrs Michelle Obama has said the truth, “When girls are educated, their countries become stronger and more prosperous.” The foundation of any society, culture, or background resides in the hand of the women of that society. If we educate a girl from a family, we educate the entire family! Education liberates us from the shackles of ignorance and captivity. It gives us hope and spreads our wings into the sky for betterment and peace. Be it teaching or trade, be it sales or medicine, be it dance or engineering. Women have taken the front seat in all the fields. And let us also be very grateful to the culture of equality and equal opportunities that came into light which did not only raise women’s employment level in general but also made them realize their own worth too. Here are more than 13.7 million widowed persons in the United States, over 11 million of these being women.
There are many scholarships and grants which are made every year to pay special attention to widow’s upliftment. Their representation in the country is applauded, which is very much needed because we all know, they were deprived of what men called basic in the early days. Scholarships for widows of various age groups are granted because everybody is considered, and the best efforts are put to make them shine. If we peep into our history books, we will see how higher education was designed for men in colonial America. But with the passage of time, women’s positions and opportunities in the educational domain have grown.
In this article, we have collected ten scholarships for widows in the U.S., which of course, have one main motive, and that is, ‘Encouraging and empowering women.’ So, let’s get started!
1. AFWM Ford Emerging Voices Scholarship
The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation and Ford Motor Company Fund provide scholarships to two promising female undergraduate or graduate students for providing future journalistic content for AWM. The applicant must be an undergraduate or graduate student studying media, journalism, English, communications during the applying year. The applicant is also needed to demonstrate the plight of media careers for women and about an ideal woman in this career who has influenced her personally. The applicant must submit one letter of recommendation from a professor or a journalism/media/communications professional, proof or enrolment.
Provided by: Alliance for Women in Media and Foundation
Education level: Undergraduate and graduate
Deadline: May 08, 2022
2. Amber Huber Memorial Scholarship
The scholarship program was launched in honour of Amber, who attended Byron School and graduated from it in 2001 and passed away in 2003 from an atypical T-cell Lymphoma. The Scholarship aims to recognize graduating seniors at Byron High School who have given an outstanding performance and made a substantial contribution to the school in cheerleading programs or academics. The applicant must have a minimum GPA of 2.0. the applicant must have participated in the Byron High School girls track program and/or Byron High School cheerleading program.
Provided by: Community Foundation of Northern Illinois
Education level: Graduating seniors
Deadline: February 01, 2022
3. ANSWER Scholarship Endowment
Scholarship for Moms! This scholarship program is for adult women age 25 and older who are raising school-age children (preschool-12). The applicant must be looking for a four-year undergraduate degree in the field of their own choice. The applicant may be married or single. The children may be natural born, legally adopted or whom legal guardianship has been granted. The applicant must be a non-traditional female student. The applicant must show a financial need.
Provided by: ANSWER Scholarship, Inc.
Education level: Women age 25 and older
Deadline: March 06, 2022
4. Arizona Business and Professional Women’s Foundation
This Scholarship is offered to women 21 years or older who are Arizona residents returning to school at a community college in Arizona for better job opportunities. The applicants have to submit an essay, recommendation letter, application form, personal statement, brief bio. The program aims to assist women through scholarships, research, and education. All the applications are viewed by the committee made up of Foundation Board members and community volunteers.
Provided by: Arizona Business and Professional Women’s Foundation
Education level: Women 21 years or older
5. Associated Women for Pepperdine Scholarship
The Associated Women for Pepperdine (AWP) is one of the most active women’s groups that assist colleges and universities in California. The Scholarship is awarded to incoming freshmen and transfer students. The Scholarship can be renewed annually by submitting the application by the recipients. The applicant must be very committed, and the recipients are active Church Christ students from around the country.
Provided by: Associated Women for Pepperdine
Education level: Freshmen/Transfer
Deadline: February 15, 2022
6. Jeanette Rankin Foundation Scholarship
This Scholarship is offered to women who are 35 and older and demonstrate a financial need. This scholarship program was established in honour of Jeannette Rankin, the first woman elected to the U.S. Congress. The program aims to encourage and empower women so that they can contribute their share of skills to the development of society. The applicant must be pursuing a technical/vocational education, an associate’s degree, or a first bachelor’s degree. The applicant must show a financial need. The scholarships can be renewed for up to five years.
Provided by: Jeannette Rankin Foundation, Inc.
Education level: Undergraduate
Deadline: February 25, 2022
7. Association of Women Contractors Scholarship
The scholarship program was launched in 1995. The aim of the scholarship program is to award outstanding women who are keen on entering construction-related careers through the academic track or through an apprenticeship. The applicant must be a resident of Minnesota or currently attending post-high school in Minnesota. The applicant must be studying architecture/engineering/project management/construction management, etc., but everything related to the construction industry. With the aim of assisting women who face difficulty in these careers, the scholarship program has benefitted more than 200 professionals till now.
Provided by: Association of Women Contractors
Education level: High School
Deadline: April 30, 2022
8. Beta Gamma Recruitment Grant
All those women who are seeking a teaching profession and are graduating seniors are eligible for this Scholarship. The applicant must be a graduating senior from Boone or Winnebago County and have plans to teach. The Scholarship was started to assist females who are in financial need but have a very strong urge as well as solid plans of entering into the teaching profession. The scholarship program values the art of teaching and seeks to celebrate and promote the ones who want to contribute to the profession.
Provided by: Beta Gamma Recruitment Grant Foundation
Education level: Graduation
Deadline: February 01, 2022
9. DKG Carolyn Wones Scholarship
The applicant for the Scholarship must be graduating from a public high school within Boone or Winnebago County. The applicant must have plans to pursue a degree in secondary teaching. The applicant must show a financial need. The applicant must have academic potential. The core value on which the Scholarship was established is; Promotion and growth of women educators. Because who is changing the world? The teachers!
Provided by: Zeta Chapter, Delta Kappa Gamma
Education level: Graduating high school
Deadline: February 01, 2022
10. Chris Anderson Women lead Scholarship
The women of the Christian faith seeking a Master’s or Doctoral level degree are eligible for this scholarship program. The aim of the scholarship program is to promote women to lead, advocate and activate. The applicant must have a good academic record. The applicant must have a minimum of 3.0 GPA. The applicant must demonstrate a financial need. The applicant must show participative and civic engagement, which are clearly the qualities of a good leader.
Provided by: InFaith Community Foundation
Education level: Post-graduate
Deadline: April 30, 2022