Computer Grants for Single Mothers

by Judy Filarecki

Traditionally, women--especially single mothers--have faced obstacles when trying to further their eduction. To help women to get past these obstacles, women's organizations and colleges, and the government, have set up funds specifically for disadvantage women. Computer and technology courses are available throughout the country and most grants for women don't limit the kinds of education women can pursue.

Women's organizations

The American Association of University Women provide grants specifically for low-income women and those returning to college after leaving to raise families or pursue other careers. The Business and Professional Women's Association offer grants directed toward women of limited financial resources who have never been to college or returning to advance in their chosen career. The Sunshine Lady Foundation has a Women's Independence Scholarship Program for abused women. The Jeannette Rankin Foundations provides scholarships for low-income women over 35, enrolled in a college in technical or vocational education for associate or bachelor-degree programs. The Soroptimist International of the Americas focus on helping women responsible for supporting their families or have other financial limitations.

Women's Colleges

Special funding for women is available through many women's colleges. One example is Wellesley College, which provides grants through its Davis Program for women beyond college age who have never been to college or are returning to the workforce and need to expand their eduction.

Government Grants

The Federal Pell Grant is the most well known grant for women. The size of the grant is dependent on the student's contribution, the cost of attendance, enrollment status and whether the student attends for a full academic year. To receive any of these funds, you must submit the Federal Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Online Computer and Technology Courses

Many universities offer online courses. Check with your local schools and then research the grants for funding options. You are more apt to get grant funding this way than by going through companies that are strictly online providers.

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About the Author

Judy Filarecki has been a health educator and writer for 45 years. Her published work includes (under the name Judith Schwiegerling): "Down Syndrome: Optimizing Health and Development," Msall, DiGaudio and Schwiegerling, 1990; "Diabetes and Exercise," Schwiegerling, 1989. She has also published "Painting with Acrylics: Sombrero Peak." She has a Bachelor of Science in physical therapy and Master of Education from SUNY at Buffalo.

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