Scholarships for Moms, Foster Children and Special-Interest Students

Check out the wide variety of scholarships available to different groups of students – from moms to foster children to victims of tragedy. Find out if one of these scholarships fits you…

Scholarships are often based on academics and need, but those aren’t the only kinds of financial assistance available.

Many scholarships are designed for students with a unique life situation or a particular experience.

The criteria could be based on many things - from immigration status to family situation.

There’s a huge variety when it comes to these kinds of scholarships, and you might just be able to find one that’s geared toward you.

The Point Foundation gives several scholarships to students who show exceptional leadership in the LGBT community.

2011/2012 Special Interest Scholarships

Because there is such a wide variety of special-interest scholarships, we can offer only a small sample here. If you’re not eligible for any of these, don’t worry: there are plenty more out there. As you go searching, think about what makes you unique, and try to find scholarships related to that experience or lifestyle.

Capture the Dream Single Parent Scholarship

Award: $1,000
Overview: This scholarship is one of many designed for single parents in California who want to continue their education.
Requirements/eligibility: You must be a California resident and single parent, either graduating from high school or a full-time undergraduate.
How to apply: You'll find all the information you need to apply for the scholarship online. You'll need a cover letter, résumé, official high school and/or college transcript, financial aid web-award confirmation, essay and letter of recommendation. The deadline is July 15.

Foster Child Grant Program

Award: $6,000
Overview: The Massachusetts Department of Higher Education offers this $6,000 grant to Massachusetts residents who have received foster care. Unlike most scholarships sponsored by state governments, the scholarship applies to out-of-state and private colleges as well.
Requirements/eligibility: All Massachusetts residents under the age of 24 who have received foster care are eligible.
How to apply: Call the Massachusetts Office of Student Final Assistance at (617) 727-9420.

Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund

Award: Varies (based on school cost and financial need)
Overview: The Families of Freedom Scholarships are awarded to students whose parents were killed or injured by the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. As of June 2010, the Families of Freedom Fund has distributed more than $49 million to more than 1,450 students.
Requirements/eligibility: To be eligible, you must be a dependent of those killed or permanently disabled due to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Financial need is a strong consideration when selecting recipients.
How to apply: Fill out the scholarship application. The deadline for fall term is May 15, but there is also a rolling deadline option.

Point Foundation Scholars Program

Award: Full ride ($13,600 on average)
Overview: The Point Foundation gives several scholarships to students who show exceptional leadership in the LGBT community. These scholarships cover tuition, books, supplies, room and board, transportation and living expenses.
Requirements/eligibility: The Point Foundation cites strong academic performance, proven leadership skills and the desire to make a difference in the world as key attributes.
How to apply: The application process is extensive. After an initial application, semifinalists will send in a second application with supplemental materials. The initial application deadline is February 11.

Kerri Casner Scholarship

Award: $4,000
Overview: This scholarship is geared toward immigrants and the children of immigrants. The $4,000 award covers the full cost of tuition and expenses at Colorado Mountain College.
Requirements/eligibility: Minority students attending the Vail-Eagle campus of Colorado Mountain College are eligible to apply.
How to apply: Print and fill out the scholarship application. For more information, contact Cheryl Lindstrom at (970) 926-5290.

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