Are there scholarships available for teen moms?


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Many scholarships are available for teen mothers; many of them are so-called "nontraditional" scholarships intended for people who are not traditional high school students. There are specific scholarships designed for poor, single mothers and victims of domestic abuse. While most single moms with no college degree live in poverty, mothers with some college education are statistically unlikely to be poor, according to the National Institutes of Health.

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Scholarships specifically designed for teen mothers or fathers include the $300 Maxine Rodkin Memorial Scholarship; the Minnesota Child Care Grant, which provides $2600 to pay for child care; the Patsy Takemoto Mink Foundation Scholarship for low-income mothers; the $2000 Women's Opportunity Award, with a second similar award centered in Washington, D.C.; and the Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund for single parents living in Arkansas. Scholarships for nontraditional students include the Daniels Opportunity Scholarship for Nontraditional Students, which provides a full-tuition scholarship to students at Salt Lake Community College.

Teen mothers seeking scholarships should also consult with local universities and colleges to ask for information about scholarships and funding aimed at teenage mothers. Young women who are already in the process of applying to or attending college when they learn they are pregnant should make sure that their FAFSA, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, reflects their pregnancy.

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