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College Scholarships for Working Parents

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Being a working parent myself, I can hardly find time to get much done throughout the day besides working, cleaning, eating and sleeping. This is also the case for many parents who are not only working, but also juggling the responsibility of being a college student.

Scholarships are a great way to help pay for college, and even help with living expenses while in college.

Front Range Community College (FRCC) offers a variety of different scholarship resources on our main Scholarship Page. Here you will find all currently open scholarships facilitated by FRCC as well as a list of outside scholarships and tips.

FRCC Foundation Scholarship

On December 1, the Front Range Community College Foundation Scholarship Application will open. This application is a must for any FRCC student planning to attend the following year. The Foundation offers 60+ different types of scholarships with one application for various types of students including parents. You will need 2 letters of recommendation.

Scholarships for Women

  • Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund – If you are a mother and had to put your higher education on hold due to raising a family and are over the age of 35, consider applying. This application opens in November and also requires recipients to be low-income and US citizens.
  • The Colorado Women’s Education Foundation is another great women’s scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to women ranging from 26 to 50 with an average age of 38 years old and many of whom are supporting as many as 3 dependents. The deadline for this scholarship is May 31st and you can apply here.
  • Soroptimist Women’s Opportunity Awards: Women who provide the primary financial support for their family and are accepted to a vocational/skills training or undergraduate degree program

State Resources

Also, Colorado provides other resources to help families and working parents attending school. You can get assistance with:

Start Early

Remember to START EARLY in your scholarship search. Most scholarship applications that are open now are for the 2017-18 school year.

Be sure that you apply for Federal Student Aid. This can be the main source of financial assistance for many working parents and students. For more information about how to apply for financial aid or information about scholarships please contact your campus Financial Aid department.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Brent Edwards is the Scholarship Coordinator for FRCC on the Westminster Campus. He lives in Thornton with his wife, two kids and a pug.