Divorce is a sensitive topic for many. Understandably, a lot of high school students do not want to discuss this family situation with others. However, there are scholarships and awards out there for students who do have divorced parents to make your college-bound life a little bit easier. Here are just a few examples.
Deadline: TBD for 2020 and 2021
If you live in Florida and live with a single parent due to a divorce or permanent separation, you may want to apply for the Ayo and Iken Children of Divorce Scholarship. Awarding $1,000, the scholarship is open to high school seniors who are planning on furthering their education past graduation. Applying students must write a 2,000-word essay on how their parents show their love, even though they may not all live under the same roof.
Sponsored by the Law Firm of Ayo and Iken, you can learn more about this particular scholarship (and see past winners) on their website.
Deadline: December 1
For students attending the University of Toledo and planning to pursue a degree in business, the Kinsey Determination Scholarship, add this scholarship to your list. The award is designed for male students who have lived the majority of their life without a father figure and with a single mother. The winner of the scholarship must demonstrate financial need, but academic performance, principles, and future potential are also taken into account.
Applications for the Kinsey Determination Scholarship are due by December 1st for new students and March 15 for current students. It awards $1,000 to full-time students and a complete, current FAFSA must be available.
The Joann Hefferan Heisen Scholarship is open to all Syracuse University undergraduate students who come from a single-parent household and are planning on participating in certain study abroad programs. In addition to financial need, the program also takes into account your academic performance. The scholarship asks for a 750-word essay on your academic and future career goals, as well as personal ambitions. You should then tie in how you think a study abroad experience will help you reach these goals.
The scholarship is for $2,500 with 4 awards available. If you are planning to apply for the fall, the application is due May 1st. For spring semesters, you should apply by November 1st.
These are only a few awards that are available to students who live in single-parent households. Keep an eye on scholarship databases, even in later years, as new scholarships appear. If you’re a child of divorced parents, there are several awards and financial aid options available to you. If you need further assistance, talk to your high school guidance counselor or your college’s financial aid department.
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