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How to Find Scholarships for Women

This web page was updated January 2023.

How to find scholarships for women / girls is a very popular question. Definitely, there are college scholarships and grants based on all kinds of criteria including whether you are female or male. Following will be a list of scholarships for women. However, we feel that we need to explain some things. Although there are college scholarships for women, a majority of the scholarships have very specific, limiting eligibility requirements so only some women can apply for specific scholarships. For example, some scholarships for women are awarded at a specific college. If the woman does not want to go to that particular college that is offering the scholarship for women, then that female is not able to apply for that particular scholarship for women.  Another example is careers. We have seen a number of very good scholarships for women offered if they want to go into a specific field. If the women do not want to choose that particular career option then they can not apply for those scholarships for women that are for only that particular career. A majority of the thousands of college grants and scholarships offered to students have very specific, limiting eligibility requirements that restrict just who can apply for those scholarships. WE HAVE SEEN THE FRUSTRATION. We have seen so many scholarship questions, such as:

Are there any scholarships for women?

Are there any scholarships for diabetics?

Are there any scholarships for mothers?

Are there any scholarships for single moms or parents?

Are there any scholarships for African-Americans and Hispanics?

The questions go on and on about college grants and scholarships and how to find scholarships. The answer is YES, there are scholarships for women, diabetics, mothers, single moms, African-Americans, Hispanics, military personnel, and more. However, there are NOT A LOT of college grants and scholarships based on these specific criteria. For this web page, we did the research on scholarships for women. There are scholarships for women but, BUT there are not many that have almost no eligibility requirements. Most of them have some specific, limiting eligibility requirements so only a relatively few women can apply for those scholarships. We will attempt to list the scholarships for women that are “portable” where the application money can go to just about any female citizen or legal resident of the United States and go to the school of their choice. Having said that, there are so very few of these type of “open” scholarships for women that we will list some scholarships that have some limiting eligibility requirements, BUT we hope that quite a few women will be able to apply for these scholarships. At the bottom of this web page, we will give advice on how to find more scholarships that are for just about any U.S. citizen or legal resident, not only for women.



We decided to write the following statement about being careful on applying for scholarships that MAY no longer be available. From our experience of trying to list scholarships that are currently available, we have found that many scholarships stay on the World Wide Web, although the organizations that at one time funded the scholarships, NO LONGER fund the scholarship. We have found that all the information is on the organization's web page, BUT, the date for applying for that scholarship may be a couple years old. Our best advice is that IF a scholarship is listed on a web page AND the date of application is more than a year old, then it is VERY PROBABLE that the scholarship is NOT AVAILABLE. Our best advice is that if you are interested in a scholarship that has older information, then PLEASE TRY TO CONTACT them to see IF the scholarship is currently being offered. Definitely, a number of organizations may delay funding a scholarship for a year or two. However, there are many scholarships that are found on web pages that have been there for years that have NOT been funded for years.

List of Scholarships for Women

Jeannette Rankin Foundation Scholarship

Sponsor: Jeannette Rankin Foundation

"Continuing Jeannette Rankin’s commitment to creating better futures for American women, our Jeannette Rankin National Scholar Grant provides unrestricted non-tuition funding and support to women and nonbinary students across the country. Scholar Grant recipients are age 35 and older, demonstrate financial need, and are pursuing a technical or vocational education, an associate’s degree, or a first bachelor’s degree at an accredited U.S. institution. National Scholar Grants are distributed directly to recipients and are renewable for up to five years."

It appears that there is a "National Scholar Grant," "Emerge Grant," and "Native Woman Scholar Grant." It appears that the number of people awarded the scholarships can vary. The National Scholar Grant is for women throughout the U.S. However, the Emerge Grant "is dedicated to women and nonbinary residents of Georgia and Montana who are 25 and older, demonstrate financial need, and are pursuing a technical or vocational education, an associate’s degree or a first bachelor’s degree at an accredited U.S. institution. Emerge Grants are distributed directly to recipients and renewable for up to five years." The Native Scholar Grant provides "up to 60 unrestricted Scholar Grants to Native Women attending the Montana Tribal Colleges. Our unrestricted non-tuition Native Woman Grant is dedicated to women and nonbinary students at Montana Tribal Colleges who are 25 and older, demonstrate financial need, and are pursuing a technical or vocational education, an associate’s degree or a first bachelor’s degree at a Montana Tribal College."

Money: The number of scholarships and the amount of those awards can vary per year, but historically, this organization has provided many scholarships worth $2,000 PER year.



Worthy Women's Professional Studies Scholarship

Sponsor: Worthy, Inc.

Eligibility Requirements: Must be enrolled in a continuing educaton professional studies program. Be a female 30 years old or older. This is an essay contest. Please visit their website for MORE information.

Money: Three awards. $2,500, $1,500, and $1,000.




Soroptimist Live Your Dream Awards (formerly Women Opportunity Award).

"The Soroptimist Live Your Dream Awards (formerly the Women’s Opportunity Awards) assists women who provide the primary source of financial support for their families by giving them the resources they need to improve their education, skills and employment prospects.

"Soroptimist's LiveYour Dream Awards program ia a unique education award for women who provide financial support for their families. The Live Your Dream Awards give women the resources they need to improve their education, skills, and employment prospects. Every year, Soroptimist distributes more than $2.8 million in education awards to about 1,700 women all over the world. Over half of our Live Your Dream Awards recipents are survivors of domestic violence, trafficking, or sexual assault. Nearly all of the women and families we serve have overcome enormous obstacles including poverty, teen pregnancy, and drug or alcohol addiction. Live Your Dream Awards recipients may use the cash award to offset any costs associated with their efforts to attain higher education, such as books, childcare, tuition and transportation."

"The Live Your Dream Awards involves three levels of cash awards. Ultimately, a Live Your Dream Awards finalist has the potential receive up to $16,000 to help offset tuition costs, purchase books, get transportation, or find reliable childcare so she can worry less about how to pay her bills and focus on reaching her dreams."




Expomarketing’s Women in Business Scholarship Program.

I will keep this scholarship on this list, for now. The scholarship information remains on their website, BUT the date of the scholarship is 2020.

Sponsor: Expomarketing.

Eligibility: “Our scholarship program is available for women who are currently MBA or undergraduate students pursuing a career in business. Incoming, full-time and part-time students are eligible, but you need to be currently enrolled to apply. Any previously awarded scholarships or monetary prizes have no bearing on this scholarship award.”

Money: $1,000.



The B H W Group Women in STEM Scholarship.

Sponsor: B H W Group.

Eligibility: Women who are pursuing an undergraduate or master’s degree and are majoring in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics. This is an ESSAY contest. Topics are listed at their website.

Money: $3,000.




Scholarships for Moms: We were hesitant to list this specific scholarship for a while because we just did not know if it was legitimate. However, this scholarship has been around a while and it looks credible to list this scholarship for mothers, single or married.

"Applicants must be 18 years of age or older and must be permanent residents of the United States. You agree that you are currently enrolled, or will be enrolled within the next 3 months, in a college or university in the United States. Applicants for the promotion must be a parent to one or more children. You may also be expecting one or more children at the time of entry. Documentation of requirements must be produced upon request." Apparently there is NO essay so the winner is picked through a random drawing. The award is for TEN THOUSAND dollars. More information is located at

Philanthropic Educational Organization (P.E.O.) Scholarships

Sponsor: Philanthropic Educational Organization.

A LOT going on with this organization so we advise you to PLEASE visit and explore their website at:
Basically, this organization is made up of “women helping women reach for the stars.” A number of scholarships are sponsored by this organization.

Money: Varies per scholarship.

Please contact the following website for MUCH MORE information:


HORIZONS Scholarship Program, Women in Defense

Sponsor: Women in Defense

Through the HORIZONS Scholarship, established in 1988, Women In Defense encourages women to pursue careers related to the national security and defense interests of the United States and to provide development opportunities to women already working in national security and defense fields. The scholarship is intended to provide financial assistance to further educational objectives of women who are U.S. citizens either employed or planning careers in defense or national security areas. The amount of the awards varies each year.

Eligibility Requirements:

Money: Various scholarships are awarded worth thousands of dollars.


Women’s Independence Scholarship Program

Sponsor: Women’s Independence Scholarship Program, Inc.

The objective of the Women's Independence Scholarship Program is to help survivors of intimate partner abuse obtain an education that will in turn offer them the chance to secure employment, personal independence and self sufficiency.

Eligibility Requirements: There ARE requirements. PLEASE visit their website for the updated list of their requirements:

Money:  The financial awards vary between $500 and $2,000 per semester or quarter.


The Educational Foundation for Women in ACCOUNTING: provides funding for a few different grants. "The Women In Transition and Women In Need scholarships were established to provide financial assistance to female reentry students who wish to pursue a degree in accounting. These scholarships were designed for women who have become the sole source of support for themselves and their family, either through divorce or death of a spouse. However, women who are single parents as a result of other circumstances will also be considered."

Information about scholarships can be found at . Please visit   for much more information.


How to Find More College Grants and Scholarships

There are NOT many scholarships for women that just about any woman can apply for. Most college scholarships have specific, narrow, eligibility requirements that limit who can apply for those scholarships. It is easy to understand how students can become frustrated trying to find scholarships that they can apply for according to the eligibility requirements.

The following two web pages at this website will provide more information about college scholarships that are based on other eligibility requirements than just the single requirement of being a woman: College Grants and Scholarships Listed on the World Wide Web and the College Grants and Scholarships Listed in Books web page.


YouTube Video:  How to Find College Grants and Scholarships is a short six-minute video that gives you an overall look at where to find college grants and scholarships. If you have no idea on where to start to find financial aid, then this video will give you a good idea on how to go about finding free money in the form of financial aid, grants, and scholarships for college or trade schools for a variety of groups of people such as nursing students, single moms, women, and just about any U.S. Citizen seeking scholarships with the least amount of eligibility requirements.


College Grants and Scholarships with the Minimum Amount of Eligibility Requirements

The ebook needs to be updated, but there are a number of scholarships that continue to be active.

A majority of the scholarships listed require you to write an essay, but there are some scholarships listed that require no essay. Some of the scholarships are just for high school seniors. However, there are quite a few scholarships for students who have been out of high school awhile. There are scholarships for those who are about to attend college or are already in college. A majority of people will be able to apply to a majority of the 150 scholarships on this list of scholarships. 

If you do not have a Kindle, you can download the free Kindle Previewer in order to view Kindle books on your PC at OR . We know how difficult it is to format documents for the Kindle so the formatting might be kind of strange for some of the text. However, we find the text tolerable and the links work.

Normally, we advise you to see if a local library has this eBook. However, we know that eBooks are not a big part of many library’s budget so it is questionable if many libraries purchased this Kindle eBook.  We know how frustrating that it is trying to find scholarships with almost no eligibility requirements and that are "portable", so it is up to you if you want to purchase the eBook. Only you can decide if the low price is worth it.


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