Scholarships for women are fairly common and are found through both government and private sources. Most scholarships for women may be included within minority groups, especially if women are historically underrepresented within the professional field. Typically, these will include areas such as the sciences, mathematics, technology, and engineering. Many professional womens associations and organizations offer scholarships to provide additional funds for younger women trying to obtain their degree.
Womens scholarships are based on merit, grade point average, or financial need. Some scholarships also require the student be active in campus or community leadership, a member or candidate of a particular professional group or association. Scholarships are offered to a range of student statuses - from full-time students, through part-time master's students. Women of minorities may also be eligible for many dual women and minority scholarships and grant opportunities.
One professional organization that has been very active in providing scholarships for women is the Society for Women Engineers. This program is well known for offering scholarships and grants to women at the undergraduate and graduate levels who are pursuing higher education in the field of engineering. Zonta International, an organization that promotes educating women throughout the world, offers several scholarships for women entering into business and management fields. Their website provides information on the types of programs and scholarships available through. The Association for Women in Science Education Foundation offers both college, predoctoral and high school scholarships for women working to obtain a degree in any science related program of study. As with most scholarships, these professional organizations require pre-acceptance to the accredited college or university before the application for the scholarship is considered. GPA, financial need, and merit for each application is reviewed when determining awards.
The Linda Lael Miller Scholarships for Women is a private scholarships offered to women who are nontraditional students and are over 25 years of age. These scholarships are unique in that they can be used for childcare, transportation or other expenses besides just tuition and direct educational expenses. The Talbots Women's Scholarship Fund awards around $200,000 per year to women who completed their high school diploma or GED at least 10 years ago and are returning to an accredited two or four-year college or university undergraduate program.
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