ESME Solo Mom College & University Scholarship ($1,500)

ESME Solo Mom College & University Scholarship ($1,500)

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Are you juggling college or graduate school and single parenthood?

Deadline: March 15, 2019 (The 2019 deadline has passed.)

ESME (Empowering Solo Moms Everywhere) is offering a $1,500 college scholarship to a Solo Mom who most embodies the strength, resilience, and educational attainment that we hope to inspire at ESME. The award is open to any Solo Mom—a woman who parents primarily on her own. Solo Moms include women who are divorced, widowed, solo by choice or circumstance, or solo because of a partner’s deployment or incarceration. The winner will be selected based on a current transcript of course work and grades, and—most important—an essay of 500 to 750 words. The winning recipient and her essay will be featured on The essay should answer the following question: What have you learned about yourself by combining solo motherhood and pursuing your education?

Send transcript and essay to with “Solo Mom Scholarship” in the subject line.

Eligibility requirements

All applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Be currently attending college
  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Have a minimum grade point average of 2.5
  • Be working toward an undergraduate or advanced degree at an accredited university
  • Cannot be affiliated with


Judging will be done by the ESME Scholarship Review Board and will focus on applicants who embody strength and resilience in reaching for their educational goals. The winning essay is expected to be well written, personal, and inspiring.

Fine print

We reserve the right to verify high school and college transcripts of any applicant. Applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, March 15, 2019.

Your contact information will never be given or sold to third parties under any circumstance, and you will never be contacted by ESME or our affiliated companies for any reason unrelated to the scholarship program.

By submitting an application, you agree that your name and/or likeness and your essay may be used in promotional material such as, but not limited to, social media posts, press releases, blog posts, articles, and news stories.

Good luck!

Please feel free to contact us with any comments or questions.

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