Grants for Women in College

Everyone recognizes the importance of a college education. People even say that it is only with a college diploma that one can be successful in his or her life. Some would even say that it is your gateway, your very first step to reach your dreams in life. However, finishing that much-desired degree is indeed a very difficult undertaking. Aside from the vast amount of time and effort one must provide to receive that piece of parchment with your name and degree printed on it, another big hurdle for every family with a child in college is the necessary money to fund a college education. Tuition fees, allowances, books, dormitories and other living expenses make up the bulk of the money needed for a college education. Truly, not every family has the financial capability to send their children to a good university.

Fortunately, there are various schools, foundations and organizations that recognize this reality. Teaming up with different sponsors and funding sources, they provide grants and scholarships to deserving students. These schools, foundations and organizations further recognize that women must be given an equal opportunity to attend college and finish a degree. Especially in our present society where women are already considered equals with men in every field, a woman who may have the necessary knowledge, skills and capabilities to finish a college degree but does not have the financial capability to do so must be given the chance to attend a good university or college.

Here are some grants for women with dreams, who wish to go to college or are already in college.

The Goizueta Foundation Scholarship

The Goizueta Foundation Scholarship provides grants for students of Hispanic or Latino origin who are planning to undertake an undergraduate degree at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia.

Applicants must be incoming freshmen who have superior academic performance and with good leadership skills. Although beneficiaries of this grant should be admitted and enrolled full-time at Georgia Tech, interested applicants need not wait to be accepted before applying.

The Goizueta Foundation Scholarship provides an annual grant divided in two payments during each academic year. There is no specific grant amount as this is determined based on the need of the applicant. This is renewable for up to four years (equivalent to eight semesters) based upon the student’s academic performance, progress towards the chosen degree, and participation in school activities during the preceding year.

Interested applicants must submit The Goizueta Foundation Scholarship Application and Essay to jorge.breton@vpad.gatech.edu and a complete application for financial aid to the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid. The application form can be downloaded online at http://www.finaid.gatech.edu/scholarships/goizueta/essay.pdf. The deadline for application is the 1st of March of every year.

For more information, you may contact:

Jorge Breton, Director
Office of Hispanic Initiatives
Georgia Institute of Technology
A. French Building, Suite 215
237 Uncle Heinie Way
Atlanta, GA 30332-0740
jorge.breton@vpad.gatech.edu

You may also want to visit these websites:

Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid: www.finaid.gatech.edu
Undergraduate Admissions: www.admission.gatech.edu

The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship

For sophomores and juniors who are studying the natural sciences, mathematics, or engineering, the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship provides a grant up to $7,500 per year. Two years of support are provided for sophomores while one year is provided to juniors.

To apply for a Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, students should be nominated by their institution’s Goldwater Faculty Representative. In addition, a student must:

  1. Be a fully-enrolled student, a sophomore or junior studying a degree at an accredited institution;
  2. Have a GPA of at least “B” or its equivalent; and
  3. Be a United States citizen or a resident alien.

Once nominated, interested students may apply online at www.act.org/goldwater by November 15 of every year. The online application consists of the institution nomination, nominee application and recommendations. Other supporting documents such as the nominee essay, transcript(s) of records,secondary school transcript and a copy of the nominee’s Permanent Resident Card must be submitted directly to:

Distinguished Scholarships
Room 225 Graham Memorial Hall
CB # 3510
Chapel Hill, NC 27599

Furthermore, please send your intent to apply by sending an email to Trent Johnson at trent@unc.edu.

For more information regarding this scholarship, you may contact Trent Johnson, Office of Distinguished Scholarships or UNC Goldwatwer Selection Committee Chair Professor Jason Reed at this address and telephone numbers:

James M. Johnston Center for Undergraduate Education
218 E. Franklin St.,
225 Graham Memorial
CB# 3510
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
Phone 919-966-5110
Fax 919-962-1548

You may also visit their website at http://www.distinguishedscholarships.unc.edu/.

Women in Need Scholarship

The Educational Foundation for Women in Accounting provides various scholarships for women in college pursuing degrees in accounting and finance. One of these scholarships is the Women in Need Scholarship. This scholarship is intended for women who because of financial difficulties were not able to continue with their degree in accounting. This is open to incoming, current or reentry juniors. An amount of $2,000 per year is awarded to deserving students for two consecutive years upon renewal which is highly dependent on the successful completion of necessary course work in the preceding year.

An application form with the necessary attachments must be submitted by April 30 to:

Educational Foundation for Women in Accounting
136 South Keowee Street
Dayton, Ohio 45402-2241
Fax: 937-222-5794

The application form can be downloaded at http://www.efwa.org/pdf_docs/WOMEN%20IN%20NEED%20Scholarship%20Application%202010.pdf. Upon review of the requirements, an applicant may be contacted for an interview. Incomplete applications will not be entertained.

For more information, you may contact the foundation at 937-424-3391 or send an email to info@efwa.org. You may also visit their website at http://www.efwa.org.

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