For domestic violence survivors, participating in an educational program can be both freeing and empowering. Pursuing Education (GED, Technical Schooling, College, ...) could be a starting point in achieving financial independence and self-sufficiency.
But education can be expensive. We've gathered here information on scholarships available to individuals and families affected by domestic violence. Your local public librarians may be able to help you research other available grants and scholarships.
Arizona residents and Non-Arizona Residents with 3.00 GPA are eligible to apply.
Course: Multiple courses, including online
Deadline: March 12, 2023
The objective of the Women’s Independence Scholarship Program (WISP) 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.
Scholarship Amount: $500 - $2,000 per semester or quarter
Priority Given to Single Mothers of Young Children, but all female survivors may apply.
Does not need to be a full-time student. Good for trade and technical schools, certificate and short-term programs, as well as college program (Associates, Bachelors and Masters)
January 1 – March 1
September 1 – November 1
January 1 – March 1
To be eligible to submit an application for the Women’s Independence Scholarship Program all potential applicants must:
Our Legacy Scholarship is awarded based on merit to graduating high school seniors or college students currently enrolled in two or four-year programs and is entirely funded by our Legacy Fund. This program recognizes and honors the survivors, victims, and families who have been affected by Domestic Violence. Our goal is to recognize students for their leadership, commitment to serving their communities, and advocating to end domestic violence
Requirements: Visit their site (linked below) to find out more.
Deadline: Applications open in May 2023
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.
Scholarship Amount: Up to $5,000
Deadline: February 17, 2023
The Live Your Dream Awards, sponsored by the Soroptimist Organization, offers three levels of cash awards.
Eligibility Requirements Include: You must be a woman who
Deadlines: August 1 - November 15.
Funding Amount: 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.
There is also a local Soroptimist Scholarship opportunity. Contact the Soroptimists of Kent and Queen Anne's County for more information.
Deadline: August 1 - November 15, 2023
Established in 2003, the Patsy Takemoto Mink Education Foundation aims to carry on some of Mink's most ardent commitments: educational access, opportunity, and equity for low-income women, especially mothers; and educational enrichment for children
Scholarship Amount: Five Scholarships of up to $5,000
Eligibility: Low-income, abused and battered mothers who have chosen to take control of their lives and better themselves through education. Recipients of this scholarship may use the funds for tuition and expenses towards a college or technical school of their choosing.
Deadline: Applications available May 2023
The Turco Muñoz Supporting Domestic Violence Survivors Scholarship helps the cause by supporting the education of those who intend to professionally help with the domestic violence crisis. We help by annually paying a $1,000 tuition payment to the school of the scholarship winner.
Eligibility: Candidates must meet these minimum eligibility requirements:
Must have some victim advocacy experience serving DV survivors. For example, experiences as a victim advocate, family law paralegal, social worker, investigator, or other employee of an organization whose mission is to serve domestic violence survivors.
Must be enrolled in either (1) a law school or (2) undergraduate or graduate program with a focus in a relevant field of study.
Must have a genuine intention to focus your career after graduation to serving survivors of domestic violence.
Deadline: July 18 to August 19, 2023