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The 2024-25 application period is now OPEN! Please review the applicant criteria and then click on the photo of Patsy below to proceed to the application.

2024-25 Applicant Criteria:

  • must be a woman, at least 17 years of age.

  • must be a mother, with minor children.

  • must be pursuing a first degree at a postsecondary level of education (eg, vocational, associate's, bachelor's, master’s, doctoral) AND degree program must add to level of education already completed (ex: bachelor's after associate's, or advanced degree after a bachelor's).

  • must be pursuing a degree/credential at an institution that does not discriminate on the basis of sex/gender, lgbtq+ status/identity, race/ethnicity, religion, disability, immigration status.

  • must be enrolled full time for the 2024-25 academic year in a not-for-profit, accredited institution or program in the U.S.. College Navigator is a great look-up resource to find out if your institution meets that criteria:

  • must be low-income (all annual family income less than $20,000 for a family of 2; less than $25,000 for a family of 3; less than $30,000 for a family of 4).

In 2024, the Foundation will offer five Education Support Awards of up to $5000 each to assist low-income women with children who are pursuing education or training. Awardees are notified by phone or email in late fall. Shortly after recipient notification, the list of awardees will be posted on the Awardee page of this site. The Foundation will contact awardees only. We are not able to contact each applicant about the status of her application.  Awards are disbursed in two separate installments (one each semester) over the academic year, and may be used for direct school expenses or for living expenses while you are enrolled in an educational program.  Awardees will be selected based on:

  • Financial need;

  • Personal circumstance;

  • Educational path;

  • Vocational or occupational goals; and

  • Service or activist or civic goals. 

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