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Empowering Motherhood Scholarship

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1 winner$1,000
Application Deadline
Feb 2, 2024
Winners Announced
Mar 1, 2024
Education Level
Recent scholarship winners
Eligibility Requirements
Education Level:
High school senior, undergraduate, or graduate
Mother, U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident

Mothers have a profound influence on shaping successive generations. They nurture and guide children through their lives, providing indispensable support and encouragement essential for them to set and achieve goals. Many mothers sacrifice pursuing their education or postpone it in favor of other endeavors, such as prioritizing caring for their children or taking on work to ensure financial stability. 

At VeryVery, our mission is to simplify the lives of mothers. We recognize that education is a powerful tool for personal growth, empowerment, and making a difference in the world. The impact of educated mothers transcends the immediate family sphere, as they actively contribute to the workforce, economy, and local communities. They often become community leaders, advocates, and role models, fostering a ripple effect of accomplishments that radiate positive change throughout their communities. Nevertheless, attending college presents formidable challenges, requiring substantial time and financial commitments, making it difficult for mothers to obtain a college degree. 

The Empowering Motherhood Scholarship acknowledges the unique challenges that mothers face when seeking to further their education. These remarkable women skillfully balance the demands of family responsibilities, jobs, attending classes, and completing school assignments. This scholarship is a dedicated effort to provide a stepping stone for these exceptional women, recognizing that their personal and professional growth serves as an example to their children and contributes to the growth of future generations. 

The eligibility criteria for this scholarship encompass individuals who are mothers and hold either U.S. citizenship or permanent legal residency. This opportunity is available to high school seniors, undergraduates, and graduate students. 

To apply, kindly share your motivation as a mother for pursuing higher education. Include your experiences as a mother diligently working towards achieving a college degree. 

Selection Criteria:
Ambition, Need, Boldest Profile
Published September 14, 2023
Essay Topic

Please share with us what, as a mother, motivated your decision to pursue higher education. What has been your experience as a mother working to obtain a college degree? 

400–600 words

Winning Application

Kristina Murray
Frontier Nursing UniversityApex, NC
Whenever someone asks me about myself two words come to mind: mom and nurse. I have been a nurse for almost 9 years. During my time in the healthcare industry I have had the opportunity to care for many different patients. I have cared for NICU babies and their families, laboring mothers and then their newborns, children and their families in outpatient clinics, and students in school ranging from preschool to high school. I have experienced firsthand just how beneficial or detrimental our healthcare system can be. During my time as a nurse one passion has remained constant, mental health. I have seen just how damaging a lack of affordable and accessible mental health care can be. Whether that was the mother of a drug dependent NICU baby, who desperately needed addiction counseling. Or the laboring mother who is going to deliver a baby that passed away in utero, that desperately needs bereavement therapy. Or the middle school student who has been bullied and ostracized for their sexual orientation, who can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel and feels there is no way out. Or the elementary school student who struggles with a mental illness, but whose parents are in denial that anything is wrong. I have seen each and every one of these scenarios. I have seen how the lack of mental health care can devastate an entire family unit. Our mental health system in this country is fatally flawed. There is a lack of providers, a lack of understanding, a lack of support. A stigma still runs rampant in our society. I became a mom in August of 2015. I have always had some anxiety; however, following the birth of my son my anxiety and depression became life changing. I couldn't see the light of motherhood, all I saw was darkness. Through all of my postpartum appointments, I was never asked how I was feeling emotionally, mentally. They checked my stitches and sent me on my way. I wasn't started on treatment until my son was almost a year old. That was a year of his life I feel like I will never get back. My goal is to become a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner so I can help moms to see the light. No mother deserves to be alone in the darkness. I believe I can make a difference in my community. After graduating I will focus my practice on maternal mental health care, with a focus on moms in underserved populations. Everyone deserves to have access to affordable, unbiased healthcare. But even more specifically, everyone deserves access to mental health care. Everyone deserves having someone to listen. Everyone deserves having someone on their team. I want to be that someone. I want to be part of the change. This scholarship would be so meaningful in helping me achieve my goal of becoming a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. It would allow me to reach and serve the vulnerable individuals in my community. It would help me save lives.


When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is Feb 2, 2024. Winners will be announced on Mar 1, 2024.

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