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MISS Award

1 winner$1,500
Application Deadline
Oct 16, 2024
Winners Announced
Nov 16, 2024
Education Level
Undergraduate, Graduate
Recent scholarship winners
Eligibility Requirements
Education Level:
Undergraduate or graduate student
Non-traditional student

Becoming a parent is an incredible and rewarding experience but can bring about many challenges and shifts in one’s life. It can be difficult for parents to balance childcare costs with tuition and other college expenses, often leading parents to take breaks from school, work extra shifts, or go into debt to make ends meet. Many older students who are pursuing a second degree may also not qualify for financial aid. Being a mom is hard work, and no woman should have to choose between furthering their education and providing for their family.

The MISS Award (Moms In School) seeks to support mothers pursuing their degrees so they can overcome obstacles and successfully balance their academic goals with parenting responsibilities.

Any Black or African-American mother pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree may apply for this scholarship if she is a non-traditional student, such as an adult learner, a refugee, someone pursuing a second degree, etc.

To apply, tell us about yourself, your plans to make a difference, why you’re a non-traditional student, and what you have learned from being a mother. Additionally, upload images of you with your children.

Selection Criteria:
Ambition, Drive, Impact
Published June 17, 2024
Essay Topic
  • Please tell us a little bit about yourself and how you plan to make a positive impact with your career choice.
  • What makes you a non-traditional student?
  • What lessons has motherhood taught you?
400–600 words


When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is Oct 16, 2024. Winners will be announced on Nov 16, 2024.