Grant Opportunities for Women

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Women have come a long way, but in the realm of higher education and industry-specific careers, women as a whole still remain largely underrepresented.

Statistics show that more women finish undergraduate degrees than do their male counterparts, but many educators still argue that educational institutions fail to entirely engage their female students on all levels and fail, too, to support and nurture non-traditional roles and interests.

The equation becomes even more imbalanced when applied to the interests of minority women.

Because coeducational colleges and universities still fail to engage many women on points of interest integral to females, private women's colleges continue to thrive. Not only do women's campuses now include activities and interests that appeal across the board to all women, but most institutions are heavily funded by private donations and feature financial aid packages that make it possible for even the most economically challenged student to attend.

Women's Colleges Promote Diversity and Offer Generous Grants

Women's colleges deliver a full-range of opportunity from a quiet academic environment to top-notch competitive athletics. Most colleges vigorously promote diversity of all kinds and offer generous need-based and merit-based grants and scholarships:

Statistics show that over 40% of students attending private women's colleges receive significant financial aid packages that include grant funds directly from the college. These are not just reserved for low-income students, but many middle-income students qualify as well. In order to continue to successfully guide the future careers of young women, colleges maintain healthy alumnae associations that work to stockpile impressive educational funds:

Grants for Women Pursuing Programs in Underrepresented Fields

Some of the more plentiful grant programs for women originate with public and private organizations that support the interests of a specific industry or field of study. For example, female students with an interest in math, science, engineering, technology, law, business and medicine will find that many professional associations and organizations are energetically nurturing the interests of women. Up until recently these fields have been dominated by white males, regardless of any interest on the part of women, who often fail to find support for non-traditional career tracks that would have been typically pursued by males in the past.

Up until recently women working in the business and corporate arena were relegated to low-level positions and largely ignored as far as leadership roles were concerned. To those ends, more and more professional business associations have become active in supporting the professional education of women, realizing the value of women among all levels of their ranks. In such instances many women are falling into the non-traditional educational category, meaning they are outside the traditional college age range. Professional women are returning to college for career advancement and to retrain following family roles. Business environments have been impermeable when it comes to minority women, especially. This is another tide that is slowly but surely turning:

Grants for Economically Disadvantaged Women and Non-traditional

Besides just being female, large segments of the female population face other obstacles when it comes to education and career goals. Women from disadvantaged backgrounds, those that have been victims of violence and single mothers all face tough challenges. In instances such as these most women are not only lacking in critical financial support, but they also lack family and social support that often makes a big difference in success versus failure:

Grants for Single Mothers and Battered Women

An ongoing argument between politicians and educators is that single moms continue to be disadvantaged based on outdated and poorly considered welfare regulations. Some states continue to define student aid as income, which can make a single mother ineligible to receive welfare. In these cases, single mothers can not afford to attend college, even public institutions if they lose their welfare benefits. This unfortunate catch-22 means women in these situations have no option to pursue an education and career that would otherwise allow them the opportunity to escape their economic situations: