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Educational Grants for Women

Government Education Grants for Women Women have made great strides in this country to obtain equal rights and be able to be afforded the opportunity to pursue their hopes and dreams. In an effort to assist women in achieving these hopes and dreams, there are a number of women educational grant opportunities available to women who plan on continuing their education. These women educational grant opportunities come from various sources to include the federal government and private foundations.

Resources and Tips

Below is a list of resources and tips geared to assist an individual in locating and applying for education grants for women.

  1. Check with the school that you plan on attending to see what education grants for women are available. Women education grants are often held by and provided directly to students meeting a university's or college's requirements. These education grants for women have either been allocated by the federal government or by private foundations to the school to administer and monitor.
  2. Begin researching private foundations that award women education grants to students who meet additional criteria that you possess. For example, if you are a minority, have been a victim of intimate partner violence, or a single mother a number of foundations offer women educational grants to individuals that meet these criteria. A great source for locating information on foundations that offer support of women education grants lies in the review of these institutions' 990 Tax Forms. For example, Foundation Center offers a free database to access these tax forms. Foundation Center 990 Tax Forms provide you with information on the areas of interest, the geographical region, and the recent monetary allocations that each particular foundation typically supports. Additionally, 990's also provide you with the most current contact information for these potential funders. Your goal is to match your interest with a foundation that supports education grants to women.
  3. Look closely into women educational grant opportunities that are industry-education specific. For example, women who wish to pursue an education in engineering or computer information technology may be eligible for an award from the National Science Foundation. A current solicitation, ADVANCE: Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers (ADVANCE) is open and available to women who meet the eligibility requirements outlined by the National Science Foundation. For more information on ADVANCE and on the National Science Foundation visit: National Science Foundation's Official Website.
  4. Once you have completed your research, you will need to begin drafting either a letter of inquiry to the private foundations or completing an application for funding. As you complete your letters or applications, ensure that you fulfill all of the requests stated in the announcements to increase your chances of obtaining an educational grant for women.
  5. You may also want to consider having a professional grant writer review your letters of inquiry or applications for a women education grant prior to submission.

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