Thursday, February 21, 2013

Resources for Domestic Abuse Survivors and Women Who Need Help Starting Over

Financial Aid    Grants    Scholarships    Financial Tools


Women's Independence Scholarship Program (WISP)
Education is a powerful tool which breaks down barriers and opens doors of opportunity. The objective of the Women's Independence Scholarship Program is to help survivors of intimate partner abuse obtain an education that will in turn offer them the chance to secure employment, personal independence and self sufficiency.

Scholarships And
Scholarships for Women

American Association of University Women
The AAUW awards fellowships and grants of up to $35,000 to women for educational, project and professional support and for post-baccalaureate study or research in the US.  Candidates are evaluated based on scholarly excellence, commitment to helping women and girls through servide in their communities, professions or other fields of research.
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Business and Professional Women's Foundation 
The Career Advancement Scholarship Program is for women who are advancing their careers or re-entering the workforce.
Please check with the Legacy Partner in your state for more information on Career Advancment Scholarships and others they may award.
State and Local Legacy Partners

Jeannette Rankin Foundation
Scholarships for women age 35 or older,low-income,pursuing a technical or vocational education, an associate's degree, or a first bachelor's degree,enrolled in, or accepted to, a regionally or ACICS accredited school

P.E.O. (Philanthropic Educational Organization) International 
The mission of the P.E.O. Sisterhood is to promote educational opportunities for women and maintains six educational projects.

Talbots Women's Scholarship Fund 
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Women's Opportunity Awards
The Women’s Opportunity Awards program assists women who provide the primary source of financial support for their families by giving them the resources they need to improve their education, skills and employment prospects.

Patsy Takemoto Mink Education Foundation for Low-Income Women and Children 
In 2013, the Foundation will offer five Education Support Awards of up to $2000 each to assist low-income women with children who are pursuing education or training

Federal/State Grants for Single Mothers Info
Application for Federal Student Aid

State Specific

Arizona State University
Arellano Scholarship for Survivors of Domestic Violence

Arkansas State
Single Parent Scholarships

Web of Benefit
Boston/Chicago Areas
Through grants,Web of Benefit provides women with access to multiple services and resources

University of Kentucky
Women's Empowerment Scholarship Program-Ending Violence Against Women One Diploma at a Time

Minnesota State University
Re-entry, single student with custody of children; or re-entry, married who have delayed their own education to raise a family with an inadequate income of their own, from their partner's income, or their partner's income make them ineligible for other financial aid.

University of N. Carolina at Charlotte
CVAN Battered Women's Program: John and Mary O'Dwyer Flynn Memorial Scholarship.Scholarship amounts range from $200 - $500. Scholarships may be used for tuition, books, fees, supplies, transportation, and/or child care. Applications are considered on an ongoing basis.

North Dakota Women's Opportunity Scholarship Fund
Provided By: North Dakota Council on Abused Women's Services/Council Against Sexual Assault in North Dakota. It is the purpose of the Women's Opportunity Scholarship Fund to provide higher education opportunities to low-income(according to federal poverty guidelines) women who wish to enter, or are currently attending a North Dakota college, university, or trade school.Apply March 29th through June 15th of each year.

Ford Opportunity Program
Oregon or Siskiyou County, California
The Ford Opportunity Program is financial need-based and designed for single parents who are "head of household," without the support of a domestic partner, and who are seeking a bachelor’s degree

Washington State
Improving the lives of low income women in Washington through financial assistance for health care and education.

Other Resources

The R.O.S.E. Fund
In partnership with our medical affiliates we provide female survivors of domestic abuse with access to medical and dental reconstructive procedures to help them to regain their self-esteem.Our medical network of doctors and hospitals is located within New England. Accordingly, the likelihood of ROSE being able to help you, and place you with one of our participating providers is much greater if you are from the New England region.

Dress for Success
The mission of Dress for Success is to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.

Financial Tools for Survivors of Domestic Abuse from Allstate
The Allstate Foundation helps domestic violence survivors prepare for the future by helping them better understand and manage their personal finances.  Working together with the National Network to End Domestic Violence(NNEDV) and Allstate Financial, the Foundation offers tools and resources to achieve these goals.

Moving Ahead Through Financial Management Curriculum Download
Helps survivors of domestic violence move from safety to long-term security. These downloadable materials are available free of cost. Any personal information collected is confidential and will not be shared.

Moving Ahead Online Financial Curriculum
Watch only the Moving Ahead curriculum sections that meet your needs or take the time to view the whole series.  Building your personal financial management skills helps build your independence.

Sincere thanks to Talia for compiling this resource list!