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2017 United Way Women's Power Lunch Single Parent Scholarship Application

       

The United Way of Siouxland’s Women’s Power Lunch and Women Aware are currently offering scholarship awards for Siouxland single parents with specific criteria and benefits.
 Application Deadline: Wednesday, May 24, 2017, 5pm. CST
 
QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Must have high school diploma or GED
  • Must be single head of household (where children age 18 or younger reside)
  • Must have proof of Siouxland residency for the last two years
  • Must be taking a minimum of six credit hours
  • Working part time or full time is highly encouraged
  • Must be in the application process to attend one of college partners of the program:
    • Briar Cliff University
    • Morningside College
    • Western Iowa Tech Community College
    • St Lukes College
    • Northeast Community College and Wayne State College – South Sioux City, NE College Center Location ONLY)
PURPOSE:
The purpose of this scholarship program is to assist single parents who are raising children and working to further their education to improve their life and the lives of their children.
 
SELECTION CRITERIA:
The criteria for selection award are:
  • Financial Need
  • Scholastic Merit
  • Community Service and/or Work
  • Educational Objectives
  • Hardships or special circumstances may warrant additional consideration.
SELECTION PROCESS:
Neither United Way of Siouxland or Women Aware decides the successful applicants for a scholarship; rather, an independent “Selection Committee” makes the determination. Selection is made using the following process: All applications are reviewed and graded by the Selection Committee and finalists are determined. The finalists then must appear for a personal interview at a designated time. The Power Lunch and Women Aware reserve the right to request additional information to better determine the qualifications, capabilities, or financial need of any applicant.
 
SCHOLARSHIP AWARD:
Awards typically range from $1,000 - $5,000.  Estimated number of Scholarships Available:  Ten
 
REQUIRED UPLOADS:
Throughout the application process you will need to upload the following documents:
  • Proof of Single Parent Status
  • Proof of Residency (Siouxland resident for the last two years)
  • Proof of High School Graduation
  • High School Transcripts
  • Post Secondary Edcuation Transcripts (if applicable)
  • Three Letters of Reference

If you do not have the ability to upload documents to application, you may complete the application on-line and provide copies of documents to Women Aware.

FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions:
Question:  How are scholarships distributed?
Answer: The United Way Power Lunch Single Parent Scholarship is typically for one school year.  Women Aware makes payment, two times during that year.  Therefore, the total scholarship(s) that you received will typically be paid out in two payments (typically one payment on August 31, and one payment on January 31).  The sum is paid directly to the school. 
 
Question:  What if I received a single parent scholarship last year; am I eligible to apply for another scholarship this year?
Answer: In short, yes. “Single Parent Scholarships” are paid out over one year; if you received a single parent scholarship last year you may apply again this year.  However, you will be competing against first-time applicants for the award.
 
Question:  What is considered the “Siouxland Area”?
Answer: You are eligible to apply for a single parent scholarship if you live in the Siouxland Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) which includes Woodbury County, IA, Dakota County, NE, Dixon County, NE, Plymouth County, IA, and Union County, SD.

If you have any questions regarding the application please contact Women Aware at (712)-258-4174

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