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Finding College Scholarships as an Unemployed Woman

written by: Andrea Glick•edited by: Noreen Gunnell•updated: 8/18/2010

Ladies-just because you're unemployed doesn't mean you can't get any scholarships. Here's a few tips and tricks for finding scholarships

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    Finding Scholarships for Unemployed Women

    Finding ways to pay for college can be a struggle for anyone. As an unemployed woman, attending college may seem like an impossibility. This is far from the truth. There are countless scholarships and grants for women from the government and other groups.

    By just looking online quickly, there are hundreds of scholarships available.

    Here's a quick list of three:

    1) Talbot Women's Scholarship Fund

    This is a scholarship for women seeking an undergraduate degree from an accredited two-year or four-year college or university or vocational-technical school. Fifty women will be awarded $1,000 scholarships. They also offer an additional scholarship to five women of $10,000. Applicants for the second second scholarship must be seeking a bachelor's degree from a four-year college. The awards are based on financial need and previous achievements for women who received their GED

    2) The Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship

    This scholarship is in honor Dr. Anita Borg. She devoted her adult life to revolutionize the way Americans think about technology while also working to dismantling barriers that keep women and minorities out of the computer and technology fields. Scholarship recipients will receive a $10,000 award for the upcoming academic year. Finalists will each receive a $1,000 award.

    Requirements are:

    - be a female undergraduate student entering her final year of undergraduate school

    -be enrolled in Computer Science or Computer Engineering program, or a closely related technical field as a full-time student for the 2009-2010 academic year;

    - maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale or 4.5 on a 5.0 scale or equivalent in your current program.

    3) Possible Woman Foundation International Scholarship

    This scholarship has been around since 2001 and provides scholarships to non-traditional students whose education was delayed for any reason. They take special interest in women who give back to their community. Additionally, women who are pursuing their education in the state of Georgia are given preference.

    Just looking at the three scholarships above, it should now come as now surprise that there are thousands of scholarship available for unemployed women like you. When applying for scholarships, it's important to do the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid.) This will automatically configure the federal scholarships and loans that you can receive.

    Some other options for finding scholarships include:

    - tap into your genetics: There are lots of scholarships catered toward African American women, Italian women, etc.

    - check your local community foundations: most community foundations have scholarships for college students.

    - sign up on scholarship websites: check out www.fastweb.com. This Site shows all scholarships available to you.

    - talk to the school: Schools have access to more money than you think. While it's not advertised, it's definitely there. Talk to your adviseor or financial aid office and you might be surprised.

    With these tips and some persistence, you- the unemployed woman- can not only go to college but could possibly go to college for free.