While most scholarships are accessible to men and women alike, these scholarships are focused on providing women the opportunity to earn their degrees. These scholarships may be focused on bringing women into a male-dominated field or they may exist to help women who had to leave school because they had a child. Statistics show that students who are parents have especially low rates of degree attainment and most student parents are women. Many STEM fields are currently suffering from a dearth of female leaders, and even simply female professionals. Whether this is caused by sexism or something else, the organizations providing these scholarships understand the importance of having varying viewpoints in a field, and so they strive to increase access to these degrees. While these women will still have challenges to face, they want to make sure that affording their degree is not one of them.