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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.

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  • Dr. Wynetta Frazier “Sister-to-Sister” Scholarship
    Amount: $500
    Deadline: February 28

    This scholarship is for African-American women who are at least 21 years of age or older who are in a bachelor's program but have had their education interrupted by the needs of caring for family members or by financial difficulties. This scholarship can also be for women who have been unable to attend college due to the needs of caring for their family or financial difficulties. The scholarship application requires a 450 to 500-word essay, transcripts, two and two letters of recommendation.

  • International Women in Media Scholarship
    Amount: $1,000
    Deadline: July 1

    Everipedia.org, which is developing an encyclopedia in blockchain format, has a scholarship for women who are graduating high school seniors or current college students. Applicants are required to create a page on the encyclopedia about a woman journalist.

  • The Future is Female Scholarship
    Amount: $3,000 ($300 worth of products)
    Deadline: June 29

    The applicant must be enrolled in or have graduated from college. The $3,000 will be towards a course of the applicant's choosing. There is also a concurrent award of $300 for True and Co. products. The applicant must provide some documentation that demonstrates enrollment or provide transcripts.

  • Jeanette Rankin Foundation Scholarship
    Amount: $5,000
    Deadline: March 31

    This scholarship is unique in that it targets women who are aged 35 or older as they work to attend a technical or vocational school or school of higher education. 85% of the women who receive the award are single mothers who have struggled to pay for higher education. Candidates must be able to explain how their higher education plans will help them and explain how they will in turn help their community.

    Note: The same foundation offers a needs-based scholarship for women 25 years and older who are residents of the state of Georgia.

  • National Medical Fellowship Scholarship Awards
    Amount: $2,000 to $7,500
    Deadline: Contact Organization

    These scholarships are available for female minority students who are attending an accredited medical school program in the United States. Students will need to show academic excellence, leadership, and a commitment to serve underrepresented communities in their practice upon graduation. There are several scholarships administered by the same organization. This application will take a bit more documentation, especially in regard to financial aid information, than most.

  • O Wines Opportunity for Success Scholarships
    Amount: $5,000
    Deadline: Contact Organization

    This organization provides eight scholarships per year for female graduating seniors to attend a four-year bachelor's program as a full time student. The student may enter college with any degree major. The awards are needs-based.

  • AAUW International Fellowships
    Amount: $30,000
    Deadline: November 15

    These scholarships are unique in that they are not awarded to U.S. citizens. They are awarded to female foreign nationals for full-time study or research in the United States. One can receive an award for either undergraduate or graduate instruction. The applicants will need to have a bachelor's degree. Five of the awards each year may be renewed for a second year. Successful scholars in this program have shown through either work professionally, or in their communities, their commitment to the advancement of females in society.

  • Adobe Research Women in Technology Scholarship
    Amount: $10,000
    Deadline: Varies

    Adobe is supplying a $10,000 scholarship to undergraduate female students majoring in computer science or computer engineering. Winning scholars will also receive a one-year membership in Creative Cloud and an Adobe Research Mentor. The applicants need to have a record of academic excellence and submit a personal statement, three letters of reference, transcripts, and a video or multi-media statement of purpose. Final candidates are selected by phone interview.

  • Civil Air Patrol Col. Mary Feik Flight Scholarship
    Amount: Varies
    Deadline: Varies

    This is a unique scholarship for flight school expenses that can be used to pay for ground school, or flight training. The eligible candidate must be a female CAP cadet who has attained the age of 15 by June 1. The candidate must also have earned the Wright Brothers Award and have a Third-Class medical certificate, student pilot certificate, and a TSA background check. The scholarship can be used towards the expenses for pilot certification.

  • Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship
    Amount: $2,000 (32 Awards); $8,000 (6 Awards)
    Deadline: Varies by region

    This scholarship fund endows 32 grants of $2,000 each within the U.S. and six grants of $8,000 each internationally to women who show promise in the field of business leadership in order to pursue accredited business programs. The awards are for both undergraduate and graduate work. Applicants must be at least at the sophomore undergraduate level.