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Scholarships for Stay-at-Home Parents

January 5th, 2011

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For stay-at-home moms, it can be difficult to attend classes on a traditional campus to earn a postsecondary education. Fortunately, many online colleges are making it possible for more distance learners to obtain degrees from home.

For example, Harrison College recently announced that it will offer a $2,500 scholarship to moms who are interested in earning a degree and entering the workforce. Individuals will have until January 25, 2011 to submit a 500-word essay that explains their reasons for wanting a postsecondary education.

"This [scholarship] will make the impossible possible for a woman balancing her roles as mom, breadwinner and student," said Stacy Shew, the executive director of the Indianapolis chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners.

Harrison College offers individuals the opportunity to earn a degree in subjects such as criminal justice, health sciences and information technology through online courses. Internet-based educational institutions are ideal for distance learners, such as stay-at-home moms, who need a flexible schedule to obtain a degree.

Approximately 90 percent of high-wage jobs created within the next decade will require some postsecondary education, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Scholarships can help distance learners attend online colleges and eventually enter the workforce. 

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