You Can Never Have Too Many Resources for College Funding


I have some great information to share with you about financial assistance for college and/or trade schools.  This is part one in my two part series on private scholarships.

Many of the scholarship sources I have sited in previous posts are national organizations.  Private, non-university affiliated donors also ease the financial burden of a college education through scholarships and grants.  With varying eligibility requirements, these organizations make funds available for a diverse student population.  Donors could be professional, trade or governmental organizations, civic or religious groups, fraternal organizations or private foundations.

Researching these programs can be time consuming.  Most often the application packet is different for each program.  Your time and effort can be well worth it as often these organizations are dealing with a small pool of applicants.  Remember to begin researching early as deadlines vary.  Also check back often for changes in eligibility and new programs.

Below I highlight some resources I found for students that are not graduating seniors.  Some are specific to Northern Nevada while others have criteria such as a specific area of study, military duty or family situation.

Community Foundation of Western Nevada offers multiple different scholarships with a variety of eligibility requirements.  This non profit organization awards scholarships and grants from a variety of local donors.

The “Do-Over” Scholarship does not have too many strict eligibility requirements but requires an essay explaining a “do-over” moment in your life.  We all need a second chance and they want to help!

The American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) – Stephen Bufton Memorial Educational Fund Scholarships has been supporting business women for over 50 years in the way of grants and scholarships.

If you are of hispanic heritage, the Hispanic Scholarship Fund can help you find funding for any stage of your educational program.

The Honey Lake Hospice Scholarship is specifically for a student with interests in hospice or palliative care, gerontology or oncology.

The Pat Cox Memorial Scholarship is dedicated to the tireless dedication of Patricia Cox, who taught at Natchez Elementary School in Wadsworth for 20 years.

I have so many more to feel you about but I will let you check these out tonight.  Will any of these work for you?  Check out my next post for the more!


A Film With a Mission: Miss Representation

The Statistics:

Women make up 51% of the US population, yet only 20% of the members of congress are women.

35 women have served as US Governors compared to 2,319 men.

Women hold only 5% of clout positions in telecommunications, entertainment, publishing and advertising.

US women earn $.77 to every $1.00 that a man earns.

More than 20% of teens in the US have sex before the age of 14.

53% of 13 year olds are unhappy with their bodies.  That number increases to 78% by the age of 17.

The US is the only major industrialized nation without paid family leave.


The Mission:

To shed light on how mainstream media contributes to the underrepresentation of women in positions of power and influence in America.


The Method:

A 2011 American documentary titled Miss Representation.  The film is a collection of stories from teenage girls as well as interviews with women of influence.  The purpose is expose the media messages in our society that portray women as valuable for her youth, beauty and sexuality rather than her capacity as a leader.


The Writer, Director and Producer:

Jennifer Siebel Newsom – filmmaker, speaker, former actress and advocate for women and girls.


The Venue:

The film has been shown on OWN, the Oprah Winfrey Network.  It is also shown at various venues around the U.S. and internationally.  Check out the film’s website for a listing of screenings as well as a request for a screening.

Related Ventures for Women:

MissRepresentation.org, launched in 2011 to coincide with the film, offer tools to women and girls to help them reach their full potential.

Girls Club Entertainment, LLC is a film production company that Newsom founded and serves as Chief Executive Officer.  Its goal is to develop independent films that highlight remarkable women capable of changing the current culture for women.

The Invisible War, an award winning documentary that exposes the rape epidemic in the US military.

Do you agree that women are misrepresented in our society?

Don’t Let Hidden Insecurities Keep You From Pursuing a Goal

Since starting this blog in January of this year, I have had some fantastic opportunities to connect with some great women.  Our conversations revolve around the power women have when we support each other, the importance of motivating others (for them as well as ourselves) and how education broadens the choices we have for ourselves as well as our families.

There are four women I can think of off hand who are facing financials constraints as they contemplate further education.  I am a planner and like to have a budget set up prior to taking a financial leap such as going back to school.  But when I applied to grad school,  my plan wasn’t rock solid.  I had submitted my FAFSA and brainstormed with my family but it wasn’t until I jumped in and started school that all the pieces fell into place.  Maybe I didn’t think I’d get in or some major family issue would keep me from taking that leap.  I think many times women let these financial worries hold them back when deep down it is our fear of the unknown as well as other insecurities that keep us from pursuing a goal.

By checking out scholarships and other assistance programs, we can alleviate some of the anxieties and get the push we need to move forward  towards our goals.  Check out these resources and see if it will give you the incentive you need to reach further towards your goal of further education.

The Talbots Women’s Scholarship Program is specifically for women who choose to return to college later in life.  Thirty scholarships of $5,000 and one of $30,000 are given to women pursuing a bachelors degree.  Scholarships are given in honor of Talbots founder, Nancy Talbot.

The Linda Lael Miller Scholarship was established by #1 New York Times bestselling author, Lindal Lael Miller, to encourage women to improve their lives through education.  Applicants must be over the age of 24.  Maximum grants are $1,000.  $10,000 is awarded each year.

PEO Program for Continuing Education is one that I have mentioned in a previous post. Up to $3,000 can be awarded to women who have a break in schooling of over 24 months and are within 24 months of reaching their educational goal.  An applicant must be sponsored by a chapter in order to apply.

Emerge Scholarships awarded 14 women over the age of 25 with scholarships ranging from $2,000 to $5,000 this year.  This organization believes in empowering women through education as well as recognizing the importance of giving back to a community.

The Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship is named for the first woman to be elected to the United States Congress.  Women applying must be over 35 as well as low income to meet eligibility requirements.  87 women benefited from this scholarship program in 2013.

Whether you proceed to the next step or hold off for a bit, I hope you check these programs out and keep that information in your back pocket.  Hopefully it will come in handy one day!

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Diversity in Motivational Factors for Women

What motivates you? What makes you strive to do better?  Why are our motivational factors so different?

Psychology.About.com defines motivation as the process that initiates, guides and maintains goal-oriented behaviors.  Without motivation, we would not act on any of our desires, whether career oriented, family oriented or a basic human need.  There are three major components when looking at the process of motivation.

Activation involves the decision making process to initiate a behavior.  It is the first thought in the process, for example, joining a gym or attending a class.  Persistence is necessary to carry us through the process of attaining the goal.  There will be setbacks that we will encounter along the way but our drive will navigate us through these obstacles.  Intensity is the amount of effort necessary to reach our end result.  This can be different for each person depending on how easily you  journey to your goal.

When looking at what motivates us, we can categorize these factors as pull factors or push factors.  A pull factor is the internal desire to accomplish something, our need for independence and our availability of the finances to attain our goal.  Push factors are more likely external factors such as a change in marital status (death or divorce), a need to better finances and the responsibilities we have to our families.

I spoke with a few women to get their take on what motivates them.  A mother who works full-time in the office of admissions and records at the local university is motivated by the accomplishments of others.  She guides students through their courses as they work towards their degree aspirations.  As she posts the degrees at the end of each term, she reflects on the efforts and hardships they may have suffered along the way to attain this goal.

A retired high school english teacher and mother enjoyed making an impression on young students and then seeing their successes in the community for years to come.  The interaction with other colleagues met her need for creative and intellectual stimulation,  which reflected on her students.

A child development professor found that an experience of confusion and eventual understanding of a child’s unusual behavior is what motivated her to focus on understanding a child’s early years.  The relationship between childhood experiences and a future of health and wellness is the first step in addressing behavioral issues. She found that by conducting research and working to educate parents and caregivers, her relationship with children has always been nurturing and positive.

Family is the main motivating factor for another women.  She was lucky enough to stay home when the children were small but as they grew and her husband’s career moved them all over the country, she found jobs that would accommodate her desire to be there for her family. Her education in journalism and public relations gave her the opportunity to experience multiple fields throughout her career.


Each of these women are motivated by different factors.   Each had to make the decision that was right for her and her family.  Motivational factors may change over time but it’s important to enjoy each day and feel a sense of accomplishment.

What motivates you?  Please share your thoughts.




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P.E.O.’s Mission to Promote Educational Opportunities for Women

It may seem like a new idea:   A group of women of diverse ages and occupations who support each other in their accomplishments, as well as seek out other women with a desire to better themselves.  A society of women such as this actually began over 140 years ago.


P.E.O. is a philanthropic organization founded on January 21, 1869.  The seven founders were students at Iowa Wesleyan College.  These women, all teenagers, envisioned undying support for one another and a tie that would strengthen over time.

The society that was formed from this friendship has grown has grown to over 252,000 members in the United States and Canada.  Their mission is, quite simply, to promote educational opportunities for women.  The organization boasts ownership of Cottey College in Nevada, Missouri as well as five philanthropies used to carry out their mission.

P.E.O. Educational Loan Fund

P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship Fund

P.E.O. Program for Continuing Education

P.E.O. Scholar Awards

P.E.O. STAR Scholarship

Each of these programs are tailored to meet the needs of a variety of women in different stages of their lives.  Cottey College has graduated over 8,600 women from over 85 countries since its first class in 1887.  The five other philanthropies have given $235 million to 90,400 recipients.

As a member of P.E.O. for over 20 years, I’m so grateful our seven founders had the ambition and determination to form such unique society.  Our mission is clear, yet our group is based on friendship. Throughout the difficult stages of my life, P.E.O. has been there to support me and see me through, stronger and more determined than before.

Identifying women in our community that can benefit from our awards is especially gratifying.   Seeing a recipient receive an award, actively pursue her goal and, ultimately,  achieve her goal is a road that is strengthened with support and friendship.  Each chapter embraces the women they sponsor for an award and celebrate together.  What a unique experience to be so openly welcomed into such a loving group of women, whether as a member or a recipient.

P.E.O. is where women celebrate the advancement of women; educate women through scholarships, grants, awards, loans and stewardship of Cottey College; and motivate women to achieve their highest aspirations.

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Are you a P.E.O.?  Do you have an experience with P.E.O.? Tell me about it by posting a comment.

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