by Alex A. Kecskes
Country star Naomi Judd started her career as a registered nurse. She was a young single mother working as a waitress at night when she enrolled in nursing school. After getting her certification, she worked as an RN, an intensive care nurse and midwife. Like so many single moms, she struggled and beat the odds.
Today’s single moms face a gauntlet of challenges. They must juggle school, family and work while confronting loneliness, low self-esteem and financial strains. It’s little wonder so many single moms simply give up and drop out of school.
If you’re a single mom looking to pursue a nursing career, there are many options open to you. These include scholarships and grants, some of which are specifically designed to help single mothers get the education they need. One resource you should look into is Scholarships for Single Mothers.
For low-income single moms 35 or older, there’s the Jeanette Rankin Foundation. This financial aid does have restrictions. Basically, you must attend an accredited college or institution. You might also want to look into the Talbots Scholarship Foundation, which provides up to a $30,000 scholarship to women who wish to return to school.
Another scholarship program to look into would be the Emerge Scholarship Program. They've provided ten $5,000 scholarships in 2011. Finally, there’s the Helping Hands For Single Moms scholarship program. In addition to a modest scholarship, the program offers a full range of resources and survival strategies for single moms.
If you have any thoughts or suggestions about nursing careers for single moms, feel free to share them in the comments section.
Alex A. Kecskes has written hundreds of published articles on health/fitness, "green" issues, TV/film entertainment, restaurant reviews and many other topics. As a former Andy/Belding/One Show ad agency copywriter, he also writes web content, ads, brochures, sales letters, mailers and scripts for national B2B and B2C clients. Please see more of his blogs and view additional job postings on Beyond.com.