Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Project Working Mom Launches Scholarship Program for Online Learning

Eight accredited online colleges and universities are working with to provide nearly $5 million in scholarships to improve the skills of mothers wanting to return to school, announced this week. The program operates through Project Working Mom and will award up to 285 full-tuition scholarships for study at Ashford U., Everest U., Virginia College, Walden U., Capella U., Saint Leo U., Allied Schools and Ashworth College.

"When we first started the Project Working Mom program, we knew there were problems adults faced when returning to school, but we were unaware of the magnitude of it," said Terrence Thomas, executive vice president of marketing, "With single mothers, it is particularly acute as only 16 percent of single mothers have a bachelor's degree. Attempting to overcome the barriers of time, money and confidence is ominous.”

The Project Working Mom scholarships are for online programs from the certificate to Ph.D. level. To obtain a scholarship, applicants must complete a short application at and write an essay describing their goals, instances of triumph over adversity and why online education is an ideal match for them. The deadlines for applications are March 1, April 27 and September 30. is a website operated by EducationDynamics. It has operated since 1999 and provides a search engine for finding online degree program offerings, educational evaluation tools and financial aid resources. For more information visit and for info on the scholarships see .