Over the last few decades much has been done to erase gender inequality in the field of education. Women have charged ahead to bring themselves at par and even outmaneuvering men, in their academic pursuits. They have succeeded at carving a niche for themselves in many professional fields hitherto regarded as male-dominated. In the past few decades, both, government and non-governmental agencies have made remarkable contributions to provide funding for women’s education. And thanks to them – fields like science, engineering, math, technology, business and law, traditionally considered male bastions, have an overwhelming presence of women in many key positions today.
Main Funding Sources For Women’s Scholarships
Colleges and universities, professional organizations and corporate sponsors are the main sources for women’s educational funding. Given below is a list of some of the prominent scholarship programs for women.
The Selected Professions Fellowships
Sponsored by the American Association of University Women (AAUW), this provides educational funding for women intending to pursue a full-time course of study- graduate or post-graduate degree program at accredited U.S. institutions. The study programs include a master’s degree in architecture; Computer/Information Sciences; Engineering; or Mathematics/Statistics. The AAUW also awards international fellowships to women who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents, and are pursing full-time graduate or postgraduate study or research in the field of Business Administration, Law and Medicine.
Scholarships By Society Of Women Engineers
The SWE Scholarship programs offer financial assistance to undergraduate and graduate women studying engineering and computer science in accredited U.S. institutions.
Art Scholarships For Women
There are many grants and scholarships that provide funding for women who intend to pursue art as a subject of study. The fields include sculpting, art history, weaving and several categories of visual arts.
Scholarships For Minority And International Women
Scores of scholarships and grants are offered to women candidates who are disadvantaged due to their minority status. Colleges and universities as well as many public and private sources offer educational funding for Black and Hispanic women. The Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund is open to international women who are citizens of World Bank lower or middle income member countries, and who have a record of social service to women and/or children in her country. The woman has to use the grant to pursue her education at an accredited U.S. or Canadian educational institution.
Returning To College
Funding is also offered to women who could not pursue higher education due to the responsibility of home and children. An example of such a funding is one instituted by the Talbot’s charitable foundation. Women who have a high school diploma are eligible for the Talbot’s Women’s Scholarships. Fifty-five scholarships are awarded annually to women seeking an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university or vocational-technical school. Also, the candidates should have earned their high school diploma or GED at least 10 years prior to applying for the scholarship.