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SingleMothers Scholarship


At MaMa's Dream, we provide financial assistance and personal support to single mothers pursuing education across the DMV.  Being a mom is hard work!  Being a single mom is even harder.  Single mothers have the responsibility of raising a child while working to provide for their family.  This task is often done on a single income, and to be honest, that income is usually not enough.  Many times single moms are forced to make tough decisions based on finances--often causing them to sacrifice their own needs and wants for the sake of their child/children.  Earning more income could certainly ease the financial burden, however that usually requires going back to school which costs money that they don’t have access to.  

Mama’s Dream is here to help take the issue of financing out of the equation! If you’re a single mother and you’re attempting to pursue your education to set you and your children up for more opportunities, we can help. 

Mother and Daughter


To be eligible for a MaMa's Dream scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  1. You're a legal resident of the United States.  Be a permanent resident of the District of Columbia, Maryland or Virginia.

  2. Meet the following definition of "single mother"(must meet all 3 categories):

    • Marital status: You're single (never married, widowed, divorced, legally separated*) or you're married but living apart and your divorce will be final by the time the scholarship is awarded.*

    • Parenting Status: You're the custodial parent or guardian with physical custody (50% or more) of at least one dependent child. A dependent child is 18 or younger, older than 18 and still in high school, or a severely disabled adult living with and dependent on you.*

    • Living status: You're the only adult in the home with the child(ren), you live with parents or relative(s), or you live with a roommate who is not your partner, significant other, or a co-parent.*

  3. You're attending or planning to attend a MaMa’s Dream approved school or training program.

  4. Pursuing a career-oriented course of study (degree or certification) to ensure a better standard of living for your family. 

​*You'll be asked to explain your circumstances and may be asked for additional documentation.

1st Round Required Documents 

The following documents must be submitted with a completed application form by November 30, 2021 to be considered for a MaMa's Dream scholarship. Additional documents may be requested, based on the applicant's individual situation.

  1. MaMa's Dream Application - Available October 1, 2024.

  2. Proof of Enrollment - Class schedule for upcoming term or registrar verification.

    • If a class schedule is not available at the time of your application, you may submit verification from the registrar or an acceptance letter with your application. However, a class schedule must still be provided before your scholarship is awarded.

  3. Proof of Marital Status - Divorce decree, legal separation order, spouse’s death certificate, or a statement that you have never been married.

  4. A signed copy of the MaMa's Dream Photo/Testimonial Release form.

  5. A signed copy of the Memorandum of Understanding 


How to Apply

Applying for one of MaMa’s Dream scholarships is easy!  Follow the steps outlined below, and you will be on your way.

  1. Make sure you meet all eligibility criteria.

  2. Submit your online application (available September 29, 2024) and required documents by the deadline (November 30, 2024).

  3. Selected applicants will be invited to round two of that application process to submit a recommendation letter and essay.

  4. Selected applicants from round two will be invited to an interview with the scholarship selection committee.

Mother with her Two Kids

Application Timeline

October 1, 2024

Application Opens

November 30, 2024 

Online Application Deadline

January 15, 2024 

2nd Round: Recommendation & Essay Deadline (invitation only)

March 20, 2024 

3rd round: Interview Deadline (invitation only)

April 30, 2024 

Announcement of Recipients

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