Although research might sound a little bit scaring, it has been found out that many girls who get pregnant during their teenage years normally end up disadvantaged with a lot of baggage to deal with especially on matters financial and emotional. Research has found out that majority of those who do not manage to get back to class always end up either in depression and drugs ending up in a high rate of suicide. However, this does not need to be the case as pregnancy and childbearing is not the end of the road. You can get back to class as a single teenage mother to pursue your academic dreams and prepare yourself for the highly competitive job market. With a per capita income of $37,969, Missouri is one of the states with a low income for many people and this has a major effect on single parent families that have to contend with a hard life always having to rely on federal support to make life better.
With the available scholarships and grants however, you can return to class and complete your course just like many other single mothers who have trended that path in the past changing their fortunes for the better. One of the most suitable scholarships for single teenage mothers is the Missouri Minority Teaching Scholarships program which is available for those students seeking to major in education. This scholarship is however available to students who are from the minority groups including Africans, Hispanic, Asian or those of the Native descent. It also requires some level of achievement and therefore is offered to those who rank in 25% in performance in high school or college. Other requirements are also available and you should be able to understand them before filing your application.
Another federal grant that you should make sure to check as a single teenage mother is the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) which caters for students who have serious financial needs. This fund targets undergraduate students and one must also qualify for Pell Grant which is also a federal supported program. The competition under this program is however extreme and this means that only a few people end up being awarded the much required assistance and therefore you should cast your vision wider and seek for more funding from different other programs.
And as aforementioned, Pell Grant is yet another great financial assistance opportunity that you must not let slip by. This need based program is also federal supported program also targets undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor’s degree. It is therefore one of the best scholarships available for single mothers. However, before applying for any of these two (Pell Grant and FSEOG), you will need to file for your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This application provides for a number of benefits one of them being that it is used to determine the financial needs of the applicants. FAFSA is also important in determining whether you are eligible for a number of state funded programs that aim to benefit low-income earners within any state.
Marguerite Ross Barnett Memorial Scholarship is yet another great scholarship program that you should consider as a single teenage mother if you are enrolled at least for 6-11 credit hours or half time. This program is also need based and can help you for two years before you are above the teen age. It is however open to Missouri residents who are working for at least 20 hours every week which hints of one of the things you should put in place if you are to benefit.