MAILED: June 24, 1997|
EAU CLAIRE -- For college students with children, financially it can be tough.
To help ease the burden, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will offer five $2,000 parent-scholar scholarships for academically qualified single-parent students who demonstrate financial need and are responsible for dependent children, said Katherine Rhoades, project coordinator of Women in Transition.
"There is a great interest," Rhoades said of the newly created scholarship programs.
Applications are available in the Women's Studies office, room 165 in Fine Arts Center. Completed applications will be accepted until July 15, she said.
Rhoades said more than 150 UW-Eau Claire continuing students are low-income single parents. But there are incoming students who also will qualify for the scholarships.
The university received $10,000 for the five scholarships from private donations, she said. Most of the money was donated by members of the university and the larger Eau Claire community, she said.
Some sponsors donated the entire $2,000 for a scholarship, said Carole Halberg, director of alumni relations and major gifts. If interested, the sponsor and scholarship recipient can meet.
There are few scholarships targeted to parents who want to continue their education. The limited scholarships that are available are often insufficient to assist students with all their expenses, especially child care, Rhoades said.
The parent-scholars scholarships also are potentially renewable annually, she said. "We want to keep the doors of higher education open for single parents," Rhoades said. "The only effective way to help is to give them substantial resources."
The money received through these scholarships can be used to help students pay for child care and other expenses while they attend school, Rhoades said.
The scholarships are a part of a financial aid package to help low-income single parents attend college, said Kathleen Sahlhoff, director of Financial Aid. The package attempts to help those students who were on AFDC, Sahlhoff said. The package offers additional gift assistance to cover child care expenses, she said.
"There is a way single parents can access higher education, but they have to take out loans," said Sahlhoff. "Most students attending college need to take out loans."
There is proof that people with a college education earn a larger lifetime income than those without, Rhoades said. They also will be able to give back to their children and the community, she said. "It's definitely an investment," Halberg said.
The scholarships will be awarded in early August.
For more information, call Rhoades at (715) 836-5717 or Sue Ausman in Financial Aid at (715) 836-3373.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: July 2, 1997