Displaced Homemaker Scholarship

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Amount
Awarded

$1,500

Awarded

Application Deadline

July 1

Monday
Awarded By:

Association on American Indian Affairs

Number of Awards & Eligibility: The number of awards offered varies annually. Last year, three scholarships were awarded.
In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:
  1. This award is for U.S. students.
  2. Must be a displaced homemaker as defined by AAIA. This scholarship is generally awarded to students who are over 30 years of age with either school-aged children or children who are attending college themselves.
  3. Must be a U.S. citizen.
  4. Must be enrolled in a federally recognized American Indian or Alaska Native tribe.
  5. Must be from the continental United States or Alaska.
  6. Must enroll as a full-time student for both the fall and spring semesters in an accredited school.
  7. Must be planning to return to college to complete an undergraduate degree.

In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:

Description: This award is available for U.S. undergraduate students who are from the continental United States or Alaska and are enrolled in a federally-recognized American Indian or Alaskan Native tribe. Students must be enrolling in school after taking a break to raise their families, or have other family responsibilities that affect their education.

Application requirements for the Displaced Homemaker Scholarship are:

  • Application form
  • Essay
Additional Information: In the 1980s, recognizing the unique needs of older students who have put off their education to raise a family, AAIA began the Displaced Homemaker Scholarship to assist men and women who are attending school for the first time or returning to school to complete their education after taking a break to raise their family. Single parent students, parent students who have worked in a particular field and have lost a job due to downsizing, or parent students who and are seeking additional education so that they may better provide for their family are also considered. Students are eligible to receive one scholarship per year. The AAIA does not fund certificate programs or seminary. The AAIA also does not fund summer session. Funding is for both fall and spring semesters; the AAIA does not fund semesters separately. During the second round of the application process, the AAIA takes everything into consideration when assessing the student's application package including merit and need. Students must have a minimum of $750 need per semester to be eligible. Other scholarships, loans, or monies do not disqualify students from receiving an award, nor does lack of funding automatically qualify students for an award.

Award Amount: $1,500 annually, non-renewable. Checks are mailed directly to the school twice per year (Sept. 30 and Jan. 31). Disbursement of spring checks is dependent upon submission and review of satisfactory fall grades and a full-time spring schedule. Students may reapply each year; however, receipt of a subsequent award is not guaranteed.  The total dollars awarded for this scholarship is $1,500.

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Monday, July 1

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Monday, July 1

Applications are available on the Association on American Indian Affairs (AAIA) website. Please note: The student need only submit one application; he/she will be considered for all scholarships for which he/she is eligible. In addition to a completed application, the applicant must also submit the following: a copy of his/her tribal ID; and an essay of no more than three pages that is a personal essay about himself/herself and includes life experiences. For this scholarship, the student should include information about his/her previous and/or current family responsibilities in the essay. The essay must: be in Times New Roman or Arial font; have no less than 1/2" margins; be in 11- or 12-point font; and be 1.5 or double spaced. The complete application packet must be mailed to the address provided and must be received by 6 p.m. ET on the deadline date. Please note: Applicants who are chosen to move to the second round of application reviews will be asked to provide additional documentation. The essay is the most critical part of the pre-application process and is what moves the applicant to the next round. Students chosen for the second round will be notified via email in August.
Contact: Lisa Wyzlic
Address: 966 Hungerford Drive Suite 30-A Rockville, Maryland 20850

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