The government is offering scholarships (large ones, in fact, amounting to $10,000) for working moms “to cover childcare expenses while they attend school, pay for classes online or to save for their children’s education”:

With a full-time job (or several part-time jobs) and children to raise, working mothers often have very little time to pursue an education. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, more than 80 percent of single working moms lack the education they need to get ahead.

The latest government figures confirm that only 16 percent of single working mothers have a bachelor’s degree or higher and only 22 percent earn more than $30,000 a year. But going back to school is worth it according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Earning an associate’s degree can add an extra $6,500 per year of income into your pocket and a bachelor’s degree can add up to $19,000 every year to your paycheck.

But working mothers wanting to pursue a degree often find a financial aid system designed for full-time students living on campus.

This fall, however, working moms can get back to school with a free $10,000 scholarship. is helping working mothers across the country go back to school, advance their education and get ahead in their careers. All U.S. residents over the age of 18 are eligible to win a $10,000 scholarship, but the application deadline is January 23 2009, so act now!

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