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The 37-year-old, single mother of three who has managed our office for the last three years is bright, funny and could be successful at almost anything. Unfortunately, she made some bad choices early in life. Last year she completed her first year of undergraduate studies at Denver University, making straight A's while holding down a full time job and taking care of her family. She told me today that she's now 10k in debt as a result and cannot afford to finish the program in four or five years 50k in the hole. Any ideas on scholarship sources or other resources for a person like this who deserves better? - Stew

Thanks for your note and for helping a friend. I was so touched by your note and have been trying desperately to think of ways to help--unfortunately, I haven't come up with any great ideas. There used to be scholarships for "older women" that were offered through McCalls patterns (sewing patterns). I'm not sure if they still exist, but it is probably worth a phone call. Marlo Thomas was involved with this, so it's at least worth a call to her office (based in New York City).

I know of a few places that offer "personal grants" to individuals who are activists. These are designed for unique individuals who don't fit into "guidelines." They are for feminists pursuing feminists activities--including personal acts of distinction. If you think that she falls under this category, please send me more information about her and her work and I will pass it along. I'm sorry I couldn't offer any concrete assistance and thank you for writing.


Amy

P.S. From Amy: I recently found out about the Talbots Women's Scholarship Fund, a program of the Talbots Charitable Foundation, which will award $100,000 in scholarships to women determined to finally get that college degree. For more information click here.


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