Single Parent Scholarships
The Custody X Change Giving Fund

The Custody X Change Giving Fund awards three scholarships worldwide to single parents each year for undergraduate study.

Term Amount Deadline Awarded By
Spring $1000 Dec 31 Jan 31
Summer $500 Apr 30 May 31
Fall $1000 Aug 31 Sep 30

How to Apply

To apply, email us at with your contact details, and attach the following:

  • A 400- to 500-word essay, "How you will you use your education to improve your family?" Please include a brief explanation of your custody arrangement. This must be attached as a PDF file.
  • Your unofficial college transcript — or your admissions letter if you're in your first semester. This must either be a PDF file or a picture.

The scholarship application window is open all year; each semester's application window opens right after the previous semester's deadline.

Eligibility Requirements

In order to qualify for the Custody X Change Single Parent Scholarship, you must:

  • Have primary physical custody of one or more minor children
  • Be enrolled full or part time as an undergraduate at an accredited college or university
  • Have a GPA of 3.0 or higher or be a first-semester student

The scholarship is open to single parent students around the world. If you're outside the US, you should have the equivalent of 3.0 GPA or higher on your university's grading scale.

Application Tips and Advice

For any scholarship that you apply to, you can improve your chances of being selected by following all the instructions and crafting a message that stands out.

Tell your story

Tell your compelling story in a relevant way. Don't just state facts or talk about how much the award would help. Avoid the phrases "I deserve this because" and "Pick me".

Follow the word count

If the scholarship application has a word count, make sure you stick to it. Being outside of the word count will likely disqualify your application.

Double check your spelling and grammar

Double check your application for spelling and grammar. This includes the body of the email, your application and the file name of any attachments.

Follow all instructions

Make sure you submit all the requested information. Any documents should be attached to the email, not copied into the email body.

Know who you're talking to

Each scholarship is put on by a specific person or organization. Look at who it is and, if possible, address the email or other materials toward the persons.


Term Amount Recipient School
Summer 2023 $500 Heidi Edwards Columbia Southern University
Spring 2023 $1000 Claudia Amaro University of Illinois Chicago
Fall 2022 $1000 Alexis Blue Florida Gulf Coast University
Summer 2022 $500 Delmy Alberto Montgomery College
Spring 2022 $1000 Christina Baker Penn State Abington
Fall 2021 $1000 Danielle Waters Northwest Indian College
Summer 2021 $500 Olga Golding Saddleback College
Spring 2021 $1000 Diane Polonsky University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Fall 2020 $1000 Druscilla Ozornia University of the Incarnate Word
Summer 2020 $500 Jennifer Hinojosa Eastern Florida State College
Spring 2020 $1000 Kaitlyn Moriarty Eastern Maine Community College
Fall 2019 $1000 Kathryn Crabb Washtenaw Community College
Summer 2019 $500 Ann Carin Niland Cabrillo College
Spring 2019 $1000 Shani Williams San Joaquin Valley College
Fall 2018 $1000 Ana Vasquez George Mason University
Summer 2018 $500 Sheenah James Olympic College
Spring 2018 $1000 Precious Molina Citrus Community College
Fall 2017 $1000 Ana Seddon Borough of Manhattan CC
Summer 2017 $500 Autumn Davis Fayetteville State University
Fall 2016 $1000 Miranda Stelly South Louisiana CC
Fall 2016 $1000 Steven Tippett University of Phoenix

Application Statistics

Term Applicants
Summer 2023 133
Spring 2023 172
Fall 2022 156
Summer 2022 95
Spring 2022 73
Fall 2021 105
Summer 2021 53
Spring 2021 59
Fall 2020 89
Summer 2020 88
Spring 2020 95
Fall 2019 114
Summer 2019 39
Spring 2019 45
Fall 2018 67
Summer 2018 34
Spring 2018 37
Fall 2017 71
Summer 2017 37
Fall 2016 157

Note: By applying, you are giving us consent to use your name and your school for promotional purposes without further compensation to you. We will not share any other personal information, nor publish any part of your essay, without your consent.


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