Scholarship providing funds for childcare to Richmond single mothers returning for 2nd year

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) – A scholarship program for single mothers in the Richmond area is back for the second year in a row.

Local nonprofit United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg has brought back its WomenRise Scholarship, which provides grants to single mothers in the Richmond and Petersburg area to pay for childcare while they prepare a post-secondary degree or diploma.

The WomenRise program is offered annually through a spring application process, according to a statement from United Way. The scholarship covers the cost of direct care services for each child while the mother is enrolled in a course or training program. Scholarships are paid directly to the child care provider.

The deadline to apply for the scholarship is May 31. This year, 20 single mothers will receive scholarships under the program – a significant increase from six last year due to increased donor support. United Way will announce the recipients over the summer.

“This program exists to help single mothers achieve their educational and career goals, which will help their families on the path to a prosperous future,” said James LM Taylor, chapter president and CEO. local United Way of Richmond. “We know the cost of childcare can be a barrier to successful families, especially single moms, and we can’t wait to meet the Class of 2022 and see all they accomplish.”

Mothers applying to the program must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a single female head of household with custody of at least one child
  • Be enrolled or intend to enroll in a study or professional training program of at least 40 hours and leading to a diploma or title
  • Have an annual income of $60,000 or less
  • Reside in the Greater Richmond and Petersburg area
  • Using a licensed or voluntary child care provider

United Way is a non-profit organization focused on creating educational, financial and health initiatives that aim to improve the quality of life of the communities it serves. Additional information about the WomenRise scholarship can be found at United Way website.

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