Project Working Mom Offers Full Scholarships


Mothers who work outside the home and still need to take college classes often find that balancing work, family, and educational pursuits is an impossible task. But, thanks to an innovative program Business Womancreated by Penn Foster College, eligible working mothers can also receive full scholarships.

Project Working Mom 2 is a joint effort of Penn Foster College and, the second phase of a project that awarded $2 million in scholarships to some of the more than 50,000 applicants that applied during its initial phase. Project Working Mom 2 plans to grant another $2 million in scholarships to working moms, just in time for the back-to-school season. The deadline to apply for a scholarship at is August 31.

“Penn Foster College has been providing an affordable, accessible alternative to traditional college education for over 30 years,” said Richard R. Ferrin, President of Penn Foster College, adding, “this scholarship program is a great opportunity for some working moms to receive a college education at no cost.”

“When we launched the first Project Working Mom campaign, we had no idea that the need and aspiration of working moms to advance their education was so enormous,” said Terrence Thomas, EVP Marketing Operations at EducationDynamics. “The sheer volume of the applicants and the heart wrenching essays demonstrated a national imperative to support working moms to better their lives and the lives of their families.”

Project Working Mom is all about helping women overcome important barriers including time, money and their personal confidence to earn a degree. Visitors to can find a comprehensive interactive website with online education resources, profiles of working moms going to school online, and a community of women sharing their educational journey.

As part of this initiative, Penn Foster College is offering full-ride college scholarships for 20 different associate degree programs in several fields including healthcare, business, criminal justice, education and technology. A complete list of Penn Foster College’s programs can be found at To apply for the scholarships, working moms submit a short application and an essay with their life, education and/or career goals, and explain how an online education will allow them to achieve those goals at The recipients will be announced this September.

Penn Foster College was founded in 1890 as the International Correspondence School (ICS) adding a college in 1976 and changing its name when the school moved from Pennsylvania to Arizona in 2006. is a leader in online education, connecting students to providers since it was founded in 1999. The site offers useful tools and financial aid information to prospective and current students.

Adv. — If you need help with your college costs, has all of the information you need learn more about private student loans, scholarships, and college grants.


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