SWM Scholarship Program


About the Scholarship Program

Students Without Mothers is dedicated to helping high school students without mothers help themselves by empowering them to continue their education. The organization’s main purpose is to provide scholarships for college bound high school seniors who are without their mothers due to death or other unfortunate circumstances.

Each student receives a $4,000 scholarship (disbursed in annual payments of $1,000, if the student continues to meet the criteria for re-qualifying as outlined in the Scholarship Renewals section).

Eligibility Criteria

  • • Students must be a current resident of Georgia
  • • Priority is given to students attending high school in the 12 County Metro Atlanta Area of
       (Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, Dekalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Henry, Gwinnett, Rockdale)
  • • Must be planning to attend a two or four year institution of higher learning
  • • Must participate in organization’s Life Coaching Program to aid in preparing for college
  • • The mother is not in home; either due to death, or other unfortunate circumstances

For a one-year period only (Sept. 1 thru Dec. 31 2016) applications will be accepted from both high school seniors and juniors.

Senior recipients will be awarded scholarships at the June 2017 luncheon and Juniors will be pre-selected for participation in the Life Coaching Program for preparation to receive scholarships at the June 2018 Scholarship Luncheon.


Scholarship winners are encouraged to pay it forward. After successful completion of the program they are asked to give back in some way by either donating their time or providing financial support to future scholarship recipients.

Scholarship applications are accepted between, September 1st – December 31st.

Scholarship Application Form

Confirmation of Receipt of Application

You will receive an email confirmation when your application is received.

Selection Process

The scholarship selection committee meets in February to review applications and select recipients. Scholarship selections are based on the greatest need and the total number awarded each year vary based on the amount of funds available. Qualified applicants may be asked to speak with a committee member to explain why he/she has the greatest need and should be awarded a scholarship.

Students selected are required to provide additional information by a designated date before scholarship certificates are issued at the annual Scholarship Awards Reception in June.

The initial scholarship check is issued in July. Before future checks are issued, students must meet the criteria outlined in the Scholarship Renewals section.


About the Scholarship Program

The program is available to high school seniors in the State of Georgia, but due to limited funding, priority is given to students in metro Atlanta. The number of scholarship recipients varies each year and is based on total funding available and the number of students still active in the program receiving annual scholarship disbursements.