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 students who are without their mothers due to death or other unfortunate circumstances.

Students are pre-selected during their junior year of high school. They are then recognized and awarded their scholarship certificate at the Annual Scholarship Luncheon the following year (their senior year) after completing the Life Coaching Program.

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
  • • The program serves the 21-County Metro Atlanta Area (Barrow, Bartow, Butts, Carroll, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, Dekalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry, Newton, Paulding, Pickens, Rockdale, Spalding, Walton); priority is given to students whose guardian earns $50,000 or less annually.
  • • 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

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.

The geographic focus area now includes the 21-County Atlanta metro. Please see the Eligibility tab for the list of counties.

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 juniors 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.