The Godow Opportunity Fund for Single Parents

Established in 2012 by Rew and Elizabeth Godow, this endowed scholarship fund is designed to make it possible for single parents to enroll in a credit or non-credit (Continuing Education) program that will enable them to get the education and training possible to significantly change their economic futures. The Godow Opportunity Fund provides scholarships that supplement other financial assistance in order to provide a student with funds for tuition, fees, books, plus up to $4,000 for living and child care expenses.

Eligibility Criteria (associate degree, certificate, or diploma student):  To be considered for this scholarship, an applicant:

1) may be a new, returning or continuing student, though preference will be given to new students who would not be able to enroll without the scholarship;
2) must be a resident of Berkeley, Charleston or Dorchester county;
3) must be a single parent;
4) must enroll in a associate degree, certificate or diploma program;
5) must enroll in and maintain at least six credit hours or the non-credit equivalent;
6) must have a cumulative GPA of  2.0 or greater;
7) must demonstrate substantial financial need (determined from completed FAFSA form);  and
8) must provide an essay describing his or her educational and career goals, the circumstances or challenges the student faces in achieving those goals, and why the scholarship would make a significant difference in helping the student to overcome those challenges or obstacles.

Eligibility Criteria (Continuing Education student): To be considered for this scholarship, an applicant:

1) may be a new, returning or continuing student, though preference will be given to new students who would not be able to enroll without the scholarship;
2) must be a resident of Berkeley, Charleston or Dorchester county;
3) must be a single parent;
4) must enroll in an eligible Continuing Education (non-credit) program of study (contact TTC’s Division of Continuing Education for a list of eligible programs);
5) must maintain continued enrollment and satisfactory progress in the  program;
6) must demonstrate substantial financial need (determined by most recent tax returns); and
7) must provide an essay describing his or her educational and career goals, the circumstances or challenges the student faces in achieving those goals, and why the scholarship would make a significant difference in helping the student to overcome those challenges or obstacles.

Award amount/use:  Awards up to $4,000 (supplementing other financial assistance) to cover direct educational costs, child care and living expenses. The scholarship is renewable for four semesters as long as the recipient continues to meet all eligibility requirements.