Editor's Note: The Core4Women program is temporarily closed for the remainder of 2013. For another great scholarship opportunity open to distance learning students, please see the Get Educated Online College Scholarship.
GetEducated.com is offering its support to Core4Women by awarding free $1,000 online college education scholarships to members of this non-profit distance learning forum for women. Recipients must be taking at least half their courses online to be eligible for the free grants.
Core4Women is an online community that matches women who want to earn their online degrees with women who are experts in distance learning.
Gail Weatherly, distance education coordinator at Stephen F. Austin State University in Texas, started Core4Women on the Ning social networking site as part of a pilot project. The first members were low-income single mothers living in a group home in Texas, who wanted to use online college to help become self-sufficient.
Later, the online community widened its reach to include military personnel and military spouses. In July 2009, the group opened to the general public.
Recipients for the online education scholarships must be taking at least half their courses online to be eligible. Deadlines to apply for each scholarship round are March 15 and October 15. An application form is available at Core4Women.
Core4Women stands for "the Collaborative Online Resource Environment for Women." The group is comprised both of mentors—women who are familiar with online education—and mentees, who are new to the field.
Women make up the majority of distance learners at both the graduate and undergraduate level (about 60 percent in 2007-2008, according to the National Center for Education Statistics).
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