Apply for Scholarship or Emergency Grant

Raise the Barr applies the two-generation model (2Gen) to help single parents complete their post-secondary education, ultimately transforming entire families. The 2Gen approach focuses on creating opportunities for and addressing needs of both children and the adults in their lives simultaneously. Raise the Barr provides scholarships for tuition and other education expenses, emergency grants for unexpected financial needs, and other grants to expand post-secondary opportunities to single parent families.


Raise the Barr offers emergency micro-grant funding of $500 or less to assist single parent undergraduate students in Southern California with unforeseen financial need. For many low-income students, an unforeseen expense for something like a car repair or medical bill can create a financial emergency that threatens their college hopes. Research has shown that these expenses are often enough to detail their graduations. Emergency Grants are intended as one-time assistance to help remove the obstacles to graduations.

Raise the Barr partners with charities in Southern California who provide wrap-around assistance to our emergency grantees. Emergency grants are most effective when they are paired with other resources such as counseling around financial literacy, and long-term food and housing security.

These emergency grants are intended to assist with one-time unexpected expenses.  Priority is given to students for whom $500 or less will help stabilize them financially and allow them to continue in school.  


Raise the Barr partnered with Jeremiah Program and the University of Minnesota to establish Emergency Grants at those institutions.  Students must either be a current or former resident of Jeremiah Program or a current student at University of Minnesota to apply and must apply directly to the respective institution for a grant.  Raise the Barr does not directly distribute emergency grants in Minnesota.


Los Angeles

Single parents in Los Angeles who are pursuing an undergraduate post-secondary education, may apply for an emergency grant from Raise the Barr ONLY if they are currently working with one of the following organizations: UCLA, Los Angeles Valley College, Yetunde Price Resource Center, Jenesse Center for Domestic Violence Intervention and Prevention, and Santa Monica College.  Raise the Barr has partnered with these organizations to ensure that our grantees will simultaneously receive comprehensive guidance and services.  Emergency Grants are intended as one-time assistance to help remove the obstacles to graduations.

If you represent a charity or school in Los Angeles that provides comprehensive services to student parents and you would like to be considered for the emergency grant program, please contact us.



We are accepting applications from June 15 - November 15.

Our deadline to accept scholarships is November 15, 2019, or when all funds have been allocated for this cycle, whichever comes first. Applications that are sent via US mail must be postmarked November 15 or earlier.

We recommend that you apply as soon as possible.

Only single parents who are attending post-secondary school and are from California or Minnesota are eligible to apply.  Qualified scholarship recipients may receive awards that may be applied to tuition, books, and childcare needs. 

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