The application cycle for the 2018-2019 school year is now open. The application cycle for the 2018-2019 school year will close on March 1, 2018. Please carefully review the guidelines below to determine whether or not you are eligible to apply for our scholarships.  To view a list of resources, including other scholarships for women, click here.

Eligibility Requirements

An applicant for a JRF scholarship must be:

  1. A woman, age 35 or older
  2. Low-income
  3. A U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident of the United States
  4. Pursuing a technical or vocational education, an associate's degree, or a first bachelor's degree
  5. Enrolled in, or accepted to, a regionally or ACICS accredited school

Selection Factors

  1. Your goals
  2. Your plan for reaching your goals
  3. How you will use your education to give back to the community


Please do not call the JRF office to find out if your school is accredited. Applicants should check with their school's enrollment or financial aid office to confirm regional or ACICS accreditation. JRF accepts the following accreditations:

  1. Middle States Commission on Higher Education
  2. New England Association of Schools and Colleges
  3. Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
  4. Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
  5. Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
  6. Western Association of Schools and Colleges
  7. Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools

Income Guidelines

JRF’s low-income eligibility is based on the student’s estimated household income for the coming school year. Our income guidelines come from the Department of Labor’s Lower Living Standard. The figures below are updated each year by January 1st.

Compare your estimated household income for the 2018-2019 school year with the figures in this chart. For households with more than six members, add $7500 for each additional person.
Household Size Maximum Net Household Income
1 $18,662
2 $30,571
3 $41,974
4 $51,810
5 $61,840
6 $71,508

Non-Discrimination Policy

It is the policy of Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund to make financial awards without regard to race, creed, religion, color, ancestry, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, or disability.

Questions regarding the application

  • Find an answer on our Frequently Asked Questions page.
  • Carefully read the instructions included with the application form.
  • If you still have questions, you may contact JRF via email: info@rankinfoundation.org
  • Please do not call the office with scholarship application questions.

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