CCV is committed to dismantling barriers to student parent educational and career success. The Victoria Buffum Single Parent Scholarship helps eligible students reach their academic potential and meet their educational and career goals. If you’re a student with a child or children under 18, read on for information about this scholarship and resources just for you!

Student Parent Scholarship Program

The Victoria Buffum Single Parent Scholarship is designed to provide year-long comprehensive support to CCV student parents that helps them build and maintain the momentum they need to meet their academic goals.

Take 8 to Graduate! The structure of this scholarship is grounded in research indicating students who take 8 classes a year keep going and get to graduation sooner. Conversely, students who take only 1-2 courses a semester take years to earn an associate degree. Many of these students don’t make it. They lose motivation, life gets in the way, and they drop out.

As parents, we know you are balancing a lot and full-time enrollment can be a challenge. We can’t increase the number of hours in a day, but these scholarships can give you more time to focus on your coursework by providing the extra support you need to work less or pay for childcare. When you take more classes, you are building momentum and getting to your goals sooner.

The Victoria Buffum Single Parent Scholarship incentivizes and rewards full-time enrollment. Students can receive up to $3,000 if they complete 24 credits over the course of three semesters or even $3,600 if they complete 30 credits. We made changes to the scholarship structure recently to increase both access to this scholarship along with added flexibility for busy single parents. Rather than require full-time enrollment for fall and spring semesters, students have the flexibility to complete the equivalent of full-time enrollment over the course of three semesters: fall, spring, and summer.

To learn more about this scholarship program, join Liz Jarvis, CCV’s Resource Access Manager, on any of the following dates for a virtual Q&A session. Each session attendee will be entered into a raffle for a free CCV hoodie!

Scholarship Benefits

Students selected for this program will receive:

  • Two scholarships of $600 during the semester, for up to two consecutive semesters, for a total of $2,400.
  • An additional $600 bonus scholarship awarded for completing 24 credits (8 classes) within an academic year (fall semester through summer semester) for a total of $3,000 in scholarships.
  • If 24 credits are completed by the end of spring semester AND an additional 6 credits are taken in the following summer (30 credits in an academic year), another $600 bonus scholarship will be awarded (totaling $3,600).
  • Access to a Laptop Loaner Program during scholarship participation.
  • Access to free one-credit classes to earn 21st Century Skills Badges and show employers that you have the skills to be successful in the workplace,
  • Additional support from CCV’s Resource Access Manager,
  • Two engagement activities per semester with opportunities for connection, community, and learning.
Scholarship Disbursement Schedule

Scholarships will be awarded in the following amounts, at the indicated points during the semester when they meet scholarship conditions:

  1. Fall 5th week: $600 awarded IF still meeting enrollment requirements.
  2. Fall 14th week: $600 IF still enrollment requirements AND have registered for spring semester.
  3. Spring 5th week: $600 awarded IF still meeting enrollment requirements.
  4. Spring 14th week: $600 awarded IF still meeting enrollment requirements AND have registered for summer or fall semester.
  5. Spring Bonus: At the 14th week of class, an extra $600 (total $1,200) awarded IF total credits since fall are equal to or greater than 24 credits (8 total classes in two consecutive semesters).
  6. Summer Bonus: If Spring Bonus was not received, at the 14th week of class, an extra $600 awarded IF total credits since fall are equal to or greater than 24 credits (8 total classes in two consecutive semesters). If Spring Bonus was received, at the 14th week of class, another $600 awarded total credits since fall are equal to or greater than 30 credits.
Victoria Buffum Single Parent Scholarship Eligibility Requirements

This program, generously funded by the Vermont Community Foundation, provides financial support to CCV students who are single parents. To be considered eligible for this program, the student must:

  • Be a single parent and meet ALL the following conditions:
    • Be either legally separated, divorced, widowed, OR unmarried, AND
    • Be the parent of at least one child that has been born prior to application date, AND
    • Have at least 50% custody of their child(ren), AND
    • Be the parent that their child(ren) lives with at least 50% of the time.
  • Be a degree or certificate-seeking CCV student enrolled at least half-time (6 credits per semester by application deadline.
  • Complete the FAFSA and Vermont Grant Application.
  • Remain academically eligible for financial aid during participation.
  • Must not currently be in student loan default.
Application Process

The online applications opens each summer for the upcoming academic year (fall and spring semester only). Each summer, links to this online application will be emailed to CCV students that have filled out the FAFSA indicating that they are single parents AND registered for fall semester. Students will be given an application deadline in the email by which they’ll need to register and have completed the online application.

2024-2025 scholarship applications will open June 1, 2024.

Application for Student Parent Scholarship

Tiered Priority

All CCV student parents that are enrolled at least half-time in a degree or certificate program and that are either single parents or have childcare costs may apply for this scholarship program, but priority will be given according to:

  • Income: First priority will be given to students with household income at or under 125% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) and second priority will be given to students with household income at or under 185% FPL.
  • Good Academic Standing: Priority will be given to students maintaining a grade point average of 2.5 or higher in previous semesters.
  • First-Come, First-Serve: After the above conditions are met, remaining decisions will be made based on application submission date.

Community Resources for Parents and Guardians

In addition to the community resources highlighted in our General Resources for Students page, you can find additional resources below that are specifically tailored to parents and children. Any town or county-specific service will have the area of service earmarked in bolded print. Otherwise, each service will be offered statewide.

  • Building Bright Futures Families & Communities Committee: Group of parents, guardians, caregivers, and professionals dedicated to improving systems and services for Vermont families and communities. Participate in virtual meetings or activities as a parent and receive compensation for your time.
  • Let’s Grow Kids Action Center: Access tools and resources to become an advocate for Vermont’s Children and take part in Vermont’s Child Care Campaign.
Child Care
Disability Supports
  • Vermont Family Network: Individual assistance including a peer support helpline, peer connection, funding, practical supports like paperwork assistance, and support groups for families with children with disabilities or special health needs.
  • Kayla’s Directory: Resources and services for children with special needs in Vermont.
  • VCIL Youth Transition Program: Workshops to pass on skills to help prepare youth with disabilities for life outside of high school.
  • Children’s Integrated Services (CIS): Early intervention, family support, and prevention services that help ensure the healthy development and well-being of children, from before birth up to age 5.
Financial Assistance
  • Child Care Financial Assistance Program: Can help your family pay for child care.
  • First Steps Scholarship Program: To help Burlington families pay for child care.
  • Life Gap: While not specifically for student parents, this just-in-time scholarship can help current CCV students with emergency expenses that come up during the semester.
  • Post-Secondary Education (PSE): Part of the Reach Up family of programs, PSE can help qualifying student parents earn an undergraduate degree by providing supportive services and monthly cash payments (if income eligible).
  • DCF Child Support Services: Free services for parents of children under 18 or children over 18 if owed past-due, court-ordered child support
  • Emergency and Transitional Family Centers: statewide 2-1-1 search.
  • Scholars House: Burlington apartment complex for families with at least one parent enrolled in a college or post-secondary technical program.
  • VCRHP: Vermont Coalition of Runaway and Homeless Youth Programs is a statewide safety net for youth in need by supporting a network of runaway and homeless youth programs throughout Vermont.
Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Supports
  • Designated Agencies: Non-profit service providers in each region of Vermont that provide mental health programs for adults and children.
  • Easterseals Compass: Provides support for at-risk youth between the ages of 12 and 23 in Rutland County.
  • Hannah’s House: Nonprofit, mental health resource center for children, teens, adults, and families in the Mad River Valley Region.
  • NFI: Provides community based mental health programs and services across the state for Vermont families whose children struggle with severe emotional, behavioral, and mental health challenges.
  • Spectrum Compass Prevention & Stabilization Program: Free program providing prevention and stabilization services to youth ages 12-23 in Chittenden, Franklin, and Grand Isle Counties.
  • Vermont MOMS Partnership: Helps Reach Up-enrolled mothers and caregivers learn how to better manage their stress through a free 8-week virtual course.
Parenting Supports
  • Kids-A-Part: Enhanced case management, visitation assistance and parent-child contact for families with a parent in prison.
  • Parent Child Centers: 15 centers across Vermont offer parenting supports like early childhood services, home visits to families with young children, playgroups, parent education, parent support, and information and referral.

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