Providing childcare scholarships to empower single mothers to complete their education or train for a better job. 

The cost of childcare in our service area is often more than $1,000 per month, per child. This massive expense can make it nearly impossible for single parents to maintain financial stability while furthering their education in pursuit of a reliable living-wage career 

In response to this need, United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg launched WomenRise, a scholarship program that provides financial assistance to help single moms cover the cost of childcare while they work toward a post-secondary degree or credential 

Local Women Helping Local Women

WomenRise is run by members of our United Way’s local Women United giving community. Women United members lead this program by fundraising for scholarships, making scholarship decisions, planning events and providing encouragement and support to WomenRise scholarship recipients.    

Powered by United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg, WomenRise makes post-secondary education and training attainable for dedicated single mothers in our area.  

Single mothers experience poverty at a higher rate than any other family structure, both here in the Greater Richmond and Petersburg region and across the country. In our service area, the poverty rate for single mother families is 29.7%, compared to 12.2% for single father families and 3.7% for married couple families*. 

Education is one of the most effective pathways for a single mother to work her way out of poverty and provide more opportunities for herself and her family. However, the exorbitant cost of childcare can make it impossible for a working single mother to cover her family’s basic needs and pursue a post-secondary degree or credential.  

That’s where WomenRise comes in. WomenRise scholarship fills a clear need in a single mother’s life by relieving the burden of childcare costs and empowering women to attain the education needed to provide more opportunities for their families 

*If individuals are married but not living together, they are counted in either male or female householder families. Percentages do not indicate margin of error, which ranges from +/-0/5% to +/-7.3% based on population group. 

How it Works

WomenRise scholarships are available on an annual basis to local single mothers with an application process every summer. The scholarships cover the cost of direct care services per child during the time the mother is enrolled in classes or a training program. Scholarships are paid directly to the childcare provider.    

A WomenRise scholarship includes access to our Women United giving community members for support and encouragement as well as a set of partners and resources within the United Way network.    

We announced our 2021-22 WomenRise scholarships in August. Applications are now closed for the 2021-22 scholarship. Information about the 2022-23 scholarships will be announced in Spring 2022. 
Applications for 2021-22 scholarship are now closed. Email Samantha McCabe (mccabes@yourunitedway.org) to make sure you receive a notification when applications for 2022-23 scholarships are open.  

2021 WomenRise Scholarships

We are excited to announce our 2021 WomenRise scholarships, which will provide $64,000 in childcare scholarships to six single mothers and help them complete their education or train for a better job. Read more about each participant and their goals here.

Help More Moms: Give Today

Your support determines the number of WomenRise scholarship recipients and the amount of each scholarship. Make a gift to United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg to help us grow this important new program 

There is no gift too small! Every act of generosity makes a difference. Gifts of $1,000 or more will qualify for enrollment in our Women United giving community, which serves as the backbone group of planners and leaders for WomenRise 


Join Women United!

Do you want to join our group of local women supporting WomenRise? Learn more about our Women United giving community or contact Samantha McCabe (mccabes@yourunitedway.org) to join. 

Thank you to our 2021 WomenRise sponsors!

Mission Sponsors

Business Sponsors

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