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AIU Online Offers Scholarship for Moms
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ATLANTA -- Given today's challenging economy, more moms want to contribute financially to their households. In fact, 90% of moms feel this pressure, with 65% desiring to advance their careers or considering a return to work, according to an American InterContinental University survey of working and stay-at-home moms in the United States.

The survey of 1,800 moms found that more than 70% of them are not fully satisfied with their current education or skill set. This was especially true with the Hispanic moms surveyed; 81% displayed dissatisfaction with their level of education.

Yet only 27% of these women have returned to school or plan to return in the next six months, mostly because of the time commitment and financial resources needed to obtain a degree. Of those who did return, many are doing so online, namely stay-at-home moms.

"While many experts speak about the country's economic challenges in broader terms, these findings indicate the impact on American moms and their desire to achieve more financial stability for their families," said Jennifer Ziegenmier, vice-president of university student management for AIU. "Now more than ever, it's important to provide mothers with flexible options to help them further their education and develop their skills as they consider going back to work or advancing their careers."

Ziegenmier said AIU has helped address prospective students' financial concerns with a scholarship program for women, now in its second year. This year's award, the AIU WomenAchieve Scholarship, provides qualifying women with financial assistance to earn a master's degree online.

"At AIU, we're committed to helping moms rise above some of the challenges they face when it comes to pursuing higher education by offering a convenient way of earning a degree online," said Ziegenmier, a working mom herself. "AIU Online provides a career-focused education that helps arm students with the skills they need to be successful in the workplace."

Potential candidates must complete an application, submit a personal essay and obtain a letter of recommendation from a professional mentor. The deadline for applying online for WomenAchieve is Monday, Nov. 15.

The AIU Working Mothers Survey was conducted in July 2010 for American InterContinental University by Toluna/Greenfield Online. The sample of 1,800 mothers nationwide included 523 Hispanic women and 529 African-American women who identified themselves as working full-time or part-time (minimum of 20 hours per week), or as stay-at-home moms.

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