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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Student Parents

Page address: https://www.mnsu.edu/wcenter/parents.html

The Women's Center Supports Student Parents

Being a parent as well as a student is a challenge. Some of these students are balancing children, household chores, part-time or full-time work, and classes. 

The Women's Center is a place you can come to find resources for student parents. There is a couch, computers, a microwave, and refrigerator available for use. Everyone is welcome to come hang out and enjoy our relaxing atmosphere.

  • The Lactation Station is located in the women's bathroom across from the Women's Center (CSU 218). This is open to all women-identified students on campus! If you don't identify as a woman and need a place to pump or express milk, please contact the Women's Center.
  • If you need a place to refrigerate your breast milk, you can store it in the refrigerator in the Women's Center during our business hours.

Community Resources

Not sure if you qualify for any Minnesota social programs? Fill out the screening tool, Bridge to Benefits hosted by the Children's Defense Fund-Minnesota. Completing the screening tool does not submit your application to any resources, but can give you a good idea of where to start. Check it out: http://www.bridgetobenefits.org/ 

For information, email Liz elizabeth.steinborn-gourley@mnsu.edu.

Our scholarship application is closed for the 2019-2020 academic year. Scholarships will be updated in February 2020 for the 2020-2021 academic year.
We are excited to let you know there are three parent-focused scholarships available through the Women's Center:

  • Coplan Donohue Single Parent Scholarship (up to $2000). Eligibility requirements:
    • Non-traditional/single parent student with primary physical custody of children.
    • Commitment to parenting.
    • Full-time undergraduate or graduate student in any major attending MNSU both fall and spring semesters 2019-2020.
    • In good academic standing with Minnesota State University, Mankato.
    • Apply on Scholarship Finder and include a personal narrative describing yourself, your family, your parenting philosophy, why you are working to obtain a degree, and your plans for the future. Include one unofficial transcript from college.
       
  • Mary Jane Young Scholarship for Re-Entry Women (up to $1500). Elibility requirements:
    • Re-entry (left school and has returned) single student with custody of children; or re-entry, married who have delayed their own education to raise a family with an inadequate income of their own, from their partner's income, or their partner's income makes them ineligible for financial aid.
    • Full-time undergraduate or graduate student in any major attending MNSU both fall and spring semesters 2019-2020.
    • In good academic standing with Minnesota State University, Mankato.
    • Apply on Scholarship Finder and include a personal narrative describing yourself, your family, why you are working to obtain a degree, and your plans for the future. Also include what caused you to want to continue your education now and how this scholarship will help you continue your education. Include an unofficial copy of you college transcripts.
       
  • Bonnie Teigum Scholarship ($1500). Eligibility requirements:
    • Single parent.
    • Demonstrated financial need.
    • Apply on Scholarship Finder and list the ages of your children, provide a personal narrative describing yourself, your family, your parenting philosophy, why you are working to obtain a degree, and your plans for the future. Please be able to demonstrate your financial need.