The Kalamazoo Community Foundation is inviting women to apply for scholarships from the Women's Education Coalition Grant Fund now through May 15.

Educational grants from the fund are for under-employed or unemployed women who have had a significant break in their education and want to further their education to better support themselves and their families.

Grants are based on need, renewable and available to women who are residents of Kalamazoo, Allegan, Barry, Calhoun, St. Joseph or Van Buren County. Typical grant awards are between $500 and $3,000 and can be used for tuition, fees, books and other education-related costs like child care or transportation. Priority is given to underemployed working mothers and those enrolled or enrolling in nonprofit educational institutions.

"This is a very unique grant program," says Scholarship Coordinator Brittany Morton. "Recipients demonstrate how post-high school education will help them be more financially independent and self sufficient. The fund supports any educational opportunities that will lead to employment or improved employment."

The Women's Education Coalition Grant Fund was established at the Community Foundation in 1995 by Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority, Delta Sigma Theta sorority, Kalamazoo Network and YWCA of Kalamazoo.

The application to apply and detailed eligibility information can be found on this website or by calling 269.381.4416.