Helping single mothers thrive

The Elevate-A-Life Scholarship helps single mothers pursue their education and career goals — a boost that can help achieve financial independence and shift from surviving to thriving.

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There is no role greater and more important in life than that of a mother.

Mothers are heroes.

But, even heroes can use a boost sometimes.

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More than just financial support

For many, being a mother requires putting their education and dream career on hold.  For single mothers, putting your dreams on hold often means working in low-wage jobs to make ends meet; making it impossible to afford the cost and time demands required to pursue a college degree.

This scholarship is not just about providing financial support.  It is also about giving our time to mentor and assist the recipient through education and career-building in the Human Resources industry.

The inspiration for this scholarship is Pauline Mifsud, the mother of our founder.  She was a single mother of four children and was never able to get a college degree, so she worked her entire life in lower-wage jobs, at times working two jobs, to support her children.

About the Scholarship


  • $20,000 per year for college tuition & childcare expenses (scholarship is for 4 years or when you achieve your degree, whichever happens, sooner. The first two years must be at a community college with a transfer to a 4-year college).
  • Paid internship at Melita with a part-time, flexible schedule to work around your school schedule.
  • Assigned Melita mentor to act as a resource as you progress through your internship and your schoolwork.
  • Consideration for a full-time permanent position at Melita upon graduation.

Qualification Criteria

  • Single parent with at least one dependent child under the age of 14.
  • Financial need.  Must be low-income and unable to afford tuition and childcare expenses needed to pursue a degree.
  • College major must be in an area related to Human Resources (Ex. Human Resources Management, Organization Development, etc).

How to Apply

To apply, please complete the following:

  • Application form
  • Essay of at least 700 words describing your financial need, why you chose to pursue a career in Human Resources, and your plans for the future
  • Interviews (finalist candidates only)

*Proof of income will be required before awarding the final scholarship.


Scholarship Proceeds

What portion of the $20,000 scholarship is applied toward college tuition versus childcare expenses?
What are valid childcare expenses?

Household Income

How should Total Household Income be calculated?
My family has recently lost our source of income. How should I report this on my application?


Are graduate students eligible for the scholarship?
Do I qualify for this scholarship if I have already completed some of my college coursework towards my bachelor’s degree?
Can I apply if my household income is at or below the poverty level?
If I’m not the legal guardian for my child(ren) am I still eligible?
If I’m a convicted felon, am I still eligible?

If you have a question that is not addressed here, please email us at elevatealife@melitagroup.com.