The scholarship application cycle for the 2020-2021 school year is now CLOSED. If you are interested in applying for the Jeannette Rankin Scholarship for the 2021-2022 school year, then please check back here November 2020 and read through the eligibility requirements below.

Jeannette Rankin Scholarship Eligibility Requirements

An applicant for a JRF Scholarship must be:

  1. A woman, age 35 or older
  2. Low-income (based on income guidelines listed below)
  3. A U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident of the United States.
  4. Pursuing a technical or vocational education, an associate’s degree, or a first bachelor’s degree.
  5. Enrolled in or accepted to a not-for-profit, regionally accredited institution.

Selection Factors

  1. Your Goals
  2. You plan for reaching your goals.
  3. How will you use your education to give back to the community?

Income Guidelines

JRF’s low-income eligibility is based on the student’s estimated household income for the coming year. Our income guidelines come from the Department of Labor’s Lower Living Standard. The figures below are updated each year by January 1st. We will update these figures again before the application opens in November 2019. 

Income Guideline Chart

Compare your estimated household income for the 2019-2020 school year with the figures in this chart to determine your eligibility.

Non-Discrimination Policy

It is the policy of Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund to make financial awards without regard to race, creed, religion, color, ancestry, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, or disability.


Please do not call the JRF office to find out if your school is accredited. Applicants should check with their school’s enrollment or financial aid office to confirm regional accreditation. JRF accepts the following accreditations:

  1. Middle States Commission on Higher Education
  2. New England Association of Schools and Colleges
  3. Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
  4. Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
  5. Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
  6. Western Association of Schools and Colleges

If your school is accredited by an agency listed on this website, please select “other” when you reach the accreditation question in your application and follow the prompts.

If you are ready to apply, please click the “Apply” button at the top of the webpage. Happy Applying!

Questions Regarding the Application

  • See our FAQ page.
  • Carefully read the instructions on the application.
  • To view a list of resources, including other scholarships for women, click Resources.

Please do not call the office with scholarship application questions.