By Cindy Cha
HONOLULU (KHNL) -- For working mothers juggling a busy life, finding the time or money to advance their college education may be challenging. But an online scholarship is making it possible for women to earn their college degrees.
This online business is putting education to work, by giving away millions of dollars in college scholarships, for all working moms in Hawaii and across the country.
Between working an eight-hour job and raising a 15-month-old daughter, Emma Duldulao's time is pretty much spent. She looks to pursue a higher education.
"By the time I get home, I have just a few hours with my daughter and so by the time she goes to bed, I only have time to cook and clean and get ready for the next day so I definitely don't have time with my daughter and let alone go back to school," said Duldulao, a Honolulu working mom.
And as a single parent, money is tight. That's why, when Emma heard about Project Working Mom, she jumped at the chance.
"I thought I had a pretty chance of getting it," Duldulao said. "All it required was that you be a working mother also looking for a degree and what I was looking for was my masters program."
Project Working Mom is part of a campaign launched by elearners.com, to grant at least $2 million in full-ride college scholarships to working mothers at three universities: American Intercontinental University, DeVry University and Walden University.
"What we believe is, through Project Working Mom, that we can show that the barriers of time, money and confidence can be eliminated through online education," said Terrence Thomas, a chief marketing officer at elearners.com.
With her daughter as her inspiration, Emma says this scholarship will not only help improve her education, but also get her in the right direction, financially and emotionally.
"With an education, it will enhance my work skills and also give me credentials when I want to go and move up to a different position or higher position," said Duldulao.
Working moms looking to go back to college can still apply for the scholarship. The deadline is April 30th.