Graduate Funding Information Service

June 26, 2020

Patsy Takemoto Mink Foundation: Education Support Awards

Application Deadline: August 1, 2020

Patsy Takemoto Mink served in the US Congress from 1965-1977 and again from 1990-2002, where she represented Hawaii’s 2nd Congressional District. The first woman of color elected to the US House of Representatives, she worked tirelessly for civil rights, women’s rights, economic justice, civil liberties, peace, and the integrity of the democratic process. On November 24, 2014, Mink was awarded a posthumous Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor.

In 2020, the Patsy Takemoto Mink Foundation will offer five Education Support Awards of up to $5000 each to assist low-income women with children who are pursuing education or training. Awards are disbursed in two separate installments (one each semester) over the academic year, and may be used for direct school expenses or for living expenses while you are enrolled in an educational program. Awardees are notified by phone or email in late fall.


  • Must be a woman, at least 17 years of age.

  • Must be a mother, with minor children.

  • Must be pursuing a first vocational degree/certificate; a first associate’s degree; a first bachelor’s degree; or a first professional/master’s/doctoral degree.

  • Must be enrolled in a not-for-profit, accredited institution or program in the U.S. during the 2020-21 academic year.

  • Must be low-income (all annual family income less than $20,000 for a family of 2; less than $24,000 for a family of 3; less than $28,000 for a family of 4).

For more information about this opportunity, including how to apply, click here.