PurposeBound Scholar Program


A PurposeBound Scholar is a single parent who realizes the importance of education to create a better future for themselves and their children. 

Our CEO, LaWanda Woods, has a heart for single parents but, it wasn't until she became a single parent with a Master's degree that she began thinking about single parents with no degree and how hard it must be for them. At the same time that her husband left her and their two daughters, she lost her job and it took almost 2 year before she found stable employment.  LaWanda felt that having an education was KEY to earning the income she needed to provide for her family so, PurposeBound was formed with a focus to encourage single parents to become life-long learners and pursue a college degree, workforce credential or certification!  It's never too late to become that person you've always wanted to be!


  • $1,500/year in scholarship money if you are attending a 2-year college; $2,500/year in scholarship money if you are attending a 4-year college;

  • Mentoring - each Scholar is matched with a caring, adult mentor who works with you until you graduate from college;

  • Access to workshops on career readiness, life skills, etc.;

  • Participation in community service projects; and 

  • Attendance to our annual Jazz Brunch and all other events.


  • ALL PARTICIPANTS MUST complete 4 sessions of the B.Y.O.B. Curriculum prior to full acceptance into the program.  The cost is $45.  Classes start July 1, 2019.

  • Follow through on your commitment to enroll in a college (submit required documentation to be accepted);

  • Meet with your mentor (in-person) monthly and communicate (telephone/email) at least every other week;

  • Participate in at least one community service project each year;

  • Respond to ALL PurposeBound correspondence;

  • Help to promote PurposeBound on social media; and

  • Submit all grades to PurposeBound.


  • Any single parent who is currently attending a college in RVA or plans to attend a college.

Once your application is received, it will be reviewed and you will be contacted with our determination.

In the meantime, if you have any questions, click HERE to send us an email.

Copyright @2018, PurposeBound Parents. All rights reserved. EIN: 81-2245986. PurposeBound Parents is a 501(c)(3) investing in single parents to become self-sufficient

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