Written by: Lindsay Langhals

What costs over 1.7 trillion dollars and grows faster than the United States economy? American student loan debt.

A public university student, on average, will borrow over 30,000 dollars just to attain a bachelor’s degree.

Affording post-secondary education is challenging for anyone, but especially those that are also trying to provide for a child. The need to pay for both is often a barrier for these students to continue their education. A recent study shows that in 2019, 68% of parenting students were housing insecure within their time as students.


At Elizabeth’s New Life Center, our mission is to empower individuals and families to make Godly life choices. There are a lot of actions we take to carry out this mission, and one is supporting young men and women who are facing unplanned pregnancies.

Attaining a bachelor’s degree helps the average person to earn about 14,000 dollars more each year. In addition, those with a bachelor’s degree are 3.5 times less likely to be impoverished than those with only a high school diploma.


Many students facing an unplanned pregnancy view their pregnancy as an excuse to not continue with their education. Many others view school as an excuse to not continue with the pregnancy. That’s where there is an opportunity to empower these women and teach them that they can do both. Women should not have to choose between their child and their education. To support these women, ENLC is proud to be offering the first ever Women of Strength Scholarship.


This is a collection of 7 separate 3,000 dollar awards to be given out at our various banquets.  The purpose of this scholarship is to empower women by helping them attain the resources needed to attain a college education. The winners will each get the award automatically applied to their tuition bill. The requirements for receiving the scholarship are as follows:


  1. The applicant must be a current or past client of Women’s Centers of Ohio and/or Holy Family Prenatal Care Center.
  2. The applicant must be currently enrolled in a college program or have applied and been accepted to a college.
  3. The applicant MUST have submitted copies of your high school and college transcripts (if applicable).


If you know someone that would like to apply for this award, please send them to the application here.


If you would like to invest in the future of these women, please consider making a contribution to our scholarship fund here.

1: https://educationdata.org/student-loan-debt-statistics, 2: https://educationdata.org/student-loan-debt-statistics, 3: https://hope4college.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/2019_ParentingStudentsReport.pdf, 4: https://www.aplu.org/projects-and-initiatives/college-costs-tuition-and-financial-aid/publicuvalues/employment-earnings.html