Canton, Ohio-based Friday announced winners of the most recent round of the company’s national Working Parent Scholarship, which recognizes the efforts of students across the country who balance the difficult tasks of parenthood, working and excelling in school. awarded $1,000 Working Parent Scholarships to: Emily Hower, 34, of Monroe, Indiana; Adrianna McGeehan, 26, of Chesaning, Mich.; and Erica Paradis, 38, of Stratham, N.H. has awarded $1,000 scholarships to people in Arizona, California, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Virginia and Washington. Through its sister site,, scholarships also have been awarded to working parents in Canada., one of the leading job application resources available in the United States, created the Working Parent Scholarship as a way to help families obtain a better education to help build a career. Applicants submit a 600-word to 1,000-word essay on how to successfully balance parenthood, working and excelling in school.

The scholarships were created by the Canton, Ohio-based company as a way to recognize the financial burden of obtaining a college education. Average student debt at graduation in 2016 ranged from $20,000 in Utah to $36,350 in New Hampshire, according to a recent report from The Institute for College Access & Success.

“There is no shortage of expenses for parents, particularly when they are returning to school to help improve their education,” said President Doug Crawford. “I am proud has continued to play a role in helping reduce some of the financial strain on families by awarding scholarships to working parents. Since our Working Parent Scholarship began, we have helped families in 16 states throughout the U.S.” established the Working Parent Scholarships in 2013. Nearly $25,000 has been awarded to recipients since the scholarship was created.

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