Not your average fundraiser

Pro-Life Mavericks- Petting ZooAs the old saying goes, Everything is bigger in Texas! And this year, a creative group of UT Arlington students proved that they have big hearts and even bigger ideas!

UT Arlington’s Pro-Life Mavericks is dedicated to serving pregnant and parenting student on campus, as well as supporting local organizations that assist families in need of support (such as the Arlington-Mansfield Pregnancy Center). This group is committed to educating students on campus, volunteering at nearby pregnancy centers, collecting baby supplies for mothers, participating in local and nationwide rallies, and supporting legislation that protects life.

This Spring, however, the group took their efforts to a whole new level by beginning fundraising efforts for scholarships for student mothers! And they didn’t initiate this quietly. They brought in some furry friends to advertise!

Thanks to the generosity of Westland Ranch, the group was able to bring to campus a fun petting zoo to attract donations and support for their new scholarships. For a donation of $1, students could join in the fun and feed the alpacas, bunnies, goats.

When asked how they have supported this effort, group president, Ben Carlton, shared, “We have held a fundraiser at the International Food Fair at UTA this past Spring, and, of course, the petting zoo. A future fundraiser we are currently planning is a Pro-Life 5K run to be held in Spring 2016. We are currently looking for donors who would be interested in helping fund the Pregnant and Parenting Scholarship. The donors would have their brands on the T-shirts for the 5K run event and we are considering the possibility of tabling at the event as well.”

The goal is to award 1-2 $1000 scholarships and 1-2 $500 scholarships to support pregnant and parenting students on campus. Of course, the amount of funding raised will determine the number and amounts of these scholarships. The Pro-Life Mavericks plan to begin accepting applicants by the end of Fall 2015 to the beginning of the Spring 2016. They are hoping to receive 7-10 applicants and to be able to award 2-3 scholarships of those applicants sometime in the middle of Spring 2016.

Thank you, Pro-Life Mavericks, for your creative efforts to support pregnant and parenting students!


This post was contributed by Beth Rahal, Pregnant on Campus Coordinator. If your group has hosted an awesome event, share your story by emailing Beth at 

Carolina SFL awards 2 $500 Parenting Students Scholarships

Carolina SFL- LOGOOne of the most common challenges for pregnant and parenting students is finances. Balancing a college tuition with the costs of child care bear heavily on a young woman’s decision to make a life-affirming pregnancy decision. However, the tide is turning, and we are witnessing an increasing number of student groups organizing scholarships and assistance funds for pregnant and parenting students.

Enter Carolina Students for Life.

This year, Carolina Students for Life offered two $500 Parenting Students Scholarship to parenting students in need of financial support, and their applicant pool was larger than ever with over 15 students vying for the scholarships.

Even after 5 years of their Parenting Students Scholarship, the group is confident that it continues to be a worthy and needed project. “The reason why we continue to offer it is that it is one of the really concrete ways that we can really help parenting students,” stated Josh, a recent graduate and student leader of Carolina Students for Life. “Getting an undergraduate degree, especially if it’s one at a university as prestigious as UNC, goes a long way toward financial stability, and we want to help make it a viable choice to parents.”

We asked Josh to tell us more about this great project. Here’s what he had to share!

What are the eligibility requirements for the scholarship?

“To be eligible to receive the fund, one has to be a student at UNC Chapel Hill, either graduate or undergrad, and be parenting or pregnant. The scholarship application goes out usually in October or November and close on January 1. The application can be obtained by emailing CSFL. We advertise using flyers around campus and at dorms, especially the one that offers housing for families, emailing out listserv, and communicating with the Parenting Students Association group. The scholarship application includes questions about demographics, financial situation, the family situation, what the money would help with, and broader questions about parenting as a whole.”

How does Carolina Students for Life choose the scholarship recipient(s)?

“Almost all applications provide excellent replies about parenting: their motivations, the impact it has on their lives, and how rewarding it is. Our decision is always very hard to make… and it almost always comes down to their financial situations.”

What have you learned from providing this support to parenting students?

“I’ve learned that these students really love their children and do not regret their decisions to keep them, even though it is very difficult to balance parenting and school. They almost uniformly say that they basically sacrifice the whole of their social lives, and many of them essentially live on loans, though they have a diverse set of backgrounds and many have sizable scholarships and grants. Meeting with the recipients and their children is such a joy.”

What advice do you have for other student groups who want to offer a pregnant/parenting student scholarship?

“If I have any advice for other groups, it is that advertising is so crucial! Flyering at the dorm with family housing really makes a big difference we’ve found. Of course, successful fundraising is also necessary. While university students may not be a great source for fundraising, local churches or other groups are very receptive to our cause and very generous!”


Thank you, Carolina Students for Life, for providing tangible support to your parenting peers!

If your group wants to organize a scholarship or assistance fund, check out the Pregnant on Campus activity guide “Pregnant and Parenting Student Assistance Fund.” For assistance and support, please contact your Regional Coordinator or our Pregnant on Campus Coordinator.