Little Bundle Superdad Scholarship — High School Award

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Little Bundle
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$1,000
1 winner every 6 months
Open
Next Application Deadline
Jun 30, 2021
Next Winners Announced
Jul 31, 2021
Education Level
High School

At Little Bundle, we never underestimate the challenges that come with being a parent -- especially when you’re raising a family by yourself. 

In addition to our Supermom High-School and College Scholarships, we think it’s important to recognize that being a single father also comes with its own unique difficulties. Even though there are 2.5 million single dads in the United States (making up nearly a quarter of all single-parent households), single dads are often overlooked and underestimated. At Little Bundle, we know there are countless fathers doing an amazing job of shouldering all of the parenting responsibilities on their own. However, we also understand that the demands of single parenthood can make it very tough to focus on your own goals and aspirations.

That’s why we also want to support single dads, the children of single dads, and those whose lives have been positively impacted by single dads. Our mission with the Little Bundle Superdad Scholarship is to recognize the single fathers who are doing their absolute best for their children, despite not always having the time or resources that they would like. 

Focusing on education is a fantastic way for single dads to give their children the best possible start in life. In addition to supporting single dads who are pursuing their own higher education goals, the Little Bundle Superdad Scholarship also lends a hand to the high school and college-aged children of single dads, in recognition of the paternal love and support that helped them get to this point.

The Little Bundle Superdad Scholarship High School Award will be given to one high school senior every 6 months. All students who are either single fathers or are the children of single fathers are eligible to apply. Each winner will also receive a year of free organic baby formula from Little Bundle, which can be redeemed right away, deferred for later use, or donated to a friend or loved one.

Note: If you're a single mom, have a single mom, are are the loved one of a single mom visit the Little Bundle Supermom High School and College Awards.

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Selection Criteria:
Impact, Passion, Drive
$1,000
1 winner every 6 months
Open
Next Application Deadline
Jun 30, 2021
Next Winners Announced
Jul 31, 2021
Education Level
High School

Scholarship application

Essay Topic

We know that single dads have a lot on their plate -- from raising a family to pursuing education and a career, all while defying expectations and forging their own path.  

In your application for the Little Bundle Superdad Scholarship, we want to know how you do it. We want to hear about the challenges you’ve faced while juggling fatherhood and education, how you make ends meet, and what motivates you to keep going and keep dreaming. We’d love to hear about your relationship with your children and why you think that education is important -- not only to your life, but to their future, as well. Tell us what makes life as a single dad rewarding, and what special moments have stuck with you during your parenting journey.

We’d also like to hear from applicants who are the child or loved one of a single father. What challenges did your dad have to overcome? Are there memories from your childhood in which your “superdad” inspired you, or taught you a valuable life lesson? We want to know how being raised by a single dad has impacted your life and your plans for the future.

Whether you’re a single father yourself, or the child or loved one of a single father, we especially want to hear about your dreams and goals. What do you hope to accomplish in terms of your education, career, and family life? What steps are you already taking to give yourself the best possible chance of success -- and how will this scholarship help you get there? We want you to think big and tell us where you see yourself in the future -- the sky’s the limit!

500–1000 words

Winning Application

Justin Farmer
Irmo HighColumbia, SC
On being a man, Rudyard Kipling wrote. “… If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster and treat those two imposters just the same…” He describes my dad perfectly. My earliest drawings had my dad stretched across the length of the paper. His legs were long and muscular. His hands were like big brass symbols. His feet were make-shift riding toys and his shoulders were like sitting stools. He was a former college football player. My dad was strong and could do anything! He was a smart, hardworking man who was actively involved in the church and in our community. I would stand in his study in awe of the man I called dad. He had plaques all over the walls, certificates and trophies were stuffed in boxes, championship rings and medals were displayed on the credenza. I remember asking Dad if he was the greatest man on the planet. He replied, “Great is relative. The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away. Blessed be the name of the Lord.” I had heard him say that at so many funerals; I rolled my eyes (in my mind). I felt like dad had just used a scripture to dodge a heart-felt question. My dad was built with a hammer and nails. He was the strongest man I knew. Thinking back, he did have some small ailments back then, but he looked to his faith and assured my brother and me that everything would be okay. The walls came tumbling down on the last day of school of my fourth-grade year. It was Memorial Day weekend and I was going to spend the summer in Georgia with my grandma. Dad got hurt at work! He had some chronic conditions, but they were well-managed. The added stress of a new injury precipitated a downward spiral that had him in and out of the hospital. Each new visit was longer than the previous one. That big, strong dad of mine pushed through pain and sickness to provide for my brother and me. He had his first stroke on Christmas Day when I was in ninth grade and fought his way right back to health. He was not the same, but he was still a massive man with a commanding presence. He was diagnosed with a nerve condition the next year, and his vision began to suffer from it and his walking became unsteady. He could still do the work of two men even as he sat. My dad was a different dad, but he was still the Rock of Gibraltar in our family. The nerve condition affected his digestion, and by the following year, he had lost over one hundred-thirty pounds and was too weak to get up without assistance. He sat in his motorized wheelchair most of the day and slept most of the time. He was hurting physically, emotionally and noticeably. I watched a giant shrink in stature and in abilities. Last year, his kidneys stopped working and he had three more strokes while driving home from dialysis. Now, he commits his time to researching cures for everything and raising money for charities and foundations that assist persons with chronic ailments. My dad says, "God doesn't give all of this to just anybody, so I do what I can do and leave the rest to Him." I button his shirts and tie his bowties. My brother helps with socks and shoes. Dad still cooks and checks homework. He teaches Sunday School and directs the laity of thirteen churches. And he knows how to “drop the hammer” should we stray too far from the straight and narrow! The silver lining in this memory cloud is that goodness came from change. My dad is not the same. Now, he is more patient, deliberate and passionate about physical, emotional and spiritual health. As a family, we have learned how to do more with less – a lot less. Our finances are stretched. My dad allows us to be active participants in family economics. We prioritize, budget, save and sacrifice together. Somehow, Dad always finds a way. His faith reminds me to be bold in my faith. I would have never known how strong my dad really was until I watched his health decline and see him continually thank the Lord for the blessings within the calamity. I used to cry. Now, I just remember when and smile.

FAQ

When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is Jun 30, 2021. Winners will be announced on Jul 31, 2021.