Little Bundle Superdad Scholarship — College Award

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Little Bundle
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$2,000
1 winner every 6 months
Awarded
Winner
1
Finalists
2
Next Application Deadline
Jun 30, 2021
Next Winners Announced
Jul 31, 2021
Education Level
Graduate, Undergraduate

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 College Award will be given to one undergraduate or graduate 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
$2,000
1 winner every 6 months
Awarded
Winner
1
Finalists
2
Next Application Deadline
Jun 30, 2021
Next Winners Announced
Jul 31, 2021
Education Level
Graduate, Undergraduate
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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!

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Winning Application

Jonathan Cho
University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh CampusLansdale, PA
I went down the stairs, preparing myself for what was going to happen. I tried holding in my tears by biting my teeth down, but the moment I saw my dad’s face, I burst into tears, falling into his arms like a seven-years-old kid. He patted me on the back telling me, “Son, it will be all okay. We can get through this. We all have each other.” This vivid image that I still remember took place at my mom’s funeral. Suffering from pancreatic cancer for years, my mom could no longer face the high-dose medications and the harsh reality of being ill. It was truly a traumatic event for me and my family, especially because it was a sudden and unexpected loss. The first thought that came into mind was, “How am I going to survive this world without my mom?” I, too, was in great pain, but I couldn’t imagine the pain that my dad would have been through when he lost the love of his life. After my mom’s funeral, my dad officially became a single parent. He had to take care of me and my brother all on his own: support us financially, make us food, and check on us if we did our homework. It must have been a stressful and lonely time for him being responsible for two children and grieving the pain of losing his wife, but he never lost his smile in front of us. He tried to teach us there can still be joy and happiness in the midst of tragic moments by showing it himself. Instead of tears and pain, he taught us how to deal with grief by thinking optimistically and praying to God. Not only did I learn how to deal with grief in a healthy way but I also realized the importance of family and helping. Growing under a single parent, I learned that family is to support each other. At our house, my mom used to do all the cooking, cleaning, laundry, and dish-washing. But without her, we were responsible for doing all those chores. When my dad had to work late, I would have to cook and clean up the house, and when I had exams coming up, my brother would help with the laundry. Never in my life did I realize all those things required a lot of time and hard work. Imagining my mom doing this all alone, I felt bad that I couldn't be any help to her. I would lie on my bed hurrying my mom to make dinner, get mad at her because she didn’t clean my favorite clothes, and leave my dirty room for my mom to clean. This experience taught me the importance of helping. It is rather a simple term, but it has a profound meaning. Not everyone can do everything on their own, and sometimes they need help to move forward. Some people might help others because they want glory or recognition, and I used to be that person too. However, through this experience, I realized the joy of helping others. Their faces filled with happiness and gratitude made me feel like I was part of something huge in this community, and this valuable experience made me want to specialize in a field that could help people. Later in my life, I realized that becoming a doctor would be a great fit for me. I could gain an in-depth knowledge in biology and chemistry, which were my two most favorite subjects, and I could directly help people like my mom by saving their lives. As I have been a cancer patient’s family once, I know how painful it can get for both the patient and family. I want to give them the treatment they need physically and the comfort they need mentally. This goal has also led me to excel in my academics. It pushed me to challenge myself into AP classes and become the person I am right now. As I have a long future of medical school and residency ahead of me, I don’t want to be a burden to my dad anymore. I believe this scholarship will be a huge contribution to this. I want to be prepared for the time when my dad would need my help, and give him back the care that I received from him. I will always remember my mom and dad’s sacrifice, living a life that will not let them down.
Eric Hamilton
Georgia Northwestern Technical CollegeRome, GA
I was not raised by a single father my self. My father struggled with addiction my whole childhood and most of my adult life. From this I had to make myself grow up at early age and do what I could to help my mother where I could. I started working at the age of 13. Although my father was not the best role model, I did see an example I did not want to follow as a father myself. At the age of 26, I became a father to my son Charles. He is the greatest gift I have ever received. My son's mother and I split up when Charles was 6 months old. We divorced when he was just a little over a year old. After Charles' mother and I split up, I had to move back in with my mother, into a one bedroom, one bath house. Moving in with my mother was the biggest and hardest challenge I have ever faced in my lifetime. For the first 6 months we lived with my mother, we had to sleep on blankets on the floor. As a father, that was the most heartbreaking thing I had to endure. To watch my 6 month old son have to sleep on a blanket on the floor because I was not able to provide as a father was a difficult and eye-opening moment for me. We lived with my mother in that situation for two and half years. After teaching him to sleep in his own toddler bed at a earlier age, I began sleeping on the couch, all in a small living room. I started welding in 2012 at a factory in Alabama. I have worked at many different plants welding since I started. After becoming a single father, it made it much harder to hold down a job. I lost jobs because I did not always have child care and would be unable to go into work. I was also fired from jobs due to going to court during my divorce for child custody. I have always been the parent that would have to take my son to all his doctor appointments. I would have to work night shift on a lot of my jobs and give up all my sleep so I could make sure he had someone to watch him or take him to his appointments. I decided to go back to school at the age of 30. I go to school full time and work full time on the weekends. I am going to school for an Associate's Degree in Applied Technical Management with a Diploma in Welding and Joining Technology. I have always been over looked for promotions and management positions due to my lack of college education or because I was too good at my position to be moved. I know after completing my degree it will open up so many doors that were not a option before. After school I plan to find a job with very little travel, so I can spend time with my son. However, being able to travel some will allow me to make a lot more money, which will help me be able to buy a home for me and my son. It will also help me send him to the private schools in our town, giving him a better education for his future. If I receive this scholarship, it will help a lot with my financial needs, which will relieve a ton of my own personal stress. It will allow me to work less overtime, which will give me more time to spend with my son. I am usually in class from 8:30 in the morning to 12:30 in the afternoon. At least 1 to 2 days a week, I am receiving some type of tutoring from about 1:00pm to 3:00pm after class. On the days I am not doing that, I try to work on side jobs using my own pressuring washing business until time to pick my son up from daycare. I am working very hard to be successful in school. I was not always the best student, but want to do well through this program. At the moment, I have a 4.0 GPA, which is way better than the 2.3 GPA I had in high school. I am making efforts and putting in time I never did before for school. I am doing all of this because I want to be the best father I can be to Charles and show him that hard work and determination can help you accomplish anything. Thank you for considering me for this scholarship award. If chosen, I will strive to represent Little Bundle well, as a student and a father.

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When is the scholarship application deadline?

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

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