Little Bundle Supermom Scholarship — High School Award

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Little Bundle
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$1,000
1 winner every 6 months
Awarded
Winner
1
Finalists
2
Next Application Deadline
Jun 30, 2021
Next Winners Announced
Jul 31, 2021
Education Level
High School
Recent Bold.org scholarship winners

At Little Bundle, we know that being a new mother isn’t a walk in the park. With a million things on your to-do list, it’s hard to find time for yourself. For the single mothers amongst us, it’s that much harder to make everything work as you get your little one off to the best start possible.

To help open up more scholarship opportunities for single moms, The Little Bundle Supermom Scholarship focuses on supporting single moms, children of single moms, or people whose lives have been impacted in positive ways by single moms. Put simply, the Little Bundle Supermom Scholarship is a student scholarship designed to support single mothers and those who support them and benefit from their love.

Why is this our focus?

The Institute for Women’s Policy reports that more than 11% of undergraduate students in the US are single mothers—that’s more than 2.1 million students. Of those single mothers in university, only 8% will complete their degrees—making them 6 times less likely to graduate than their peers.

Single mothers will also graduate with an average of nearly $30,000 in student debt, almost $5,000 more debt, on average, than their peers. However, single mothers who attain their Bachelor’s degree are 3 times more likely to live above the poverty level. They earn 62% more, translating to nearly $300k in additional income over the course of their career, on average.

Getting a degree is incredibly high-leverage for single mothers—and for those around them. The potential for long-term improvement in quality of life is enormous. At Little Bundle, we believe that’s a cause—and opportunity—worth focusing on.

That’s why we’ve created The Little Bundle Supermom Scholarship. With this program, our mission is to make things a little easier for single mothers and their loved ones.

With this scholarship, we’re awarding $1,000 every six months to a high schooler. Note: If you’re a college (undergraduate or graduate) student interested in this scholarship, view our Little Bundle Supermom Scholarship — College Award.

Scholarship winners will also receive a year of free high-quality, organic baby formula from Little Bundle. Not a mother right now? No problem—we make it easy for you to defer your year of free formula until you're ready, or to donate it to a friend or loved one who is ready now.

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Selection Criteria:
Impact, Passion, Drive
$1,000
1 winner every 6 months
Awarded
Winner
1
Finalists
2
Next Application Deadline
Jun 30, 2021
Next Winners Announced
Jul 31, 2021
Education Level
High School
Recent Bold.org scholarship winners
Essay Topic

When you're a single mother, you often do things a little differently as you support yourself, your child, and your loved ones. For this scholarship application, we want to hear how you make it work.

If you're a single mother in school, how do you juggle caring for your little one with pursuing a degree and everything else you do? How do you make ends meet financially? Have you thought about dropping out? What keeps you motivated to complete your degree? What do you find most challenging about the experience? What do you find most rewarding about the experience? What are your favorite moments with your little one?

If you're the child or loved one of a single mother, how has this changed your life? What is your relationship to them? How does having a single mother or being close to a single mother affect your day-to-day and the way you think about your future?

We also want to hear about your dreams. Where do you see yourself in the future? What is your dream career? What are you doing right now to get there? How would winning the scholarship help you achieve your goals?

500–1000 words

Winning Application

Ravyn-Nicole Travers
Science Park High SchoolNewark, NJ
You wake up at 6AM. You have to get ready to teach preschoolers on a zoom meeting from 8AM-2PM, but you have to wake up your own kids and make sure they are prepared for their own virtual classes and have eaten breakfast. After teaching these kids their shapes and colors, you have twenty minutes to eat a quick lunch because your son with cerebral palsy has physical therapy from 3PM-4PM. After physical therapy, you autistic son has a doctor's appointment at 5PM. After the doctor's appointment, you have to rush home and cook dinner so that all six of your children can eat dinner by 6:30PM. Then you quickly get dressed because you have to get to work at Home Depot because you work 7PM-11PM. After your second job, you have to come home, eat, shower, clean, and finish your lesson plans for your teaching job. When you fall asleep, you notice that it is almost three in the morning and you will have to repeat this process again the next day and the next day. This is the ordinary day of my single mother. My mother does everything for her six kids all by herself. She has two jobs, a preschool teacher and a paint associate at Home Depot. She manages to make all the doctors appointments, physical therapies, school meetings, and sport events no matter how tired or aggravated she might be by what has happened in her day. My mother has changed my life because I have witnessed what it truly means to be a strong independent woman. She embodies this and shows us all everyday that she can do whatever she puts her to and that we can also do the same. Even though the corona virus hit the world pretty hard. She hit back and showed the world her resilience. She was able to manage both of her jobs while also keeping food and clothes on all six of her children's backs. Additionally, she does not let the fact that she has children with disabilities stop her or them from accomplishing anything that they want. Her youngest son, my brother, was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at birth and the doctors told my mother that he would not even last six months. He is now ten years old, turning eleven, strong and healthy. She also has a set of twins with autism who are now 13 years old and managing the social lives amongst everyone else. She also has two daughters, myself a senior in high school trying to manage her social life and school while also getting ready to go off to college, and her youngest daughter who is 10 years old still finding herself. Lastly, her oldest of the bunch is figuring out where he wants to be in life at 19 years old. She makes it looks so easy the way she glides around bills, shopping, appointments, and the such but I know that nothing she does is ever easy. I appreciate my mother in every way, shape, and form. A life and future without her and everything she has done for my is a life that would be very hard to get through. In the future, I aspire to be a general surgeon so that I can help others. I want to be able to heal and help people when they are physically ill. By doing this, not only will I be able to give back to patients and people in the hospital but also to family who have struggled and persevered so much to get to where I am right now. In winning this scholarship, I will be able to afford going to my dream school of Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University where I can major in biology to help me on my path to becoming a greater doctor. I know that I can do it. Even with having a single mother, she believes that I can do anything that I put my mind to and I will make her proud by making all of my dreams into reality.
Valeria Araujo
Mills CollegeOakland, CA
I am not a single mother, but I'm the eldest daughter of a single mother. I'm basically mom #2 to my little brother with autism. My mother has raised my brother and I by herself for the past 8 years. This has changed my life drastically because we have struggled financially. For 6 years, the three of us lived in a single room in my aunt's house. I could never stay up and do homework, I had to be mindful that we had to wake up at 5am in order for my mom to get to work on time. She worked so hard to get a place of her own, and now she owns a house, and we all have our own room. She didn't receive help from anyone, besides the small income I brought in from my internship and part-time job. I admire her so much for this, and it has helped me believe that anything is possible. At her job at State Fund she has moved her way up by working since she was 23, now she has a job that requires a bachelor's degree once applying. She worked her way to that position with only a high school diploma. I currently work at YR Media, formerly known as Youth Radio, and I work a part-time job at Gap. All while maintaining my 4.0 gpa my senior year. I get tired sometimes, I work at YR Media 3 times a week after school, and roughly 3 days a week at Gap. I don't like to complain because I know my mom has experienced worse at my age. I've worked at YR Media since I was 15, the start of my sophomore year. I had no interest in journalism at the time, I didn't even know what it was. I simply applied because they offered positions at the age of 15, I was eager to start working. It became something I loved, the best part of my day. I started off as a DJ for the weekly radio shows. Then I decided to start writing pieces for the news stations. It was addicting hearing my words on air, knowing that I was finally being heard. From there they moved me up to YR's newsroom to collaborate with KCBS and KQED, and I was only 16. My mom was ecstatic, and I finally felt like I was doing something right. I moved departments several times at YR, I wanted to gain much experience as possible. I didn't just work as a journalist, I also explored areas such as graphic design for album covers and podcasts. Currently, I code interactive articles for our newsroom. I've featured in a video, and spoke on a Emmy-award winning podcast. I still can't believe the opportunities that have come my way. Working to support my family wasn't something I dreaded when I was also pursuing something I was passionate about. If I didn't live in the conditions I lived in, I wonder if I would have the same work ethic. I also work at Gap because YR Media only pays minimum wage, but if I'm being honest, I would work at YR Media even if I were working for free. My mom doesn't like me working until 11pm, but my motivation is for her to work less. My dream career is to be a journalist at a big time news company. Journalism is very competitive when it comes to pay. It makes me anxious when I begin thinking about my future salary. I need enough to support my mom and brother, and myself. So I've been considering computer science since coding comes to me as second nature. It isn't what I love, or my ideal career, but it pays. Winning this scholarship will take some weight off my shoulders, I don't always want to work 2 jobs. I already have a hard time finding time for my school work now, I can't imagine the challenges I'll face once I start college. I think about giving up all the times, but then I remember my mom never gave up on us.
Rhonda Smith
Clay County High SchoolCelina, TN
I am a single mother to a 4 month old daughter named Emarie Gail. I am in the top twenty in my class and have a 3.89 GPA. At 16 years old, I found out I was expecting. I had my daughter a month before I turned 17. School administration and others encouraged me to drop out and get my GED instead, but I pursued on. Now I do my schoolwork online virtually from home while balancing my rambunctious little girl and sick mother. Two weeks after my daughter was born, my mother's stomach ruptured and she had to have emergency surgery. She has been unable to help me with my daughter due to not being able to lift. My mother is also a single mom. My father has not been in the picture for a very long time. Financially, my mother is unable to work because of these medical reasons. I have a daughter and schoolwork to do so I am unable to work. We sadly have to rely on government assistance at the time. The reason why I keep swimming in this big, scary ocean of a world is for my daughter. I don't want her to have to worry about where her next meal is coming from, if she's going to be able to go to school, and if it is safe to sleep. I want to be able to provide for her in a nurturing, loving environment where she can go on to pursue a better life than that of mine and my mother's. I have contemplated dropping it out and ending it all, and then I remember I have a blessing of a daughter who depends on me with every fiber of her being. I get up everyday through the struggle and do another assignment that gets me closer to graduation and sooner to a career that will make her proud. At the end of the day, I want my daughter to truly be able to depend on me for anything she would ever need. As a daughter of a single mother, I know what it is like to struggle with low-paying jobs and no financial assistance. I make it work because that's what all mothers do. No matter how much we struggle, we still get up everyday and take care of our babies. Sometimes, we forget about the things we need too. As long as my daughter is happy, I don't mind how much I have to struggle. At the end of the day, hopefully we will be playing together in a big yard full of pretty green grass and flowers. We currently live in a two bedroom apartment. I don't want my child to find her entertainment in the streets later. Being a single mother has changed my life because I now know what my mother feels like and what she goes through to make sure I have everything I need. She has pushed me to succeed when she herself is going through great hardship. For the future, all I want to is to be able to take care of my family and any young moms and children around me. As a 17 year old mother, I know how hard it is to be a mother and get the things you need to done. I juggle scholarships, financial aid applications, schoolwork, my mother's illness, and other household duties all day, everyday. With this scholarship, it will help me get even one step closer to my dream of becoming apart of our law enforcement in this country that drastically needs changed. I see myself being someone who advocates for children's safety. As a survivor of sexual assault, I want to help work with those who also have been victimized. With my CNA license and a bachelor's degree in criminal justice and sociology, I will have the knowledge needed to help make a difference. Thank you for the opportunity to write this essay!

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

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