Scholarships for Dads & Men

Scholarships for Dads Have you ever noticed that dads sometimes seem to get the short end of the stick? You frequently hear people give a shout out to moms during their graduations or acceptance speeches, but where’s the love for pops? Maybe he’s not the one who takes care of you while you’re sick, or spends countless hours washing clothes and making meals, but that doesn’t mean he’s not an important part of your life.

Many men put their personal aspirations on hold to care for and support their families. I know my father always wanted to play in a band, but instead, he opted for the stable life of an engineer. Sometimes, we get so caught up in our own dreams that we forget others have made sacrifices to help us along our paths. On Father’s Day this year, be sure to say ‘Thank You’ to the man in your life who has been there for you. And if you know a dad (or other man) looking to head back to college for a second chance at his dream, be sure to share these scholarship opportunities with him.

1. Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund
A variety of counties in Arkansas, including Jefferson, Clay and Greene, offer scholarships to single fathers seeking their first undergraduate degrees. Deadlines and award amounts vary, but interested students can go to the Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund website to see if their county offers a scholarship and to view details on the programs currently available.

2. The America Assembly for Men in Nursing (AAMN)

AAMN offers two separate $500 scholarships for men seeking nursing degrees. Students must be enrolled in the last year of educational programs leading to NCLEX-RN eligibility, and provide a response to the essay question: “How Have I Contributed to the Profession of Nursing as a Male Nurse.” Interested students need only submit one application to be considered for both awards. Deadline: June 30, 2012.

3. Capture the Dream Single Parent Scholarship

Single fathers who are California residents may apply for this program. Students must be graduating from high school or be currently enrolled in 2- or 4-year degree programs. In addition to the application, each student will also need to submit a short essay (1,000 words or less) on why he deserves this award. Value: $1,000. Deadline: July 15, 2012.

Additional scholarships that men should consider are the LAX Scholarship (deadline in January) and the Men of Principle Scholarship (deadline in April). To find even more scholarships for dads or men, be sure to check out

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Tamara is the Social Media Coordinator and a regular writer for, and She enjoys helping students prepare for college. As a mother of four, Tamara has first-hand experience with many areas of education, including special needs (autism), the International Baccalaureate program and post-secondary education. She enjoys speaking at schools and mentoring others online. In her free time, Tamara enjoys volunteering and supporting her favorite football team, the Jacksonville Jaguars.

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