About The Scholarship
Graduate or College Student Award: $1,500
High School Senior Award: $500
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Graduate or College Student Award: $1,500
High School Senior Award: $500
Are you a single parent looking for help to accomplish your goals and dreams? Does being a role-model for your child/children inspire you to try your hardest in every walk of your life? We know this can be challenging for any parent, but even more so for those that are single parents. Whether you are a single mom or dad, it can be stressful trying to manage all the necessary requirements to be successful. At MyOrganicCompany, we would like to help and make one part of your life slightly more manageable with our scholarship!
Why help single parents?
Members of our staff have personally struggled with juggling life while being single parents, and together we voted to give back to our community. We know that students who are single parents have lower graduation rates and far more college debt on average (not to include that additional stress/anxiety from having to manage parenthood while studying and part-time or full-time jobs!). Based on data from a longitudinal study, "Of students seeking a bachelor’s degree, only about a fifth of students who are single parents will graduate with a bachelor’s degree within six years, compared with two-thirds of students who are not single parents."
In fact, just simply growing up in a single family household can become an educational disadvantage. One study confirms the disadvantage, "Twelve percent of that group of teens from single-parent families had earned a college degree by the time they were 24, compared with 38 percent of those from two-parent families." This large difference is a hurdle we want to help overcome!
Furthermore, a parent's education can strongly predict students’ educational attainment, based on how far in school their parents progressed. For example, increasing a mother’s years of education by 1 standard deviation, or 2.6 years, added about three-quarters of a year to children’s completed schooling, according to the study.
With all that being said, we at MyOrganicCompany are devoted to giving back and helping single parents, so we can help bridge the gaps! With our scholarship, we are giving graduate and college students a chance to earn $1,500 towards their education! Furthermore, we are giving high school seniors/recently graduated high schoolers a chance to earn $500 to start off their new educational endeavors and help motivate them through their freshmen year of college!
The MyOrganicCompany Single Parent Scholarship will be awarded to one college student and one high school senior/recent graduate every 6 months. The application and selection timeline is as follows:
First Application Cycle Timeline
- Application deadline: June 30th
- Interviews with finalists: July
- First winner announced: July 31st
Second Application Cycle Timeline
- Application deadline: December 31st
- Interviews with finalists: January
- First winner announced: January 31st
To be eligible for this scholarship, you must meet the requirements below. Please read the requirements carefully to ensure you meet eligibility before applying.
- For the graduate scholarship - Must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program at a 4-year, 2-year, vocational, or technical institution in the United States.
- For the high school senior scholarship - If you are currently attending high school or recently graduated within the past year, you can be considered for this scholarship. College acceptance and enrollment will be verified before awarding scholarship.
- Must be a US citizen or permanent legal resident.
- Must be a single parent or child of a single parent.
- All fields of study and GPAs will be considered.
As a single parent, challenges in life can be more complex than your fellow peers on campus. We want to know, how do you manage your daily tasks, while also being a role-model to your child/children? What is your inspiration to continue your education? How do you spend quality time with your child/children while also being a student?
If you're the child or loved one of a single parent, how has this changed your life? What is your relationship to them? How does having a single parent affect the way you grew up and your view education?
Lastly, we want to know how can this scholarship positively impact your family? What are your aspirations and dreams?
To apply, submit an essay of 500-1000 words in the form below sharing your story based on the questions above. We will choose an applicant that can have the most impact in their family and community. The winner of this scholarship should strive to make a BIG, positive impact in the lives of those around them near and far.
When is the scholarship application deadline?
The scholarship is awarded twice a year. The two application deadlines are June 30th and December 31st. One college student and one currently attending or recently graduated high school student will be selected for each application period.
How will application information be used?
Confidentiality is important to us. We will never disclose or distribute any information you submit as part of your application, and will only use your contact information to get in touch to discuss your application. If you win the scholarship, we ask to publish details of your story on the MyOrganicCompany site, but you will have the chance to review and approve everything related to you before it gets published.
What is the scholarship prize?
The scholarship consists of $1,500 for College/Graduate School students and $500 for High School Seniors/Recent HS Graduates.
When will the winner be chosen and how will they be notified?
The winner will be notified by email or phone call 2 weeks before the announcement date. We will choose an applicant that can have the most impact in their family and community. The winner of this scholarship should strive to make a BIG, positive impact in the lives of those around them near and far.
How will the scholarship prize be paid?
The prize check will be sent to the scholarship winner’s college institution in their name and in the name of their institution (depending on the school’s requirements).
How will my application be verified?
Before the scholarship is awarded, the winner will be required to provide a copy of their college transcript as proof of their enrollment. For High school seniors, proof of enrollment into the college and a transcript from high school.
How can I get in touch with questions?
If you have any questions about the scholarship, just email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get back to you as quickly as we can.
Are there terms and conditions for the scholarship?
Yes. Terms and conditions are here.
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"In my family, no one went to college and not many even graduated high school. I want to be the first one with a degree, I want to show them that I can do it even with kids, no matter the obstacles in my way."
Being a role model for your young children can be quite challenging when you are a single mom, especially if you are the first in your family to graduate high school. With financial struggles and life circumstances (being raised by a single mom as well), teaching your own children that goals are achievable may seem impossible.
Crystal is not letting any road blocks stand in her way of success, as she plans on getting an accounting business degree at Tulsa Community College.
"I want to be a role model not only for my children but all the other single mothers out there that are afraid to take the leap of faith to further their education. I want people to know that you can do anything you put your mind to, and that it doesn't matter how many people in your life tell you that you 'Can't', because if you set goals and you work towards them and don't stop, you can absolutely do it."
We absolutely love her "can do" attitude and her motivation really inspired us.
"I know that with a degree, I can reach all my goals I have in life. I want my kids to look up to me and see how strong and persistent I am and have the same qualities, the same drive for success in them."
We are so excited that we can help Crystal on her journey to success. She is a strong, capable single mother and we love that she is teaching her children to never give up!
We are very excited to have the opportunity to help an exceptional scholar, who has overcome so much in his life. The loss of his mother at a young age and being raised by his now single father never stopped Jonathan from striving to be the best.
"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 should have been a stressful and lonely time for him being responsible for taking care of two children and grieving the pain of losing his wife, but he never lost his smile in front of us."
This positive attitude through the midst of pain is such an important concept we all struggle with at some point. Jonathan has learned so much from his pain, and how to help him become a positive influence for others as well.
"Through this, I also learned the importance of helping. It is rather a simple term, but it has a profound meaning into it...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."
Jonathan has decided to pursue his undergraduate degree in Chemistry at the University of Pittsburgh. Once completed he will pursue his goal of becoming a doctor.
"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."
We can't wait to see all the great impacts Jonathan will make in the medical field! We know he will be an amazing influence to those around him and we are thankful to help him in the beginning of his very long journey through his education.
There is nothing that makes us happier than supporting a strong, single mother who has overcome life's greatest challenges and addictions.
Our scholarship winner, Rachael, is currently pursuing a degree in Nursing through a concurrent program offered with Glendale Community College and Northern Arizona University.
She plans to use her nursing degree by working in a rehab facility, psych unit, or detox where she can provide a safe space for people when they feel most vulnerable. She knows first hand how hard it is to recover from a seemingly hopeless state of mind and she would be honored to help anyone in need.
"Addiction recovery and mental health needs are great in this world today, and I hope to help wherever I can."
Due to COVID-19, Rachael was out of work from her waitressing job as so many others have experienced. She hasn't let this deter her from her goals though!
"I am hoping to pay for school and work 30-35 hours a week so I can still spend some stress free time with my daughter in between work, school, and studying."
We are excited to offer an opportunity for Rachael to spend more time with her daughter and continue being a positive role model in her life.
"I want to show my daughter that you can do anything in life and make your dreams a reality."
We can't wait to see the positive impacts that Rachael will make in everyone's lives and we are so thankful for our customers for helping make this possible!