By tamaraBefore I became an impossible teenager, I was daddy’s little girl. I could count on him to take my side in any argument and he was always there to save me when I bit off more than I could chew. Most importantly, he made me feel as though I could do anything. Looking back, I realize that he made many personal sacrifices to make sure I had everything I needed or wanted. Instead of buying his dream car, he put that money into guitar and piano lessons for me. When he considered taking golf lessons, he put them on hold so I could attend a vocal competition in California with my school. I’m sure there were other dreams he put on hold, as well, to ensure his family was happy and secure. Father’s Day is just around the corner and I would give anything to be able to thank my dad for everything he has done for me, but unfortunately, he passed away several years ago. If you know a dad who has put his educational dreams on hold and is now considering returning to school or even attending college for the first time, be sure to let him know how much he means to you and show him some support by sharing these scholarships with him. 1. Bruce and Marjorie Sundlun Scholarship This scholarship assists single parents who are pursuing an education beyond high school. Preference will be given to parents currently or previously receiving state aid or those who have been previously incarcerated. Up to five $1,500 scholarships will be awarded. Deadline: June 14. 2. Scholarships4Dads Scholarship Any U.S. male, 31 or older, may apply for this scholarship. Applicants are not required to have children. One $10,000 scholarship will be provided. Deadline: June 15. 3. AAMN Scholarships The American Assembly for Men in Nursing provides several scholarships for dads and single men who are pursuing a career in nursing. Scholarships range in value from $500 to $1,000 each. Deadline: July 1. 4. Single Parent Scholarship Single fathers, who are California residents and pursuing an associate’s or bachelor’s degree, may be eligible for a $1,000 scholarship from Capture the Dream, Inc. Deadline: July 15. 5. Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund Several counties in Arkansas offer scholarships for single fathers. Most programs offer both spring and fall programs. Scholarship deadlines and award amounts vary by county. It’s important that your dad does not focus solely on scholarships for parents or men, as there are many other opportunities available to him. For example, he may be eligible to apply to all of the ScholarshipExperts.com short essay scholarships and the CampusDiscovery.com scholarship. It’s a good idea to encourage him to try several of the online scholarship search services, too. He should also check with his employer to see if the company offers a tuition reimbursement program or other financial aid. After years of supporting you, it’s now time for you to return the favor and help your dad make his dreams come true. And one more thing, don’t forget to wish him a Happy Father’s Day!