Single parenting is tough, and while the saga of single moms is the stuff of legends, often the struggles of single dads get overlooked. All parents - single or otherwise - share the common hope that they can help provide the very best for their children, but sometimes the road to that goal can seem insurmountable. For single dads who are trying to balance their work life with parenting, the idea of pursuing their own education may seem like the impossible dream, even though it is widely acknowledged that education holds the key to sound, prosperous future.
Here are the facts: over 60% of U.S. employment opportunities require more than a high school education. But even though a college degree or professional training is the route to a higher salary and job security, the idea of putting together the time and the money to pursue a college degree or career certification can seem daunting. However, for those single dads who are serious about going back to school, there are scholarships that can help underwrite the cost of tuition. In a recent article, an expert outlines some valuable ‘search tips’ for single dads.
And there are other factors to consider when looking for educational scholarships -- for instance, organizations and religious groups can be an excellent source of funds. In addition, there actually are gender-specific, ‘men only’ scholarships. And financial aid counselors advise all prospective students to come up with a list of their own unique interests -- these ‘extra curricular’ passions may lead to a scholarship opportunity. The bottom line: for those single dads who are looking to build a future for themselves and their children, there are options, and that is good news for families everywhere.