The site will be live for three weeks, until midnight EDT on December 19, and every dollar contributed to the Scholarship Fund (minus the site’s fees) will go to help more of our peers get to the beautiful Westin Hotel in San Francisco in February!
We plan to award each recipient a $500 stipend toward travel expenses, and though we’ve set a goal to raise $2,000 and to give four scholarships, we’re only limited by the amount of money that is donated. Every $500 increment means another grant!
We’ve started it off with $250 (which Jeff has agreed to match, so that’s one scholarship already in the bag). And however much money is raised, the Dad 2.0 Summit will round the money up to the next multiple of 500.
For the fellas looking to apply for a $500 Dad 2.0 Scholarship, here is what you need to know and do, starting right now:
- If you haven’t already, purchase a ticket to Dad 2.015 (available here); and
- Write a short essay (300-500 words) about whatever you think is relevant to this effort. (Your goals, your place in the world as a father, what this community means to you, etc.)
E-mail your essay to “scholarship [at] dad2summit [dot] com” before midnight EDT on Friday, December 12.
On Monday, December 22, scholarship winners will be chosen at random from a pool of all applicants that meet these requirements. If you win a scholarship, you’ll receive additional instructions and travel booking/planning assistance, and Dad 2.0 will also refund the cost of your ticket!
In this season of giving, thank you all in advance for your generosity. You are helping to make the dad blogger community even stronger.
EDITED TO ADD [Dec. 2]: When we put this fund together, we included the first requirement as a way to ensure that each applicant was committed to coming to the event, and that money was the only obstacle. Now, however, it seems it’s such an obstacle as to be prohibitive. Therefore, we’ve decided to waive the ticket requirement, and switch to a reimbursement model. So:
- If you are awarded a stipend, your ticket will be free, and you can choose to have us help you put the $500 directly toward a travel or lodging purchase, or you can receive a check at the Summit.
- If you are not awarded a stipend, no harm, no foul.
We hope this will inspire more potential attendees to apply to the scholarship, which after only one week is about to break through our initial $2,000 goal and guarantee a fifth award! Thanks to all of you who have contributed to the fund, or plan to before the December 19 deadline. The wonderful results thus far only underscore how special this year’s conference will be.