We are excited to announce our February 2021 winners of our Little Bundle Supermom Scholarship. Click here to read more about them.
About the Scholarship
Scholarship awards available for both College and High School Students
At Little Bundle, we know that being a new mother isn’t a walk in the park. With a million things on your to-do list, it’s hard to find time for yourself. For the single mothers amongst us, it’s that much harder to make everything work as you get your little one off to the best start possible. For the Little Bundle Supermom Scholarship, we focus on supporting single moms, children of single moms, or people whose lives have been impacted in positive ways by single moms. Put simply, the Little Bundle Supermom Scholarship is a student scholarship designed to support single mothers and those who support them and benefit from their love.
Why is this our focus?
According to the Institute for Women’s Policy research, more than 11% of undergraduate students in the US are single mothers—that’s more than 2.1 million students. Of those single mothers in university, only 8% will complete their degrees—making them 6 times less likely to graduate than their peers. They will also graduate with an average of nearly $30,000 in student debt, almost $5,000 more debt, on average, than their peers. However, single mothers who attain their Bachelor’s degree are 3 times more likely to live above the poverty level. They earn 62% more, translating to nearly $300k in additional income over the course of their career, on average.
Getting a degree is incredibly high-leverage for single mothers—and for those around them. The potential for long-term improvement in quality of life is enormous. At Little Bundle, we believe that’s a cause—and opportunity—worth focusing on.
That’s why we’ve created The Little Bundle Supermom Scholarship. With this program, our mission is to make things a little easier for single mothers and their loved ones. We’re giving scholarship winners $2,000 (for college winners) or $1,000 (for high school winner) to cover their costs as they pursue their degrees, as well as a year of free high-quality, organic baby formula from Little Bundle. Not a mother right now? No problem—we make it easy for you to defer your year of free formula until you're ready, or to donate it to a friend or loved on who is ready now.
The Little Bundle Supermom Scholarship will be awarded to one college winner and one high school winner 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.
- Must be a graduating high school senior in your final semester who has been accepted to university or 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.
- Must be a US citizen or permanent legal resident.
- Must be a single mother, child of a single mother, or closely impacted by a single mother.
- All fields of study and GPAs will be considered.
How to Apply
When you're a single mother, you often do things a little differently as you support yourself, your child, and your loved ones. For this scholarship application, we want to hear how you make it work. If you're a single mother in school, how do you juggle caring for your little one with pursuing a degree and everything else you do? How do you make ends meet financially? Have you thought about dropping out? What keeps you motivated to complete your degree? What do you find most challenging about the experience? What do you find most rewarding about the experience? What are your favorite moments with your little one?
If you're the child or loved one of a single mother, how has this changed your life? What is your relationship to them? How does having a single mother or being close to a single mother affect your day-to-day and the way you think about your future?
We also want to hear about your dreams. Where do you see yourself in the future? What is your dream career? What are you doing right now to get there? How would winning the scholarship help you achieve your goals?
To apply, please use one of the below buttons depending on whether you're in high school or in college. Applications will be reviewed with impact in mind. We’re looking for applicants with tremendous passion and drive for big dreams, where winning the scholarship would bring them meaningfully closer to achieving their goals.
When is the scholarship application deadline?
The scholarship is awarded twice a year. The two application deadlines are June 30th and December 31st. One high school winner and one college winner will be selected for each application period.
How will application information be used?
We take student confidentiality seriously. 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 will ask to publish details of your story on the Little Bundle site, but you will have the chance to review and approve everything related to you before it gets published, and can choose to not share your story publicly if you wish.
What is the scholarship prize?
The scholarship consists of a $2,000 (for college winners) or $1,000 (for high school winners) award and a year’s worth of Little Bundle baby formula for your little one. We will work with you to find the right formula for your child. If you're not currently a mother, we'll either let you defer the year of formula until later when you're ready to start building a family, or let you donate it to a friend or loved one who could use it now.
When will the winner be chosen and how will they be notified?
The winner will be notified by email 2 weeks before the announcement date. Applications will be reviewed with impact in mind. We’re looking for applicants with tremendous passion and drive for big dreams, where winning the scholarship would bring them meaningfully closer to achieving their goals.
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). Winners will also receive instructions via email for ordering a year's worth of free baby formula from Little Bundle.
What if I'm not currently a mother and don't need a year of free formula right now?
No problem! Just let us know when you win the scholarship. Depending on what you want to do, we'll either let you defer the year of formula until later when you're ready to start building a family, or let you donate it to a friend or loved one who could use it now.
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. High school winners will be asked to provide proof of their college acceptance.
How can I get in touch with questions?
If you have any questions about the scholarship, just email email@example.com 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.
Little Bundle Formulas
College scholarship winners will receive a gift certificate to Little Bundle for $1,000 of baby formula. Little Bundle formulas are based on organic cow or goat milk, include key nutrients, and never include added sugars. Check out our most popular formulas below.
About Little Bundle
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Little Bundle College Scholarship Winner: Malerie Quintero
Being a single mother is often about sacrifice for the best care and experiences for your child. That is why we believe that Malerie Quintero is a clear winner of the Little Bundle Supermom Scholarship!
As a single mother at 21 years old, Malerie made several tough and even heartbreaking decisions to ensure the safety, health, and well-being of her son Santiago. Her determination, strength and grace while facing all of these challenges are just a part of the reason that we think she’s a supermom! When she became pregnant, unfortunately Malerie received no real support from close relatives and had to go this journey alone. Prior to getting pregnant, she had been a college student at the University of Houston on a supplemental scholarship. However, the program backed out and Malerie ended up owing $8,000. This led to her dropping out but determined to work on herself, pay the money back and go back to school the following year.
Just a few weeks after her son’s birth he was diagnosed with sickle cell disease, a condition that she spent endless hours researching and that actually inspired her decision to become a nurse. She and her newborn baby moved into a dorm room with her best friend at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, but she desperately worried about her son possibly being exposed and had to make a gut-wrenching decision. Santiago was just four months old when Malerie booked a flight to Canada with the little savings she had left and entrusted his care to his paternal grandmother, thousands of miles away from her hometown in Texas.
“I returned to Texas with a broken heart but with the motivation of a strong mother. I had no job, no family, and not even my baby anymore but I did not let it get me down,” Malerie said. “I finished my first semester with a 4.0 GPA even though I spent countless hours crying over my child. I managed perfect grades even though my only source of income was the $1000 I received in a refund from FAFSA. I stretched that thousand over five months.”
Malerie said that her baby’s paternal grandmother, who is also a nurse, is her inspiration and has been her rock the whole time. His grandmother gives her son the best care he could possibly have and Malerie calls them everyday -- it’s just one of the things that keeps her going, she said. She sees her baby’s grandmother as a supermom in her own right, and credits her as a daily source of strength and encouragement. As far as Malerie’s career, she wants to help other children who have chronic illnesses like her son. She currently spends time working at a children’s hospital with kids who have terminal illnesses. Ten years from now she aspires to get her doctorate of nurse practitioner. She wants to stay in Texas, live comfortably with her son and send him to a great school. She is proud of teaching herself financial literacy and how to save and stretch her money. She was even able to pay that $8,000 tuition back, and considers that one of her proudest accomplishments.
Malerie’s dream is to inspire other mothers through challenging times and encourage them to keep pushing forward. She hopes to eventually develop her own program for other mothers like her that face medical and financial challenges with their little ones. This scholarship not only puts her closer to her goals, but she’s so grateful for the 1 year supply of organic European formula to feed her baby. It saddened her to have to end breastfeeding him so soon, and this gives her peace of mind knowing that he’s getting the closest thing to it. She knows that her sacrifices and hard work will pay off in the end, and after meeting with her, we certainly know that too.
Little Bundle High School Scholarship Winner: Rhonda Smith
We love being able to reward single mothers like Rhonda Smith with the Little Bundle Supermom Scholarship in the high school category. She is determined to get a higher education while also raising her daughter and we are proud to recognize and encourage her efforts!
Raised by a single mother, Rhonda became one herself one month before her 17th birthday.
Despite being a mother to her now 4-month-old daughter Emarie Gail and the school administration discouraging her to continue classes, Rhonda pushed forward and is in the top 20 of her class of 100 students, has a 3.89 GPA, is a member of multiple clubs, is a photographer, and has been accepted into Tennessee Tech University. She plans on majoring in Social Work and Criminal Justice and eventually becoming a certified Clinical Social Worker in the Sexual Assault Department.
As a sexual assault survivor herself, she has an in-depth understanding about how the procedures and protocols work in these heart-breaking circumstances. It motivated her to want to be part of making the future better for her community. “I want to give back because they [the Sexual Assault Department] taught me a lot of things that I still remember to this day,” she said. “So I want to be a part of the organization….just want to help change the community, especially for my daughter — I want to make sure she’s safe to the best of my ability.”
In the future Rhonda aspires to help people just like her role model, her mom, did. Her mother used to work in a nursing home but is now disabled. Rhonda’s parents divorced when she was five and her father disassociated — leaving no financial support but her mother remained her rock and always found a way. Now, they currently depend on government assistance. Her mother can’t work because of medical issues and Rhonda has to be home to take care of her daughter and mother. She does her schoolwork online virtually from home while balancing it all. “The reason why I keep swimming in this big, scary ocean of a world is for my daughter. I don't want her to have to worry about where her next meal is coming from, if she's going to be able to go to school, and if it is safe to sleep,” she said in her scholarship essay. “I want to be able to provide for her in a nurturing, loving environment where she can go on to pursue a better life than that of mine and my mother's.”
Even with such a strong, positive outlook, Rhonda admits she has contemplated dropping out and ending it all, and then she said she remembers she has a blessing of a daughter who depends on her “with every fiber of her being.” Every tough day working through assignments she knows she is closer to graduating and her career. She trades the thoughts about the struggles and replaces them with images of her family playing in a big, green yard full of grass and flowers — a stark contrast to living in the apartment they are in now.
“I make it work because that's what all mothers do. No matter how much we struggle, we still get up everyday and take care of our babies. Being a young mother has changed my life because I now know what my mother feels like and what she goes through to make sure I have everything I need,” she wrote “She has pushed me to succeed when she herself is going through great hardship. For the future, all I want is to be able to take care of my family and any young moms and children around me.”
Little Bundle High School Scholarship Winner: Valeria Araujo
We love supporting women with dreams and Valeria Araujo has big ones! We are proud to introduce Valeria as our Little Bundle Supermom Scholarship Winner in the high school category.
Valeria was raised by a single mother who created opportunities for her children through years of tireless work. Valeria credits her own hardworking attitude and desire to help others to the example set by her mom, particularly as she’s watched her mother care for her younger brother with autism.
A true go-getter, Valeria held down two jobs while also maintaining a 4.0 GPA during her senior year of high school. As an intern at YR media, she’s had experience as a DJ and content writer and has worked in the newsroom and graphic design departments. She was even interviewed on an Emmy-award winning podcast! Valeria has turned her experience in media into a passion that she hopes to continue through college and into a career.
After accepting an offer of admission and enrolling at Mills College, Valeria plans to major in Communications with a minor in Journalism. She would love to create a blog, a podcast, or a magazine in the future in order to amplify the voices of other strong, immigrant, minority women. She says,
“A lot of minority women, especially those who are immigrants, are scared to speak out. I want to create a safe environment for minority women’s voices. I want to represent them accurately. Women need accurate representation and it starts with the media. I realized how much of a voice I do have, and what having a voice can do for you.”
In her (minimal) spare time, Valeria enjoys reading, writing, working out, and coding. She’s also considering a career in computer science and currently joins her interests in advocacy and coding by creating interactive articles for YR newsroom.
We have no doubt that Valeria will be successful no matter where her journey takes her! We are thrilled to provide the financial support she needs in order to make progress toward her big goals. Congrats, Valeria!
Little Bundle College Scholarship Winner: Elena Davalos
We are thrilled to announce Elena Davalos as the college winner of our July 2020 Little Bundle Supermom Scholarship! This supermom embodies everything we aspire to be-- strong, hard-working, and courageous in the face of adversity.
Elena’s journey hasn’t been easy, particularly after the death of her husband when their child was just 1 year old. As a mom, student, and medical assistant, Elena works tirelessly every day to give her daughter the opportunities and life that she wants her to have.
She credits her own mom for teaching her about strength and perseverance. Her mother was an immigrant and also a single mom who worked two jobs to support her kids and send money to support her family back home. Elena appreciates that her mother is still motivating her, supporting her, and helping with her daughter so that she can achieve her goals.
An avid reader, Elena is pursuing a degree in nursing from Taft College with a goal of earning her nursing certification and working in Obstetrics. She aspires to have a career where she can help people and make a difference in their lives-- and given the strength of her character, we have no doubt that she will!
Elena is most proud of how she has overcome the hardship of her partner’s death; that she “didn’t let it defeat [her]” and that instead, she left her job as a lead cashier to go back to school and create better opportunities for herself and her daughter. She says,
“I have to be the best for my daughter. After my husband died, I had to put my feelings aside and do the best I could. I had no choice but to continue to be strong and to continue to further my education because I want to show her I can do anything.”
We could not be more proud to offer Little Bundle’s Supermom Scholarship to Elena and to support her on her journey toward reaching these goals. Congratulations, Elena!
Little Bundle College Scholarship Winner: Jessica Lewis
Our college winner, Jessica Lewis, is truly deserving of the title of “Supermom.” Jessica is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Human Development at California State University, East Bay, yet her path to a degree has been anything but straightforward. Everyone here at Little Bundle has been incredibly impressed by the determination and resilience that Jessica has shown to get where she is today.
Jessica is the mother of two boys, Lamar (11) and Jovanni (10). Despite the challenges of being a single mother, Jessica has always been determined to achieve great things. In 2015, she became the first person in her family to earn a college degree, graduating from Los Medanos College with an associate’s degree, all while working full-time as a retail manager and raising her sons.
Jessica’s acceptance to California State University, East Bay in 2016 was one of the proudest moments of her life. She eagerly embraced this new challenge, although the long hours working, commuting, and studying meant that she had to miss some important moments in her sons’ childhoods. Through it all, Jessica was propelled by the dream of completing her degree, finding a good job, owning her own home and, most importantly, being able to spend more time with her children.
In August 2017, at age 29, Jessica encountered her biggest challenge yet: she was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia. Despite this devastating news, Jessica was determined to beat the cancer and continue to be a mother to her children. After a successful stem cell transplant, Jessica found herself on the difficult road to recovery. Jessica is now in remission and has resumed progress on her bachelor’s degree. After graduation, Jessica hopes to further her education with a master’s degree in Social Work. She would like to eventually work in a hospital, having seen firsthand just how valuable social workers can be in supporting patients and their families who are dealing with illness.
Jessica feels proudest when she hears people praise her sons for their good character, as it’s a reminder that she has successfully instilled in them the same values that she cherishes. Thanks to her courageous spirit and her supportive family, Jessica has made it through some very difficult times. She will undoubtedly put the Little Bundle Supermom Scholarship to good use in getting over the final hurdle to graduation, and making sure that her sons follow her down the same path of hard work and commitment to education.
Little Bundle High School Scholarship Winner: Ana L. Ahuelican
Our high school winner, Ana L. Ahuelican, dreams of giving her son the best possible start in life, something that we here at Little Bundle also feel very strongly about. Ana is a single mother who is striving to finish high school, while also holding down two retail jobs in order to provide for her 15-month-old son, Mateo. Raising a toddler is challenging at the best of times, but much more so when you’re also trying to earn your high school diploma and become the first person in your family to go to college. Ana is grateful for the constant support of her mother, who showed her that single parents can do an incredible job raising their children. Ana’s mother has helped Ana to become independent and self-reliant, pushing her to work hard and not give up on her dreams, while also making sure that she has the love and support she needs to be a wonderful mother to Mateo.
Ana is an optimist who hasn’t let challenges dampen her enjoyment of life or her desire to accomplish great things. She has many interests, including singing and fine arts, and she has big plans for her future. After she graduates from high school, she will attend Utah Valley University, with the goal of earning a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. Ana would like to eventually become an immigration lawyer and assist struggling families, especially those who are navigating the complicated path to citizenship in order achieve their own version of the American Dream.
Despite the obstacles, Ana feels very strongly that Mateo has enriched her life in ways that she wouldn’t trade for anything. She has treasured even the most difficult aspects of motherhood, cherishing the feeling of holding her son in her arms, even during long sleepless nights. Ana has already accomplished so much by raising a happy and healthy little boy, while also earning good grades and planning to attend college, and she should be very proud of her hard work. We are confident that with her continued determination and ambition, and with a little help from the Little Bundle Supermom Scholarship, Ana will absolutely achieve her dreams.
Little Bundle College Scholarship Winner: Alethia Johnson
The winner of our college scholarship is Alethia Johnson. Alethia is a highly driven, goal-oriented “supermom” who strives to be an outstanding role model for her kind and intelligent five-year-old daughter, Kailani.
Alethia is looking forward to returning to college this fall, after four years out of higher education. She will be attending the University of Alabama at Birmingham and majoring in Accounting. After college, she plans to open her own business, with the goal of educating others about financial literacy. She also hopes to found a non-profit organization devoted to helping single mothers succeed.
In her free time, Alethia enjoys reading, teaching Sunday school, and leading a small group of young adults. One of her greatest joys is teaching her daughter about the importance of compassion, forgiveness, and charity, and she has been helping Kailani learn Spanish, as well.
Alethia hopes that “this scholarship will allow me the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of my daughter, my family, and my community.”
We are thrilled that Alethia Johnson is the first-ever college recipient of the Little Bundle Supermom Scholarship. We sincerely look forward to updating you on her progress as she pursues her college education and works towards achieving her dreams.
Little Bundle High School Scholarship Winner: Skyler Clemons
The winner of our high school scholarship is Skyler Clemons. Skyler has been accepted to West Virginia University, where she will soon be pursuing her Bachelor of Science degree in Forensic and Investigative Science.
Skyler wrote her scholarship application essay about her amazing “supermom,” a single parent who works hard to support Skyler, her twin sisters, and her little brother while instilling great values and teaching them about the value of hard work. Skyler recently graduated from East Syracuse-Minoa Central High School with an advanced diploma, having earned distinctions in math and science. Besides her academic success, one of Skyler’s proudest accomplishments has been receiving her second-degree black belt in karate. She praises her mom for helping her to achieve these goals and always cheering her on.
Skyler is now working full time, saving for her college education while helping to care for her younger siblings. In her free time, Skyler loves to read and paint. During the winter, you can find her skiing, while in the summer she enjoys hiking with her dogs.
After graduating from WVU, Skyler hopes to attend medical school, with the long-term plan of becoming a medical examiner or joining a government agency. She plans to let nothing stand in the way of her dreams and will work as hard as she can to attain them.
We are excited to watch Skyler blossom and achieve her goals, and we’ll be sure to update you on all of her trailblazing progress.