"What My Father Means To Me" is this year's theme for the essays. We guarantee every essay submitted will be read at least once if not multiple times. All students submitting an essay through their school will receive a Certificate of Participation and a coupon sheet, which includes discounts on events and merchandise, and specially priced Chicago White Sox tickets. One hundred fifty-six (156) essay semi-finalists (12 per grade), their fathers/father figures, etc., will be invited to attend the May Faces of Fatherhood Celebration as our guests. Twelve (12) of the essay finalists will receive BrightStart College Scholarships and be invited with their fathers to attend the IFI Fatherhood Dinner Celebration taking place in June at Union League Club of Chicago. 4 essayists and their dads will also be invited to a future White Sox game and to throw out a pre-game ceremonial 1st pitch.
Essays will be divided into 13 categories (K-12) and four divisions (fathers, grandfathers, stepfather, and father-figure.) The "dads" of the essay will receive questionnaires to complete and return. Of those who fill out the questionnaire, 20-25 will be selected and interviewed by phone. The top 12 will be invited to the IFI dinner celebration.
The contest is open to Illinois residents, except employees of the Chicago White Sox, the Illinois Fatherhood Initiative, and its Board of Directors and its Board of Advisors, their respective affiliated companies or members of their respective families.
For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website,