Camp Widow | Bloggers Can Win a Scholarship!

I am fortunate to belong to a wonderful group of fellow widows and widowers that I’ve made connections with through the use of social media. Facebook, Twitter, and other places have helped me form a web of close friends who understand this crazy journey because we are all part of the club no one wants to join. Through these friendships I became active in a wonderful group, Widowed Village in conjunction with the Soaring Spirits Loss Foundation. The support, understanding, resources, and love I have found within this amazing group of people is beyond words. I am so excited to say I will finally be meeting many of these people in person this summer in San Diego as we all attend an awesome event created by SSLF — Camp Widow.

From the website:

Camp Widow™ is a weekend long gathering of widowed people from across the country, and around the world. We come together to create a community that understands the life altering experience of widowhood. Camp Widow™ provides practical tools, valuable resources, and peer-based encouragement for rebuilding your life in the aftermath of the death of a spouse…all in a fun, uplifting, laughter filled atmosphere.

This year’s Camp will be held at the San Diego Marriott Hotel and Marina in San Diego, California from August 12-14, 2011. I would like to encourage every grieving widowed person reading this to visit the website, read about all that is offered, and consider attending. I know that the costs of registration and travel can be intimidating, but if you are a blogger, you have the opportunity for some help!

Today I am sharing a post from a dear friend Supa Fresh Widow. Supa and a group of other widowed bloggers have gotten together to provide a scholarship to Camp Widow 2011 for one lucky widow/er! The deadline for entries has been extended to MIDNIGHT TONIGHT June 15th! If you are a blogger who is interested in attending Camp Widow, please read below for information on how you can apply today for a scholarship. It’s worth the last minute rush, trust me! <3

From Supa’s blog:

Widowed Bloggers — win a ticket to Camp Widow!
Write a post sharing WHY you want to attend Camp Widow 2011. Notify us that you posted by leaving a comment on this post to make sure we see it (you can also send us a note.)

Camp Widow is a exceptional weekend for widowed people of all ages. We will choose one (possibly two) bloggers to receive a PARTIAL scholarship that covers Camp registration and some incidental expenses. NO ACTUAL CAMPING IS INVOLVED. Learn more about this event, which is in its third year, at campwidow.org.

How do I enter?
Please write and publish a blog post telling the world WHY you wish to attend. You can include topics such as how you expect to benefit, or share about some of the widowed people you’ve already met. You do not need to demonstrate financial need though if you wish to write a separate note discussing your financial circumstances, you may do so.

Who is eligible to compete?
Widows and widowers of all ages who started blogging before 4/1/11 and who are interested in attending Camp Widow 2011. Please note: you should be prepared to pay for and arrange your travel to and from, and your lodging in San Diego. (We can help you find a roommate to reduce costs). If our generous donors can pay more, they will, but please don’t apply unless you are prepared to make the trip (including arranging child care, taking time off work, etc.).

Summary and dates

  • You must publish your blog post AND notify us by midnight EST, * * * Tuesday, June 14. * * *
  • We will notify the winner(s) within 2 weeks.
  • Camp Widow will be held August 12 to 14. Details are at campwidow.org.

Winner(s) MUST arrange and purchase their own travel and hotel reservations. Scholarship covers Camp Widow registration fee plus some incidentals.

Questions? Want to help fund this scholarship? We want to hear from you.

(Disclosure: This competition is hosted, managed, and funded by an independent group of widowed bloggers. We’re not being compensated for creating this competition and those judging entries are not eligible to win.)

Too bad I found out about this scholarship too late. Ironically, my wife’s breast cancer death left me penniless, so I can’t afford to go. Looks neat though. Hopefully, some people will get healed a little bit.

I was actually searching Google for a scholarship for widows, because I am going back to graduate school. But get this: Every scholarship that I can find is for women only. Apparently, only women suffer hardship when losing their spouse.

Neat, huh?

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