2022 Little Feet Scholarship accepting applications until August 1


TAYLOR COUNTY—Little Feet Preschool and Daycare owners Julie and Daniel Dowdy know the importance of education, and to help students continue on a path of learning following graduation, the couple created the Little Feet Scholarship, last year.

After a successful launch, the Dowdy’s are thrilled to once again be offering the scholarship opportunity to Grafton High School graduates and have announced that the program has begun accepting applications.

“We are so excited to be in our second year of the scholarship,” D. Dowdy voiced. “We were please to hand out scholarships last year to deserving graduates and look forward to assisting a new round of students with their educational endeavors.”

To apply for the Little Feet Scholarship applicants are required to submit a cover page with their contact information, as well as information concerning their continued education.

They must also compose a one-page essay of at least 250 words describing a time that the student failed at something, how they overcame the setback and what they learned from the situation.  

“Failures often teach us valuable lessons in life, and we want to hear how our applicants took a negative and transformed it into a positive,” D. Dowdy expressed.

He noted that the scholarship will be awarded to three of Taylor County’s own to help assist with their college tuition, with first, second and third place recipients. 

Eligible applicants must be a 2022 graduate of Grafton High School and must possess a good character standing among teachers, mentors, peers and the community. 

Hopefuls will also have to be able to provide verification of enrollment in college, university or trade school of their choosing for the upcoming Fall 2022 Semester. 

The three recipients will be named on or around August 15. This year’s winners will receive a specific award amount based on their finishing position.

The 2022 Little Feet Scholarship first-place winner will receive a $1,000 check, while second place will be awarded $500, and the third-place finisher will be bestowed with a $250 check.

All monies won from the scholarship will be sent directly to the recipient’s future college.

“Many Taylor County students start their schooling right here with us,” D. Dowdy commented. 

 “So, helping some of these students as they reach the end of their public education means a great deal to us. We know what great students we have here in our small town, and for finances to hold anyone back from furthering their education is just heartbreaking to Julie and me,” he added. 

The Dowdy’s began accepting applications for the 2022 Little Feet Scholarship on July 6 but will be accepting essays throughout the remainder of the month.

D. Dowdy revealed that all applications must be postmarked by the August 1 deadline to be considered.

Once the application period has ended, Little Feet Scholarship Committee, comprised of parents, who work in or are members of the community and who have been able to see the graduates throughout the years, will review the submissions and will decided on this year’s winners.

Applications should be mailed to Little Feet Programs, Attn: Daniel Dowdy, 142 Blueville Drive, Grafton, WV 26354. 

“I am excited to read your applications,” D. Dowdy proclaimed. “Thank you for taking part in this year’s scholarship opportunity that will hopefully help you while you continue to learn and grow!” 

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