President Obama recently addressed NASA workers, telling them and the nation that he remains committed not only to space exploration but also to America's scientific and technological leadership.
Briefly reminiscing about his awe and wonder at the Gemini and Apollo missions of the 1960's, Obama said he hopes America's continuing space ventures will inspire a new generation of explorers.
Single dads considering college wisely read between the lines in the President's message, seeing paths to degrees and well-paid careers opening before them.
As President Obama detailed some of the challenges in a mission to Mars, single dads imagined what they might accomplish with degrees in chemistry and engineering.
As he described America's needs for super-powered launch vehicles, ambitious young fathers imagined what they might contribute to rocket fuels technology and multi-stage rocketry.
As Obama reminded his audience that America must take physiologists, ecologists, and geologists to the International Space Station, visionary family men thought about their futures as space explorers and researchers.
Knowing that, literally, the sky is the limit if they earn degrees in physics, astronomy, chemistry, engineering, and information systems, forward-thinking single dads began considering their best choices for schools and programs.
Some of America's most prestigious science and engineering schools are currently recruiting appropriately qualified students with histories of economic and social disadvantage, offering handsome scholarships and comprehensive academic and personal support.
MIT, the University of California at Berkeley, and Cal-Tech, the cream of the crop, especially seek highly motivated applicants with proven aptitude in mathematics and the sciences.
Purdue and Georgia Tech also seek promising young engineers and physicists.
And all the top tier schools assure applicants that money is no object: new laws and budget enhancements assure that all eligible students may attend the schools of their choice.