"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.