Scholarship Recipients 2010 -- Their Stories
Each of the women selected maintains a GPA well above the required 2.5 and fits the definition of non-traditional student whose grit and determination are reflected in the essays that were submitted as a part of their scholarship applications. Here’s a little bit about each of the women who are receiving scholarships. You can judge for yourselves the significance of the support provided by the Women’s Fund.
“When I graduated from high school I didn’t know who I was. I didn’t know what I wanted to do, or where I wanted to do it, and most of all, I had no idea of how I was going to do it.”
Raised by a single mom, this woman served in the US Air Force, a career that ended abruptly due to a poor decision. A domestic violence survivor, with ten years of administrative and customer service experience, she found a dramatically unfriendly labor market when attempting to return to work. That experience led to the realization that a college degree was important. Now 30 years old, this Business Administration major serves on the student senate and achieved a 3.6 GPA last semester - a level she aims to surpass.
Student #2“finally be able to provide my son with the future he deserves.”
In July, this woman lost everything – the result of a house fire. This single mom with a young son was inspired to pursue a degree in education after placing her then 3 year old child in a full day child care program. While devastated at needing to do that in order to work and support her family it turned out to be a prescient choice. It inspired her interest in teaching and ultimate enrollment at HVCC. Scholarship support will help her to replace the educational tools that were lost in the fire. Her goal is to transfer to a four-year college in order to
“I’m doing for myself what I never believed possible and I’m doing it well.”
This Dean’s List and President’s List student had been out of school for 15 years and found the idea of returning to school just plain scary. However, the birth of her daughter and the reality of single parenthood were enough to push her beyond the fear. Recognizing that education was key to better employment opportunities and financial stability as well as the desire to provide a positive role model for her little girl continue to motivate this Cardiovascular Technology major.
Student #4“Having this scholarship would allow me to get a start on these goals and allow me to raise my daughter the way I would like to raise her.”
This high school drop-out and former drug user who was 11 years old when she lost her father to the effects of drug and alcohol addiction, was raised by her mother who worked three jobs just to survive. Recognizing that drugs were not going to help her achieve her life’s goals, she obtained her GED and went on to college. A high-risk pregnancy cut short her college career during her first semester. It also forced her to stop working. But it didn’t keep her away. She now attends school full time and cleans houses on the side. While her long-term goal is to obtain a Master’s Degree in Psychology and open a halfway house named after her father, most immediately this student would like to move from public housing to provide a better environment for her now two-year old daughter and continue to pursue her education. She notes that,
"It has only been recently that I have finally decided what I want to do with my life."
That statement follows a year off after high school to figure out her plan, a secretarial job through a temp agency at the NYS Office of Mental Health, two years in retail management and six years with the NYS Department of Health. Now pursuing a degree in Public Administration, this individual is committed to the ideal of public service and recognizes the value that the public sector provides to the State’s citizens. Success and job satisfaction for this student will be measured by her ability to go home at night with the knowledge that she “has made life a little easier for someone else.”
This 32 year old single mother of two daughters is majoring in Respiratory Care, currently working as a respiratory care assistant and with past experience as a certified nursing assistant. Her interest is personal; a long family history of smoking-related illnesses and premature deaths. A Dean’s List student, with a cumulative GPA of 3.22, this woman has also volunteered with Special Olympics, Pop Warner and the Double H Hole in the Woods Camp. Beyond work as a registered respiratory therapist, this scholarship recipient hopes to work with smoking cessation programs and educate youth on the dangers of smoking.