Ventura College Foundation
August 25, 2012
I separated from my husband and suddenly found myself single with two children. I was faced with the choice to take on additional hours at work which would help me short term, or to start school which would help me long term. I decided to go back to school, but was worried. The cost of school would directly take away from my ability to provide for my children. I started anyway and just hoped everything would work out. I studied hard because I was determined to succeed. I applied for a scholarship and I received one!!! Receiving the scholarship was absolutely critical in my ability to attend school. Beyond the scholarship, the Foundation and their donors made me feel like they believed in me. By being chosen as a scholarship recipient, they were saying they support me in helping me reach my academic goals for myself and my children. Receiving a scholarship was a monumental occasion - had I not received the scholarship, I wonder if I would even have been able to start the next semester. I will forever be grateful.
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This experience has taught me to give back. I believe everyone can give something. The experience was so life changing, I have since began to volunteer my time in order to support others like I was supported by the Foundation.