My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Pride Foundation, Seattle, WA, USA
With very few breaks, I have been employed since I was 14. I put myself through college at the California Maritime Academy and worked the entire time to pay tuition and fees. Despite the income I made, my financial struggles came to a head when, at the beginning of my junior year, I was forced to come to the decision that I had feared making since I was a freshman'I'd need to drop out. Scholarships were limited and financial aid barely covered tuition, much less 'room and board.' I tried to figure out how I could take time off from school to save enough money to finish my degree.
And then something extraordinary happened.
I had been for working for a couple of years as a staff assistant for Peg Solveson, the Assistant Director of Housing. Peg invited me out to lunch one afternoon. At the end of lunch, she took me over to my bank, pulled out her checkbook, and asked what I needed. She paid off the credit card I had been using to purchase books and pay life expenses and she then wrote a check that paid off the tuition and fees for the rest of the year.
It was catalytic for me. This incredibly generous act allowed me to keep my educational dreams on track, and it was instrumental in propelling my professional career forward.
To honor this remarkable woman and her life-changing gift, I have established a scholarship fund with the Pride Foundation named for Peg, with whom I am still close. My hope for the scholarship is to provide a similarly catalytic investment for junior or senior students who find themselves in a comparable situation and need that extra push to propel them forward in life. I am happy to note that there are currently three recipients of the Walker-Solveson scholarship.