Scholarships help students persevere and institute the change they want to see in the world
Rashonda – ACC Foundation General Scholarship Recipient
I have been through a lot in my 26 years of life, from being in the foster care system to being homeless and raising three boys alone. I am very determined to not only be successful for myself and my own children but for the children who are currently in the foster care system. I plan on receiving my Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and later, my master’s. I believe that everything that I have experienced in life is not only for me; it is to build and inspire others. I am determined, I am loyal, I am kind, I am funny, I am passionate, I am persistent and I am also very serious about the lives of those suffering in poverty. I not only want to make a difference in this world, I want to be the difference, and there are so many like-minded people in the world. Imagine if we all get together and contribute to being the difference this world needs. There would be no poverty, only success, only prosperity! These are a few characteristics of who I am but honestly, who am I if I am not contributing to bettering anyone outside of myself? I am no one. All of my characteristics are meaningless if I do not use them to assist someone in accomplishing his or her goals, whether it is helping a young mother receive housing, or leading a troubled teen down the right path or helping a homeless man find a career. I believe a part of the reason we were put on this earth is to serve and that is what I want to do with my social work degree. That is who I am, a server.
Scholarships give students confidence to overcome their fears
Ted – Peierls Scholarship Recipient
I live in Austin, Texas, and I’m thirty-two years old. For many years getting an education always seemed like a dream. I always felt the need to go to school, but then fear and doubt would creep in. To be honest, I was scared of failing. Over the years, I convinced myself that I wasn’t smart enough to go to college. That all changed when I lost a very important person in my life. Shortly before she died, she told me to stop being afraid. She encouraged me to chase my dream and help make the world better. I remember asking her, how do I do that? She said, one person at a time. I am majoring in Psychology. I love helping people grow and provide solutions to their problems. When I am finished with my studies at ACC, I plan on transferring to a four year university to complete my undergrad. After my undergrad is complete, I will apply to graduate school. I have a dream. That dream is to not only graduate from college, but to earn a Ph.D. Fear is no longer a factor in my life. I will be successful because failure is not an option.
Student Emergency Fund keeps students’ dreams alive through difficult circumstances
Posted on November 15, 2016 In 1999, Dr. Carol Nasworthy conceived the idea of a fund to help students stay in school when an unexpected emergency occurred and established the Foundation’s Student Emergency Fund. The fund provides immediate financial assistance to students who are faced with unforeseen emergencies during the semester such as unexpected medical expenses, loss of housing, car repairs, etc., that would interfere with their education at ACC and force them to withdraw from their classes. Carol passed away in May of this year, but students will benefit from her commitment to removing these barriers for many years to come. A total of 217 students have received support from the fund since it began, 26 of those in just the last year. Of the 217 students, 64% have received a certificate, degree, or are still enrolled. Here are two stories of students who received funds in the last year: A student lost all of her belongings in a house fire and needed funds to buy clothes, textbooks, furniture, and other needs. She successfully completed the semester and received an Associate of Applied Science in Physical Therapy Assistant. A student, who supports her three children, was unable to pay rent after her roommate moved out unexpectedly and needed funds to prevent eviction. She successfully completed the semester and is currently enrolled. These funds are deeply important to keeping students working towards their educational goals and we are thankful for the legacy Dr. Nasworthy left through the ACC Foundation Student Emergency Fund. As ACC enrollment grows more students are in need of these funds. Please consider a gift to the ACC Foundation for the Student Emergency Fund or one of our scholarship programs.
Scholarships help students make the world a better place
I am majoring in Engineering at ACC and will be transferring to seek a bachelor's in Civil Engineering. As a year-round bicycle commuter, I have long been an advocate for ways a city can encourage diverse modes of transportation. I am passionate about finding ways urban environments can meet the needs of residents while respecting the local ecology. I am looking forward to a career in engineering that will contribute concretely to making the world a better place.
Scholarships help students in every stage of life
I always knew that I wanted to go to college at a very early age but the circumstances in life did not allow for this to happen as I had planned it in my head. The roads in life take us in a different direction sometimes without us wanting that. I managed to get my GED even though we moved a lot when I was a child. I married young with no education at all and, when I divorced with 3 children, I managed to go to college to become a Surgical Tech while working full time to support my children. Now I am raising my 4 grandchildren and one of them is already away to college. I am so proud of her for accomplishing what I was not able to do at her age. Now, I know that I am older but hopefully wiser. I want to pursue my dream and become a Registered Nurse. I have been accepted into the ACC mobility RN program this fall 2016 and hope to graduate in August of 2017. I know that it will be challenging but I am ready to put forward all my hard work and make this a reality. I also have the support of my family that encourages me every day to reach for the stars.