Local executives provide scholarship for single moms - UTC Echo

Thursday, January 14, 2010 8:04 AM | Anonymous
The Jean Bradford Memorial Scholarship at UTC was given $11,000 raised by philanthropic efforts from the Executive Women International Chapter of Chattanooga.

With a record amount of students attending UTC this year, this scholarship provides students who are single parents the opportunity to attend school for a college degree.

Chuck Cantrell, vice chancellor of university relations, said, "Single mothers represent a growing segment of the college population, and the stress of being a single mother and a college student can be overwhelming."

"This scholarship offers not only financial support to a deserving candidate but also gives a psychological boost," Cantrell said.

Becca Love, a senior from Chattanooga, said she believes that with the continuous increase in tuition and the economic slump, having more scholarships designed for single mothers would be beneficial for those who qualify and have a desire to improve their well-being. She believes that any type of aid made available will encourage anyone with the willpower and or desire of finishing a degree.

While single parents are eligible for any other scholarships UTC offers with appropriate qualifications, Love said she thinks this scholarship will entice more single parents into pursuing a degree.

Lindsey Black, a sophomore from Memphis, said, "This scholarship is good for single mothers because it is less stressful and it will help with financial obligations, while allowing those students to focus on their studies."

Cantrell said that the Jean Bradford Memorial Scholarship was established by Executive Women international Chapter of Chattanooga, an international organization of women professionals, with the request that preference be given to a female student who is a single mother.

He said the Educational Opportunity Center on campus will help to identify candidates and present recommendations to the local Executive Women International chapter.

More Executive Women International information can be found at www.executivewomen.org.

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