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Summer Scholarship Helps Mother Get Ahead

Taleejah Pitney

Last fall, senior public health major Taleejah Pitney welcomed her first baby girl. Becoming a mother has given her a deeper motivation to succeed in her classes and the Summer Scholars program is helping her do just that. “The scholarship has helped me a lot,” she said. “Last summer I tried to take a summer class and I wasn’t able to because of finances.”

This summer was different. Paula Hansford, an administrative assistant in the University Diversity Office, encouraged her to apply for the Summer Scholarship.

“I wasn’t planning on taking summer classes until Miss Paula reached out to me and told me about this program,” she said. “I thought it was a good opportunity and now I’m taking three classes so my workload won’t put so much stress on me later.”

She said balancing school with childcare was not easy, but she’s making it with the help of family, friends and the Summer Scholars program. “It's not as bad as I thought it would be, especially with a little help.”

About Summer Scholars

The Summer Scholars program is a is a collaboration between EKU’s Diversity Office, Summer Committee, Student Financial Assistance office and the Noel Studio for Academic Creativity. It was founded in Summer 2018. Visit the Summer Scholars page for more information.

Published on June 19, 2018

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