“I am a first-generation college student who wanted to show my two children that college was a possibility. For 20 years I had worked in a K-12 public school as the school secretary. The principal I worked for always told me how great I was, that I should go to college, and could then earn the wages I deserved. But, I was afraid.

In addition to my fear, I had a learning disability – dyslexia—so I didn’t feel ‘smart’ enough. Most of my life was spent trying to read and write frontwards and upright rather than backwards and upside down. The day I walked through the very scary doors of CCV is when my future started to bloom. I was determined to be the most impressive student I could be. I was a 38-year-old single mother when I started college. I attained my AS with a 4.0 and went on to receive my BA with a 4.0. I finished with my MA at the age of 45 with a 4.0.

I’m proud that my daughter saw me as a role model and received her BA at Castleton University in Social Work. She graduated the same year I graduated with my MA. 

By receiving The Curtis Fund grant, I felt that someone believed in me. Someone wanted to help me; someone thought I was important and deserving. I did not take this lightly. I used the money wisely and made it a goal to show everyone that this gift was not squandered.”