My mother Mary Nell was a strong and determined woman. Her mother died when she was three and her father died within the next weeks. All siblings were split up and my mom faced many difficulties that would make a person want to give up. She did not. Instead she strived to overcome, never stopped attending classes and helped others with their children as well. I desire to honor her legacy.
I'm establishing this scholarship in honor of my mother who had a difficult childhood. She valued education and despite many adverse childhood events she persevered. She always sought to learn and grow and helped others. I want to give young girls who have faced adversity help in achieving a better life despite difficult starts.