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Harvey and Geneva Mabry Second Time Around Scholarship

Funded by
2 winners, $250 each
Application Deadline
Aug 11, 2023
Winners Announced
Sep 11, 2023
Education Level
Recent scholarship winners
Eligibility Requirements
Education Level:
Undergraduate student
At least 30 years old
Returning student

This scholarship was created in loving memory of Harvey and Geneva Mabry.

Geneva was passionate about pursuing her education and was determined to persevere through life’s challenges. With the support of her husband, Harvey and family, Geneva returned to school after suffering two strokes and went on to earn her Associates Degree and Certification in Drug and Alcohol Counseling.

This scholarship aims to support adult learners who carry on Geneva Mabry’s legacy of determination when pursuing an education.

Any BIPOC undergraduate student who is at least thirty years old and has returned to school may apply for this scholarship. 

To apply, tell us about yourself and why you were inspired to return to school.

Selection Criteria:
Ambition, Need, Boldest Profile
Published April 4, 2023
Essay Topic

Please tell us a bit about yourself and what inspired your decision to return to school.

400–600 words

Winning Applications

Pepper Reed
Howard UniversityWashington, DC
Returning to college has been driven by a combination of factors that have influenced my decision. As a mother, I am fully aware of the professional limitations imposed by my current level of education. As I grow older, Finding a job that can support my family's needs becomes increasingly difficult. This realization has strongly motivated me to pursue higher education. Enrolling in college also means setting a positive example for my five children. By demonstrating the benefits of education and hard work, I hope to instill in them the values of determination and perseverance. My ultimate goal is for them to understand that with the right mindset and dedication. They can achieve anything they set their minds to. Returning to college would also provide me with a sense of purpose and fulfillment. As it would offer an escape from life's daily challenges. Pursuing higher education would expose me to new experiences and allow me to connect with different individuals. I am broadening my horizons and helping me grow as an individual. Pursuing knowledge and personal development holds significant importance for me, and by investing in my education, I can become an improved version of myself and make a meaningful contribution to society. However, being a mother also means facing financial burdens regarding continuing education. With a low income supporting a large family and justifying expenses such as tuition fees, study materials, and transportation costs can be challenging. Nevertheless, I am determined to explore scholarship opportunities and constantly seek available resources. My commitment and passion for my educational journey remain unwavering. This resilience demonstrates my determination to overcome adversity and rise above difficult circumstances. I genuinely hope that by acquiring the necessary resources and support, not only will my own life improve significantly but also the lives of my family members. Higher education can open doors of opportunity and serve as a stepping stone toward a more prosperous future for all of us. Through the knowledge and skills gained from college, I can secure a stable and fulfilling job, ensuring a better quality of life for my family. In conclusion, I have decided to return to college for various reasons. One of the main factors driving this decision is my desire to overcome the limitations in my professional life. Additionally, I want to set a positive example for my children by furthering my education. Moreover, I seek purpose and fulfillment, which can be achieved through educational advancement. Lastly, I plan to broaden my horizons and expand my knowledge base through this opportunity. However, financial constraints may present challenges. I am determined to overcome them. I am committed to actively seeking scholarships and taking advantage of any available opportunities that come my way. I need to emphasize that no matter the obstacles. My resolve remains unshaken. I would like to express my deep appreciation for your time reading this essay and considering my story of resilience and pursuit of educational growth. It is my sincere hope that by sharing my experiences. I can inspire others on their journey toward personal and professional development. I extend my gratitude for taking the time to read my essay.
Aliette Boisrond
College of Our Lady of the ElmsNew Britain, CT
LaJuana Powell
Butte CollegeOroville, CA
Greetings! My name is LaJuana Powell. I last attended college in 1992, but did not complete my degree. I got married, had a baby, and began working. I started as an Accounting Assistant and found my love for that field. However, after the divorce and relocating, I accepted the first temporary assignment I received which was with AT&T. That is when my IT Professional career began. Since then (1999), I have been promoted, transferred, I started with another company. That company I’ve been with for 10 years now. But IT has moved on without me and now I’m stagnant in my job. I never forgot how happy Accounting made me, but I had to make a living for me and my daughter. I made the decision to go back to school and major in Accounting within the last few months. Unfortunately, I had to borrow money for books, and things I need to go to school. Federal funding states that I should have more disposable income and I do not. My financial need exceeds what I can pay. I, like some others, have little left after financial responsibilities, even though I work. I have a full time job, but that income goes out to expenses and I’m overextended. I have an empty nest now and it’s now my time. It took some time and soul searching to not feel guilty about that. I am so close to my educational dream. I am not seeking this award to make my life easier. I am seeking this award to make my life possible. I thank you for your time and consideration.


When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is Aug 11, 2023. Winners will be announced on Sep 11, 2023.

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