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Linda Fontenot-Williams Memorial Scholarship

1 winner$500
Application Deadline
Nov 30, 2023
Winners Announced
Dec 31, 2023
Education Level
High School, Undergraduate
Recent scholarship winners
Eligibility Requirements
Education Level:
High school or undergraduate student
Single mother
Black/African American

Linda Fontenot-Williams was a beloved mother who overcame difficult circumstances to raise her four children.

Linda was a teen mom and was not able to complete her high school education or attend college. Many women like Linda who are teen mothers don’t have many opportunities to pursue higher education due to the responsibilities of motherhood and the costs of raising children, preventing many young moms from being able to achieve their dreams.

This scholarship aims to honor the life of Linda Fontenot-Williams by supporting single mothers throughout their education.

Any African American single mother who is a high school senior or undergraduate student may apply for this scholarship. 

To apply, tell us what inspires you to continue your education and what your future plans are.

Selection Criteria:
Ambition, Drive, Impact
Published May 31, 2023
Essay Topic

Tell us about your inspiration to continue your education. What has pushed you to keep going and what are your plans for the future?

400–600 words

Winning Application

Shyuanna Rodgers
Holmes Community CollegeJackson, MS
On June 19, 2022, my entire life changed. I found out I was pregnant with my first child. After reading the pregnancy test, I felt so many emotions. I immediately felt sick, dizzy, and overwhelmed. I called my mom and told her, "I don't know what I am going to do... I'm not ready. I'm scared." My mom consoled me the best she could and told me, "Sometimes God puts you in positions you believe you are not ready for, but he knows in which you are." That stuck with me for the rest of my pregnancy all the way until now. At that point when I walked out of the bathroom, I knew things were going to change... everything was. I was going down the wrong path before I became with child. My life was spiraling out of control. I had no plans for the future, and I was simply living in the now. Always waiting for the next moment of excitement and adrenaline. Whether it was going out every day or working as a bottle girl in nightclubs and brunch lounges surrounded by alcohol and bad decisions. That was all I had to look forward to, but getting pregnant forced me to buckle down and really think about who I was and who I wanted to be. I decided I wanted to be the best version of myself because that's what my child deserved and most importantly it's what I deserved. I began this journey of praying and journaling. I started to write down everything I felt passionate about. The main thing was I wanted to go back to school. I realized it was important to further my education so that I could be the example my son deserved. I wanted to make sure he knows that the sky is the limit. There is nothing he can't do and it's never too late to start. I also wanted to ensure my son has a comfortable life. As a child, I experienced extreme poverty and was not afforded many opportunities. I never want my child to feel less than others or go without anything he needs. Lastly, I decided to go to nursing school because I have a passion for caring for others and felt that nursing best fit my calling and true purpose on this earth. So, I applied to nursing school, and, by the grace of God, I got in! Since I have done my prerequisites and begin Nursing school this upcoming fall. After graduating with my associate's nursing degree, I plan to attend an RN-BSN bridge program. I want to continue to further my education by attending graduate school to receive my Master of Nursing and Nurse Practitioner License. I then hope to get my Ph.D. in Nursing so that I can eventually open my own Nurse Aesthetics practice.


When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is Nov 30, 2023. Winners will be announced on Dec 31, 2023.

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