Since my early years, my mother wanted me to attend college. Attending college was a dream she had for herself that was just not an option for a poor girl from the rural south who attended a single-room schoolhouse during her most formative years.
She encouraged me to attend college even though we knew nothing about what "attending" higher education meant. Thankfully, we learned together. My mother supported me throughout undergrad, completing my master's, and cheered me on when I enrolled in a doctoral program.
I lost my 63 year old mother to a three year battle with A-typical Parkinson's disease and dementia in 2016. In her memory, the Louise Speller Cooper Memorial Scholarship will support one African American female student who dreams of attending college. Although this scholarship is small, I hope it will help with the unexpected expenses for a first year undergraduate student.
To apply, please write about how your relationship with your mother has influenced your decision to attend college.