After a detailed application and interview process, Maggie’s Place selected this year’s recipients who will both receive $1,000 scholarships. Congratulations again to our winners! Please read more about this year’s recipients below:


The Becky Most Scholarship Fund is named in honor of a beloved staff member who was killed in an automobile accident and was dedicated to encouraging moms to pursue their educational and employment dreams (featured above).

Sonia

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Year at Maggie’s Place:
2010

Title of academic program:
Medical Assistant

Expected date of completion:
July 2013

What is your ultimate career goal?
When I graduate I will be a medical assistant. After I start working in a doctors office, I hope to continue my education at ASU. My ultimate career goal is to become a RN (registered nurse) working in a maternity ward delivering babies.

What inspired you to do this program?
My children inspired me. I wanted to prove to myself and my children that it’s never too late to get an education.

How has your life positively changed since you first came to Maggie’s Place?
Since leaving Maggie’s Place I have my own apartment and I am a full time student.


Amanda

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Year at Maggie’s Place:
Current mom

Title of academic program:
Licensed Practical Nurse

Expected date of completion:
April 2013

What is your ultimate career goal?
I would like to be a doctor with my own practice, someday. Medical career degrees take a long time to achieve, so my first priority is to achieve financial independence. I will be attending school for my LPN license, which will take 1 year of training and passing a State exam. I will then be able to work in a nursing home to better support my son and I, while going back to school for my RN degree. This will also place me in my field of interest, and allow me to gain experience in the medical profession, not to mention the added bonus of helping people along the way! I plan to use my income over the years to build a safe and secure life for my son and I, as well as accumulate a savings for him, before pursuing my final educational stepping stone of attending med school.

What inspired you to do this program?
I attended Kaplan Career Institute for a degree in Medical Assisting during the 2011-2012 school year. It was at that time that I decided I wanted to go all the way to med school, with at least one stop along the way, for a nursing degree. At that point in my life, I had all the time in the world, but about a third of the way through the program, I discovered that I was expecting (!), and my plans went into serious uncertainty mode. I ended up scrambling to find somewhere to live, and, long story short, I ended up at Maggie’s Place, and since have found all the support I could ask for (and more!) to pursue my original goals, with a few added steps along the way to accommodate for the beautiful little boy who has since entered my life.

How has your life positively changed since you first came to Maggie’s Place?
How can I begin? Maggie’s Place is a true lifeline for mothers with no support systems! Aside from the obvious benefits of living here (a roof over our heads, food to eat, basic needs and even a few wants fulfilled), we also have emotional support available to help us cope with becoming new mothers and planning for the future, assistance from our peers (both moms and staff alike), and the added benefit of the network of volunteers.

Photo courtesy of Unique Elegance Photography.