In the fall of 2003, my life became significantly different. I had been in a marriage that was unhealthy and unsafe, and I finally realized that it was time to end the marriage. The divorce went through smoothly and quickly, and within 6 weeks of my decision, I was a single mom. I had been the primary breadwinner, working a full-time and a part-time job, but I had to learn to get by without my ex-husband’s income (and student loan checks). Because I made more than him, child support was set at $35. Did you read that right? THIRTY-FIVE DOLLARS A MONTH. That wasn’t even enough to cover diapers (Thanks, State of Utah!) I had a mortgage payment that I could barely make, so I rented out my basement to a roommate. I was working in medical billing accounting office making $9 per hour, and knew that I needed more income to be able to survive. I looked at what education options were available for me to finish my bachelor degree, but there was no way I could continue working 2 jobs AND go to school AND be a mom. It was a very desperate situation.
I was invited to be a part of a campaign through LDS Philanthropies for promoting a scholarship program for single parents. A group of bloggers met together at LDSP’s Provo office to find out about a unique opportunity to help single parents in need through our blogs. You may have noticed the widget on my sidebar about the campaign, but here’s the gist – LDS Business College offers the Stella Oaks Scholarship for Single Parents in need. Selected individuals who qualify are given full-tuition scholarship so they can further their education and provide a better future for their family. This month, we LDS Bloggers are helping to promote this campaign through our blogs, with the goal to raise enough money for 4 scholarships. Right now there are 45 students who qualify for this scholarship, but the money needs to be there.
I encourage you to watch the video of Megan’s story, who was a recipient of the Stella Oaks scholarship. If you are in a position where you are able to donate to this cause, I hope you will do so. Because of my experiences as a single parent desiring further education, this campaign is close to my heart. If you can’t afford to make a donation, would you be willing to add the campaign widget to your sidebar?
I was fortunate to meet Taylor fairly soon after my divorce, and when circumstances were right, we married. I was not an independent single parent for very long, but I also know how important a quality education is. There are many parents who do not have the support they need to complete their education, and this is a chance to really make a difference in the life of a family in need. Will you please consider your situation, and if you’re able, “Give, oh Give?”