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May 14, 2015
My name is Brittney, and I am a proud single mother to my four year old daughter, Adalynn. She has been the ray of sunshine my life needed. I became a single mom while I was pregnant because the person I was in love with became a drug addict.
Being the sole provider for my family over the past four years has definitely been challenging. For the first years of Adalynn's life, I had to work two jobs to afford my mortgage and ensure my daughter had everything she needed. I felt like I was working and working and wasn't getting ahead. I was away from my daughter more and more and I was missing out on a lot.
I originally chose to pursue a certificate in dental assisting so that I could earn enough and spend more time with my daughter. I worked as a dental assistant for two years, and fell in love with the field. I created wonderful relationships with my patients, and it made me realize that this is what I was meant to do with my life.
A year ago, I lost my job. The thought of being a jobless single mom was terrifying. Instead of giving up, I made the biggest decision of my life - to go back to school. I committed myself to earn my degree in dental hygiene. I wanted to expand my knowledge and help my patients even further.
I just finished my first year at Front Range Community College and am on schedule to apply for the Dental Hygiene program at Laramie County Community College in Cheyenne, Wyoming in August 2015. It's hard to believe that in another 18 months I will be making a comfortable wage, and celebrating all the challenging obstacles I have facedalong the way. My ultimate plan for the future is to own my own practice and create a dental spa - a place where patients suffering from dental phobias can come for a less office-like environment.
I was accepted into theProject Self-Sufficiency(P S-S) program at the beginning of this journey, and they have been a huge blessing to me. My P S-S advisor told me about this wonderful scholarship opportunity that was being offered through United Way's WomenGive program since one of the main struggles I face asa full-time student was figuring out howto afford childcare for Adalynn.
I heard that funding for this program is limited, and that first-time applicants do not always get chosen to receive the childcare scholarships. Regardless, I was determined to try anything that would help me succeed and accomplish my dreams, so I sent my application and shared my story anyways. I received a letter several weeks later, stating that I had been chosen! Tears ran down my face as I felt a huge sense of relief lifted off my shoulders.
I felt like my dreams were coming true, and to have complete strangers believe in me was so empowering! Words cannot describe how grateful I am to receive this scholarship for two semesters in a row. It has not only helped me, but it has made such a huge difference for Adalynn. She is becoming a social butterfly, and I look forward to picking her up every day so I can hear her silly stories about the fun she had with her friends at “school.”
I thank WomenGive for believing in me enough to award me such a blessing, and most importantly motivating and empowering me to accomplish my dreams. I hope to someday donate to such a wonderful program so that more single moms can be blessed and empowered by having someone believe in them and their dreams. These scholarships mean more than just handing out money, you are changing lives and influencing our next generation. I will forever be thankful for this blessing. Thank you WomenGive!
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