Debbie Langley is a single mother studying Information Technology. Debbie has been a recipient of the Single Parent Scholarship for the last two semesters. This has made it possible for her to continue her education and work toward building a career.
Debbie’s main support in her pursuit of higher education is her eight children, who range in age from 17 to 32. All her children have reached incredible academic accomplishments and have supported their mother in doing the same.
“I feel so blessed to have received the scholarship each semester,” says Debbie. “It was really difficult to provide for my family while attending school full-time, working part-time, and being the mom AND dad all the time.”
As a single mother of eight children and a full-time college student, Debbie struggled to provide financially for her family prior to receiving this scholarship. Because the scholarship took care of Debbie’s tuition and books, she could use the income from her job to provide for her children.
“Coming to school has been a healing and awakening experience. My divorce had changed everything I had known of my life for almost 32 years. I felt very inadequate to face my future. I wasn’t really sure what to do or how I would support myself and my children,” shares Debbie. “The moment I walked into the doors of this college before I was even accepted here, I knew this was the place for me to be.”
Debbie says one of the biggest blessings of coming back to college at her age is the comradery she’s felt from her fellow students. She feels that her instructors truly want her to succeed. Debbie uses that same strength to root for other students in her position as a Peer Mentor Student Leader.
“I have learned I can do hard things, and I have gained a lot of confidence. I have value, and I can contribute. And I want others to feel the way that I feel now.” Says Debbie.