Every student interviewed by the Foundation gets asked one specifc question: what keeps you motivated? Whether they’re a scholarship recipient, a volunteer with the Foundation, or a student recommended to us for a feature story, we want to know what drives them.
When Angelic Ewing answered the question, she talked about the power of transformation.
“I’m motivated by the hope of a better future for me and my children. I’m showing my kids that it’s never too late to start over, to do what needs to be done, to give yourself a new beginning. If you work hard, you can be triumphant.” Angelic added, “Knowing that I’m making that transformation for my family for generations to come keeps me pushing forward.”
Registering for classes at Spokane Community College was the start of Angelic’s “new beginning.” After losing her husband and becoming a single parent to her three kids, she knew she wanted to find a new way forward. She hit some roadblocks as she tried to re-enter school, but she credits scholarships with setting her life on a new path.
“It changed my life. It actually changed the direction of my life,” Angelic explained. She described scholarships as a “community-minded gift,” one that shows students there’s no limit to what’s possible. “You can be and become anything. Scholarships propel people forward to dream and believe in a new future. They’re keys that open up new possibilities.”
Angelic’s dream is to be a small organic farm owner. To make sure she has all the tools she’ll need to build her new future, she’s working towards a project management certificate at SCC.
“It’s helping me wrap my mind around what a business needs,” she said.
She’s pursuing her accounting degree on top of her certificate, and she’s found a real passion for the work. In fact, she’s now tutoring other students in accounting. It’s a way of giving back to a community that supported her.
“I love the community SCC has given me. I love the integrity and compassion of the instruction, especially for a nontraditional student who just lost her husband. I love how the colleges pull resources together in a meaningful way, so the support is really a hand-up. It’s the community I’ve found that I love the most.”
She also considers the scholarship a sign of that strong community. “I feel like I’m a part of something because I got a scholarship.”
Angelic is thriving within this community. She’s doing well in her classes and is on track to finish school next year. And she was and even nominated for the Transforming Lives Award.
“That reminds me that I must be doing something right,” Angelic said.
And it’s a sign that she really is getting to start over. Through her hard work, she and her children are getting that new beginning.
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