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The Aretha McLain Grandparent Scholarship

This last week I posted an article that was meant to encourage people to consider donating to a scholarship fund or find some way in which they could contribute to the educational goals of others. Angelique Crowder heard my call and stepped up to the plate to create her own scholarship. She should be commended for doing her part to help others. The following are the details of the scholarship. If you know of someone that meets the qualifications, please be sure to pass this information onto them.

The Aretha McLain Grandparent Scholarship
“The greatest burden is not being able to share your greatest potential.”

As a financial aid administrator, I encounter first hand the frustrations many families are faced with when it comes to sending a family member to college due to lack of funding. It breaks my heart to hear somebody utter, “I don’t have enough money for books.” God placed this on my heart two years ago, so I decided to bring forth this scholarship for students who are being raised by their grandparent(s). Lately, there has been such an influx of grandparents raising their grandchildren and if I can relieve some of the financial burden from a deserving first year student, I am willing to help with the announcement of this scholarship.

As a first generation college graduate myself, I was raised by my biggest role model: my grandmother, Ms. Aretha McLain. Although she had a limited formal education, she stressed the importance of education to her grandchildren. I’ve been thinking about giving back to others and finally realized the most obvious answer was to help a student purchase their books on the first day of class. As a single parent myself, I can commit to $750 for the scholarship recipient.

This is an opportunity for a first-time college student who will begin their studies in the Fall of 2011.

Listed below are the qualifications for the Aretha McLain Grandparent Scholarship.

  • United States Citizen
  • Must be a resident of New York City, Atlanta or South Carolina
  • First year undergraduate college student
  • Acceptance Letter from college
  • A copy of High School transcript confirming 3.0 gpa
  • Essay from student detailing the special relationship they have with their grandparent(s)

For further information, please send an email to

Be Blessed and be a blessing

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6 Responses to “The Aretha McLain Grandparent Scholarship”

  1. This is such a nice thing to read! I was very close to my grandmother before she died, and while she didn’t raise me as my mom was there, she was still a very big part of my life. In her name, I would love to do something like this to help others.

    • You should definitely think about contacting Angelique (above) and see about pooling resources to create a scholarship fund that can exist in perpetuity in honor of your grandparents.

  2. Susan Jurica says:

    This is heartwarming. I am raising my 2 granddaughters and need a scholarship to finish my teaching credential any suggestions??

  3. Sandy Wright says:

    How do I find scholarship for grand parents that would like to return to school and have grand children?

  4. Lisa says:

    I am a grandparent raising two grand-children and I do not have money to pay my tuition for my final (6) courses to complete my bachelors degree. Does anyone have any suggestions?

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