Save The Date: August 30, 2019 scholarship gala at Memorial Hall in Racine Wisconsin
I've established the Barbara Goss-Gonzalez Memorial Scholarship Fund to empower ambitious moms in Greater Racine to pursue their educational and career goals. Thanks to your vision, coaching, guidance and tough love, I have done well and created the life I dreamed about as a child growing up in poverty in Racine, Wisconsin. I am investing my own money to launch this fund which will award two $5,000 scholarships annually to women from Racine who have at least one child and are pursuing higher education.
We will announce the inaugural scholarship winners at a fancy gala to be held in Racine in August 2019.
All a daughter ever wants is to make her mama proud. I hope I have accomplished that. Your legacy lives on through your children and the many people you touched during your time on this Earth.
Who was Barbara Goss-Gonzalez?
Barbara Denise was born in Racine, Wisconsin on December 5, 1967 and graduated from William Horlick High School.
Barbara was known affectionately as “Sassy” by her close friends and family due to her outspoken, confident nature, her fun-loving attitude, her direct style of communication, and her trend-setting fashion sense. A natural leader, Barbara was always business savvy and made a significant impression and impact wherever she went.
She gave back to her community for several years as a certified nursing assistant and became certified as a machinist from Gateway Technical College.
She was a dedicated mother, grandmother, and wife who loved fashion, her family and friends, and her beloved Harley Davidson motorcycle. She was an avid biker who enjoyed traveling the country’s highways on her Harley.
Barbara is survived by her husband Louis Gonzalez of New York, her mother Martha Goss of Racine, her father Bobby Perkins of Chicago, her children: DeAnte, Kamara and Divinity, her grandchildren Kaleigh and Nyah, sisters Bessie and Shaakira, brothers Timothy and Ali, nieces Courtney and Dajsha, nephews Jamal, Isaiah, Ali Junior, and Tayshawn, uncles William and Marvin, aunts Fannie, Mary, and Della, and numerous other relatives.
Scholarship Fund Details
- The intent of this scholarship award is to enable students to attend college without accumulating burdensome debt.
- The scholarship award amount is $5,000 for the academic year ($2,500 per semester).
- To be eligible, students must be attending an accredited U.S. college, university or trade school.
- Scholarship awards are not limited to any particular degree.
- The award is renewable for up to three years provided the student maintains a GPA of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale
- Students seeking a renewal of their scholarship will be required to submit an essay describing how they used the funds the prior year.
- All awards will be paid directly to the student. We trust you to apply the funds to your most critical needs (i.e. tuition, books, rent, childcare, transportation, etc.).
- Scholarship awards will only be granted to applicants who are permanent residents of Wisconsin, even if you are pursuing your education out of state.
To complete your application, please submit the following by June 28, 2019.
- One essay (750 words max) answering the questions: what are your career goals and how will this scholarship help you achieve them?
- A video (3 minutes max) answering the question: what does motherhood mean to you?
- Proof of enrollment in an accredited academic institution for the 2019-2020 school year
- Three photos of you and your child/children to be used for promotional purposes
- Two letters of recommendation
- One page resume
Send all materials to: firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line "BGG Memorial Scholarship Fund" by the application deadline. Finalists will be notified by August 1, 2019.