Scholarship helps student to finish on time, reach goal of helping others
Ivory Billups thought finances may cause her to take a semester off from her studies at Gateway Technical College, delaying her timeframe to earn a degree and start her career or further her education.
A Foundation scholarship changed all that, and Ivory kept her studies on track – and graduated with a Human Services associate degree, walking across the stage at the May commencement ceremony to gather her degree and take the first steps to her future.
“I had gone through some financial hardships and thought I would have to take a semester off,” says Ivory. “The scholarship really helped me. I didn’t feel like I had to put off finishing my degree – I was able to finish it. I think knowing you are able to afford your classes also affects your grades, and this helped me to take care of my classes.”
Ivory was awarded the Human Services & AODA Certificate Scholarship as well as the Ken Vetrovec Memorial Scholarship.