As part of an annual distribution to local charities, the North Mecklenburg Woman’s Club presented a check for $10,000 to ANSWER’s scholarship endowment May 6.
ANSWER is a nonprofit that awards scholarships and provides mentors for local working mothers seeking a college degree. ANSWER founder Susan Andersen expressed gratitude for a donation for the fourth year in a row.
A Huntersville resident is starting college this fall thanks in part to an ANSWER scholarship, Andersen said, adding that the mother was selected as a result of a new “partnership collaboration with Hope House Foundation and Ada Jenkins Center.”
North Mecklenburg Woman’s Club members had connected ANSWER to those community organizations.
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Scholarship recipient Teena Allen of Rock Hill said ANSWER has empowered her through its Mentorship for Moms program, and she praised the mentor who worked with her. Allen is mother of two and a rising senior at Winthrop University’s school of social work.
Andersen said mentorship is just as important as the educational support.
Some recipients eventually become volunteer mentors for the organization. And a professional development piece has been started to assist the mothers in landing meaningful employment after graduation, according to Andersen. “It’s about the whole individual,” she added.
To date, 70 scholarships to 38 women have been awarded since 2006.
The impetus for forming ANSWER stemmed from the feeling of gratitude for her own scholarships, Andersen said. The office is co-located in Charlotte with Foundation for the Carolinas, which provides oversight, funnels the money to the recipients’ schools and helps select candidates.
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