Grant gives single parents a SMART start

Marisa Caban

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Illustration courtesy of Tribune Service

Illustration courtesy of Tribune Service

Rose State College was awarded a $5,000 grant from the Women’s Foundation of Oklahoma, to be used for financial support and programs to encourage graduation for single parents from RSC.

According to their website, the Foundation is dedicated to the “economic self-sufficiency of Oklahoma women and girls,” and “builds a permanent endowment that ensures funding to enhance the lives of women and girls in Oklahoma for generations to come.”

The grant will provide a student emergency fund for “Short-Term, Small Loans,” a two-week summer program for academic planning and the improvement of placement test scores.

The Single Mothers Academic Resource Team at RSC has already benefitted from the grant with a one-day workshop with resources to introduce students to resources on campus and within the community.

Another event hosted by SMART will be a book discussion at 9 a.m. on May 1 in Social Sciences, Room 207. The book being discussed is “The Price of Motherhood: Why the Most Important Job in the World is Still Considered the Least Valued” by Ann Crittenden. A limited number of free books are available and breakfast will be provided.

To RSVP to the book discussion or for more information about SMART, call Rick Woodard at 733-7332 or Dr. Lisa Seale at 736-0223.

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