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September 27, 2013
My name is Melanie Fone, and I have two wonderful young boys- Cayden and Riley. I am currently working towards a Bachelors degree in Nursing at University of Northern Colorado with a minor in psychology. I began working in Hemodialysis, which is a life-sustaining treatment for people with chronic kidney failure. This job introduced me into the medical field and there I found a true passion for caring and making a difference in the lives of others.
I plan to advance in my current job to become a Registered Nurse in Hemodialysis. After becoming financially stable upon graduation, I would love to fulfill a promise I made to my boys of taking them to Disneyland someday - a promise that I'd never be able to fulfill without getting the proper education and advancing in my career.
WomenGive has given me the opportunity to make my dreams a reality. As a mom, I tend to forget about myself and put all my time and energy into my children. This scholarship has shown me it is possible to accomplish both. I now have time to fully provide for my kids while pursuing my own goals. Without this scholarship, I would not be able to afford to pay for child care while going to classes. I would be forced to quit school and work full time to barely earn enough to make ends meet.
Finishing my degree will allow me to advance financially and be able to break out of this cycle of needing childcare to go back to work but having my entire paycheck pay for childcare. Without this scholarship my children would have to be placed in an unlicensed home child care center that does not provide an academic curriculum, and I would not be able to afford preschool for my 3-year-old.
I have a loss for words. “Thank You” does not feel like a strong enough statement to express how truly grateful I am. WomenGive members help make this scholarship a possibility for so many people. I have received funding for child care for two semesters and had tears of joy and disbelief each time I was awarded.
The members of the WomenGive are truly special people, and I am so grateful for this opportunity. They give me motivation and determination to continue to achieve my goals. My family and I will forever be grateful to all those generous enough to donate to this program, which gives me the opportunity to provide a more prosperous future for my family.
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