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Charlotte scholarship foundation receives grant for mothers

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CHARLOTTE -- A $10,000 grant is helping a Charlotte scholarship foundation send more mothers to college.

Answer Scholarship Endowment received a matching grant from the Leon Levine Foundation earlier this year. The organization helps send mothers to college for the first time.

For mother of two, Marquettia Stover, it has been a constant balancing act. She's a single mother and just months away from graduating from Winthrop University.

"Sometimes I don't eat anything but an apple in the morning, and I might not eat until late at night after my classes," said mother and senior Marquettia Stover. "It is a struggle within itself. Every day I'm multitasking, putting on different hats."

Stover says her senior year isn't easy. Between her boys' schedules, school and interning, she isn't able to work full time job. As a single mother, Stover relies on family support and help through the Answer Scholarship Endowment. The fund helps mothers with school-aged children pursing their first college degree.

"If it had not been for the Answer Scholarship, I wouldn't have been able to continue my education here at Winthrop,” said Stover. “I was so close to completing my goal."

Susan Anderson founded the scholarship back in 2005. She was a scholarship recipient at UNC Charlotte and knew at the time a simple thank you wasn't enough.

"I never forgot their generosity,” said Anderson about receiving a scholarship. “And I had made a vow to myself one day I wanted to pay it forward."

Anderson, with help from the community, saw 29 women receive thousands of dollars to fulfill their dreams. Most recently, the Leon Levine Foundation awarded the endowment a $10,000 matching grant.

The scholarship goes directly to the college or university, to help pay for the mother's tuition, fees and even books.

The Endowment will host an event Thursday October 24 at Queens University at the new Levine Health and Wellness Center. For more information go to http://answerscholarship.org/.

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