Springfield Technical Community College graduate Emily Pierce is not a traditional Community Foundation scholarship applicant, but students like her are becoming the norm.
Pierce is a married mother of three children (ages 14, 9 and 2) who left her job as a medical assistant after 13 years in order to raise her family and continue her education.
The decision to return to school is one Pierce and her husband made knowing there would be challenges and sacrifices.
“My not working has posed many challenges to our family, however everyone has worked very hard to support my endeavors,” she said. “I have made it a priority to assist my husband in financially supporting our family by budgeting, downsizing and putting in every possible effort in school in order to be a strong scholarship candidate.”
Now a proud STCC alum, Pierce is attending Elms College’s Accelerated Second Degree in Nursing Program for her with help from a loan she received through CFWM.
Pierce said she is happy to show her children that education is integral to success and that hard work pays off.
“It was very important for my children to see the rewards for hard work. I was so proud to have them with me at the Honors Convocation as well as Commencement,” she said. “I am so grateful to be in college, I look at it as a second chance, and a once in a life time opportunity.”
Pierce touted the work of CFWM and the support it gives to students.
“The work that CFWM does is amazing,” said Pierce. “A friend of mine just finished doing AIDS research in South Africa and is finishing his Doctorate in Mathematics, and he is a past recipient of CFWM support. Also, my best friend recently took second prize in the Valley Venture Mentors accelerator program – she learned so much and will be able to grow her business in wonderful ways.”