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Women’s Foundation of Oklahoma awards grant supporting single mothers to Rose State College

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Rose State College was awarded the Single Mothers Academic Resource Team (SMART) grant for the second year in a row.

In its first year, the grant funded workshops for single parents enrolled at the college were designed to connect the parents with resources to help them reach their goal of completing a college degree.

Grant coordinators Monique Bruner and Rick Woodard discussing “The Price of Motherhood,” last year’s book selection for discussion groups.

Grant coordinators Monique Bruner and Rick Woodard discussing “The Price of Motherhood,” last year’s book selection for discussion groups.

This year, the workshops will continue and the funds will also help the coordinators reach students one-on-one for emotional support as they pursue a college degree.

A book discussion group will also be started to help connect single parents with others on campus overcoming similar obstacles.

Monique Bruner, one of the grant coordinators, says she is “proud of the exceptional programs they were able to put on last year” and she believes we were awarded the grant for a second year due to the many student testimonials who spoke of the positive impact the program had on their academic progress.

WFO board chair Gentra Sorem stated, “What we know is that only 1 in 7 Oklahoma women earn a bachelor’s degree and those that do complete their degree will earn $1 million more in lifetime earnings.

We are excited to be expanding our reach in serving this important population of women.” Students starting at Rose State College are working towards an associate degree and preparing for the workforce or to transfer to a four-year institution to complete a bachelor’s degree.

For more information or to get involved with the SMART grant at Rose State, contact Monique Bruner – [email protected] or Rick Woodard – [email protected].

Photo cutline: Grant coordinators Monique Bruner and Rick Woodard discussing “The Price of Motherhood,” last year’s book selection for discussion groups.

About Rose State College:
Rose State College is a community college offering single mothers more than 60 degrees and skilled-occupational programs conveniently located seven minutes from downtown Oklahoma City. www.rose.edu

About the Women’s Foundation of Oklahoma:

Since 2004, the WFO has invested over $650,000 in organizations dedicated to the economic self-sufficiency of Oklahoma women and girls. The WFO Endowment is managed by Communities Foundation of Oklahoma.  www.wfok.org

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