CHARLOTTE -- The Leon Levine Foundation is challenging the community to help raise money for a scholarship for mothers in the Charlotte area. The ANSWER Scholarship began in 2006 to help women, including single moms, and victims of domestic violence, looking to get or further their education but need some help with tuition. Now Levine will match any new, increased, or lapsed donation up to $10,000 to the scholarship.
Kym Davidson is a semester away from graduating with her BA in Criminology.
"I was already in school I just wasn't serious about it,” said Davidson about prior education. “I was taking a class here or there at the community college."
Five years ago her world was flipped upside down. Davidson was fighting thyroid cancer, when her husband of 4 years turned violent. She immediately left with her two daughters who were 11 and 12 at the time.
Davidson and her children received counseling and support from the police department. It’s that support that may have helped guide her to her major.
Davidson just found out she will receive the ANSWER Scholarship for her final semester.
"What Kym is doing is setting an example for her children and that's what ANSWER is all about,” said ANSWER Scholarship Endowment Founder Susan Anderson. “We believe strongly when you educate a mother you will educate her children."
And to help more mothers The Leon Levine Foundation issued a challenge... A matching grant for every new, increased, or lapsed donation up to $10,000 by June 15th.
"As a single parent it eliminates the need for additional student loans,” added Davidson. “I'm able to concentrate more on my class work instead of worrying about paying the bills."
Bills that will most likely grow with a Junior and Senior in high school, also eyeing a college degree.
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