“Senior home residents raise scholarship money for staff in Stone Mountain,” Atlanta News First

Scholarship Post

“Senior home residents raise scholarship money for staff in Stone Mountain,” Atlanta News First

Scholarship PostAtlanta News First featured the Park Springs Foundation in a recent story about the organization providing more than $100,000 in scholarships for employees and their families this year. Approximately 40 staff members will benefit from the scholarship program which provides scholarships for staff, their spouses and their children to further their education through college, technical school, graduate school, GED classes, and English as a second language classes.

“This is a great way to give back where you’re actually helping the people improve their quality of life and themselves through education,” Park Springs Foundation President James Stark said.

The Members of Park Springs, a life plan community that includes independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing and memory care, raise money through fundraisers and donations to offer employees, their spouses and their children up to $3,500 per semester, plus up to $500 for computers and books. The money can be used for spring, summer and fall terms, meaning staff can receive up to $12,000 a year.

“It’s so meaningful and fulfilling for us to be able to do this for our employees, many of whom are first-generation immigrants, first generation of someone going to college,” shared Park Springs Foundation Scholarship Chair Missy Vanderbilt.

Mildred Ugbaja, who immigrated to the United States from Nigeria in 2018 and works in the assisted living facility, said the program has made a huge difference in her life as a mother of four children. Her son Daniel is receiving thousands of dollars. Ugbaja also has another child receiving scholarship funds from the foundation.

“I didn’t want to burden my parents with having to bring out that amount every semester, knowing that we had other stuff to pay for in the house like bills, groceries and all of that,” Daniel said. He plans to go to medical school and become a neurosurgeon with the help of Park Springs Foundation.

Afi Jones, a single mother, has been working hard for the last two years as a server and bartender. Her son Joshua plays football at Lehigh University on scholarship, but she was concerned about how she would pay for books. She calls the scholarship “life-changing.”

“I thank the members personally — because it’s something that they’re doing from their hearts. So, you know, it’s heartfelt. It’s awesome,” she added.

To access the online story, visit the Atlanta News First website here.

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