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#Hellohumankindness: Woman starts scholarship fund to help put single moms through nursing school

Posted at 11:50 PM, Jun 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-12 09:31:49-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Classes may have just ended for the summer but some students are already making plans for the upcoming semester. Thanks to Vi Dora Exclusive Hair Extensions Scholarship six students will be heading back to nursing school with a little extra help.

Glenda Woolfolk is the founder of the scholarship fund and tells 23ABC she wants to help single moms going through the nursing programs at Bakersfield College and Cal State Bakersfield. Woolfolk says it's her way of paying it forward after the kindness and help her own mother received over 40 years ago when she was going through nursing school at BC while raising her children alone.

"They may not have been in the same situations as my mom but their struggle is the same as far as wanting to provide for their children and have a better life," Woolfolk explained. "Then their excitement, as most of them are in their last lap of school. They graduate next year. And they are so excited. They have overcome so many things."

There will be six recipients this year who will receive thousands of dollars in scholarships towards their nursing educations.

One of those students is newly single mom, Kayla Moore. Despite the demands of Moore's nursing program at Bakersfield College, she adopted her 8-year-old niece after her parents were no longer able to care for her.

"It just kind of happened overnight and honestly everyone says how blessed she is to have me but they don't understand how blessed I am to have her because she's amazing and she gives me a reason to just keep on," Moore said. "Cause she is watching me."

Moore says this scholarship will make a difference emotionally and financially.

The awards ceremony will take place Friday June 14 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Bakersfield Marriot.

Tickets are still available here and proceeds go towards scholarships.

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