Three young women with unconventional career paths now have a little more money with which to pursue their educational goals.
The June S. Anderson Foundation granted full-tuition scholarships to MTSU students Lori Grimes, Latesha Fitzgerald and Amanda Adams, all rising seniors, at a May 13 luncheon at B. McNeel’s Restaurant, 215 N. Church St. in Murfreesboro.
Grimes, a Shelbyville, Tennessee, resident, who is majoring in organizational communication, was living in California when pregnancy interrupted her attendance at the University of California at Los Angeles.
Her husband is retired from the Los Angeles Police Department, where he served for 25 years before an on-duty injury forced his retirement 13 years ago.
Now that her daughter has graduated from MTSU and her son is a student at the university, Grimes is resuming her own college career.
Fitzgerald, a Brentwood, Tennessee, resident who is majoring in computer science, has three grown children.
Her stepson is a pilot for Alaska Airlines, and her daughter is an actress. Her son, Jordan, is a junior majoring in graphic design at MTSU.
Fitzgerald said her dream to research solar and wind power was pre-empted by a 12-hour work shift and family obligations. Now, she said, she has time “to research cleaner concepts of electricity generation.”
Adams, a Lewisburg, Tennessee, native who is majoring in geosciences, is married with two children, ages 9 and 2.
She said she has been interested in geology ever since she was a child and created her own rock collection.
“This makes it possible for me to continue and not take out the maximum amount of student loans just to survive,” Adams said of her award.
Dr. June S. Anderson, a professor of chemistry at MTSU for more than 25 years, established the June S. Anderson Foundation in 1982 to award scholarships to MTSU students majoring in programs of study underrepresented by women.
The Ripley, Tennessee, native founded Concerned Faculty and Administrative Women in 1975 at MTSU as an academic support service for women and established the Women’s Information Service for Education in 1977.
She also founded Women in Higher Education in Tennessee, participated in the Rape Alert program, conducted women’s studies classes and championed pay equity, child care centers and proper campus lighting.
For more information about the June Anderson Center for Women and Nontraditional Students and scholarship opportunities, contact Dr. Mary Magada-Ward, foundation president, at 615-898-5174 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
— Gina K. Logue (email@example.com)