At the mature age of forty-eight, DonnaMarie is expected to be the first in her family to earn a college degree. After leaving an abusive relationship, DonnaMarie’s hardships spiraled out of control. She struggled with addiction but was able to overcome it with the help of a support group. She turned her life around and has since become active in helping other women achieve sobriety. Left to raise her nine-year-old son on her own, she moved into her elderly parents’ home. In addition to being the secretary of her support group, DonnaMarie is also a volunteer at a local hospice. DonnaMarie enrolled at Kingsborough Community College to pursue a degree in Nursing.

“I am so grateful to receive the Ed Fund award, I’ve been praying for a way to continue to pay for books, child-care, and transportation while in school.”