56-year-old Anne Fulcher was laid off and knew her only option was to go back to school… as a nontraditional student above the age of 25, she knew this would be a tough challenge she was about to face.
Anne Fulcher USCA Student says, "I expected to qualify for the life scholarship. I called financial aid, and they said well you don't qualify because of multiple reasons."
They told her even with a high GPA she didn't qualify. "First, you've been to school already, you're not right out of high school, and I was so mad," explains Fulcher.
That's when Anne Fulcher decided to do something to help others like her. As a mom, she knew there must be older parents trying to attend school for the first time. The people who have been laid off the past few years due to the economy, she also knew there must be other adults trying to get a higher education. That's when she got the idea to create a scholarship called the "second life."
"On that very day, I wrote a letter and developed criteria. I started calling Senator Massey, and Senator Tom Young," described Fulcher.
Wise says there are many outlets for single , young parents and minorities, but not for non-traditional students. After months of paperwork, the support of local legislators and the President of USC Aiken giving it the go-ahead, the ‘Second Life' scholarship is now reality.
Courtney Elledge reporting, "The Second Life Scholarship would give non-traditional students who are 25 and older $1,500 each semester if they are full time, and $750 if they are part time."
To qualify, you must keep a 3.0 each semester and be above the age of 25. Fulcher wanted to make sure that unlike other scholarships, the students can choose what they want to do with the funds. Whether that be purchasing books or paying tuition.
Fulcher says, "Knowing that I've already established it here at USCA makes me more credible when I try to get the push for it, state wide."
The scholarship money is privately funded through donations. Anne Fulcher says she is going to the South Carolina Capitol next month to try and get the Lottery funds to donate a portion and make this a state wide scholarship.
Paying for college is a concern - but coming back to college after 30 years , to find that you can't qualify for any academic scholarships makes it even harders. News Channel 6's Courtney Elledge has more.More>>