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Michelle Edwards

edwards-largeMichelle Edwards, a Class of 1951 scholarship recipient, participated in the nursing partnership program with Samuel Merritt University as a 2+2 student. She has completed her HNU coursework and graduated from Samuel Merritt University. Michelle is currently working in South Carolina as a labor and delivery nurse.

Understanding the struggles of single parenthood and wanting to give back to the local community, the Class of 1951 established a scholarship to assist an undergraduate single parent who resides in the Bay Area, displays financial need, and maintains at least a 2.5 GPA.

HNU was the ideal setting for Michelle to begin her college career.

“Being the first generation in my family to go to college, and being an African American female, there was no experience that could match HNU,” says Michelle, noting the nurturing and diverse environment at the University.

Deeply committed to her education, Michelle commuted two hours to and from Oakley every day while attending HNU classes and maintaining a 3.29 GPA. This effort proved worthwhile not only for Michelle but also for her daughter, Bria.

“HNU not only changed life for me, it was instrumental in changing my daughter’s course of life,” says Michelle, whose daughter often accompanied her to classes. Bria was inspired by HNU professors and her mother’s success, and now wants to become a doctor.

Michelle hopes someday that her daughter will follow in her footsteps and attend HNU. “I chose to attend Holy Names University because I wanted to attend a university that my daughter can attend. I would like to make attending HNU part of our family tradition,” she said. “My hard work has been recognized and this scholarship has given me even more motivation to succeed.”

To receive information on creating an endowed scholarship, please contact Sister Carol Sellman, director of planned giving, at (510) 436-1265 or sellman@hnu.edu.