Scholar Stories

Christine, CA


Christine has been a JRF Scholar since 2014 and is working on completing her Bachelor's degree in psychology and nursing from California State University San Marcos. Her goal is to specialize in neonatal care and hopes to work as a travel nurse once her son is grown. Outside of class, Christine volunteers with women and children in a transitional housing program. As a survivor of domestic abuse, she knows the importance of helping others see how much better life can be.

"The turning point for me came when I once again found myself laid off in 2012. I had already been struggling for about three years at that point to take care of my son, keep a roof over our heads and rebuild my life after exiting a very physically and psychologically damaging marriage. I realized in that moment that to not only survive, but to thrive that I would have to go back to school and get a degree.

The Jeannette Rankin scholarship funds helped me to continue my education while spending quality time with my family, volunteering in the community and focusing on my studies. I used the scholarship funds to purchase my textbooks, make necessary repairs to our car as well as other expenses. I believe that my education and ability to source scholarships has impacted my son and my husband in a very positive manner.

I believe they see how hard I work in school to complete my assignments on time, get good grades, and learn new things and are proud of me. The scholarship funds make it a bit easier on my husband as well, as he works very hard to support our family, while being disabled. He has been so inspired by my hard work, dedication and positive attitude, that he has decided pursue a degree in business administration."