Recently, Bloomington Tri Kappa members presented Shelley Singell with the 2019 Angie Martin Sisterhood Award. A total of $1,600 was collected by the women and donated to the Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County Habitat Scholars program in Shelley’s honor.

Congratulating Shelley Singell on her award are, from left, Aggie Sarkissian, Angie Martin, Theresa Cooper, Nancy Gettinger, Shelley Singell, Amanda Burnham, and 2018 honoree Mary Jane Hall (photo courtesy of Bloomington Tri-Kappa).

Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County is committed to breaking the cycle of poverty through homeownership and education. In 2010, Habitat created a volunteer scholars committee dedicated to ensuring that all Habitat homeowner children who qualify receive guidance and are signed up for the Indiana 21st Century Scholars program. In this timeframe, the volunteer scholars committee has contacted 100 percent of eligible students and have confirmed over 35 enrollments in the program.

The committee also plans events encouraging Habitat parents and students to become comfortable on college campuses, provides follow up during the high school years to ensure completion of the 21st Century scholarship requirements, and incorporates educational information for Habitat parents into the homeownership classes that families take as part of their sweat equity requirement.

The 21st Century Scholarship provides students up to four years of undergraduate tuition at any participating public college or university in Indiana. As a 21st Century Scholar, students not only earn a scholarship but get step-by-step help to make sure they succeed in college and graduate with a degree. To learn more about volunteering for the program, please email us.