"You're never too old to go back to school, and Baton Rouge Community College (BRCC) is the perfect place to begin," said 34-year-old Shanna Maples.
Maples graduated from BRCC in 2015 with an A.S. in Business. She now enjoys a fulfilling
career at BREC in the Human Resources Department.
"BRCC was there for me at the right time. I had just gone through a very nasty divorce, and I was a single mother with 3 children. My world was crumbling before my eyes."
Maples says that she knew that furthering her education was the only route to a better
life for her and her kids, but she was concerned about her success. She had not been
in a classroom setting since graduating from high school in 1998.
"On my first day of class, I sat in my car crying, but my fears were soon dissolved. The teachers were very understanding, respectful, and knowledgeable in their fields. They brought real life experience to the classroom, and that's what appealed to me," said Maples. "The smaller classroom setting also suited my needs as an older student."
Maples is the 2014-2015 recipient of the Mid City Merchants Scholarship, which recognizes business students who excel academically. Maples was the perfect candidate with a 3.9 GPA. She was a member of Kappa Beta Delta International Honor Society, received the Tyrone Davis Leadership Award, and landed an internship with Hollywood Casino at the college's annual Career Expo.
"I am thankful to Mid City Merchants for their gift to the BRCC Foundation. Prior to receiving the scholarship, I seriously considered changing my status from full-time to part-time to reduce costs."
"The scholarship allowed me the opportunity to focus on school and not stress out about my finances. I was even able to attend summer school and graduate earlier than anticipated."