This scholarship was established in loving memory of our mother, Gloria M. Roaden. Our mother was an intelligent women. She never finished high school, but she wanted more for our own children.
She always stressed the importance of education to us. Our mother realized that education is the great hope for the survival of humankind, and for the forward progress of civilization. She knew that education is the most basic necessity after those vital to life itself like food, clothing, and shelter; and that education is what lifts people out of the state of chronic poverty in which they struggle just to fulfill those basic needs.
Our mother had a passion and a vision for her children of a better quality of life. She knew the only way we could pursue our goals and dreams was through a good education.
Therefore, there is no better way to honor the memory of our mother than to continue her vision and passion for a good education to others. It is the greatest spirit of love and hope that this scholarship helps to put the recipients on the launching pad to soar in life and reach for the stars.
Her loving daughters,