Sallan: Orphan Phenom 1/2 way to RN Degree
Organized by: Kathy Malone
It was July 2nd, 1996 when my nine year old cousin Sallan was suddenly and tragically orphaned. Earlier that morning, Sallan’s father drove Pam, her mother, to the hospital to begin her shift as an RN. By the time she arrived, she was no longer an employee there to start work; Pam was dead on arrival from a fatal gunshot wound to the head. By end of day, Sallan’s father had been arrested and charged with murder. He was convicted and sentenced to life in prison.
Although Pam’s life was cut short, the very best in her lives on in her daughter. There are striking similarities between Sallan and her mother. Like her mom, Sallan is extremely bright, resilient, conscientious, hard working and compassionate. And like Pam, she has a wonderful capacity for laughter.
Pam was in her thirties and a single parent of four when she got her GED. She enrolled in college and had to learn the disciplines that eventually earned her an RN degree. After High School, Sallan started college and earned 50+ College credits towards her RN degree. But she had to learn how to cope with the soul shredding trauma resulting from the death of her mother and the realization that her father took her mother’s life. Her struggle slowly pulled her away from her college studies, but it never pulled her away from caring for others.
Sallan took a job as a full-time nanny, caring for adopted children who were emotionally and physically challenged. She worked as a caregiver for an In-Home Care Provider. In every position of responsibility, she gave more than was asked of her. The family whose adopted children she cared for considers her a family member, and Sallan was always in high demand by clients of the In-Home Agency who received her care.
Sallan’s story, in essence her life, is a continuation of Pam’s legacy. It is Sallan’s dream to become an RN and to redeem the events that brought devastation to her early life. She lost both parents on a single day, but she remains resolute not to lose sight of her goals or the career for which she is uniquely designed and impassioned to do.
Sallan’s Goal: To complete her degree and serve as a Registered Nurse.
How We Can Help Sallan Realize Her Goal: She needs $38K over the next 30 months to provide the financial assistance needed for tuition, books and living expenses. She hopes to earn 12 to 18 credits per quarter while attending full-time and year round. Sallan will be eligible for the Pell Grant following her initial 12 months of full-time college enrollment along with a reduction of earned income.
Once the Pell Grant kicks in she will need support for living expenses to complete her degree. We ask that you please give generously and continually to help Sallan realize her dream and complete her RN degree.