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PIX11 is encouraging its viewers to make a contribution to Kameka’s Fund to help students like Kameka make better lives for themselves and their families.
Monica Morales(Left) with Kameka Marsh(Right)
Watch PIX11 News: Follow-Up Friday: Kameka's Fund
October 27, 2017 — Kameka’s Fund is a new scholarship fund for LaGuardia Community College students who are supporting their families while working towards their college degree.
It honors LaGuardia Community College alum Kameka Marsh, a single mother of three who received a scholarship last year from the LaGuardia Community College Foundation that helped her complete her studies. When she graduated in June 2017, Kameka became the first in her family to earn a college degree. Now she’s getting ready to start pursuing her bachelor’s degree at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and plans to become a lawyer. She wants to help struggling single moms like her.
More about Kameka’s Journey
In November 2016, Kameka contacted PIX11 reporter Monica Morales of “Monica Makes It Happen” (helping viewers address challenges they’re facing), for help to finish her studies at LaGuardia.
Kameka had just 18 credits left, and was eager to graduate. But while pregnant with her third child, she’d stopped going to class without withdrawing. Dropping out unexpectedly left her with an outstanding tuition bill, and dropped her GPA to 1.7 (a 2.0 is required to graduate).
Hearing how determined she was to get back on track, Monica reached out to LaGuardia. Foundation staff helped Kameka set-up a payment plan for her tuition bill, helped her secure a scholarship to help her pay for her remaining classes, and encouraged her along the way. Click here to watch a story that aired on PIX11 in November 2016.
Kameka got to work. As she said, “I didn’t want to let down LaGuardia, PIX11 or Monica. I wanted to show them all that they didn’t make a mistake in supporting me.”
While caring for her family, she worked a full-time job, went to school full-time and earned straight A’s for her last 18 credits.
Now, PIX11 is encouraging its viewers to make a contribution to Kameka’s Fund to help students like Kameka make better lives for themselves and their families.
For more information about Kameka’s Fund, or to make a donation, please visit: www.LaGuardia.edu/KamekasFund. Even just $20 could to help single parents like Kameka stay on track towards making a better life for themselves and their children – raising their earnings potential, motivating their children to follow in their footsteps, etc.
“I’ve been through a lot. I’m working hard to motivate my kids so that they don’t have to struggle like I did; I’m going to school full-time and working full-time; it’s hard,” says Kameka. “But it’s worth it. My daughter, who’s in 5th grade, often tells me that she wants to graduate college like I did. And I’m seeing her work harder in school and getting higher grades, and even the behavior of my three kids has improved.”