Lucky Tovey remembers reading an essay written by her elementary-school-aged daughter about her hopes and dreams for the future. Her daughter had lots of plans and ideas about careers, but the last sentence took Tovey by surprise. "I'd like to do these things," her daughter wrote, "but I know I'll never go to college. We can't afford it." Tovey, a single mom with two children, has a high school education and struggles to make ends meet.
"I read that essay and I cried," Tovey says. "I got in my car and I drove straight to Missouri Western and enrolled. "I need a better job so I can afford to send her to college."
Tovey, a double major with three minors, recently received a $1,000 scholarship from the Missouri Western State University Foundation. She says that will help her reach her goal of graduation.
"I have to show my children that I can finish. I want them to know that even though I am not a normal college student, it is never too late in life to go after your dreams and to make a difference in other's lives."