Fellow urges others to never give up
Aurora Woman Receives $5,000 WGU/Cross Purpose Community Outreach Partnership Scholarship
Sherie Birdsong, Account Manager at Clinic Service in Denver, is taking steps to achieve her purpose in life, which means continuing her education in the field of health information. She is the latest recipient of the Western Governors University/Cross-Purpose Community Outreach Partnership Fellowship.
Birdsong was surprised by colleagues and representatives from WGU and Cross Purpose as they recognized her achievement at a special celebration at her workplace.
“I am at a loss for words. I just have smiles,” Birdsong said. She will use the $5,000 scholarship to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management at WGU. Birdsong began his studies on January 1st of this year.
Birdsong overcame her fair share of adversity to achieve her goal of pursuing a higher education in higher education. She chose to pursue her education in health information management to become a behind-the-scenes patient and care advocate.
“For most of my life I have been a caring and compassionate person. Many doors open that I never expected to open,” she said. “Never give up on you- same.”
WGU partners with cross lens, a local non-profit organization, to provide scholarships to people who overcome relational, economic, and spiritual poverty through professional and community development. The association provides advice, coaches and support to individuals to better understand themselves and their personal and professional potential.
“This partnership takes Cross Purpose’s work even further by investing in people from traditionally underserved populations to help them further their education and achieve their professional goals,” said Carolyn “CJ” Renaud, Senior Community Liaison. with WGU. “We can make a real difference to the individual and our community by working to lift individuals out of intergenerational poverty.”
Billy Blankenship, Cross Purpose Vocational Training Specialist, said, “It has been a great opportunity to grow this scholarship opportunity with WGU and help Cross Purpose alumni achieve success.”
For more information about WGU and scholarship opportunities, visit wgu.edu.
WGU was founded in 1997 with the vision of giving individuals a new path to higher education through technology and a different learning model of competency-based education to provide in-demand knowledge and skills. WGU is the nation’s largest accredited online nonprofit university with more than 2,500 Colorado students and more than 135,000 students nationwide.