For many of our scholarship recipients, the opportunities they receive extend beyond the classroom doors and change the trajectory of their future. Taylor Kennedy is one example.
Taylor’s mother, Monik Brinson, is an unwavering advocate for her children. As a single mother, Monik works tirelessly to make sure her children’s needs are met. She never wanted the neighborhood they lived in to determine what kind of education they received. However, when Taylor’s older brother Warren was entering middle school, it became clear that she needed to find other options to prevent a potentially disastrous future for Warren, as well as Taylor and their younger sister Caroline. AAA Scholarships enabled them to attend schools that were a better fit – a move that would open up a world of opportunities.
Taylor received the scholarship when she was in second grade, allowing her to build a solid foundation over the years and develop interests such as science, art and sports. In 8th grade, she discovered her passion for volleyball, a sport that is having a big impact on her future goals.
“Volleyball is an outlet for me,” explains Taylor. “Whenever I am feeling stressed or anxious, all I have to do is play volleyball and it helps relieve my stress and worries. Volleyball has most definitely helped me grow into more of a leader on and off the court.”
One could say that athleticism and hard work runs in the family. Taylor’s big brother is Warren Brinson, a former AAA scholarship recipient that is making big moves on the University of Georgia football team (you can read more about his story here).
And now it looks like Taylor is well on her way to creating a successful future for herself as she makes strides on and off the volleyball court as a senior at Calvary Day School. A celebrated member of the varsity volleyball team, she has already received three college offers. While she has not decided on which college she will choose, she hopes to attend on a volleyball scholarship to pursue a degree in veterinary medicine while continuing to play the sport she loves.
Reflecting on her family’s journey with AAA Scholarships, Monik says there is one word that sums it up: grateful. “I made a lot of sacrifices to get my children to this point – to make sure that they had a good education and everything they needed to succeed – and I could not have done it alone,” she says. “AAA Scholarship Foundation and its supporters gave us a helping hand, ensuring that my kids’ dreams could become reality.”
About AAA Scholarship Foundation
AAA Scholarship Foundation promotes the advancement of education by administering educational choice programs. The typical AAA Scholarship student is an ethnic minority living with a struggling single parent/caregiver in a high crime community. More than 80 percent of these children are initially awarded AAA scholarships while living in households with annual incomes at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level. Many are either below grade level, failing at their previous school or both when they first receive a scholarship. Parents, who find their children in these circumstances and are concerned about their future, look for viable options. They seek an atmosphere that challenges their children and will reverse inadequate learning, social patterns and potential lifelong negative impacts. They wish to change their children’s learning environment, acquaintances and the unfortunate predictable outcomes associated with school failure.
AAA Scholarships are funded in Arizona, Florida, Georgia and Nevada by companies that redirect a portion of their state tax liability to the AAA Scholarship Foundation in exchange for a dollar-for-dollar tax credit. AAA Scholarship Foundation is one of the only 501(c)(3) nonprofit scholarship organizations approved to administer these legislatively-authorized tax credit scholarship programs in multiple states. AAA Scholarship Foundation provides your company with the convenience and efficiency of a single solution for participating in multiple state tax credit scholarship programs. For more information, or to learn how your company can participate in the program, visit www.AAAScholarships.org, or contact Kerri Vaughan at kerri @ aaascholarships.org or 888-707-2465 ext. 730.