Seven women from across the U.S. have just begun their spring college semester with a scholarship from Lifetime Adoption Foundation. The Foundation is a non-profit organization which awards scholarships and educational assistance to women who have made an adoption plan for their child.
The majority of the scholarship recipients went through the adoption process for birth mothers and created an adoption plan for their newborn baby. They’re now able to receive ongoing contact and updates on their growing child.
In the essay portion of her scholarship application, one recipient wrote "I knew that adopting out my child to a couple who can’t have a baby of their own would bless that couple. But what I learned as I worked through the process was that adoption gave my child so many opportunities that I couldn’t give him. So, as I made decisions in my adoption, I knew they weren’t for me, but for my child. Even if it wasn’t the easiest choice to make, I wanted what was best for him. That’s why I went with adoption."
The Lifetime Adoption Foundation receives applications from birth parents who have completed adoptions at numerous different adoption agencies across the U.S. The non-profit organization requests donations from various agencies in the hopes that more funds can be available to provide more scholarships.
Board President and Founder Mardie Caldwell shares that there are always more applications than scholarships available.
"We’d love to be able to award larger scholarships and make sure that every qualified candidate is granted assistance," Mardie said. "However, scholarship applications far outweigh donations. That’s why we’ve established programs to attempt to raise more funds to supplement those made through private donations."
Tax-deductible donations can be made directly to the Lifetime Adoption Foundation online via PayPal at LifetimeFoundation.org.