Investing in the Future

Since 2007 the Deborah M Stuckey Family Scholarship Fund has supported and encouraged teens involved with the Center Against Domestic Violence  Relationship Abuse Prevention Program (RAPP), to seek higher education.  Ms. Stuckey and her family have been staunch proponents of youth, through their support of RAPP and in their support of drug abuse prevention programs.

We met Jovan, the first Deborah M Stuckey Family Scholarship recipient, as a RAPP client who became a RAPP Peer Leader. Her abusive relationship had already threatened to derail more than just her high school career when Jovan walked into the RAPP Room at her school.  Thanks to the Deborah M Stuckey Family Scholarship, Jovan was able to accept her admission into the University of Delaware’s summer program.  Now a Junior at Virginia Commonwealth University, Jovan is earning straight A’s on her way to earning a Bachelor of Social Work degree.  She wants to complete her Masters in Social Work and – of course – give back as a RAPP Coordinator!

The next Deborah M Stuckey Family Scholarship recipient, Cristina, said of her RAPP Peer Leader years, “RAPP not only gave me confidence, it has also given me family.”  Through her work with RAPP, Cristina overcame poverty, homelessness and tension in her own family to complete high school and move on to college. Cristina is now excelling at LaGuardia Community College in New York City.

Amanda, the newest Deborah M Stuckey Family Scholarship recipient, grew up in a violent household and, although she vowed that she would never be in an abusive relationship, her first boyfriend was both emotionally and physically abusive.  She became involved with RAPP at her high school and eventually became a RAPP Peer Leader.  As Amanda says, “With the help of RAPP, I am happy to say that I was able to close this chapter in my life and begin a healthy relationship with myself, my mother, younger brother and friends.”  Amanda wants to become a pediatrician.  Her scholarship to Penn State does not cover all her expenses and the Deborah M Stuckey Family Scholarship made all the difference for her attending this premed program.

Your support of the Deborah M Stuckey Family Scholarship Fund can mean the difference in another bright young person’s future.  Please support the scholarship fund this year by clicking here.