Craig Rotary Club gives single parents a helping hand |

Craig Rotary Club gives single parents a helping hand

— The Rotary Club of Craig has created a scholarship for a segment of Moffat County’s population that, after extensive research and focus groups, seemed to be overlooked at every turn — single parents trying to balance the stress of school with the rigors of parenthood and work.

The Single Parent Scholarship consists of $1,500 for the academic year to a full-time student at Colorado Northwestern Community College in Craig who is also the custodial single parent of a child younger than 18.

The first scholarship was awarded to Craig native Kimberly Jolene Moore for the 2012-13 school year. During that time she maintained a 4.0 grade point average and was inducted into Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society.

Moore’s accomplishments make a striking contrast with her life only a few years ago, when she and her husband bought their first house in Craig.

“I was looking forward to wanting to expand our family when the relationship between my husband and I went from bad to worse,” she said. “I realized that children mimic the relationships that they see their parents having, and I wanted my daughter to see loving, happy parents and not a cold, bitter an unloving relationship.”

After divorcing her husband of eight years, Moore found herself emotionally spent, trying to cope with the loss of her marriage while working three jobs to support herself and her young daughter Makaylla.

“I realized that I couldn’t keep doing what I was doing, “ she said. “I never got to see my daughter and her behavior was a reflection of that. I drove up to the college that day and enrolled for the 2011 spring semester and never looked back.”

Earning her Single Parent Scholarship was no mean feat, and the requirements for keeping it were no cinch either. Moore had to demonstrate her commitment to the community through volunteer service and her dedication to pursuing her academic career by actively looking for alternate ways to help finance her higher education.

The Rotary Club required that the scholarship winner carry a grade point average of at least 3.0 and provide copies of her transcript for review.

Motivated by the thought of building a stable future for herself and Makaylla, Moore thrived.

“I want the best for my daughter,” she said. “I want her to have a mom that she is proud of, and most importantly I don’t ever want her to have any excuse for why she cannot achieve the goals that she sets.”

Moore’s success is the perfect realization of what the Single Parent Scholarship was meant to do — help motivated single parents create a better future for themselves and their children.

“The Craig Rotary Club wishes to congratulate you for being an exemplary student this past winter semester at CNCC,” said Chair of the Single Parent Scholarship Committee Neil Folks in a letter to Moore. “You are a great asset to the community of Craig.”

For more information contact Andie Tessler at 970-875-1793 or

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