Meet current SPSF NWA recipient Brittany Ramsey and her 10-year-old nephew Ashton, 9-year-old daughter Aubreauna, and 5-year-old son Rafael. Brittany is currently a student at the Career Academy of Hair Design in Rogers where she will be graduating in August. Read on to learn about Brittany’s journey as an SPSF NWA Scholar.
How did you decide to attend the Career Academy of Hair Design?
I chose cosmetology and aesthetics because I love making people feel beautiful and passionate about hair. It is something I can see myself doing every day. I’m excited because I’m always learning new things about skincare.
What made you decide to go back to school/go to school for the first time?
I finally decided to go back to school because I am raising three kids at the age of 29, and time isn’t slowing down.
How did you hear about SPSF NWA?
Aubreauna’s fourth grade teacher told me about the scholarship opportunity with SPSF NWA.
What has been your favorite parenting moment?
The crazy weekend sports games—sitting in the stands cheering the kids on, cuddles on rainy days, and the sound of them snoring in the next room.
Where do you like to hangout with your family in NWA?
On cold, wet days we like to go to Altitude or High Rise. We like to fly fish or float the rivers on warm summer days.
What has been your biggest challenge thus far balancing school and life?
It would be coordinating my schedule with my 5-year old’s school schedule.
Why do you value education?
I value education because my kids are watching my every move. I feel like what they see me accomplish has a huge impact on what they will do in their own lives. They see me working towards a career I am passionate and sincere about; a job that I want to get up and go to every single day.
What do your children want to be when they grow up?
My nephew Ashton wants to be an engineer.
Aubreauna wants to be a Lady Razorbacks basketball player while she gets her degree in fashion, and Rafael wants to be a fire fighter.
Other than financially, what impact has SPSF NWA made on your life?
SPSF NWA has made it possible for me to finish school without as much stress. The staff is always sending out e-mails to check on us and just to see if there’s anything they can do to help. They have also allowed me and my kids to do things we otherwise would not be able to do. From attending Razorback basketball games to plays at the Walton Arts Center. In addition, I know the office is always available if I need a place to study. The entire staff is very encouraging and love helping us. That’s a huge relief to know.
How will life be different for you and your kids after you graduate?
I already have a few jobs lined up, so I am super excited. I can’t wait to begin skin treatments, hair styling, and nail care—all the things I have been studying so hard for in the past few months. I am looking forward to being in the salon and making people feel beautiful and important.
What would you like to say to SPSF NWA supporters?
THANK YOU! Thank you for supporting and not demeaning those of us who need this program to make it. Thank you for always being so encouraging at every function and making us feel welcome. SPSF NWA makes us feel like we are family. Thank you for all the love and support this program has shown us along the way.