Meet current SPSF NWA Recipient Latosha Campbell and her sons, 10-year-old Javontae’ and 4-year-old A’Mari. Latosha is currently enrolled at Northwest Technical Institute and majoring in Practical Nursing. We asked Latosha to tell us about her time as an SPSF NWA Scholar.
How did you choose your major?
My grandma was a Registered Nurse. Unfortunately, she passed away before I met her. I grew up seeing pictures of her and I wanted to be just like her. I worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant previously, and that gave me reassurance that I had made the right career choice. I love being able to care for others in their time of need.
Why do you value education?
I want to show my children how important education is! Everything can be taken away in your life, but no one can take your education away. I am showing my kids that I am willing to put in the work to pursue my career.
What made you decide to go back to school/go to school for the first time?
I have always wanted to be a nurse, but life happened. I feel like I am now at a stable point in my life where I can finish school and still raise my children.
What do your boys want to be when they grow up?
Javontae’ wants to be a basketball player or a police officer. A’Mari wants to be a nurse or a doctor.
Where do you and your boys like to hang out in NWA?
We love to go to Rick’s Bakery for breakfast. We also enjoy going to Altitude, Chuck E. Cheese, Fun City, and basketball games.
What is something that has surprised you about parenthood?
The thing that has surprised me the most is how much fun you can have with your children. It is all about making memories together.
What is one of your favorite parenting moments?
My favorite moment is when my two boys are helping each other learn. My oldest son is always teaching his younger brother how to get dressed, put shoes on, letters, colors, how to pronounce words correctly, etc. I enjoy watching the boys smile and experience new things together.
What do you find inspiration in?
I find inspiration in a close family member. She has shown me that no matter what obstacles get in the way of my goals, DO NOT GIVE UP! It may take a little longer than expected to achieve the goals, but no matter how long it takes, you keep working to achieve what you set out to do.
Other than financially, what impact has SPSF NWA made on your life?
SPSF NWA has made it possible for my children to be able to attend activities in the community that they otherwise could not have done. SPSF NWA has also become part of my support system.
How will life be different for you and your family after you graduate?
I will be financially stable. I will be able to have a job doing what I love to do. When I graduate, it will give me a sense of achievement in my life. I want my children to see that even though I have children and I work, I am still able to attend school. Graduation will allow me to have multiple job opportunities to choose what fits me and my family best.
What would you like to say to SPSF NWA supporters?
Thank you for all your support because without it, I would not have been able to attend school. It has really changed my life for the better. It has allowed me to be able to provide for my children while continuing my education.