Meet Current Recipient Trina Bunner and her daughter!

What is your daughter’s name, and how old is she?
My daughter is Gabby, and she’s seven years old.

Where are you attending school, and what is your major?
I currently attend NWACC, pursuing my degree in nursing.

What is something that has surprised you about parenthood?
Lots of things surprise me, but I was not prepared for how much babies cost! Also- how many times kids say “mom” daily.

What has been your favorite parenting moment?
The best thing was when my daughter said she wanted to be like me when she grew up.

Where do you like to hang out with your family in NWA?
We love to go to Wilson park, play mini golf, and go to the Fayetteville Farmer’s Market.

What is something you wished somebody had told you before having kids?
Don’t sweat the small stuff; not everything is a big deal. Kids will mess up, and so will you, so just give each other grace.

What are some of your favorite hobbies?
I enjoy just being with my family and hanging with friends. I also love going to the thrift store to shop.

What is your idea of a great weekend?
I’d say relaxing, going to the park, watching a movie, or even going to jump park to get some energy out.

Where do you find inspiration?
I find inspiration in observing my daughter. She has such a great outlook on everything and always knows how to make me happy. She makes me want to push harder to do better for her.

What’s one of your biggest challenges?
My biggest challenge is staying focused.

How did you hear about SPSF NWA?
I met another recipient who told me about the scholarship and suggested I apply. I just thought it was harder than it really was, and I wish I would have done it sooner.

What is one word that sums you up?
My word would be “patient.”

What are some words that you live by or a favorite quote?
Sometimes things get hard but don’t let it stop you from being great.

Why do you value education?
Your education is something that you know you can fall back on; you can always know you have a degree under your belt. Receiving my education lets me know that I can succeed no matter what circumstances I am faced with.

What does Gabby want to be when she grows up?
She used to want to be a nurse, but now she wants to be a singer like Jo-Jo Siwa.

What do you enjoy most as a parent?
I love watching Gabby grow. I didn’t know it was possible to love someone or something so much that you worry more about them than yourself.

What made you decide to go back to school/ go to school for the first time?
I was tired of the various jobs I was doing and knew I could do better for myself and my daughter.

How did you choose your major?
I have always had a servant’s heart and care for my father with many medical issues. I knew that I still had an interest in the medical field, and I figured that as a nurse, I could do all I kids of things with it.

How are you and your family adjusting to online classes?
We’re adjusting a lot better than when we first started- it was very hard. Some days I just had let Gabby play outside because I got overwhelmed. I even emailed her teacher and told her how much I appreciated her because I couldn’t do it. It is a lot easier now, and I try to get as much homework as I can before my daughter gets off of school at 3.

Other than financially, what impact has SPSF NWA made on your life?
SPSF NWA has given me a new outlook on things. There are people out there willing to help you. Attending the Empower Seminar helped a lot with learning about scheduling and financial management.

 How will life be different for you and your family after you graduate?
Graduating will help us live more comfortably, and I will be able to do something I have wanted to do. Being in the healthcare system is a dream that I intend to make true.

What would you like to say to SPSF NWA supporters?
I want to thank everyone and tell them how much it means to my daughter and me that you would be willing to help me better my future for us. You are such a blessing.