Born and raised in San Antonio, Monet is a driven and passionate college student pursuing an associate degree in nursing with a specialty in Vision Care Technology. She anticipates graduating in late 2023.
“One of the main reasons I chose the vision care program at St. Philips college is that my father is already in that field,” Monet said. “Seeing my dad enjoying the work he does inspires me to follow in his footsteps.”
As mom to two-year-old son Dominico, Monet describes him as a very creative child who loves to paint, bake and be outdoors. She hopes he will follow her lead as she sets the example for continuing her education
She says Dominico is the light of her life and her inspiration to do well in college. She had him at a very young age, so her biggest worry was that she would not be able to finish school because she wasn’t sure how she would afford both childcare and college.
“I got pregnant when I was 18, and because of that, I felt like I needed to grow up faster than the rest of my high school peers,” said Monet. “But I wouldn’t let this situation stop me from attending college and being successful. I graduated high school a year early and am now on track to graduate college in two years. Being a teen mom and a college student has been complex, but I know I can accomplish whatever I set my mind to with hard work and perseverance.”
Monet was recently awarded the scholarship in honor of David Bohne, 2021 United Way Campaign Chair and CEO of Broadway Bank
“As a new mom, I have a hard time leaving my child with just anyone,” Monet said. “I needed to find a daycare that I could trust with my child, so I don’t need to be second-guessing if he is in the right hands when I am at school. I want the best education for my child because education is the best way to succeed in life.”
Being able to continue her studies has opened many doors
On the Dean’s list for two years in a row, Monet is now joining the honors society. Without the scholarship, she doesn’t believe any of this would have been possible to achieve and often expresses her gratefulness for the childcare scholarship
“This scholarship has led me to so many fantastic opportunities,” shared Monet. “I have made so many great connections with people who care about me and my son’s education. I can continue my education without worrying about how I will afford my son’s next week in daycare. This scholarship also inspires me to work hard and graduate to continue to the next stage of my family’s life.”
When addressing her family’s long-term goals, Monet would like to enroll Dominico in a Montessori school when he turns three. She also has bigger plans.
“Once I find a job in the vision care field, I plan to get a place for my son and me. I hope to show him that you can accomplish anything you set your mind to by working hard.”