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Meet Scholarship Winner Kayla Hitchcock

Jun 28, 2022

Thirty-one-year-old Kayla Hitchcock of Westfield, Massachusetts, a mother of three and a First Generation interdisciplinary studies student, has been awarded a University Without Walls scholarship. Employed as a probation case specialist, she is working towards her degree with a concentration in criminal justice. In addition to balancing work and taking care of her three children, Kayla’s long-term goal is to advance in her career in the Massachusetts trial court and make a positive difference.

Every adult student has a story. What's your story?

I am a mother of three children. I became a mom at 18 years old. Even though I was a teen mom, I still worked hard to better the life for my children. I am currently a probation case specialist in the Massachusetts trial court. My goals are to achieve my bachelor's degree and grow my career in the trial court. I am very grateful for receiving this scholarship, because I want to pursue my goals, but I never want to take from my children.

What does winning this scholarship mean to you?

It means so much to win this scholarship. My children enjoy basketball, competitive dance, and competitive gymnastics, which are all very demanding. Winning this scholarship means I don’t have to choose between them or myself.

What is the best part about being a UWW Interdisciplinary Studies student?

This is my first year, but so far the support and ability to use my prior learning experience as credits towards my degree.

How do you balance work, school and other responsibilities?

Honestly, I have no idea. Time management and organization are two huge factors in being able to do school, work, cook, clean, laundry, children's activities, and work out.


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