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Meet Scholarship Winner Jennifer Quintana

Oct 28, 2022

Thirty-eight-year-old First Generation college student and single mother Jennifer Quintana has been awarded a University Without Walls scholarship. A Boston resident, she is finishing her bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary studies with a concentration in human services. Jennifer works two jobs so that she and her son can attend college at the same time. Currently employed as a housing search coordinator at a domestic violence shelter, she has set her sights on a master's degree after graduation.

What does winning this scholarship mean to you?

The world! Being a single mother and working two jobs isn't enough to pay two college tuitions. This year my son, who has been my greatest inspiration, is a college freshman. So, receiving this scholarship allows me to take a breath, so thank you!

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

I can still work at both my jobs without stressing out about having schoolwork. I'm also able to incorporate work life into my studies and vice versa.

What are your plans for the futureprofessionally and personally?

I plan to continue on to get a master's degree.