Student Spotlight: Sophia Grant-Campbell

Sybil Bentley Dove Award Recipient     

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Sophia Grant-Campbell began the High School Equivalency program at the Madison site in 2014. She is one of the most humble and dedicated women in her class.  Although exhausted from working long hours, she makes class a priority. She comes through the doors with a smile and often a joke to make others laugh. This past December, Sophia’s faith in herself and in God could have been shaken when she missed passing her final subject of the HiSET test by just a few points. Her goal of graduating was again deferred, but she has not given up. Her motto is, “All things in God’s time.” There are others who started the program with her, but they became discouraged and quit when life’s obstacles and school became too much to juggle.

            Sophia not only “talks the talk” of how important education is; she also models this belief daily for her 8 year old daughter, Destiny. Sophia moved from Jamaica 11 years ago and does not take her education for granted.  She has often said that there are so many more opportunities here and she has been blessed to find Begin Anew of Middle Tennessee.  Sophia has also shared her appreciation for the community that Begin Anew offers. She says, “My daughter loves coming to school with me. We both feel loved and accepted.  I am thankful for the program and can’t wait to walk in my cap and gown.”  Sophia has been awarded the Sybil Bentley Dove Scholarship for 2016. This $2,000 grant is given annually to an outstanding participant. After graduating from Begin Anew, she plans to begin studies to become an Emergency Medical Technician. Congratulations Sophia on a well-deserved award!