A New Outlook

College was out of reach.
Then her scholarship enabled her to inspire others.

A fresh perspective

For Moesha Grant ’21, attending West Chester University has given her more than academic direction. It’s provided a new outlook on life — for herself and her community.

Moesha’s upbringing was marred by financial hardship and domestic abuse. The youngest of seven siblings, she sought to be the first in her family to graduate from college. However, she struggled to find the money or support to sustain her vision.

After applying to WCU, Moesha received the Board of Governors Scholarship for her academic and extracurricular achievements in high school. The award allowed her to enroll, supplementing the money she’d saved working part-time. At the end of her freshman year, Moesha also received the Helen Man Memorial Scholarship — through the West Chester University Foundation.

For Moesha, the scholarship meant she could afford textbooks, housing, a meal plan, and other basic necessities. “My parents didn’t complete high school, so I never realized how much textbooks cost in college,” Moesha says. “If it weren’t for these scholarships, I wouldn’t have been able to even attempt to afford my education.”

She continues, “I come from an environment where kids get trapped in the community. People have expectations about going to college, but then those expectations drift away. It’s easy to get too comfortable — but at WCU, I can push myself outside my comfort zone.”

Moesha Grant ’21

Recipient of the Helen Man Memorial Scholarship

“I come from a background where support is hard to find. This scholarship showed me that people care — and that success is about giving back to your community.”

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“I come from a background where support is hard to find. This scholarship showed me that people care — and that success is about giving back to your community.”