Are you a single parent attending UC Berkeley? Scholarship!

by singlemomseeking on February 22, 2009


If you’re a single parent at UC Berkeley, please check out this incredible scholarship for up to $5,000 each academic year.

Thanks so much to Sasha Cagan for sending this! Her co-worker, Dianna Gewing Mullins, founded this scholarship fund in honor of her sister, Beverly Mullins.

Bay Area author Sasha Cagan actually got wind of this amazing story in the kitchen at work!

So, there was this go-getting, warm woman named Beverly who had a child with a man she’d met in Mexico. Although they lived in their respective countries, they dedicated themselves to their son Jacob.

In the meantime, Beverly returned to UC Berkeley in the mid-90s to finish her studies as a single mom. Beverly not only helped mentor re-entry students, she also became an advocate for single parents on campus who were working, studying, and parenting solo, too.

In 1998, Beverly graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology, with honors, after 16 years of trying to attain that degree.

Two years after her graduation, Beverly was diagnosed with a brain tumor and, after a six-month struggle, she passed away in her sister’s home.

Just three weeks after her death, Beverly accomplished the greatest goal she had ever set: her son Jacob was accepted into many of the top universities in the nation, UC Berkeley, Stanford, Brown and Yale.

Jacob went onto graduate from Yale University. Today, he works at Microsoft Corporation in San Francisco.

Photo of Bev and Jake:


All single parents, who are re-entry students (26 or older) with full-time student status at UC Berkeley, are eligible to apply for the Beverly Mullins Memoral Scholarship.

The deadline is March 31st. The application form is here.

Go for it!


On that note, let’s hear from single parents who are back in school.

Are you studying and parenting at the same time?

Sometimes, I think about going back for my Master’s — in marketing or journalism — and I’d love to hear how you’re doing it all!

Have you been there? If you went back to school as a single parent, let’s hear how you balanced studying and parenting. Please tell us.

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Heidi February 22, 2009 at 4:01 pm

It sounds like she was an amazing single mother. What an awesome opportunity for other single moms!

I became a single mom during my first semester of graduate school. I wish a scholarship such as this one had been available to me then. I am graduating this Spring with a Master’s degree in teaching. It hasn’t been easy!

Reply February 22, 2009 at 1:44 pm

I haven’t been in this situation myself, though my Mom was, for years. I honestly don’t know how she managed it. I can only think that she was lucky to have been blessed with an incredible amount of energy. She was also an impressive multi-tasker.

I can remember coming home from school every day to find her studying toward her degree at the kitchen table while simultaneously preparing dinner and her class for the next day (she was working FULL-TIME as a teacher while she finished her degree).

I don’t know, I guess she was just the kind of woman that other women love to hate. I’ve seen plenty of other single parents try to do what she did and fail.´s last blog post…Casual Encounters Web TV Show, Episode 1


Dr.Leah February 22, 2009 at 11:39 am

Fingers crossed that someone takes advantage of this scholarship! What an incredible story.

I earned my doctoral degree and license as a psychologist while single parenting my two very young children. There’s no “back story explanation”-like a generous trust fund or family support (or child support for that matter). I highlight this personal history only to encourage other single parents to follow their dreams and further their education.

My kids have great memories of when “we” were in school. My daughter signed every paper in 2nd grade with Ph.D. after her name. She deserved it!

I really couldn’t have done it without them.


Emily February 22, 2009 at 11:34 am

I was/am a full-time student getting my undergrad degree. I’m currently on sabbatical right now while getting a handle on “our new normal”.

Sometimes I handled studying, sometimes it handled me. I built a lunch/study break into my schedule on campus. I also tried to balance my schedule so that I didn’t overwhelm myself. One semester I had two classes that were reading AND writing intensive and the stress almost made my head explode.

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