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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