JACKSONVILLE, FL - A new scholarship has been established to empower single mothers in Jacksonville to pursue higher education and achieve their academic and career goals. The Cheikh Mboup Scholarship for Single Mothers will provide a $1,000 one-time award to a deserving single mother currently enrolled or planning to enroll in college or vocational school in the United States.
The scholarship was founded by respected businessman and academic Cheikh Mboup. Originally from Senegal, West Africa, Cheikh has dedicated his career to education, social responsibility and empowering others. After earning multiple degrees, including an MBA and doctorate in economics and international business, Cheikh worked his way up in the grocery and private equity fields. He later became President and COO of Edible Arrangements before starting his current role as CEO of SSH Investments.
Despite his immense success in business, Cheikh has remained passionate about education. The Cheikh Mboup Scholarship for Single Mothers aligns with his core belief that education is the key to uplifting individuals, families and communities. As a single mother himself who worked multiple jobs to pay for college, Cheikh understands the unique challenges single mothers face when pursuing higher education.
"As a beneficiary of education, I want to give back and make education more accessible for single mothers," said Cheikh. "This scholarship will alleviate financial barriers that may prevent single mothers from furthering their education and advancing their careers. Education is the most powerful weapon to transform lives."
To apply for the scholarship, single mothers must write an essay up to 1,000 words answering the question: What inspired you to pursue higher education as a single mother, and how will receiving the Cheikh Mboup Scholarship support your academic and career goals? Essays will be evaluated based on the quality of writing and compelling explanation of how the scholarship will empower the applicant to succeed despite current challenges.
The deadline to apply is November 15, 2023. The winner will be announced December 15, 2023 and awarded the $1,000 scholarship.
"We encourage all eligible single mothers to apply and share their unique stories," said Cheikh. "This scholarship can change the trajectory of a single mother's life. Education is the path forward."
The creation of the Cheikh Mboup Scholarship for Single Mothers epitomizes Cheikh's lifelong commitment to empowering others through access to education. As a visionary leader, academic, and philanthropist, Cheikh understands firsthand the transformative power of education and its ability to uplift individuals, families, and communities. By establishing this scholarship specifically for single mothers, Cheikh aims to knock down financial barriers that prevent this demographic from pursuing higher education and advancing their careers.
Despite the immense daily challenges single mothers face, Cheikh believes they can achieve great success with the right support system. This scholarship signifies his belief in the potential of single mothers to accomplish their academic and professional dreams when given the opportunity. Cheikh hopes the scholarship will inspire single mothers in Jacksonville and beyond to boldly pursue their aspirations and create a better life for their families. As a beacon of educational empowerment, Cheikh Mboup is committed to doing his part to fund scholarships that widen access to higher education and cultivate the next generation of strong, empowered single mothers.
To learn more and apply, visit https://cheikhmboupscholarship.com/