“…He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners,[a]2 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn,3 and provide for those who grieve in Zion—to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor…”
From Isaiah 61
I’ve taken a bit of a hiatus from blogging. As you may know, I was caring for my sweet, precious mom until she transitioned this month. I may come back later and write more about our experience, but for now, I will just share the news about how I will continue her work!
If anyone knows Dr. Ethel M. Lassiter, you would know that one of her core beliefs is that education is paramount.
In fact, she was late to labor and delivery to give birth to her daughter Elyssa partly because she was up working on her Ph.D. dissertation the night before she was due. Throughout her career, she worked as a secondary and post-secondary educator and was a two-time fellow at the Harvard Principals’ Institute (2003, 2013). She became the principal of Dana Road Elementary School, and retired in 2013. But retirement didn’t stop her. Soon after, she founded EML Educational Consulting, LLC where she coordinated the Ministerial Advisory Council of Warren County, organized PRAXIS workshops in conjunction with the Vicksburg/Warren School District in preparation for state teachers’ exams, and provided summer enrichment programs for many elementary-level school children.
So as a way to honor her, and as a way to honor a cause she truly lived day in and day out, we announce the Dr. Ethel M. Lassiter scholarship foundation.
This scholarship is for single parents (moms or dads) who truly desire to go back to school to make a better life for them and their children. She knew very well some of the hurdles that parents face when it comes to achieving their academic goals and rearing children at the same time. Not only did Dr. Lassiter attend school throughout her pregnancy, she also furthered her education and career while raising a child–and encouraged her faculty, friends, and community members to do the same. Now, thanks to your help, Ethel can continue her life’s work for years to come.
This scholarship will be given on her birthday, February 13, 2019. (I am thinking about extending that due date!) Applicant rules will be announced via social media. The applicant can be attending or planning to attend trade school, undergraduate school, graduate school, or any other form of continuing education. Each applicant should submit a video explaining why this scholarship can help them achieve their goals via Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter with the hashtag #EMLscholarship, and should mention and tag @thesaylifecoach.