Return to #CaringScholar Stories Student-Caregiver Scholarship Story: Octavia Monsanto

A #CaringScholar of Fall 2015

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The Student Caregiver Scholarship award provides three (3) university students in the United States with a $1,500 #CaringScholar grant for tuition and/or books, based on each applicant's compelling 1,500-word essay or two-minute video story submission.

Octavia Monsanto is a student at Kennesaw State University who is majoring in music and caring for her mother, who suffers from Parkinson's disease and dementia. She was among more than 1,400 student-caregivers who applied for the #CaringScholar grants in the fall of 2015, and was chosen by a panel of senior care expert judges as one of three recipients.

This is Octavia's caregiving story submitted with her scholarship application, which responded to these three questions:

  • Who are you caring for and how are you involved as a caregiver?
  • How has your role as a caregiver influenced the decision for your major/career path?
  • How would this scholarship be helpful to you in your current student-caregiving role?

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