Hello! My name is Amanda Bigsby. I am a Senior majoring in Community Health and Human Services and minoring in Theology. I am also a mother to a 6-year-old boy named Brandon and am expecting another little boy in April.

I am a member of the Working Families Program (WFP) here at Marian University and am so grateful to be part of such an amazing program that assists single parents to be able to earn a Bachelor’s Degree. I chose Marian because of its academic reputation and because of the Working Families Program. I couldn’t believe it when I was told by others that such a program even existed. The Working Families Program has made it possible for me to be a mother and a full-time college student without feeling the pressures that come along with both. The WFP has also helped me to develop relationships with other single parents who are going through similar stresses and experiences as myself. The greatest benefit I have received from the WFP is the chance to set a positive example for myself and for my son about how important it is to have an education and how your hard work pays off.  After Graduation, I wish to work closely with members of the community to make a significant difference in people’s lives. I also plan to spread awareness to the community of the Working Families Program.

Thank you to the donors of this amazing, life-changing, stress-relieving program!  Without being in this program, I would not be able to have the amazing experiences in college that I have had so far. I am very grateful for the amount of support that comes from the Program as well as the Donors who make the program possible; my success in school and with my family throughout my time spent at Marian would not have otherwise been possible.  Many, many thanks!