Barbara Goss Memorial Scholarship Fund

By: Divinity Matovu, Watotolly Founder/CEO 

Today - 12/5/2016 - is my mother's birthday. She would have been 49 years old.

On April 25, 2015, I got a phone call informing me that my mother was dead from a gunshot wound to her temple. It felt as if time stood still. I could not fathom the idea that my mother was gone forever. When detectives told me my mother's death was ruled a suicide, denial instantly kicked in and I rejected this narrative. She appeared to be perfectly happy and healthy, which made the sudden loss and the gruesome cause of death that much more painful and confusing. The past 18 months have been incredibly difficult but by the grace of God, I have been able to power through thanks to a therapist at my university's counseling center who has helped me develop a grief plan. The love and support of my siblings, other family members and friends has made all the difference.

Today, I am excited to announce that I will be creating a scholarship fund in memory of my mother, Barbara Goss. A portion of Watotolly's future profits will be donated to the Barbara Goss Memorial Scholarship Fund which will award childcare grants to exceptional women with children who are pursuing a college degree - at the community college, undergraduate or graduate degree level.

As a mother and an entrepreneur who is passionate about empowering women, I do not believe that having a child should hinder any parent from pursuing their career goals and/or educational goals. I'm excited to create an initiative that can honor my mother's legacy and deliver positive social impact.

ABOVE: My mother with her grandchildren - my niece Kaleigh and my daughter Nyah

Over the next 12 months, I will be developing the business plan and infrastructure for the scholarship fund. I look forward to sharing more details about how students can apply for funding in 2017. Rest in peace mama.

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