Amber Aur has received the first-ever Nana Grant of $7,000. The grant will help pay for her child's care while she's finishing her degree in diagnostic sonography.
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Photo: Nana Grant/Nana Grant

Gwinnett Tech student gets first-ever grant for single moms in school

A single mother with a 4.0 GPA at Gwinnett Technical College has been awarded the first-ever grant from an organization that wants to helps Georgia moms in school.

Amber Aur moved from Pennsylvania to Georgia three years ago, seeking better opportunities for her and her young son. Now a diagnostic medical sonography student at Gwinnett Tech, she has received the Nana Grant, a $7,000 award that will help pay for her son’s childcare while she finishes her degree.

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“If it weren’t for the Hudgens Early Education Center I would not be able to attend school and get a career to not only make my life better, but, most importantly, his,” Aur said in a press release from Nana Grants and Gwinnett Tech. The Hudgens Center is an on-campus childcare center for parents taking classes at Gwinnett Tech. 

The Nana Grant was started by Erica Stephens, whose grandmother helped raise her while her single mother, known as “Nana,” attended nursing school at Kennesaw State University. 

“Our goal is to eliminate the uncertainty of child care from the equation so that low-income student mothers can focus on their studies, graduate and enjoy family-sustaining employment,” Stephens said.

Stephens’ goal is to award the $7,000 grant to 12 students in Georgia this year. The grants are awarded based on financial need to single mothers attending public colleges and universities in Georgia.

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