Books to Benefit Community Service Scholarship Winner Melody Dashora
Books to Benefit President Jackie Langhoff and Board Members Mary Lou Winterland and Jenny Schwarz met Books to Benefit Community Scholarship winner Melody Dashora at the Heartland Community College Celebration of Excellence event on Wednesday, November 7 at Bloomington’s DoubleTree Hotel.
“I have had a trying life and have never received a scholarship before! I am just finally getting an education at 40 years old and it is not easy,” shared Dashora a non-traditional online student who flew to Bloomington from Texas to attend the scholarship banquet. “Hope makes things possible. You have given me hope. Your scholarship tells me that it’s not over. I can do this, and I am beyond grateful.”
Dashora earned all As in her first semester and worked simultaneously that semester at NASA’s NCAS program, eventually winning a trip to work with NASA for a week – quite an impact for a woman who obtained her GED last September.
“Books are an important part of the life of her children,” added Langhoff. “A few years ago, Melody brought her four-year-old son to the June Books to Benefit Book Lover’s Bag Sale where he received his first atlas. Ever since he as created a list of places he wishes to visit, including his recent destination – the Taj Mahal. It is rewarding to see our mission to encourage literacy passed along from parents to children.”
Books to Benefit is a local 501(C)3 nonprofit organization passionately working to support literacy. The proceeds of its semiannual book sales benefit STAR Adult Literacy and YouthBuild McLean County’s literacy programs, provide financial support for the Books to Benefit Community Service Scholarship Award at Heartland Community College, encourage volunteerism through community service, and assure that works of scholarly importance and/or unusual publication history or content find appropriate homes offering ready access to these works.