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10/07/2016

Winthrop Senior Awarded ANSWER Scholarship as a Levine Scholar

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 Annette McMullen, one of ANSWER's two Levine Scholars, is a Winthrop senior and is a candidate to graduate in December with a B.S. in biology with a concentration in biomedical research.
 Established in 2006, ANSWER provides financial assistance to mothers in pursuit of a four-year college degree in the field of their choice, or an associate degree in nursing.
 Recipients must be raising school-age children, show demonstrated need for the scholarship, and be earning their first college degree.

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Annette McMullen
CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA - The Leon Levine Foundation has awarded a $25,000 grant for ANSWER scholarship to help send local moms to college - including Winthrop’s Annette McMullen.

Established in 2006, ANSWER provides financial assistance to mothers in pursuit of a four-year college degree in the field of their choice, or an associate degree in nursing. Recipients must be raising school-age children, show demonstrated need for the scholarship, and be earning their first college degree.

McMullen, one of ANSWER's two Levine Scholars, is a Winthrop senior and is a candidate to graduate in December with a B.S. in biology with a concentration in biomedical research.

The mother of a son, McMullen plans a career in research. "I hope to help find cures to diseases that, as of now, are incurable," said the Rock Hill resident, who is passionate about involving girls in science.

ANSWER founder Susan Andersen created the organization as a way to strengthen local families. Children who see their moms work hard in college classes are often motivated to do better in school and want to attend college, too.

"By supporting mothers who attend college, we increase the family's earning potential over the long-term," Andersen says. "We are so grateful to the Levine Foundation for renewing their support of ANSWER and seeing the potential of this project to help many more women in the region."

ANSWER recipients have an 87 percent graduation rate, compared to 39 percent for other non-traditional college students. To find out more, visit www.answerscholarship.org.

The Leon Levine Foundation invests in nonprofits with a successful track record and a focus on sustainability in the areas of healthcare, education, Jewish values and/or human services. Started by Leon Levine, the creator of the first Family Dollar Store in Charlotte, N.C., in 1980, the foundation has grown into one of the country's largest and most impactful philanthropic organizations. For more information, visit www.leonlevinefoundation.org


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