Singleton Receives 2010-11 Eb And Maggie Barnes Memorial Scholarship

September 14, 2010 at 5:16 pm

Spartanburg, S.C. – Rosita J. Singleton, a nontraditional student pursuing a degree in business administration at the University of South Carolina Upstate, Greenville Campus, is the recipient of the 2010-2011 Eb and Maggie Barnes Memorial Scholarship.

The Eb and Maggie Barnes Memorial Scholarship was created and awarded for the first time in 2003 in celebration of the life and work of Dr. Eb Barnes, former coordinator of USC Upstate, Greenville Campus, and his wife, Maggie. The $1,000 annual scholarship is awarded to a student who most closely meets the following criteria: nontraditional student, enrolled in a USC Upstate, Greenville Campus degree-completion program, enrolled on a part-time basis, and has a demonstrated financial need.

Singleton is employed full-time at Honeywell International where she has worked as an accounts payable analyst for six years. She will receive her bachelor’s degree from USC Upstate in May 2011. After being out of school for 25 years, Singleton returned to Greenville Technical College and earned an Associate of Science Degree in Accounting. Realizing that most employers require a bachelor’s degree, she enrolled in USC Upstate in 2008 to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.  She attends college part-time, taking three evening classes each semester.

With medical bills from two surgeries in 2010 and lost wages from a furlough, Singleton needed additional funds to pay for college courses. In her essay for the scholarship, she wrote, “This has been a long journey for me and it would be quite devastating to be so close to earning my degree and not able to finish.”

Without this scholarship, she says, “I feel that I would not be able to complete my education, disappointing my 16-year old son who has been on this journey with me and has made sacrifices so that he could be there when I obtain my degree.”

Singleton lost both her mother and sister to cancer recently and she attributes much of her motivation to earning a degree to them. She debated quitting school while her mother was ill until her mother said, “Don’t you dare!”

Singleton feels that as a single parent, it is important to set a good example for her son who attends Riverside High School and is considering veterinary medicine as a career. She has a daughter as well who is a student at Spartanburg Community College and hopes to earn a bachelor’s degree at USC Upstate. Singleton is “showing” her children the importance of college education by working toward it on a constant, consistent basis. “A college degree is a milestone, one of the turning points in life.”

 According to Dr. Judith S. Prince, vice chancellor of the USC Upstate, Greenville Campus, “Rosita Singleton embodies the spirit of the late Eb and Maggie Barnes. She is overcoming tremendous challenges to earn a degree.”          

Singleton encourages other adults to return to earn a college degree. “Anyone who wants to go back to school can do so. If you seek help, help is out there!”