University of Mary Washington senior Moneka Quince-Coleman will attend two seminars through the Public Leadership Education Network this spring, thanks to a UMW scholarship fund.
Quince-Coleman, a resident of England Run in South Stafford, is one of three UMW students that will attend “Unlocking Nonprofits: Innovations and Careers” in March and “Women & Policy in the Global Community” in May.
The opportunity to attend the seminars is possible through the Eleanor Warfield Van Train Scholarship Fund, created in honor of 1934 Mary Washington alumna Eleanor Warfield Van Train.
A 36-year-old sociology major at UMW, Quince-Coleman is the wife of a disabled Army veteran and a mother to four children. She has volunteered for more than 12 years at non-profit agencies, taught classes to military spouses on the adjustment to military life and assisted in the relief efforts in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina.
“Although most people want to get an education so that they can make the ‘big money,’ I am pursuing a degree so that I can make a ‘big difference’,” she said.
Quince-Coleman plans to earn her master’s degree in social work and work for a nonprofit, advocating for the homeless or aging community.
“I feel these groups are ignored in our society and deserve our help,” she said.