Mary Tromblee, a self-employed, home-based baker and retailer in St. Robert, Mo., received the online scholarship based on her entry in the Hero Behind the Hero Scholarship essay contest sponsored by CSU. The scholarship covers tuition for up to 24 months for one specific online degree program.
Tromblee, who is married to Army Staff Sgt. Kelly G. Tromblee, said the recent economic downturn led to her entrepreneurship and decision to seek a scholarship and online degree.
“Finding scholarships for adults who are trying to complete their education is hard. With the economy and our family, I really needed the financial assistance to help me complete my degree,” she explained.
She is excited that the Hero Behind the Hero Scholarship will help her “complete my degree and be a role model for my children so I can show them that even when life throws speed bumps in front of you, you can still overcome obstacles.”
Tromblee plans to seek a bachelor’s degree in organizational leadership with CSU. “I have worked several years in the area of human services and have always loved working with people. This particular degree would allow me to continue that work but on a managerial level and with a business aspect added in,” she said.
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