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Scholarship Launched for Victims of Domestic Violence

October 20, 2010

Angelic Cole  
Angelic Cole

Angelic Cole, an assistant professor in business administration at St. Louis Community College-Forest Park, has created the Barbara M. Matthews Memorial Scholarship for Victims of Domestic Violence. The scholarship is awarded to female students at Forest Park who have been victims of intimate partner abuse, with a particular emphasis on serving those with young children.


The fund offers financial support for books and other classroom materials for women with an urgent need. Applications will be available in the fall, spring and summer semesters on an ongoing basis. Students must submit an application, essay and will be interviewed. In order to apply, the student must be enrolled at Forest Park at the time of application, and be referred by the Forest Park Center for Family Resources.


Cole has teamed up with Every Step Counts to officially announce the scholarship 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21, during a presentation on “Domestic Violence Signs” in the Highlander Lounge. Every Step Counts is launching its “Awareness is What’s Up” campaign on Oct. 21, which includes Cole’s scholarship announcement.


October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. “It is vital that we take time to raise awareness of violence against women and children, and the need for additional resources to ensure help is available to all who need it,” said Madeline Long-Gill, founder and executive director of Every Step Counts.


"When my female students come to me in confidence about being victims of abuse, with tales of their abusers tearing up their textbooks and other school materials as a means of controlling them, I knew that I needed to do something, “ Cole said.


“I was taught to fight against injustices against women. My mother, Barbara Matthews, was a beacon to many women in the neighborhood that I grew up in. I remember women coming to our front door with bloodied and swollen faces after being attacked by their partners. My mother would take them in and provide food and shelter until they could get a job and/or get their own place to live away from their abusers. So now I want to provide our female students with books and other school materials so that they can complete their educational dreams," Cole said.


Verizon will be joining the group Thursday to talk about their Domestic Violence Hopeline program. The panel also will include recording artist P-Dub (his sister was murdered by her husband), Lt. John Harper, commander of Sex Crimes and Family Violence division; Ellen Reed, Lydia's House executive director who also is a program advocate; and a representative from RAVEN, a batterer intervention program.


For more information, contact Cole at 314-644-9771 or acole56@stlcc.edu, or Long-Gill at 314-644-9067 or mad@estepco.org.