Local Single Mom Awarded Full-Tuition Regent Scholarship in Partnership with Care Net
VIRGINIA BEACH, VA (Sept. 3, 2021) – Tiffany Cusick received a four-year, full-tuition scholarship to Regent University during an emotional awards ceremony at the Care Net National Conference in San Antonio, TX on August 26, 2021. Cusick, 22, plans to study theology and Christian Ministry, beginning in the fall of 2022.
“We are thrilled to welcome Ms. Cusick to the Regent community,” said Regent’s Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Bill Hathaway. “We are grateful for our partnership with Care Net on many levels. It helps open a significant door for courageous women like Tiffany to pursue their education and career goals and it is a powerful outworking of our mission of Christian Leadership to Change the World.“
Erin Forsythe, Care Net’s vice president of strategic programs, and Dr. Kathleen Patterson, director of the Doctor of Strategic Leadership program at Regent University and Care Net board member, presented the scholarship to Cusick in front of pregnancy center leaders from across North America. She is the 10th client of a Care Net-affiliated pregnancy center to receive the scholarship from Regent. Care Net Peninsula is among more than 1,200 pregnancy centers in North America that are affiliated with Care Net. Through a competitive selection process, the Regent Scholarship has been awarded to a Care Net affiliated pregnancy center client for the last eight years.
Cusick expressed gratitude for the scholarship and the free pregnancy-related services she received through Care Net Peninsula, thanking the women on staff: “When I first went to Care Net, I was afraid and unsure,” she remembered from her early visits to Care Net Peninsula. “I am super thankful to have found Care Net. Their confidence in me has really given me the courage to step out in faith and pursue this and I do believe the Lord has put those women, along with this opportunity, in my life.”
Originally from Gloucester, MA, Cusick moved to Newport News as a young teen. She graduated from Woodside High School in 2016. Now a mom to a two-month baby girl, Cusick hopes to work in ministry, serving women and children, upon completion of her college degree.
Sheri Coker, advocacy manager with Care Net Peninsula, nominated Cusick for the scholarship. “In a culture where many view themselves as victims in their circumstances, Tiffany stands out. She works hard without complaining,” said Coker. “We know that as a single mom this is a rare opportunity for her to gain the academic knowledge to succeed in both business and ministry.” Both the Care Net and Regent teams are privileged to share in an opportunity with the potential to bring hope and a positive example for Cusick’s daughter. “You can accomplish great things in life when you set your mind to it. We believe Tiffany will change the world around her,” Coker said.
Since opening in 1986, Care Net Peninsula has been the first call for thousands of local women facing unplanned pregnancies. Services include options consultations, pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, parenting support, and more. Through these services and ongoing support, pregnant women receive help and hope. All of Care Net Peninsula’s services are provided at no cost, thanks to the generosity of donors in the community.
Regent’s Corporate Partners program offers for-profit and nonprofit organizations educational benefits and access to professional development and consulting resources available through the university. Employees and dependents of these partnerships are eligible to receive career advancement skills and valuable training opportunities by earning their associate, bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degrees at a discounted tuition rate. Corporate Partners agreements can be tailored to fit the needs of your organization and include a variety of benefits such as:
- Tuition discounts for benefited employees, spouses and dependents.
- Access to world-renowned faculty of scholars and practitioners in fields related to career development.
- Degree programs that integrate leadership training in a global context.
- The flexibility of earning your degree while continuing to work and according to your schedule.
Learn more about Regent University Corporate Partners at regent.edu/partners.
Founded in 1978, Regent University is America’s premier Christian university with more than 11,000 students studying on its 70-acre campus in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and online around the world. The university offers associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in more than 150 areas of study including business, communication and the arts, counseling, cybersecurity, divinity, education, government, law, leadership, nursing, healthcare, and psychology. Regent University is ranked the #1 Best Accredited Online College in the United States (Study.com, 2020), the #1 Safest College Campus in Virginia (YourLocalSecurity, 2021), and the #1 Best Online Bachelor’s Program in Virginia for nine years in a row (U.S. News & World Report, 2021).