I met Sheba in New Orleans, she was taking journalism classes at UNO and I was a guest speaker. She was smart, engaged, asked me a zillion questions. But her mom had to pick her up after classes—the family shared a single car and she had no other way to and from college.
When a friend told me Sheba wouldn’t be returning for her last semester of her senior year, we knew we had to step in—she was so close to graduating.
Katrina took a lot from her family, but the truth is, they had always struggled. We knew with Sheba so close to the finish line, we could help her graduate, and make sure she was well prepared to find a job.
It’s such a joy to give a scholarship to young women who are so deserving. Sheba tells me she wants to be a reporter and I think “hurry up! I'm ready to retire!” She will make an incredible reporter—she’s hardworking, passionate, and has had a lot of personal ups and downs that I think give her tremendous compassion for the suffering and challenges of others.