Sheila Creason

Far Away But Not Out of Reach

Scholarship Helps Ease Mother’s Worries

When her daughter, Sonya (Col’ 13), decided she wanted to go to the University of Virginia, Sheila Roberts Creason was a little nervous. It would mean sending Sonya off to a school more than 2,500 miles from their home in southern California. But she came along for first-year orientation and, after seeing the University and the city of Charlottesville, after talking to some of her daughter’s classmates, after seeing how nice everyone was and feeling her own comfort level rise, Creason’s concerns evaporated.

“She really wanted to go to U.Va., and I’m very glad that she was accepted,” Creason said. “I know how hard it is to get into the school, and she worked really hard in high school to do well. She loves U.Va., and I’m very proud of her.”

But sending her daughter far from home wasn’t Creason’s only concern. Paying out-of-state tuition on her family’s modest budget would have made U.Va. out of the question if Sonya, a sociology major, had not been awarded a scholarship that covers her tuition. It’s one of the reasons she felt compelled to return the favor with a small contribution.

“I am grateful to the University for the scholarship that was awarded to my daughter,” Creason said. “I feel lucky to have her going to such a good school, and although our family doesn’t have a lot of money, I just thought if I could contribute a little bit, that would help.”