Griswold Home Care is pleased to announce Brittany Jones of San Diego State University as the winner of our most recent bi-annual scholarship award. For the past several years, Griswold Home Care has awarded a $1,000 scholarship, twice each year, to exemplary students who have demonstrated a commitment to caring for others and making a difference in their communities. This scholarship award aims to help further the educational goals of these students who put the well-being of others ahead of their own.
The most recent recipient of our scholarship is Brittany Jones, who is heading into her senior year at San Diego State University where she is pursuing a triple major, combining interdisciplinary studies in Social Work, Psychology, and Criminal Justice and maintaining a GPA in the 3.51 and 3.75 range. Currently, she is studying abroad in Ghana, which is just one of Brittany’s long list of accomplishments, including securing internships in her field for every summer of her collegiate career.
Overcoming Hardships, Achieving Academic Excellence, and Helping Others
The road this accomplished young woman traveled to reach her goals was a rocky one. “I grew up in Richmond, California, where resources are scarce and underrepresented minorities are forced to cope with health disparities, food insecurities, high poverty rates and community violence,” she explained. Brittany came from a broken home and often, she and her family had to live in shelters and motels. Brittany also cared for her immediate family, as well as for family members who had struggled with alcoholism and addiction.
“During this time, school was my only outlet,” said Brittany. “It was a place where I could focus on my education, rather than think about the safety of my family or what we would eat for dinner that night. I attended a prestigious high school where I was able to obtain my high school diploma and Associates Degree concurrently.”
Her studies and a positive attitude helped Brittany elevate herself and others in her care. “The greatest challenges of providing care for someone is when the person is placing blame on themselves, which negatively hinders them from wanting to progress or seek positivity in themselves,” she observed. “You cannot make people see the good in themselves, therefore you must continue to guide them and not give up on them.”
Working to Change Her World and Advocating For Those Who Need It
Brittany’s ultimate goal is to obtain a Master’s Degree in Public Health. “I would like to focus my career in public health towards reforming the criminal justice system and ending the sexual exploitation of women and children. Inmates within the criminal justice system are not being provided adequate health and mental health care and I would like to work on initiatives to change that,” Brittany explained.
Her triple major also plays into additional long-range goals, as Brittany aims to become an advocate for women and children who are sexually exploited. “They are often overlooked, forgotten, or misunderstood; therefore, they become trapped in this horrendous business and lifestyle. They often suffer from physical, mental, psychological, and reproductive issues that usually remain untreated. By combining social work and public health practices, I will be able to work to prevent sexual exploitation by using research to discover patterns of perpetrators and victims, educate others on sex trafficking, and promote empowerment for young girls, as well as create intervention and rehabilitative strategies for survivors.”
The Greatest Reward
Griswold Home Care is honored to extend a scholarship to Brittany as she continues her journey in education and beyond. Her positive attitude and spirit of perseverance has carried her a long way and her dedication to her family and others remains a driving force in this motivated young woman.
Offering a final thought on her past, present, and future, Brittany noted that, “the greatest reward of providing care/support for someone is being able to lift them emotionally, mentally, and physically. I personally enjoy helping them identify the positivity around them, their strengths and goals to help them overcome their hardships.”