Tanisha Armstrong was about to pursue her master’s degree at Emory University in Atlanta when her husband died unexpectedly. She was able to defer admission for two years while adjusting to being a single mother.
She says, “The death of my husband has fueled me to prove to myself and to those who love me that there can be a fulfilled life after tragedy.”
Tanisha will focus her efforts at Emory’s School of Public Health on maternal and child health. “My interest in public health is really a deep love for mothers, babies and families.”
“My biggest professional dream is to start a volunteer doula program in my community where far too many mothers live in poverty, even if they are working,” she says. “The program I envision will serve as a poverty disruptor by providing advocacy and fighting for equity in care and treatment in a safe place for birthing and parenting mothers.”
To the donors of her scholarship, Tanisha says, “You are supporting a dream that was birthed in my heart when my children were small. Despite the tragedy of death, you are helping me give meaning to my life. Every dollar that goes into my education, benefits not only my children but will also benefit the many mothers, children and families that this knowledge will help me serve.”
The Chris Andersen WomenLead Scholarship recognizes the need for diverse leadership in ministry, nonprofits and civic organizations and seeks to accelerate the extraordinary leadership of diverse women of faith to lead change by using their talents to educate, advocate and activate.