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Warfield receives $2,000 scholarship through Hagerstown Housing Authority

August 13, 2012
  • From left, Joanne Ballengee, Hagerstown Housing Authority's deputy director, presents Takaila Warfield with a $2,000 scholarship check.
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Takaila Warfield, 21, was recently named the recipient of the $2,000 Rose Marie Coughlin Scholarship through a program offered by the Hagerstown Housing Authority. 

Warfield is pursuing a career as a pharmacy technician at Hagerstown Community College. She is also the mother of a 2-year-old daughter.

Like many young parents, Warfield finds herself juggling the responsibilities of being a parent and studying for school to become self-sufficient. 

To assist her in becoming self-sufficient so she can build a brighter future for her daughter, Warfield has taken advantage of the opportunities provided to her while living in subsidized housing.  

One of the opportunities is the Family Self-Sufficiency Program, a five-year, Housing and Urban Development-funded program offered by the housing authority.

It is designed to encourage communities to develop local strategies to help families obtain employment that will lead to economic independence and self-sufficiency. 

The housing authority works with welfare agencies, schools, businesses and other local partners to develop a program that gives participating families the skills and experience to enable them to obtain employment that pays a living wage. 

Not only has Warfield taken advantage of the opportunity, she has applied for various scholarships that will further enhance her educational experience.  

Through the housing authority’s family newsletter, Warfield read about the Rose Marie Coughlin Scholarship offered through the Maryland Association of Housing and Redevelopment Agencies, a scholarship named in memory of the association’s former executive director. 

The scholarship program was established by James P. Coughlin Jr. and the association to honor Rose Marie’s dedication to helping people. Rose Marie Coughlin was an advocate for many causes through her work as executive director of Maryland New Directions, and through her professional and voluntary service on many boards and committees.

The scholarships are awarded annually.

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