New Beginnings For Victims of Violence

LITTLE ROCK, AR -- It's a new year, and with that brings new beginnings for victims of violence.

Three people in particular who applied for a scholarship through a nonprofit, 2018 is starting off on the right foot.

Jennifer Jones and Joseph Ederington applied a month ago for a $1,000 scholarship from Women's Own Worth, a non profit helping victims of domestic violence.
    
 "I decided to apply for it because I knew it could help me pay for my tuition," said scholarship applicant, Joseph Ederington.

Joseph, a student at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and Jennifer, a student at Pulaski Tech both writing in their essay, they've gone through so much, and now are trying to do something for themselves.

 "We are so overwhelmed with the people that want to share their voice," said Jajuan Archer of Women's Own Worth.

Jajuan Archer, founder of  Women's Own Worth, says the stories submitted, are heartbreaking.
     
"We had three people that our board over and over voted for," added Archer.

These quotes, sticking out from a few of the applications:

 "I would be beat with cords and have things thrown at me when he was angry."  

 "He would choke me, slap me, spit on me, and push me down. He sent me to the hospital numerous times with concussions."

On Tuesday morning, Jennifer and Joseph were presented with a $1,000 check from Women's Own Worth to help them with college.

One of the recipients couldn't be there.

All of the other applicants will receive gift cards to Walmart.


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