Updated: Mar 9, 2021
Divine Essentials Virtual Tutoring Service, founded by Talladega, AL native Ivy Patterson, and the McKinney-Green Student Aid Foundation, founded by Fatonya McKinney- Green partnered to give a tutoring scholarship to a deserving youth named Joy Merchant, a resident of Trussville, AL. Joy Merchant is a high school senior who attends Hewitt-Trussville High School and was awarded the scholarship during the month of March 2021. The scholarship covers 3 months of tutorial services twice a week, along with help writing college admissions essays. The idea was the brainchild of Ms. Fatonya Mckinney-Green, and was presented to Ms. Ivy Patterson as a way to help build up the youth.
“When Ms. Green presented the idea of giving a tutorial scholarship to a high school senior, I was ecstatic!” says Ms. Patterson. “I just knew that this would be a good opportunity for a deserving youth.”
Divine Essentials Virtual Tutoring Service serves as an online based tutoring company who provides tutorial services in the areas of reading, math, and science. The range of students who use the services of Divine Essentials is from pre-k up to graduate level students. Divine Essentials was founded in order to provide support and tutorial services to students in need.
The McKinney-Green Student Aid Foundation is a non profit organization with the mission to reduce the financial aid and educational barriers preventing high school students from having a successful transition into college.
Miss Joy Merchant was excited to receive the scholarship. Thanks to Divine Essentials Virtual Tutoring Service and Joy’s sheer determination to succeed, she currently has a 92/A in English Language Arts, and plans to use the scholarship opportunity to keep her GPA high in order to pursue other endeavors.