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NPC, Lloyd's Auto award Second Chance Scholarship

This article was published December 2, 2018 at 3:00 a.m.

National Park College, US Stations and Lloyd's Auto Sales announced the recipient of the Second Chance Scholarship Nov. 16. Registered nursing student Crystal Sibley was surprised with the award during class.

Sibley is a nontraditional student returning to complete a degree after leaving high school in 10th grade more than 25 years ago. She completed her general education development diploma at Garland County Community College -- now NPC -- in 1994 and went on to complete certified nursing assistant training. She worked in the medical field for a few years and then decided to take a job in bookkeeping to allow for more flexibility raising her children.

Sibley and her husband have four children, including two daughters who are 17 and 19, and two sons ages 7 and 8 who were adopted from foster care in 2013. She and her oldest daughter are both currently enrolled in college, and her youngest daughter will join them in the fall of 2019.

Sibley said she realized her desire to complete her degree while helping her daughter prepare for college.

"We made a family decision that I should go to college and obtain my RN license," she said. "I was absolutely terrified at first having been out of school for over 20 years, but I have discovered that I love learning and I am so proud of myself. I had to figure out school again, how to study, how to manage my time and family and how to excel in a very competitive program."

Sibley made the dean's list and was recently inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa International Honors Society. She will graduate in May 2020 with an Associate of Science degree in Registered Nursing.

Lloyd Robertson presented Sibley with the award.

"She so exemplifies the whole concept of 'second chance,'" Robertson said.

Sibley said "I'm glad I did this when I did this. I think your life works out the way it is supposed to and I wouldn't change a thing."

School on 12/02/2018
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