Springs Close grant helps three men go to college

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By The Staff

Three men from the Lancaster Fatherhood Project are getting the opportunity to further their education with the help of a grant from the Springs Close Foundation.

Each of these men has faced obstacles in their lives and is a testament of the good things that can happen when you are consistent, disciplined and have a positive attitude, Fatherhood Project officials say.

All three men are non-custodial fathers.

Octavia Colbert, 20, said he grew up not having little of nothing, and he wanted more for his children. He enrolled in Morris College in Sumter in August 2007, where he has maintained a 3.6 grade point average.

Larry Ingram, 23, said he made some bad choices in life and sought assistance from the Fatherhood Project for guidance.

"After many conversations with Larry, we realized that he had so much potential but never acted on his abilities," the Fatherhood Project said in a release. "He wanted a better life for himself and his children and knew that in order to do so he needed to further his education. Through our scholarship funds provided by the Springs Close grant, Larry is now a student at York Technical College, majoring in automotive technology and hopes to become a business owner."

Marcus Simpson, 24, wanted to obtain his high school diploma when he entered the Fatherhood Project program. After enrolling in the Chester County Adult Literacy Program, he successfully completed the required courses and obtained his high school diploma.

The Fatherhood Project then helped Simpson get enrolled at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster, where he's now a full-time student.

"Marcus has proved that you can change your circumstances and is an inspiration to others," the Fatherhood Project said.

The Fatherhood Project is a community-based nonprofit group created in 1998 to help low-income, non-custodial fathers support their children financially and emotionally.

The project is open to all fathers between the ages of 18 to 54.

A board oversees the program.