Shirley’s Sanctuary

Shirley’s Sanctuary is the charity arm of News4uonline. Accepted into Tuskegee University, Shirley Marie Freeman saw education as a door-opener. She was a staunch supporter of academics. Therefore, News4usonline is creating (2) annual $500 scholarships through Shirley’s Sanctuary in Mrs. Freeman’s honor.

The yearly scholarships are geared toward young women seeking to pursue a college degree in the following categories: Humanities, Education, Business, Law, and/or Medicine. Applicants must have a minimum G.P.A. of 2.5 and demonstrate community involvement.

Helping others became second nature to Shirley Marie Freeman. Giving back is what my mother believed in. She preached it. She lived it. As a mother of 11 children and a lifelong servant to the idea of philanthropy, Mrs. Freeman was the picture of helping people. Her longtime employment as a dietician supervisor at a nursing home in Signal Hill, California, was a perfect opportunity for her to reach back into the community.

Shirley’s Sanctuary is reflective of the education advocacy that Shirley Marie Freeman preached. Mrs. Freeman championed women’s rights, civil rights and gender equity. She was God’s Prayer Princess.