“My past is best described as stumbling for purpose in the dark,” Britnee Tellez says. “For every step and stumble, Forsyth Tech has been a stable institution that offered support and hope in my journey.”
As a single mom with three children, Tellez says she has had to overcome a number of challenges.
“About a year ago, we lost our only source of income for our family when my husband and I divorced,” she recalls.
Without her Ambassador and State Employee Credit Union scholarships, Tellez makes it clear she wouldn’t be able to continue to pursue her associate degree. She has a 3.70 grade point average in the Nonprofit Leadership program and was selected to be a Student Ambassador at Forsyth Tech. She also serves as a student representative to the Forsyth Tech Foundation Board and spends time shadowing the foundation staff, learning first-hand how a nonprofit organization really works.
In addition to her studies at Forsyth Tech, Tellez attends Vintage Bible College where she is pursuing a Bachelor of Ministry in Christian Counseling. Last summer, she interned with Lutheran Services of the Carolinas at Trinity Glen. She says the experience afforded her the opportunity to learn more about nonprofit operations. She also serves as an associate minister at Phillips Chapel Missionary Baptist Church and is involved in Women’s Ministry, Community Outreach, Youth/Teen Ministry, and Intercessory Prayer.
Tellez’s goal is to eventually earn a dual master’s degree in divinity and mental health counseling and become a social entrepreneur. She says she would like to run her own nonprofit that provides holistic support to students who face the types of challenges she encountered.
She says her experience at Forsyth Tech has inspired her 16-year-old daughter, who plans to attend Forsyth Tech as a college transfer student in 2019. After graduating from Forsyth Tech in May 2019, Tellez says she hopes to gain valuable work experience in the field while continuing to further her education