September 22, 2023
Hero Behind the Hero Scholarship

Georgia mom hopes to change life with scholarship, degree

According to author Dave Ramsey, “If you want something you’ve never had, you’ll have to do something you’ve never done.”

This quote inspired mom Karen Follmann of Rincon, Ga., to make a change in her life.

“For the past 15 years I have been performing “jobs,” but I have never felt truly satisfied,” she said, adding that she began her college studies after high school, but had to quit because of family commitments.

Karen Follman, Hero Behind the Hero Scholarship winner

Karen Follmann

Follmann decided to take the first step to changing her life by seeking a bachelor’s degree in human resource management. “In my current position, I have a few human resource duties and love the idea of working with people and helping them in their career advancement.”

After learning about the CSU Hero Behind the Hero Scholarship, Follmann applied and won. The award honors the spouses and children of active-duty public safety personnel (firefighters, law enforcement officers, EMTs and dispatchers) and National Guard and active-duty military men and women, and covers tuition for up to 24 months for one specific online degree program with CSU. The scholarship is awarded six times a year.

She is the wife of EMT and firefighter Barry Follmann of Georgia Pacific and Winn Army Community Hospital.

Follmann hopes to use her CSU degree to “hold a position where I have opportunities with the company as well as opportunities to grow and develop my skills and abilities. I want to have a sense that my work fulfills a higher purpose.”

She added, “I would enjoy a position with a company where I could use my skills to develop an employee-oriented culture that focuses on quality, continuous improvement, key employee retention and development, and high performance.”

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