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“My mom is an alcoholic and I work multiple jobs to support my two younger siblings in addition to paying rent. I never thought college would be an option for me….”

As we listened to one of the Josie Pearl Scholarships recipients talk about her life journey and all of the difficulties she deals with one a daily basis, our hearts were touched. I understand how important a college scholarship because thanks to receiving one from the University of Nebraska, I was the first person in the history of our family to receive a complete a degree. Supporting this event was important on many levels, but at the forefront education is critical to future generations.

It was such an honor to deliver the young woman college essentials as she moves forward in her education. What a strong inspiring lady whom I know much is in store for.

The second recipient shares with the attendees her story and how the scholarship from Josie Pearl has impacted her life.

Miss International Samantha Riddle, Miss Teen International Blair Wortsmith and I were able to attend the Josie Pearl Scholarship event together in San Diego. The program was created by Staci Ortiz-Davis in honor of her grandmother, Josie Pearl who did not have the opportunity to get a college education.

Staci Ortiz-Davis and I after our first time meeting in person after connecting over the last year through social media.

Miss International Samantha Riddle and Miss Teen International Blair Wortsmith and entering the event greeted by photographers.

In it’s first year Josie Pearl awarded $3,000 to a San Diego student who is now studying business at Johnson & Wales University in Florida. Last year they awarded 5 students in San Diego totaling $6,500 and they are attending schools such as Pepperdine, San Jose State, Chico State and Mira Costa College. Recently they just awarded a $1,500 scholarship to Josie’s hometown of Paris, Texas. This year alone they raised close to $14,000, and the scholarships continue to grow.

We had an absolute blast at the event! Welcomed by the red carpet, many generous food vendors throughout San Diego donated food to sample and items for the auction. There was a great band Steal Dawn that played throughout the night and it was held at the Sunroad Resort Marina, Pearls by the Bay 2014 was very well thought out. A word of thanks to Staci for inviting us to attend and also allowing us to speak to the crowd about our platforms!! I am sure many of you saw the pictures of Samantha, Blair and I making a splash at the event which ended up raising $750 towards scholarships, but it was after hearing the stories from the two ladies about how the funding changed their lives, we took the plunge.

The man in this picture was the generous donor of $750.

To find out more about Josie Pearl Scholarship program, visit


A HUGE thank you for Competitive Image for my wardrobe for the evening, you always help me look my best!!!

Live What you Love,

Your Mrs. International 2014



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