A Seat at the Kitchen Table Scholarship
40 x 60 inches of aged mahogany with a few dents surrounded by six chairs. On the right side sat the Matriarch, Grandma Geraldine, in a chair that everyone knew was reserved for her. Geraldine N. Coleman, often referred to as Geral, reared 7 children of her own and turned her home into a center for excellence, rearing and educating numerous others including her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and other kids in the city of Fredericksburg, VA and surrounding counties in her home-based daycare. Geraldine loved reading and math, and although she never graduated from school, she was one of the brightest people we knew. She would often joke and say “I dropped out of school because I was smarter than my teachers.”
Although she never completed her schooling, it was important that her offspring and future generations would obtain their high school diploma and go on to pursue college degrees. Geraldine would gather her children at the kitchen table and assist them with their homework daily and teach them other life lessons. This tradition was carried on to her grandchildren and children she took care of in her home operated daycare. When returning to her home after school, it was routine to eat a bowl of cereal or some other afterschool snack and then find your “seat at the kitchen table” where she would meet you and assist with homework.
One of her goals in life was for her children and others to continue their education and give back to their community and society. In part through her dedication and teaching, she sent all four of her daughters to pursue higher education, along with many of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Two of her granddaughters now volunteer with College Bound, Inc in Washington, DC and have committed to honoring the memory of their Grandmother by establishing “A Seat at the Kitchen Table” Scholarship to assist others in continuing their college
Money raised for the "A Seat at the Kitchen Table" scholarship will be awarded to a College Bound graduating senior at the End of The Year Celebration on May 16, 2019.