Enfield Realtor Joyce Keating has never forgotten the struggles she faced and the obstacles she overcame as a single mother of two daughters when she decided to go back to college and become the successful businesswoman she is today. The Asnuntuck Community College (ACC) Alumna has always remembered to pay it forward and one local woman is happy that she does.


ACC student Monica Messenger is also a single mother and she also has been committed to continuing her education. The non-traditional student received her Associate’s degree from ACC this past May and has been accepted into a competitive accelerated nursing program at The Elms College for this fall. “I needed one more pre-req(uisite) for Elms,” explained Messenger. The ACC alumna, who graduated with a 3.96 GPA found herself in somewhat of a bind, she could not afford to take the history class she needed at ACC in order to move onto The Elms. ACC’s Financial Aid office recommended that Messenger speak to the President’s Office to see if ACC’s Foundation had any scholarships she could apply to receive.  Susan Beaudoin, who serves as a liaison for ACC Foundation, Inc. and who serves as Executive Assistant to the President, knew that no students this past year had qualified for Keating’s Woman in Business scholarship. Susan made some calls to see if Messenger could be a candidate due to her immediate need.


Keating, who also serves on The Foundation’s Board, was willing to consider Messenger as a candidate after receiving information about her situation. She felt a connection since her daughter is in the nursing field. “Her letter touched my heart,” says Keating. She said her inspiration for starting the scholarship came from an instructor she had at ACC. “Fred Bartlett gave me the impetus to start my own business. I will forever be grateful for his belief in me and my success.” Messenger has committed that when she is financially able she will start her own scholarship at ACC and one day she would like to participate on the Foundation’s Board. Messenger says she is very thankful for Keating’s willingness to award her a scholarship. “She is so sweet and so generous.” She continued, “Financially there was no way I could afford the class. It made a world of difference for me.”