Growing up in foster care, this Sam’s Club associate looks to inspire others through $1 a day college degree program Live Better U
Throughout her childhood, Meredith's education always seemed to take a backseat. A mother of two and former foster child, she was accepted to several universities after high school but, with little guidance to help her navigate the admissions process, she was never able to enroll.
“Since aging out of foster care, I’ve learned that less than 4% of foster youth earn college degrees,” Meredith, a Sam’s Club associate at Club 4855 in Hanover, Pennsylvania, said. “I've always yearned to be part of that 4%.”
When we announced we would offer associates the chance to earn a degree for just $1 a day through Live Better U , Meredith seized the opportunity, knowing she could change her future. Meredith plans to get her Associate of Arts in General Business.
Live Better U education benefits have meant renewed hope for me. With my degree, I will be able to expand my career opportunities, set an example for my children, and be a help and inspiration to others.
Live Better U , Sam’s Club and Walmart’s $1 a day education benefits program, was first announced last year in partnership with Guild Education. Whether it’s been 30 days or 30 years since going back to school, Live Better U is designed to help all associates reach their education and career goals, meeting them wherever they are in their journey.
Eligible Sam’s Club associates can pursue a college prep program, associate or bachelor's degree, all for the equivalent of just $1 a day. In addition to receiving college tuition discounts to other programs, associates can also pursue a high school diploma, or learn a new language, all at no cost. And it's all thanks to Live Better U!
“I strongly feel my secondary education will significantly impact my life, and my children’s lives for the better,” Meredith said.
Check out the clip below to dig deeper into Meredith’s story during Sam’s Club CEO John Furner’s Business on Bikes with GUILD CEO Rachel Carlson. For the full episode of Business on Bikes, click here.
Meredith has written the story for her family and future, and so can every eligible Sam’s Club associate! Learn more about Live Better U here.
About Live Better U
Live Better U meets associates where they are on their educational journey by creating access, removing barriers and empowering associates to go as far in their education — and careers — as their hard work and talents will take them. The program includes the debt-free $1 a day degree program, free high school completion for associates and eligible family members, discounts on higher education programs like master’s degrees, free foreign language learning and much more — all in partnership with Guild Education. Associates can now earn degrees and certificates at six nonprofit universities, which were selected for their success with adult learners. Southern New Hampshire University, Purdue University Global and Wilmington University are new to Live Better U and join University of Florida, Brandman University and Bellevue University.
Less than a year after launch, more than 7,500 Walmart and Sam’s Club associates from all 50 states have been accepted into at least one of the programs — ahead of the retailer’s projections.
“Since launching with Guild a year ago, thousands of Walmart associates have now headed back to school debt-free, collectively saving tens of millions of dollars in student debt,” said Rachel Carlson, CEO of Guild Education. "As the largest employer in the nation, Walmart’s education program is creating unparalleled access for millions of Americans to gain a meaningful education and economic mobility.”
Learn how to get your degree for $1 a day and much more through Live Better U here .