A successful businesswoman is giving back to local high school girls. Cindy Monroe is a Chattanooga native, Hixson High School graduate and CEO of Thirty-One Gifts.
Monroe announced Thursday she's starting a $12,400 endowed college scholarship ($3,100 a year for four years) for junior or senior girls in Hamilton County schools.
"It's so fun to see the energy within these girls and to think about the dreams and the possibilities that each one of them have inside them," Monroe said.
One of those dreamers is Hixson Junior Sierra Turner who said this scholarship could help her go to the University of Memphis and study nutrition.
"I would love it. I would need it and love it," Turner said. "I'm really excited. Ms. Richards is our college access and I'm looking forward to meeting with her about the scholarship and I hope I can qualify because I have a really good GPA."
"Girls really are looking for that mentorship or they're looking for that hope because so many girls really do want to be the best they can be and it's so hard during our environment in high schools and middle schools," Monroe said.
Monroe also announced Thirty-One Gifts is teaming with Girl Talk to create a summer camp in Tennessee, starting in Chattanooga. Girl Talk pairs high school girls with middle school girls to act as friends and mentors.