Susan Lawrence Olom was appointed to serve on the Aurora House Citizens' Advisory Committee on April 10, 1989 and on the first official meeting held October 3, 1989, was elected chairperson. She tirelessly guided the committee through the budgeting, planning, construction, and furnishing of the Aurora House, and worked faithfully with the director and staff to create a safe haven for all Aurora House girls.
On October 15, 1995, the Mayor of the City of Falls Church proclaimed the establishment of the Susan Lawrence Olom College Scholarship fund in continuing recognition of Susan Olom's commitment and service to the residents of Aurora House, their families, and the entire Falls Church community.
College / Technical Education Assistance
The scholarship fund is dedicated to Susan Lawrence Olom to recognize both her belief in higher education and her commitment to adolescent girls. Understanding the tremendous effect college enrollment can have on the self-esteem and personal growth of young people, the Olom scholarship fund provides tuition assistance to any young woman who has been a resident of Aurora House. It is designed to encourage girls to pursue a college or technical education by providing them with at least partial payment of their educational costs.
The Susan Lawrence Olom scholarship is non-competitive and seeks to provide some assistance to every student who makes a request. The Aurora House Girls' Group Home Citizens' Advisory Committee will consider requests by examining financial need, tuition costs, and the resources available to the fund.
How to Donate
Funding for the scholarship is solely comprised of charitable contributions. Individuals or organizations desiring to support this fund may make donations payable to the Friends of Aurora House, and mail them to:
Susan Lawrence Olom Scholarship Fund
c/o Aurora House
420 S. Maple Ave.
Falls Church, VA 22046