It is our pleasure to honor the memory of
Mrs. Carol Kimmelman with a personal letter
and scholarship from Dr. Jennifer Winward.
Carol attended University of Southern California where her greatest reward from her college experience was her time working in the inner city schools in Los Angeles. When she graduated from USC, she worked full time teaching at Raymond Avenue Elementary School in South Central LA. It was during this time that she met her soon-to-be husband, Doug – the two a perfect match in intelligence, wit, generosity, and love for their children.
I have been blessed to tutor Carol and Doug’s four bright, funny, and wonderfully kind children. As of today, we’ve shared nine years of compassion, support, and humor at their kitchen table – getting their kids through standardized tests, final exams, and college applications. In fact, it is at their kitchen table that the idea to create an educational platform making tutoring more accessible and more affordable was born. It is there that the seeds for Winward Academy were first planted.
The core of this idea came from words Carol used to share when reflecting about her kids’ opportunities versus those of the students she loved teaching at Raymond Avenue Elementary. Carol always said that her children were so lucky – born on 3rd base sliding into home – and that many of the equally deserving students with whom she worked at Raymond Avenue would go their entire lives without even a chance to be at bat.
Carol’s insight and compassion inspire Winward Academy’s mission to bridge the opportunity gap in our country, to better serve students who have the drive and the talents to succeed but simply do not have the access to the same resources.
At sunset on January 6, 2017, we lost Carol in her fight with ovarian cancer. To say that she fought for life and for her children is a gross understatement. No one has fought harder. The world lost an outstanding woman when it lost Carol, but there is no doubt that she will live forever through Winward Academy’s mission. Her fire, her passion, and her love for learning will continue in every confidence boost, grade improvement, and college acceptance made possible by a program that would not be possible without her dedication, support, and encouragement.
To honor Carol’s memory, I have committed $1000 to a college scholarship for a student Carol would have loved to teach – one with unparalled drive, passion for life, and love for others. The scholarship is starting small, but my biggest wish is for the scholarship program to grow as the company grows.
It is a way to honor Carol by helping deserving students get a chance to bat, and hopefully helping them hit a home run. That possibility is everything she wanted.
With love and appreciation for everything Carol contributed to everyone in her life,
Winward Academy identifies students who show diligence, commitment, and strong work ethic in their studying. Those students are contacted directly about the opportunity to apply to the Carol Kimmelman Memorial Scholarship. Students receive an email notification when they’re eligible to apply.