DURHAM, NC– Naturally Me, the North Carolina-based certified vegan beauty line, announced today the launch of a series of scholarships that benefit students participating in the Single Parents Program at Durham Technical Community College.  The scholarships, each worth $250, will be awarded beginning the summer 2011 semester.

“My desire is to award as many $250 scholarships as possible,” said Naturally Me founder, Chaundra Smith. “$250 may not seem like much, but to someone who is trying to support a family with only one income, it feels like a million dollars.”  

Smith, alum herself of the Single Parents Program, understands this need as she benefited from  the program herself when they assisted her with childcare in the evenings so that she could finish her schooling.

The Naturally Me scholarships are funded in the most unconventional way. The eco-friendly beauty company is hosting an online raffle where proceeds from the e-ticket sales fund the scholarships. Based on the number of tickets bought, participants can receive prizes including Naturally Me sample bags and gift cards along with other prizes being donated by local Durham businesses.

“With the cost of gas, food and education constantly rising, it’s become a concern for all of us,” Smith said. “But could you imagine being in a situation where you are trying to better yourself and the only thing that stands in between you and your education is $250?”

To find out more about the Naturally Me scholarships or to participate, visit for more details.


Sometimes when life gives you lemons, you MUST make lemonade. That’s what Chaundra Smith did in 2008 when she took her passion and turned it into a profession after being laid off. Looking at the situation as one door closing and another one opening to a new opportunity, Chaundra created Naturally Me, a natural and certified vegan beauty line.

Naturally Me makes products for bath and body for the entire family….including pets! The collection of products are still handmade with the finest natural and vegan ingredients with a touch of love by Chaundra and her staff. For more info about Naturally Me, visit