Due to a medical condition Staysha was not supposed to live past 12 years old. Now 20, she is a first generation college student who is majoring in elementary education with plans to stay in Western Nebraska after she completes her education. She is involved with speech, theatre, and community service activities. Staysha, whose father is disabled is financing her education with financial aid, working 20 hours a week at a fast food restaurant, acting as an RA for the dorm and a Foundation scholarship. She stresses how important the scholarship that pays her tuition is: "without the scholarship, I wouldn't be able to attend college."
Sadie is a single mom and non-traditional WNCC student, in the nursing program in Alliance. Sadie worked in a clerical position in the medical profession for 15 years, then decided to become a nurse after providing care to her terminally ill aunt. "Helping others is rewarding," she states. Sadie works 36 hours a week and attends WNCC full-time. She emphasizes that her scholarship is helping to make it possible for her to achieve her educational goals, affirming, "I couldn't make it work without it."
U.S. Army Veteran and WNCC student Chris was a mechanic and Apache helicopter crew chief, serving in the initial invasion of Iraq, followed by another two tours of combat duty. Knowing firsthand the emotional impact that combat can have on soldiers, Chris intends to become a psychologist, hoping to develop a resiliency program to help prepare soldiers for the mental strains of war. Chris is a first generation college student who comes from a family who struggled to make ends meet. He developed and founded teh Student Veterans' Organization at WNCC and is a Phi Theta Kappa honor student with a 3.9 GPA. He states that his scholarship is a critical component to obtaining his goals; it covers expenses that the G.I. Bill doesn't, and makes it possible for him to forgo student loans, which is important as he continues his education into graduate school.
Read more testinomials from just a handful of the many students WNCC and the Foundation have helped through the years!