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Josiah ’15 & Sarah ’17: Tuition Times 2

As two siblings earning our degrees from Wright State at the same time, we realize how hard it is for our family to help us financially. Gifts from alumni have helped students like us earn a quality and affordable education without accumulating a lot of student loan debt..

The Wright State University Alumni Association is celebrating more than 40 years of making a real difference in students’ lives. The Association has been proudly committed to keeping Wright State alumni connected and providing more than 750 scholarships to Wright State students totaling nearly $600,000.

The financial assistance we received has allowed us to pursue our degrees in supply chain management. Not only are we receiving a quality education, but we will be able to graduate debt-free thanks to our scholarships.

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Kevin ’17: Mentoring in Medicine

When Kevin Purcell was a teenager, his father allowed him to shadow him at work. “When I observed my dad, I knew I wanted to be a doctor,” said Kevin, who is a second-year medical student at the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine.

Kevin was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. After medical school, Kevin would like to return to Brooklyn to complete his residency in pediatrics or emergency medicine. In addition to becoming a doctor, one of his life goals is to start a minority mentorship program for young males in Brooklyn. He wants to teach them about the importance of education, professionalism, and life skills.

At the Boonshoft School of Medicine, Kevin leads, mentors, and teaches. He is very grateful for scholarship support he has received. “I love being here at the Boonshoft School of Medicine,” he said. “The professors have been very supportive and helpful. They have pushed me academically and have encouraged me.”

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Katy ’15: From Dayton to Taiwan

Wright State was the best place for me to earn my degree in materials science & engineering. I can’t imagine myself anyplace else.

Gifts from alumni have made it possible for me to receive scholarships so I only have to work part-time. I can now concentrate on learning and not be stressed out trying to figure out how to pay for school. I do my best to make the most of my scholarships by learning as much as I can. I do not believe in wasting money, and I make sure that the donors who helped provide my scholarships will not be disappointed.

I have also been able to get more involved in student life at Wright State. This has increased my knowledge and helped me develop leadership skills. My most memorable experience was a month-long trip to Taiwan. I learned so much about their culture and was able to participate in a research project with one of their professors.

Gifts from alumni have helped provide scholarships and great facilities for me and nearly 18,000 other Wright State students who are working hard to reach their career goals

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Maggie ’15: Women Teaching Science

Wright State was the best choice for me to pursue my career goals thanks to the flexibility it offered and the scholarships that have made it possible for me to pursue my dream of becoming a highly qualified middle level educator in the fields of language arts/reading and science. Gifts from alumni are very meaningful to me. Without scholarships, I would not be here today. I am so grateful that someone gave to help me; it is one of the reasons I hold myself accountable to a high academic standard.

I am pursuing the graduate level licensure and master’s degree for middle childhood education. I want to make a difference in students’ lives the same way my teachers impacted me as I was growing up. As a woman who will be teaching science, I hope to one day inspire other women to do the same. My scholarships make it possible for me to focus on my educational endeavors and building relationships that foster my career goals. Without them, publishing with the Ohio Space Grant Consortium and NASA and having the time to work closely with science educators here at Wright State in the instruction of future science educators would have been much more difficult, if not impossible.

The generous support from our alumni can and does make a difference in students’ lives. Gifts help provide scholarship support and facilities for myself and other students.

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Diamond ’15: ‘One Day, I Will Give Back’

My father and grandmother are Wright State alumni, so I have been coming to campus since I was 10 years old. I have always thought of Wright State as a place where faculty and staff work hard to help students achieve their career goals. Gifts for scholarship or program support from alumni, like you, make it possible for students to reach their goal of earning a college degree.

I chose to major in social work in the College of Liberal Arts because I want to become an advocate for people who can’t speak up for themselves. I hope to start non-profit foundations that will support inner-city youth through community programs that offer them more options to have a better life.

The scholarships I have received have made it possible for me to develop my leadership skills by becoming more involved on campus as a President’s Ambassador and a member of the Dean’s Student Advisory Board. Since I don’t have to work as much, I have more time to focus on learning. One day, I will be a Wright State graduate, and I will give back.

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Zach ’14: ‘The Best Nurse I Can Possibly Be’

I chose Wright State for the excellent reputation of its nursing school. I knew by choosing Wright State I’d be able to get an exceptional college education, and I’d also be close to home. I chose nursing as my major because I am fascinated with medicine, and I want to give people the medical help and support they need. Gifts from alumni not only help students with scholarship support but also help provide the top-notch clinical lab facilities that are essential to helping students, like me, learn necessary nursing skills.

Wright State provides multiple opportunities to make myself a better student, person, and future nurse. The exemplary faculty has challenged me to study harder to be the best nurse I can possibly be. They listen to my dreams of what I want to do with my life and work with me to achieve my goals. After graduation, I plan to work in an intensive care unit for a few years then go back to school to earn my doctorate of nursing practice with a specialty in nursing anesthesia (CRNA). I may also choose to fit becoming a flight nurse in there, but my dream job is to be a CRNA and teach nursing to students.

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Eric ’15: From Immigrant to Surgeon

I was born and raised in the heart of Africa, Rwanda. After my family immigrated to this country, we moved to Dayton, which I now consider my hometown. I came to Wright State not only because my brother graduated from here but because Wright State offers great scholarships to students. My major is chemistry/pre-med, and I hope someday to become a surgeon. Gifts from alumni make it possible for students to come to Wright State and fulfill their career goals.

I have worked very hard and am so excited to graduate with a four-year chemistry/pre-med degree in three years. I am also committed to doing community service with the Wright State University Pre-medical Society and the Optimist Club. I go to school full-time, and I have a part-time job on weekends in a nursing home. I enjoy spending time with seniors because they inspire me to work hard to reach my goals.

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Betsy ’15: One University, Three Degrees

Other members of my family, including by brother, mother, and uncle, have attended Wright State so it was easy for me to see how Wright State could prepare me for many different career options. I earned my B.S. in psychology here and now my M.S. and Ph.D. in human factors and industrial organizational psychology. Gifts from alumni make an impact in the lives of students by helping them pursue their educational and career dreams and expanding their experiences.

I am thrilled Wright State has given me the means to achieve my academic potential by developing research positions in human factors psychology, as well as supplying funding for me to attend numerous conferences to present my research.

I am so grateful for support from alumni. It has helped make valuable research positions available so I am able to fully focus on the research I am contributing to the literature. I currently have an article under review in a research journal, which is a project I began as an undergrad.

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Amy ’15: More Time to Volunteer

I am an early childhood education major because I love helping and encouraging children. Gifts from alumni make it possible for students, like me, to focus on our studies so we can rise up to become the best we can be and achieve our career goals.

The scholarships I have received mean so much to me because I can work a couple of hours less each week. I now have more time to study and to volunteer for programs like Camp Talk by the Lake—a week-long program at the Lake Campus for area children with hearing and speech disabilities.

The scholarships I receive go toward books, school supplies, tuition, and gas for commuting to and from school. I have worked hard the last two and a half years to maintain a 4.0 in my classes and to work at my job at the front desk of the Lake Campus. Everyone here is so supportive; I feel like the faculty, staff, and students here are part of one family!

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Joakim ’14: Real-World Relevance

Going to a university was not a common idea in my home community of Falkenberg, Sweden. Coming to Wright State is helping me achieve two of my current goals—to earn a college degree in marketing and to play soccer. Gifts from alumni make Wright State a great place for students, like me, to get a great education and achieve their career goals.

I want to stay in the United States, and I hope to someday work in film or video production. In my marketing degree program, I am getting to work with professionals in the field and making a lot of connections through networking. Without my scholarship, none of this would be possible. I am so thankful for the donor support for my scholarship and for the athletics facilities. Both are the best anywhere around!

Wright State faculty have tremendous energy and enthusiasm for all their students and go out of their way to make their subjects interesting and relevant to today’s business world. I know I want to give back someday to help students with circumstances similar to mine.

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Maximillian ’18: The Psychology of Diversity

I chose to come to the School of Professional Psychology at Wright State because the program is highly regarded, and I appreciate that we are given three full semesters of diversity training. Gifts from alumni help Wright State’s School of Professional Psychology students achieve their goals by providing scholarships and facilities that provide the quality training SOPP is so well known for.

Through Wright State’s School of Professional Psychology I am getting great instruction complemented by experiences that are adding to my growth as a psychologist. I currently work with a Wright State–affiliated after-school program, giving evidenced-based interventions to English Language learners. And after completing my training, I hope to work in a southwest Ohio school district as a school psychologist that serves communities hosting immigrant populations. This coming January I will also have the honor to present at the Diversity in the Multicultural Millennium Conference at Wright State. Gifts from alumni, like you, make these opportunities for students possible.

Giving back is the best way to foster a sense of community. Students who receive scholarships may not be able to express their gratitude personally, but they will remember the impact others have made in their lives.

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Emeka ’15: Soccer & Studies

I was born in the United Kingdom and grew up in Canada, but I chose to come to Wright State for its prestigious accountancy program. Wright State also gave me the opportunity to play on the men’s soccer team. The scholarship support I receive means so much to my family and me. It allows me to focus on giving my maximum effort to my studies.

I chose the accountancy major because I enjoy working with numbers and people. Wright State’s accountancy program is helping me rise to the challenge of reaching my goal to become CFO of a corporation, and I am developing real-world experience and leadership skills through internship opportunities and extracurricular activities.

Playing soccer for the men’s soccer team has been another great experience for me. I have been playing soccer my whole life, and it’s nice to see a return on that investment by having the privilege of playing Division 1 soccer for Wright State.

There’s a lot of stress that comes with college, and the scholarships I received have made it possible for me to work hard in my studies—and in soccer—while not worrying so much about finances. I definitely plan to give back after graduation.

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