I am a recent graduate of Western Michigan University as of December 17, 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and a minor in Sociology. During my academic schooling, I did not receive financial aid assistance because my parents were just above the low income levels. The Pokagon Adult Scholarship Program awarded me scholarship monies for my final academic school years of 2015 and 2016. These awards helped me with the financial burden of college tuition allowing me the opportunity to focus the majority of my time and energy towards my studies. Because of this, I was able to be placed on the Dean’s list, carry a GPA above a 3.25, and graduate on time. Many students graduate with an enormous student loan debt. My debt for 6 years of study will amount to less than $20,000.
The scholarship also has allowed me the freedom to participate in the Criminal Justice Student Association. I was able to network with others within the Criminal Justice field. It has opened doors for me and adds to my resume as I seek a career in my field of study.
I am thankful and forever grateful for the Pokagon Adult Scholarship Program. Their support has been instrumental in my academic success and future career goals. Their generosity has not only impacted my future, but the future of many others as well.