“Scholarship dollars help students attain their goals.” — Maria Satira '12, first recipient of the Amanda Marie Werkmeister Memorial Scholarship
For a student, even the smallest amount of financial support can make a huge difference. Scholarships make higher education more accessible. They help students focus on their studies rather than on how they’re going to make ends meet. A scholarship lessens a student’s dependence on financial aid, and in turn, decreases the amount debt they’ll have to repay after graduation. Scholarships also benefit those who may not qualify for a need-based scholarship or a merit-based scholarship, therefore filling the gap and creating an opportunity.
And possibly most important of all, scholarships teach students about the importance of giving back and helping others.
In other words, scholarships change lives.