Wednesday Nov 14, 2012
Graduating class members enjoy a unique connection. The shared experiences of one’s college years have a way of bonding alumni like family. And, like a family, they care about the needs of those who are being raised up behind them.
Indiana University Northwest seniors Kaleigh Fetcko and Miracle Anokwute are rallying their fellow students, and the entire campus community, to get behind their efforts at creating a permanent scholarship for senior students, courtesy of the Class of 2013.
“I’ve received scholarships every year while at IU Northwest that have helped me pay for tuition, sometimes even books,” said Fetcko, a senior majoring in psychology and minoring in chemistry. “I think it is important to encourage people to get an education and not let finances hold you back. For me, if I didn’t get those scholarships, I wouldn’t be here.”
Fetcko and Anokwute, a senior biology major, are both on the pre-med academic track. They want to give back a little of what they’ve received, as well as foster a growing culture of philanthropy among IU Northwest students. Anokwute said the committee decided to offer the scholarship only to seniors because traditionally there are fewer scholarships available for upperclassmen. He said he likes the idea of helping deserving seniors to complete their schooling.
Almost half of all IU Northwest students receive financial assistance totaling nearly $46 million per year. Much of this aid comes in the form of loans that need to be paid back. The students feel that more scholarship opportunities are needed to offset this burden on students.
The Class of 2013 is aiming to reach its $10,000 goal by the end of the academic year. Once enough funds have been raised to support the ongoing scholarship, $500 will be awarded to one senior each year from any discipline with at least a 3.2 grade point average. To be considered, the applicant would also need to submit a 250-word essay reflecting on their experiences at IU Northwest.
A planning committee is currently working to plan fundraising events throughout the year. For starters, the committee will staff a table in the Moraine Student Center every month to collect donations. The seniors promise that there are fun events on the horizon, too.
Donors will be recognized for their bronze, silver, gold and platinum levels of support in various ways throughout the year. Donations are tax-deductible.