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Junior nursing major Janie Weaver is not the typical college student. She is a two-time transfer student back at college after a hiatus of many years. As a mom of eight children ranging from age five to 21, going back to school hasn't been an easy journey.
“At my other school, I just kept paying more and more, yet it was taking longer and longer; the requirements kept changing. It wasn’t that much more affordable for what I was getting. While I might be paying more at NNU, I’m getting so much more for that money.”
When she transferred to NNU, the contrast was stark. “My other school was okay, but it wasn’t like NNU. They didn’t really care about me, and it just didn’t feel right. The professors at NNU are so wonderful. They actually care. They guide you and help you. The atmosphere is so much better, people are kind and considerate and warm.”
"Before coming to NNU, I didn't really understand why people would donate for scholarships or give to a university," says Janie. "Now I get it. Once you leave this school, you want it to continue—you want others to experience NNU."
Investing in their dreams
Nathaniel's degrees in political science and history will equip him to create policies that will transform the community he once lived in. For students like Nathaniel, college can seem out of reach. And it would have been without the financial assistance made available by NNU's donors.
"I've had some struggles to make ends meet and continue my time here as a student," Nathaniel reflects. "When I was a sophomore, my father was unemployed and my mother's hours were cut. We owed a lot of money. I received a call from the Financial Aid Office, and a scholarship had been granted that met my need almost to the exact dollar. It was such a blessing because it wasn't really that much relatively, but it was enough to cover my needs."
Every student-and every gift-matters
Being a part of a large body doesn't make you insignificant. Nathaniel found that to be true at NNU. "I shared at Time Out [NNU's student-led worship gathering] that I believe I'm like a cog in a machine. Without me, this atmosphere, this community, this place would be different."
Like Nathaniel's contribution to the NNU community, your gift, no matter the size, can have an impact beyond what you imagine.