Walla Walla University Fund

Every year, the Walla Walla University Fund provides students with scholarships, and supports campus programs and improvements to enhance the student experience. Below you will meet three current students and learn about how the University Fund has made a difference in their lives.


Kati

Junior, Graphic design

What are your career goals? 

I want to run my own web design business. As part of my work or on a volunteer basis, I want to help Adventist organizations and churches present information in the best way on their websites. Christian designers have the opportunity to create the best possible representation of our church and faith to the world, and I want to help with that.

Why did you choose WWU?

I chose WWU because it's a Seventh-day Adventist institution. When I came to the United States, I didn't think I would have the opportunity to come here, but thanks to generous donors, I was able to get a scholarship to attend. I wanted to attend WWU specifically because it has a good graphic design program, and because the spiritual life here is the best match for me.

What have you enjoyed the most about WWU?

There's a definite "Before" and "After" in my life that centers around when I started school at WWU. The friends I've made here are friends I want to have for life, because we share similar values and worldviews. Being on an Adventist campus makes it easier to socialize and connect with people because of our shared beliefs.

How has WWU made a difference in your life?

I've been part of many activities and experienced mew things. Participating in ministries on campus has helped me become a better leader, and become more aware of the talents I have to offer and my responsibility as a Christian to give back. I'm doing more than just passively showing up to church; I'm actively participating in the spiritual life of campus.


Zach

Sophomore, Nursing

What are your career goals? 

I want to graduate with my nursing degree and work for a couple years in a hospital setting to gain experience and see which aspect of nursing I'm most interested in specializing in before I go on to graduate school.

Why did you choose WWU?

I've been connected to WWU my whole life. In high school, I visited here fore athletics tournaments; my parents and siblings went here; and my family encouraged me to attend also. WWU made it easy for me to get all the information about the school that I needed before I applied.

What have you enjoyed the most about WWU?

There are so many things! Business Club is a great way to socialize and meet new people through their events. There's so much access to the outdoors here, whether it's hammocking on campus or trips to other places through ASWWU Outdoors. The Freshmen Mentor program was huge for me. It's like a home away from home, and my mentor was like another family member I could talk to and feel supported by.

What I enjoy the most is participating in intramurals like flag football. softball, and soccer. As a nursing major, I spend a lot of time studying, and intramurals are an opportunity to get out and have fun while getting exercise.

How has WWU made a difference in your life?

WWU has aided my passion to connect with people and help them, and my nursing education will give me a way to do that. I'm building my character through meeting lots of different people and seeing how they make choices, good and bad. Being involved in campus programs and seeing people make the better choices has provided an example for me as I'm learning and growing.


Emma

Sophomore, Psychology and Honors General Studies

What are your career goals? 

After WWU, I want to get a master's degree in child development and work as a child life specialist in a hospital setting. This role would position me as an intermediary between doctors and children, helping children navigate their experience in the hospital and feel more comfortable and supported.

Why did you choose WWU?

I considered the environment that I wanted to be in, and WWU was the best fit. I like small towns and having easy access to the outdoors. The psychology program here doesn't get enough praise, in my opinion, and sets you up for the career you want. Receiving a good scholarship for WWU made it easier for me to attend and motivated me to choose this university, because I'm better able to focus on my plans for the future instead on student debt.

What have you enjoyed the most about WWU?

The drama program here has been an outlet for me to make new friends that I share common interests with, and has given me an artistic outlet to create work that I'm proud of. The honors program allows me to improve my mind and discuss controversial topics openly. My professors genuinely want to help students and are examples of who and what I want to be as a person. The camaraderie with my professors and the family setting that exists on campus means a lot. Our professors are friends with each other and with their students in the community.

How has WWU made a difference in your life?

WWU has prepared me to be more oen and understanding of different ideas. There are people on campus from all walks of life, and while we largely share values, we all have different opinions. Being able to learn about the balance between shared beliefs and accepting different viewpoints is special at a faith-based university, and something I'll take with me beyond my academic career.


Gifts to the Walla Walla University Fund provide many wonderful opportunities for students and contribute to a supportive and nurturing environment on campus.

None of this would be possible without your generous donations.

Please help us raise $255,000 for the Walla Walla University Fund by June 30, 2020.

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