UNG Scholarship Recipients

UNG Scholarship Recipients


I think scholarships impact the legacy
that is UNG. When I got the acceptance letter back and it said you’re good to come
to University of North Georgia I was happy as can be. I started playing soccer
when I was three, my parents just threw me into it and I fell in love with it. My
senior year in high school I got hurt so I didn’t have very many offers but Chris, the coach up
here reached out, and he’s like “Hey, come on up for a visit.” And so coming here
it’s been incredible. I came to UNG mainly because of
basketball. I thought that the atmosphere will help me excel as a player. My
teammates are like my best friends. Me and my family we went across and toured
all these different schools and I just remember coming here and everybody here
was just so friendly and it was just a really inviting atmosphere. It’s been really good it’s taught me a lot and every year I’ve had a different role on
the team and I’ve learned a lot about myself in those roles. It’s been a great time — a lot of amazing people. Competitively, I’ve been shooting since
high school. It’s Olympic-style target shooting. Most people think you’re
shooting big guns, firing away, having fun; with us it’s more of a precision it’s an art. My major is pre-med biology. I want to be an orthopedic surgeon. Some of the
injuries that I’ve seen firsthand helped me prepare to actually help people
fix those broken bones. I’m a chemistry major with a business minor and a
leadership certificate. My mentor that I was reaching out to is Colonel Palmer. He
always talks about the spirit of UNG and integrity and how to really live that
out in everything that you do. I’m a mathematics major. When I got to calculus 2, I was like this is a little challenging, but this is actually a lot
of fun. I want to go to grad school and get a masters in sports management and
sports administration and be a grad assistant in an athletic department, from
there actually getting a job. I think I want to
join the Department of Defense and be a chemist for them but I know at some
point I want to go back and get involved in public health. Scholarships create more opportunities for people. You’re not just representing
yourself, you’re representing those organizations that are sponsoring them. If you talk to all the athletes, the majority of them are on scholarship. It goes a
long way for us because like I said it helps you focus just on school and you
can really just be the best version of yourself. I’m UNG Dahlonega’s representative on Student Advisory Council. The
scholarships that I’ve received have allowed me to do the leadership
positions. I never had to take on a full-time job, so that really allowed me
to choose a major of my dreams. But without those scholarships I definitely
couldn’t have studied as much to have as good of grades and wouldn’t have been
able to take on as many leadership responsibilities as I had wanted to. I
definitely think it’s revolutionized my time here. The scholarships definitely
allow me to focus more on school. I don’t believe that I would be able to afford
college if I didn’t have these scholarships. It would be a lot harder if
you take out more student loans and you’re further in debt but since I want
to go to grad school that would put me even further behind, so it helps me set
up for the future a lot better. No matter what, even a dollar from somebody — go and
donate, that creates more scholarships. I want to just say “thank you,” they’ve
impacted my time here beyond anybody. I really just like to thank them
for this opportunity. I know there are many students like me who wouldn’t be
able to afford school without their aid. I definitely think that the scholarships
have allowed me to just grow as a person because there are some things you can’t
do by yourself and so with that help I think it’s really gotten me where I am today.

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