Tales of Gratitude: Scholarship Appreciation

Tales of Gratitude: Scholarship Appreciation

October 8, 2019 0 By Ronny Jaskolski


Hi. I’m Erin Ashcraft. I’m a senior
intercultural studies and studio art major. I’m Bethany Vermillion. I am a
theater major and I’m a senior at SBU. Hi. My name is Aaron Canfield and I’m a
junior here at Southwest Baptist University. I’m majoring in exercise
science. I came to SBU strictly for the
intercultural studies program and if you know anything about the intercultural
studies program it’s supposed to be supplemented with a second major
typically and so I came in thinking that would be international business for me. Through the process of looking for schools and I when I found SBU there was
an initial impression on me. Quickly throughout a few months of being here I
realized that the community is is incredible and I wouldn’t change it for
anything. So my parents both went to SBU and they talked about it a lot and when
I was about 14 we came just for them to relive their memories and we kind of
just walked around campus and I immediately fell in love with the campus.
And when I was actually looking at colleges I came back knowing that SBU
has a special place in my heart already. And I was able to talk with theatre
professors they kind of get their idea on why I should choose SBU and I knew
from the first tour that I wanted to go here. It turns out international business
was not where the Lord had me. I ended up taking a drawing class and this was in
my sophomore year and I just fell in love with it. My New Testament professor
was actually the one who suggested to me that I take a drawing class because it
was the last thing that was on my radar and I never thought that intercultural
studies and art would go so well together. But I’ve learned over the past
few years falling more in love with art and with ministry that they go hand in
hand and it’s been a wild ride. I didn’t
realize that I would have such a passion for the arts and how well that you can
speak to the hearts of people through that. Over the past past few years I’ve
been able to be involved in using my skills to like grow as a leader. I’ve
been able to be this semester a resident assistant in Memorial Hall. I hopefully
will continue working in the admissions building as a tour guide and I’ve been
able to work in the call center and SBU has been, they’ve been able to provide me
with these opportunities in so many incredible ways. As a theater major at
SBU I’ve been involved in a wide variety of things. I’ve been in quite a few shows.
My freshman year I was in Annie Get Your Gun and All My Sons. I’ve been in
Twelfth Night and Little Women and Madea. I also have costume designed for four
shows and I have make makeup and hair designed and I’ve directed a show and I
have actually written a show that is going to be produced at SBU.
My favorite thing I’ve been able to do as a theater major is direct a show and
it was just a really uplifting experience. I felt like my team really
trusted me and I grew a lot with my directing experience and with the show I
was able to share a message with the SBU community that I thought was really
important. It was really impactful to me but also to everyone I got to work with.
I feel really prepared from SBU. My experience here and through all my
professors, I would have never known I was an artist I hadn’t have come to SBU
and I would have never probably been as well equipped for ministry if I hadn’t
come to SBU. I’m super thankful for people who give to private scholarships. Mostly I would not have been able to be here without the help of generous donors
who know the value of a higher education, especially in a Christian setting. It’s
been valuable for me to be here and grow my faith and to learn from people who
truly care and have that worldview. All this, all the three years that I’ve
been here I would not have been able to afford coming here if it first and
foremost wasn’t for the Lord working in my life and bringing me here. But also my
family has support but they can only do so much. They’ve been trying to help me,
but what really came down to me being able to come here was scholarships that
I received here at SBU, which has been an incredible gift. And I think a large
part of that is the donors that they want to help kids who are in need and
really still want to come to SBU because they know this is the place for them. So
when I was looking for colleges I knew that I would be paying for college by
myself and there were a lot of options that I
was considering but SBU was really unique in offering me some theater
scholarships and it actually enabled me to be able to
go here. And throughout my time at SBU I’ve received private scholarships
different ones every year that have really helped me continue my education
and without those scholarships I wouldn’t be here.
Thank you so much for all that you have given to the University and to students. We would not be here without you. So to all the donors out there I just want to
thank you from the bottom of my heart for what you guys do. Your impact that
you have on these students changes their lives, changed mine.
Thank you for your contribution to my education and to my future career.