Amanda Daley knows how important a helping
hand can be to achieving academic success – and she aims to make the
most of her Alumni Association Scholarship Award for the 2011-12
“I take pride in my education, and I consider
my superb education at WCSU to be well worth the cost,” remarked
Daley, a senior pursuing a bachelor’s degree in nursing. “This
scholarship assists me in reaching my education goals by helping to
offset some of the financial burden that comes along with a great
Daley shares her own academic gifts with her
student peers throughout the year as an academic resource mentor
(ARM) at Pinney Hall. She takes an active role in advancing outreach
activities in Western’s acclaimed nursing program as a volunteer
coordinator for the Student Nurses’ Association.
She has made an important contribution to
providing a positive campus environment for students’ academic and
personal development as president of the WCSU Student Center/Campus
Center Board. She also serves as a building manager at the Student
Center on the Midtown campus and at the Westside Campus Center.
Daley’s goal is to build on the strong
foundation in nursing she has gained at Western to pursue a
professional career in the field of pediatric oncology.
Her dream is to become an oncology nurse at St. Jude’s
Children’s Hospital in Memphis (Tenn.), internationally recognized
for its leadership in pediatric oncology treatment and research.
From her experiences as a student and as a
beneficiary of the Alumni Association Scholarship, Daley will leave
Western with a determination to continue making a difference as an
“Alumni have a large role to play in WCSU’s
future development,” she said. “Alumni have ‘been there, done
that’ — they have lived the life of a college student, whether it was
two years ago or 50 years ago. They can help set the tone for future
generations because they have a thorough understanding of what does
and doesn’t work in the academic community. By providing these
scholarships, the Alumni Association benefits the entire community
by encouraging further academic progress.”
Amanda Nagurney realizes that her
dream of becoming a math teacher might well have been beyond her
reach without support from the 2011-12 May Sherwood Scholarship
awarded by the WCSU Alumni Association.
“The May Sherwood Scholarship, along with the
rest of my financial aid package, makes it possible for me to be a
student at Western,” she said. “I simply would not be able to pursue
my educational goals without these scholarships.”
Nagurney is entering her senior year at WCSU
this fall with the objective of completing studies for a bachelor’s
degree in secondary education/mathematics. Her determination to
pursue a career in the teaching profession has been fueled both by
her personal experience as a tutor, and by the inspiration she has
drawn from her instructors at Western.
“I have had many opportunities to tutor math at
Western, and that has helped to confirm for me that I will enjoy
being a math teacher after I graduate,” she observed.
“I have been especially impressed by many of my
teachers at Western,” she added. “Professors here truly know their
content, and excel at teaching it. I feel lucky to have had so many
fine examples of the kind of teacher that I want to be.”
Nagurney expressed her gratitude to Western
alumni for providing the financial resources required to support
scholarship programs for current students.
“Western alumni help to further the reputation
of the university when they go out and succeed in their fields, and
then give back,” she remarked. “There are lots of ways to support
Western, such as becoming an active member of the Alumni
Association, making financial donations, or sponsoring a