Donation Stories 2018-11-16T10:15:42+00:00

SEF DONATION STORIES

The Student Emergency Fund helps CMU students make ends meet so they can continue on their path to a CMU degree. The following are the full stories from summer 2015 and onward. To protect privacy, certain names have not been shared.

Tolulope Nathan

SEF’s impact:
The emergency fund really helped take my mind off finances—and focus solely on my academics. I am very appreciative and thankful for this great blessing. And I say a big thank you to every single donor that is a part of this cause!

Why CMU?
Coming from Nigeria, I didn’t really have that many options (mainly because of the cost of applying to multiple schools). My brother was here, so it made sense to come to CMU too! But on my arrival, I instantly fell in love with the warm environment and homey feel of the college area. Another great thing about CMU is that majority of the classes are decent sized—which fosters class interaction and helps with learning.

Favorite class:
Religion, race and discrimination 140 WI (currently enrolled in it) has been an eye-opener, for me, to the various issues going on in today’s society and how they all connect to history. A very informative class and I will advise that every CMU student take it.

To donors:
The impact of your generosity is far beyond what you’d ever imagine. I really had no idea how I was going to go about paying off this semester’s fees, but I trusted God to supply my needs, and he sure did! Thank you for CHOOSING to be a blessing.

Future plans:
My plan after graduation is to pursue a Master’s degree in Accounting OR Information Systems (applied to multiple schools and I am still awaiting their responses), while also preparing for the CPA (Certified Public Accountant) exam.


Katie Rae

SEF’s impact:
The Student Emergency Fund Scholarship impacted me greatly because when I moved to Denver, CO in September I decided to drive my car and all my belongings out here. After 16 hours on the road, I was only an hour outside of Denver when my car essentially died. It being far too much and not worth the fix; I had to scrap my vehicle. Luckily, housing is provided and is located across the street from where I am interning. My internship is event focused and I am always out of the office at one of our multiple
facilities. The Student Emergency Fund Scholarship award helped me with transportation support, which is a vital part of my internship.

Why CMU?
I came to CMU because I was awarded the Leader Advancement Scholarship. I was always heavily involved in high school and to have a protocol that set me up to do that in college was everything I needed. But that’s just the reason I came. I could list 1,000+ reasons to why I stayed!

Favorite class:
I had so many favorite classes! Two of these involve the planning and execution of events: RPL 438 Meeting and Exposition Planning and RPL 431 Recreation Planning.

In RPL 431 we get put in a group of 5 and have the objective of planning an event from scratch that has at least 50 people in attendance. My group hosted a Sock Hop at the Commission on Aging where we had line dancing, 60’s music, root beer floats for 70+ older adults! We collected 300 pairs of socks (the admission fee to the event) to donate to our local homeless shelter. This Sock Hop event is now an annual event at The Commission on Aging!

RPL 438 was a convention planning class where we were given a fake association and had to plan and execute it in Powers Ball Room as a mock convention. Showing a website, the gala dinner table set up and menu, and everything else that comes along with your typical convention! We had to plan a convention for the American Association of Lanyard Manufacturers. If you are interested in what we came up with, here’s our website: https://aalmconvention.wordpress.com/

To donors:
Thank you! You helped answer my prayers and gave me security 1,000+ miles from home. Actions like these helped solidify that CMU is my home and my family.

Future plans:
I love what I’m doing with my internship. Planning events for non-profit organizations is my dream job because I love working with social issues. But honestly, the sky is the limit after graduation. I could go to grad school seeking a degree in my passion for higher education, or I could join AmeriCorps to travel and works for countless non-profits. Honestly, it all depends on what doors God opens for me.


Ericka Magee

SEF’s impact:
I applied for the Student Emergency Fund during a time when I had just lost my job at Kmart, and my father, whom was very ill, was in the hospital battling cancer. With two other siblings living at home (one with a brain injury), all of his money was going to his treatments and taking care of my siblings. For these reasons, he did not have any extra money to help me pay for rent, food, or other necessities that were essential for completing the school year. The Emergency Fund gave me the money I needed to pay my rent for the month, as well as get food and other things I needed until I was able to get back on my feet.

Why CMU?
As a woman of African American descent, I wanted to attend a college that I felt would give me the equal opportunity to receive a great education as well as get me into the real world with the experience of interacting with people who are of different beliefs and background than myself.

Favorite class:
The greatest class of my undergrad experience was TAI with Professor Stacie. She has an amazing personality, she is very outgoing, and she brings life to every performance that she has had a student preform.

To donors:
To ALL donors that contribute/support the Student Emergency Fund, thank you. I am crying as I type this because looking back on that time, as I am getting ready to graduate this spring, I know if it was not for the supporters I would not have made it this far.

Future plans:

Post-graduation I am planning on furthering my education at Wayne State University where I will obtain a Masters Degree in Social Work.


Candy Abena Boakyewaa

SEF’s impact:
The Student Emergency Fund impacted me in a big way. It helped me pay a huge student account bill on time, so I wasn’t withdrawn from my fall class. This was very important to me because being withdrawn from my classes meant that I would be able to take the classes that were only offered in the fall and prevent me from graduating on time. The Student Emergency Fund came to my rescue when both my parents and I were not financially capable.

Why CMU?
I lived in Tennessee when I applied to Central Michigan University. It was the only school I applied to because I knew this was where I belonged. I found out about CMU when I embarked on a google search to find the best interior design and public relations program. CMU popped up, and the more I read, the more excited I was. The Integrative Public Relations program and the amount of financial aid I received sealed the deal for me. I loved that the IPR program allowed me to sample different courses to give you different sets of skills and knowledge. I loved that I could take broadcasting classes, political science classes, psychology classes, entrepreneurship, and marketing classes. Many programs don’t have this, and this sealed the deal for me.

Favorite class:
I have been in a lot of amazing classes. Some of my favorites are COM 195 (Intercultural Communication) with Dr. Diane Krider and JRN 551 (Cases in public relations) with Dr. Elina Erzikova. Intercultural communication was a very interesting class as it challenged us to pay attention to verbal and nonverbal skills along with others, so we don’t disrespect others and their cultures. It taught us to communicate properly and respectfully in multinational environments. Being that I am from Ghana, this is something that I am very passionate about. In my cases in public relations class, we are learning practical skills that were used in different public relations cases. What I love most about the class is that we are producing client-ready work and developing campaigns for our mock clients. One thing I really enjoy about my group’s client is learning about their corporate social responsibility initiatives. My client is Coca-Cola, a company that I grew up with.

To donors:
Thank you very much for helping me attain my goals and bring to life the dreams of my grandparents, my parents, and myself. Thank you very much for helping me show my 5-year-old brother that college is possible. Thank you for impacting my future. Thank you for helping me attain my college degree.

Future plans:
After graduation, I plan to attend grad school in DC and attain my master’s in public relations and corporate communications while practicing PR corporate communication in a PR firm. I also plan on going back to Ghana to work on a fund I started about eight years ago at a middle school which is dedicated to helping the needy in Ghana. Right now the fund donates to orphanages and child labor rescue schools. I plan to grow the fund so it can be able to fund the education of girls in Ghana.


Meredith Fruhauf

SEF’s impact:
The Student Emergency Fund scholarship impacted me in a handful of ways. I was stuck with approximately $6,000 that I had to pay for out of pocket, because I did not have a co-signer, I couldn’t take out anymore loans (without a co-signer), and my scholarship and financial aid was all used up. Although it was $700 per semester, it was $700 less I did not have to think or worry about, so it has been really helpful. I was still nervous because I still owed a little over $2,600. If it was not for Mrs. Kathy Wilbur, I really believe that I would not have applied for it in the first place, since I had no idea what it was in the first place. With the remaining money still owed, I turned to GoFundMe as an absolute last resort.

Why CMU?
Long story short, I chose CMU because it felt like home. I was stuck deciding whether to go to Indiana State University or here at the last minute. It was April 30th, 2012 and I came up here for a tour. I remember that day so clearly because May 1st, 2012 was the “deciding day.” CMU has the perfect size campus for me, not too big but not too small. CMU has my program in social work, and so many other things to get involved in. I enjoyed everything CMU has to offer. Because ISU was offering me so many scholarships and financial aid, I turned to an advisor and asked, “What can we do to get me to come here?” CMU not only matched the amount of financial aid ISU was offering, but there was additionally about $2,000-$3,000 off, so overall, CMU was essentially “cheaper.” This was perfect because I really wanted to come here.

Favorite class:
My ultimate all time favorite class was HDF 110 – Oppression: Roots and Impact on Human Development in the United States with Polly Pritchard. Although my favorite professor and a lot of my favorite classes with Dr. Christopher Latty such as Marriage and Relationships and Human Sexuality, HDF 110 cannot and should not be overlooked. If I could recommend this class with this professor to anyone and everyone: DO IT! The amount of information I had learned and continue to inquire more about because she planted the seed is phenomenal. I exceled in the class because that was a class I wanted to go to every single day. I would get upset when I had to go to my policy class afterwards. This specific class reminded me that learning is fun, and I enjoyed conversing with those in the class instead of dreading group discussions. The information provided about why institutional discrimination exists, microagressions and what they are, gender stereotypes, and so on and so forth are all things I feel like people need to be exposed to, and that’s what Polly did. I remember when controversial issues/topics came up Polly would say, “I’m not here to sway your opinion, I’m not here to advocate for certain groups in front of you, and I’m certainly not here to push my opinion on you. I am simply here to inform you about these things, and that’s what we’re going to be doing today.” Such a phenomenal class and so well done.

To donors:
THANK YOU. Thank you for making me feel like I matter, and thank you for allowing me to continue on my path to graduation. As a first generation student, it is scary to be so close and feel like I cannot finish here at CMU. This place is my home away from home, and I am so grateful and thankful for this amazing opportunity. So thank you for all of your efforts, and I hope that there are many more students different and alike from me that you will continue to support.

Future plans:
My post plans are not set in place yet; however, I hope to apply for the Peace Corps or AmeriCorps to be able to work with populations that I have never had the opportunity to. After my (hopeful) time, I hope that I can go to grad school to obtain my Masters of Social Work and then get my licensure in Social Work. I hope that one day I can go back to school to get my degree in Law and become a lawyer, and hopefully work for the United Nations as it is my dream to do so.


Ja’Tayzha Stitt

SEF’s impact:
CMU’s Emergency Fund Scholarship has impacted my life in a major way. I am ever so grateful to have the opportunity to use this funding as a way to help pay for my school tuition. Being able to be awarded this scholarship lets people who are low income like myself know that there are people out there who truly care about others furthering their education! Thanks to this scholarship, I am able to continue my journey here at CMU, graduate on time, and show others that giving up is NOT AN OPTION. It’s important to get out there and see what additional help you can receive so that you can continue on a greater path in life.

Why CMU?
From the moment that I toured this college campus back in 2009 as a freshman in high school, CMU had always felt like home. The campus was the perfect size, the people were genuinely kind, and from the moment I stepped foot on this campus, something spoke to me and said, “This is it!”

Favorite class:
By far my favorite class of undergrad is Entrepreneurship 101. This class not only prepares you inside the class room, but it helps shape you into a LEADER for the outside world. The professors are 100% genuine and push you to be the best person you can be! I can honestly say that my life has changed since taking this course and I would recommend every student, no matter what their major is, to take this class!

To donors:
To the donors that have supported this fund, I would simply say, “because of you, I did not give up!” I could have easily used the “I don’t have enough money” line as a way to cheat myself out of this great education, but instead, I searched for EVERY possible resource that CMU had to offer, and thankfully, I was awarded this awesome scholarship. Words cannot express my gratitude to these donors, but they sure do have a blessing coming their way.

Future plans:
My plans post-graduation is to work as a Visual-Merchandiser for a great retail business! I plan to gain plenty of knowledge and enhance my skills, so that I may run my own clothing/beauty business in the near future! So look out world, because there is a whole lot more of me to come!


Brittani Scott

SEF’s impact:
Besides financial aid, I pay for everything myself. I pay for my schooling and supplies, my apartment, my car note, my groceries, phone bill, and medical bills. I have an on-campus job, so the 50 hour cap makes it almost impossible for me to be able to afford daily living expenses and schooling. Without the Student Emergency Fund Scholarship, I would not have been able to afford my books, supplies, and classes. It helped me make it through the year with a little less worry about how I was going to be able to afford to stay at CMU.

Why CMU?
I actually received more money in grants and scholarships to go to school at Michigan State University, but I chose CMU because the atmosphere felt more at home to me. I loved that there were smaller classes and a smaller campus, so it was a lot easier to get to know students and faculty. I am an Integrative Public Relations major, so I liked the program better than any other college that I looked at.

Favorite class:
Without the Scholarship, I would not have been able to be a full time student and take my favorite class at CMU, COM 353 (Small Group Communication with Adam Barragato). That class teaches you lessons that will benefit you in the workplace and in life, and I think all students should take it.

To donors:
I would tell donors my story and let them know how much they are helping students. They may not even know how much their generosity can change a CMU student’s life. Without the Student Emergency Fund Scholarship, I would not have been able to continue my wonderful journey as a student of Central Michigan University. I wear maroon and gold with pride and I thank everyone who contributed to helping me stay in school and create a better life for myself and my family. I am a first generation college student, and being able to graduate means the world to my family and myself. As a donor, you are not just giving money to a college, you’re giving a future to a fellow Chippewa.

Future plans:
After graduation I would like to get a business law degree, to help me become a better crisis management professional. I would like to help companies increase their success by improving their internal structure and their public reputation.


Samantha Paine

SEF’s impact:
I received the Student Emergency Fund my last semester at CMU, while I was working on an internship required for my major. It was such a HUGE help for me, as I was not sure how I was going to get all of my necessary bills and groceries paid for. It would have been an even more stressful last semester if I had not received the Student Emergency Fund. I have always loved CMU, since the very first time I stepped foot here in 8th grade, and I am extremely grateful for all of the opportunities I have been given. Because I received the Student Emergency Fund as a student, I have made sure to give back to it since I have graduated.

Why CMU?
Everything. I know that is a cheesy answer to give, but I loved the campus, the people, and opportunities available to students.

Favorite class:
I had quite a few courses I enjoyed through my undergraduate career, but I would have to say my favorite course during my undergraduate career was Responding to Emergencies with Marty Malcolm. Even though it was an early lecture, I always looked forward to going to class because the instructor was able to keep everyone’s attention. It was a course where not only did I enjoy what I was learning, but I was having a good time as well.

To donors:
I just wanted to say thank you for helping in the lives of so many students here on CMU’s campus. I know that it meant a great deal to me, and it really does change the lives of students.

Current plans:
After I graduated from CMU with my Bachelor’s Degree in Health Administration, I started in the Master of Science Administration program with a concentration in Philanthropy and Fundraising, as well as am pursuing a graduate certificate in International Health. I also work in the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid and am on the Board of Directors for Isabella Citizens for Health, a Federally Qualified Health Center here in Mount Pleasant.


Mark Johnson

SEF’s impact:
The Student Emergency Fund allowed me to graduate from college and be hired at the job I hold now.

When it came time to complete my internship–the last requirement I needed to complete to graduate–I was short several hundred dollars. Without the assistance, I would not have been able to complete the internship, which led to graduation, which led to my full-time job. I can’t express enough how grateful I am for being awarded assistance from the fund.

Why CMU?
CMU has a great Journalism program with great professors. Once I came to campus, I fell in love. I was blessed to take classes with many professors who really cared about me and how I was doing in their courses. I am still in touch with several. I still remember the first time I was on campus, I loved everything about it. It was on the ride home that I knew I was going to make CMU my home, and I am so happy I did.

Favorite class:
I had many classes I really enjoyed, but none more than History of Rock and Roll. I’ve always had a love for music and this class took it to another level.

I also consider several of my journalism courses as some of my favorite courses. I took a senior capstone class and writing course with Dr. John Hartman. Not only did I learn how to become a better reporter and writer, but I learned a lot about life and lessons from the field you could not learn about through a textbook reading.

To donors:
If it wasn’t for your generosity, I wouldn’t be working full-time as a reporter at the Gaylord Herald Times. If it wasn’t for you, I wouldn’t have my beautiful Bachelor of Science degree framed in my apartment. I worked really hard to get through college and you helped me finish the job. I am eternally grateful for the assistance I received and I am sure many feel the same way. Thank you so much.

Current plans:
I graduated in December 2014, and I am now a full-time reporter for the Gaylord Herald Times. I cover city council meetings, police activity, environmental and outdoor issues and several more assignments. I also work with our sister paper, the Petoskey News-Review. I am so proud to be a CMU Alumni and I am privileged to be able to work with two more CMU alumni–my boss, Jeremy Speer, and the Petoskey News-Review editor, Jeremy McBain. I love my job here and I plan to continue working hard with a goal of someday moving up to a big paper like the New York Times or Washington Post.


Kyle Kenny

SEF’s impact:
Towards the end of the fall semester, I was struggling financially due to an overwhelming amount of medical debt caused by my epilepsy. I was barely making ends meet, and I had received a letter of eviction from my landlord since I was unable to pay rent. The stress caused by all of this was tremendous, and stress leads to me having seizures. If it were not for the Student Emergency Fund coming through for me and helping me get caught up on rent, I more than likely would have suffered many more seizures than I did that semester. Not only did the Student Emergency Fund help me financially, it also proved to me that CMU did care about me as an individual. I would not have been able to graduate without their help and I will be eternally grateful for that.

Why CMU?
The overall atmosphere at the school and in the community, as well as the intimacy that is formed from the small class sizes.

Favorite class:
My favorite class of my undergrad was the Training in Organization class with Dr. Diane Krider. This class gave me hands-on experience in a field that is not well known, yet very rewarding. The professor is amazing as well. Out of all the professors that I have had at CMU, she has been the most passionate, caring, and devoted.

To donors:
You are beautiful people, this fund helped me through a very tough time in life. Living with epilepsy is not easy, especially when in college. This fund, as well as the donors, need to have more recognition. Thank you so much.

Future plans:
In September, I am moving to Sydney, Australia.


Deshondria Bedenfield

SEF’s impact:
The SEFS impacted my college career because it gave me a safety net financially when I was short of a thousand dollars. It helped me pay off my student account so I could register for classes for the next semester. It really helped. Since I wasn’t yet a junior credit-wise, I couldn’t get any more loans, so this came at the perfect time. I’m sure this happens to a lot of students, so this was a great resource to cover your debt.

Why CMU?
The reason I came to CMU was the friendly atmosphere and helpful staff members that are willing to work with you from financial issues to housing issues. I felt that with other institutions they weren’t so personal and helpful on a one-on-one level.

Favorite class:
My favorite class at CMU has been my political interest groups class (PSC 327). The class was very informative and it wasn’t just a regular lecture. We had open discussions on relevant topics in the media. Students were able to hear and be tolerant of others’ personal views while still being respectful.

To donors:
I’d say thank you so much and I really appreciate your donations especially for students that have unseen financial issues. You guys help save some of student’s education so thank you. You guys really are lifesavers!

Future plans:
My plans post-graduation is to move to Washington, D.C. to hopefully work at a political campaigning/research company that will help fund my education through grad school.


Kyle Manthei

SEF’s impact:
This scholarship saved me. I was in a very tight situation in which I may not have been able to continue going to school, but this scholarship took away those doubts and I was able to graduate magna cum laude in May of 2014.

Why CMU?
There were tons of reasons why I went to CMU. First off was the fantastic mathematics department. All of my professors were absolutely fantastic. While I wish I had more time to take more of their classes, I am grateful for the opportunity that I had. Next is most definitely the campus. It was beautiful and I felt welcomed anywhere I went.

Favorite class:
My favorite undergraduate class was probably Number Theory with Dr. Cooper. She was absolutely amazing, plus the topics of discussion and the proofs that we did were just beautiful. After the first exam, I was ready to just throw in the towel, and then I had a brief moment when I talked to her and everything just clicked. Plus, cryptography is just super cool.

To donors:
All I can really say is thank you. I don’t know if I would have finished without you.

Future plans:
I am currently a student at Duke University studying Nursing and I plan to become a Nurse anesthetist, which I have to acknowledge the math department in helping me get interested in calculations not only in imaginary spaces, but for biological applications as well.


Professional Counseling and Special Education Grad Student

SEF’s impact:
It impacted me a lot. I don’t think I would have been able to graduate from Central if I didn’t receive the funds I did. It went toward housing, books, and other things I needed to be able to stay in school and finish.

Why CMU?
I wanted to be in the Criminal Justice program and I wanted to be closer to home. I like the area and love the campus. I love Central and everything about it.

Favorite class:
SOC 411, Professor Garrison. We did a lot of research in that class and it was really interesting. The professor was just everything.

To donors:
I would just thank them and give them as much thanks as I could. I want to be able to give back when I finish my Master’s just as well as they did. I want to be able to help.

Future plans:
I start grad school in August for professional counseling and special education at CMU.


Aaron Deanno Martin-Greene

SEF’s impact:
For me, it was a big deal simply because me being in school so long, I was running out of aid and funds. I’m set to graduate in December, and it definitely assisted me. It allowed me to put more money toward my education. It was extremely helpful and definitely something that helped me in my career. I plan to donate back.

Why CMU?
One, the campus in general is a home away from home. I feel more comfortable there than I do when I come home sometimes! I transferred from U of M Flint and originally sought out CMU’s top education program. I switched to communication, and there are so many opportunities. There is always someone available to help you.

Favorite class:
I would have to say Small Group Comm (COM 353) with Adam Barragato. He turned into a mentor and turned into a role model for me. He adjusted his teaching for students. Always helpful.

To donors:
First and foremost, thank you. Without you, I wouldn’t have been able to finish school. I wouldn’t have known about it or look toward helping others in the near future.

Future plans:
Right now, I plan to work with youth. I ultimately want to start my own non-profit for at-risk youth. Sometimes, you don’t have to reinvent the wheel. I want to help youth, maybe tag along with other youth organizations and prepare them for college. I want to be able to do the same for others that was done for me.


Anonymous Student

SEF’s impact:
It allowed me to pay my rent in a really hard time. Really, in the spring semester, it allowed me to stay here at CMU and I think it also helped cover some book expenses. It paid a great amount of that.

Why CMU?
Probably when I heard about the Broadcasting Department, which is what I major in. Once I found out we had our own student run radio and TV stations, that was it.

Favorite class:
Zumba! They’re really fun.

To donors:
I would just say, simply, Thank You. I don’t know if they’ve been in the same position, but it’s helped me to stay a student and strive through a hard time. I’m really grateful and choose to do that with their money. I think it’s really admirable to reach out and give back.

Future plans:
Working! I plan on applying to various jobs in the entertainment industry-hopefully in Chicago or Indianapolis–something in reporting or hosting (TV).


Anonymous Student

SEF’s impact:
It helped me when I didn’t have that much money—basically paying rent after the hour cap went into effect. I’d used up all my loans, and paychecks were small.

Why CMU?
It’s in between both of my homes. I’m from Saginaw, but my mom and step-dad live in Battle Creek.

Favorite class:
Health Psychology–I’m going into the medical field and my major is psychology. It’s giving me deeper insight into the medical field and it’s health-related.

To donors:
That they’re helping us students try to build our own education, so that we can give back to future students. They’re very helpful and generous.

Future plans:
Attend PA school somewhere in Michigan and work in the ER.

Life is full of twists and turns, events that can threaten a student’s college education. At CMU, our Student Emergency Fund is there when our Chippewas need a boost, often allowing them to stay in school through difficult circumstances.

Watch Ericka’s story about how the Student Emergency Fund helped her graduate after tragedy struck.
$51,892 of $50,000 raised

Student Emergency Fund

$51,892 of $50,000 raised
$
Select Payment Method
Personal Info

Credit Card Info
This is a secure SSL encrypted payment.

Billing Details

Donation Total: $5.00

$51,892 of $50,000 raised

Student Emergency Fund

$51,892 of $50,000 raised
$
Select Payment Method
Personal Info

Credit Card Info
This is a secure SSL encrypted payment.

Billing Details

Donation Total: $5.00

Candy Abena Boakyewaa

“Thank you very much for helping me show my 5-year-old brother that college is possible. Thank you for impacting my future. Thank you for helping me attain my college degree.”

FEATURED CAMPAIGNS

VIEW ALL FUNDS

CMU Alumni Association

Forever Maroon and Gold