“Scholarships have been a blessing for me,” says Elyssa Sanner, a member of Wesley United Methodist Church, Evans, Ga. “I would have pursued a college education without the help of scholarships, but having the scholarships made the financial burden easier. I worried less about the technicalities of getting a college degree, saved my parents from worrying and financial burden, and saved more for my future.”
She received a United Methodist Scholarship as an undergraduate and earned a Bachelor of Arts in English. She graduated from Georgia College and State University, Milledgeville, in May 2009. “I served the church I attended in Milledgeville,” Sanner recalls, “through participating in the choir, praise team and Bible studies, and serving as a youth counselor.”
Now at the University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill, she is “a first-year graduate student working towards a Master’s of Science in Library Science. I’m just beginning this journey, but I’m excited by the opportunities the field provides,” Sanner notes. She looks forward to “making information organized and accessible and being involved with creative solutions to the problems that arise with the transition from physical to digital libraries.”
When she graduates, Sanner adds, she hopes to work “as a reference librarian in a university setting, where I can educate students on the resources available to them for research.”
When United Methodists support United Methodist Student Day, Sanner asserts, they “will see a return on their offering! The offering is so much more than less money in your pocket; it is an investment in someone’s future. You might not know exactly who benefits from your gift, but you will see the future leaders of the church benefiting from a college education they might not receive otherwise.”
Thirty-nine undergraduate and seminary students from the Kentucky Annual Conference received nearly $60,000 in scholarships and loans for 2009.
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