Paying it Forward - 2011 Profiles

Rosie G.


Rosie knows the struggles of being a single parent and going back to school. University of Phoenix allowed her to juggle the many facets of her life while earning her Master of Business Administration/Accounting degree. Her writing and communication skills improved as she progressed through her program. She was able to practice and elevate her leadership skills during team assignments. Upon completion of her degree, she was promoted from a staff accountant to a senior accountant with a significant increase in salary.  Shellie works with Rosie and is a single parent as well. Rosie would like Shellie to earn her degree so she can experience the professional and personal growth she has.

James L.

Recipient – Amelia, NE

James has a deep love and respect for the land. He works his family ranch in the Sandhills of Nebraska. “My father and grandfather raised me to respect and care for the land, to protect it from erosion caused mainly by wind and over-grazing,” shares James. Without the financial assistance of the scholarship, James would not be able to complete his degree. He is interested in protecting the environment. “I live in a geographically unique area — the Sandhills of Nebraska. Not only is it unique, but it is also fragile, so everything must be done in an environmentally responsible manner,” he says. “I have chosen to follow in my father's footsteps, but in this day and age, a cattle rancher can't really be ‘just a rancher.’ We must diversify.” With his degree, James hopes to protect his land and provide for his family.

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