Derrick Dolezal ’13
Southwestern student discusses the impact of scholarships on his Southwestern Experiences.
- Economics Major
- Member of Pi Kappa Alpha
- Studied Abroad in London
- Environmental Activist
- Recipient of Rockwell Scholarship
- Recipient of Ruter Scholarship,
funded by Dr. and Mrs. Daniel R. Stultz
I clearly see how scholarships have impacted my experience as a Pirate. I’d like to encourage everyone to consider making a gift in support of scholarships at Southwestern, and thank those who have already done so! If it weren’t for generous gifts from people like you, I wouldn’t be a Southwestern student today.
A few years ago, my family relocated to New York from Georgetown. I longed to return to my Texas roots and thought of Southwestern when it came time to apply to college. But, with four siblings already in college, attending a private, out-of-state school seemed impossible. Thankfully, between scholarships and financial assistance, I was able to return home to Georgetown and begin my Southwestern Experience.
So far, that experience has included participating in many opportunities that Southwestern offers. I am a member of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity (and have served as philanthropy chair), co-chair for the 2011 NW Williamson County Relay for Life, and an interfaith activist working with the Office of Religious Life. Would I have been able to do all those things at another school? Maybe. But at Southwestern, I can do all of it— and study abroad in London—while also getting the benefits of an 11-to-one faculty-student ratio. There’s no way all of that would have happened anywhere else.
Because I’m so thankful to receive financial assistance that affords me a well-rounded Southwestern education, I am also involved in the SU Student Development Council. We educate students about the University’s fiscal affairs, helping them understand what tuition covers (and doesn’t) and explaining why giving back to Southwestern after graduation is so important.
As an economics major, I am aware of current economic concerns; however, I believe that the return on an investment in a Southwestern student will be realized by all of us, not just the individual. Please consider making a gift in support of scholarships. After graduation, I know I will.
A message from the Office of Student Financial Aid
Every day I work with families to help make their dream of attending Southwestern a reality. Fulfilling that goal has become even more challenging in recent years. While Southwestern has more than doubled the need based financial aid for students over the past five years, this investment has not been sufficient to keep pace with the ever increasing need. In addition, recent cuts to federal and state programs, such as Pell Grants, Tuition Equalization Grants and others, have affected one-fourth of our student body.
In short, we are at a time when family need is increasing and the University’s resources alone are not sufficient to meet that need. I hope you will help close that gap.
James Gaeta ’87
Director of Financial Aid