David Boutte, Class of 2015
Transfer student talks about the importance of scholarship support in his Southwestern Experience.
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There is no doubt that financial aid is an extremely important factor in choosing a school during these uncertain economic times. It is especially challenging for transfer students like me since many schools don’t offer merit-based scholarships to transfer students. As someone fortunate enough to have received financial assistance from the University, I know I wouldn’t be here today without this support.
After growing up in Texas, I returned in 2010 from New York City with years of corporate experience in public relations and publishing to pursue my associate’s degree in philosophy. When I learned about SU’s commitment to its students’ personal growth through service-learning and small classes, I knew it was the place for me to complete my bachelor’s degree.
Receiving scholarships allowed me to come to Southwestern, and made it possible to focus on my classes and internships, and explore my calling in the pre-ministerial program. I’ve tutored disabled teens, helped create a non-profit organization (NPO)-focused course in the Business Department, and (through internships) have gained the skills to be part of an NPO consultant team with The Williamson County Institute for Excellence in Nonprofits. I’ve also learned who I want to be in the world, both professionally and personally, in part by spending at least as much time with my professors outside the classroom as within.
Because of the difference Southwestern has made in my life, I know that I want to give back to the University, and I’ve already started. By creating the Students for Sustained Civic Engagement with a few other students, I was able to organize “The BIG Event 2012” which provided more than 240 hours of service to the community in one day. I also helped found the SU chapter of the Tau Sigma National Honor Society for Transfer Students. When I graduate, these organizations will continue to need students like me, so I plan to support them by giving to scholarships like those I am so grateful to have received.
As you consider your donation, I hope you will remember how important these scholarships are to providing all types of students the same great Southwestern Experience that generations have enjoyed. Please make your gift today.
David Boutté, Class of 2015