• Amy Befeld, Class of 2013
    Amy Befeld, Class of 2013
  • Senior Political Science Major
  • Dance, Art History Minor
  • Recipient of Cody Scholarship
  • Member of Delta Delta Delta
  • Active in Student Congress and Student Foundation


If you asked me what skill I’ve developed at Southwestern that I would consider to be the most valuable, I would be hard pressed to pick just one. However, if I had to choose, I would say it’s a dedication to hard work.

Southwestern has taught me that what you get out of something is directly related to what you put in. So, I try to make the most out of every class because I know there will come a day when I will be grateful for the knowledge I’ve accumulated. Although the coursework at Southwestern is difficult, the one-on-one time I’ve had with my professors has been invaluable. I believe that at a larger school, I would not have had the same relationships with faculty and staff as I have here. That relationship has made me feel as though I am an integral part of the University, that I can accomplish significant things, and that when I graduate next December, I will have left my mark. I’ve worked toward making that mark through my involvement with Student Congress and Student Foundation. I’ve also found my home and my greatest friends in my chosen sorority, Tri Delta.

However, none of this would have been possible without the scholarships that help me pay for my Southwestern education. While my family believes that a liberal arts education is definitely worth every penny, Southwestern would not have been in my price range if it weren’t for the generous merit scholarships I received. I am so grateful to know that Southwestern wanted me as a student so much that they were willing to pay for a large part of my tuition.

At Southwestern, you truly do get out what you put in. I’ve done my best as a student to invest myself in this University and to give back some of what I have received. I look forward to being able to give back as a Southwestern alumna as well, both in charitable donations and by making a name for myself so that I can reflect well upon my alma mater.

I encourage you to make a donation so that enthusiastic, deserving and grateful students can continue to choose Southwestern. Students like me are depending on you!

Amy Befeld, Class of 2013

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, 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