Every Wisconsin college students has their own story. Each chasing their own dreams of a perfect future—all made just a bit easier with the help of financial aid.
Tell us your story. If you’re in college, how has financial aid helped your career as a student? If you’re still in high school, how important will financial aid be for your dreams?
Email us your story (and a photo too) to: email@example.com
Future career: Occupational therapist, Community leader
I’m a first-generation college student, and I love encouraging my siblings to set goals that will lead them to success. My mom didn’t have the opportunity to go to college, but she instilled in me the value of an education. I never would have even considered the possibility of college without financial aid. My high school counselor and my mom both encouraged me that resources were available for motivated and hard-working students. I’m grateful that there are people and programs out there willing to invest in students like me.
Hometown: Brown Deer
Future Career: Nonprofit youth instructor and nutritionist
I was really worried about being able to afford college, and I knew my family might not be able to contribute as much as they wanted. When I was a senior in high school, my mom passed away. Before she died, she encouraged me to go to college. I followed her advice, but I know I wouldn’t have been able to afford it without financial aid. College has been great for me; I volunteered over 300 hours, held four jobs, and received academic honors in six areas. I couldn’t have done any of that without financial aid.
Future Career: Robotic surgery utilizing nanotechnology
I’m an honors student, but I’m not sure I’d be a student at all if it weren’t for financial aid. I also play rugby and work part time to help pay for college. One of my sisters just graduated from college, and another is also attending college in Wisconsin. My mom is taking classes too. A quality science education is important for my future success. I like helping people and patient care is really important to me. I’m looking forward to putting the skills I’m learning into my career as a surgeon.
Michael “Indy” Stluka
Future Career: Public service
An internship got me interested in public service, and now I’m planning on being a lawyer and work in public policy. Receiving state financial aid made it possible for me to really focus on my classes and on getting an internship instead of constantly worrying about money. I’m an advocate for students, a resident assistant, and work in my college’s alumni office. When I hear stories of what alumni are doing, it inspires me. I have a lot to look forward to.