Access NWU

By Erika Paschold

This campaign ended on November 06, 2015, but you can still make a gift to Nebraska Wesleyan University by clicking here!

Ciera Mendoza had never even heard of Nebraska Wesleyan before she applied. Like many Nebraska high school students, she figured she would go to UNL. But she was concerned about UNL’s size and getting lost in the crowd. She wanted a smaller campus and a more personalized experience.

At the time, she was working with College Possible, an organization whose mission is to make college accessible for low-income students through an intensive curriculum of coaching and support. Ciera’s College Possible coach told her to look into Nebraska Wesleyan. She visited campus and loved it.

Last May, Ciera was awarded the competitive Buffett Scholarship, and because that scholarship only applies to public universities, the University of Nebraska again moved to the top of her list.

The Access NWU Scholarship changed that. Ciera learned that Access NWU would fill the tuition gap and make Nebraska Wesleyan more affordable than UNL—even with her Buffett Scholarship. Unlike other, more competitive scholarships, Access NWU is set up to make Nebraska Wesleyan affordable for a large number of students each year. We’re counting on gifts from alumni to keep this program going and growing.

The first semester isn’t even over yet, and Ciera already knows that she made the right choice. “Without this scholarship I'd probably be going to UNL, and I wouldn't have made the relationships I have here with new friends and my professors,” she said. “I like it here more than I would anywhere else.”

Please consider making a gift of $50 or even $20 to help us fund this unique and impactful program. 

To learn more about Access NWU, visit the Nebraska Wesleyan website:

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