Why Your Gifts Matter
Your generosity is impacting the lives of students each and every day here on the Hill. Learn from students first-hand why your support is meaningful and how you are helping them to fulfill their dreams of a Jesuit liberal arts education.
Maegan Lynch, Class of 2018 - Determined to Make a Difference
If you see Maegan Lynch ’18 on campus, you will almost certainly a smile on her face. Maegan knew from the first time she visited Spring Hill that this would be her home. Though she'd always considered attending a much larger, state insitution, she realized that Spring Hill would give her more than any other school ever could. Maegan is a Communication Arts major with a concentration in Public Relations and Advertising. She is involved on campus as a cheerleader and Director of Activities for her sorority, Delta Gamma, and is also an active member of the Alabama Power Service Organization (APSO). She plans on attending graduate school, but her enduring, primary goal is to make an impact in the lives of others just like those who make it possible for her to attend Spring Hill College. She says “I could care less about my pay; as long as I am making a difference in this world I will be happy with whatever I decide to do.”
Travis Cummings, Class of 2017 - "I'm so glad I made the choice to attend SHC"
Travis Cummings ’17 is one of those special students who just radiates love for Spring Hill College. He's the full embodiment of the College's mission - you know it as soon as you meet him, and you want to share his passion. A Communication Arts major concentrating in journalism, Travis is active on campus as well as in the community. “I am involved in the vitalization of Books for Boys in coalition with the SHC Men of Color Council Legacy Chapter, Inc. Books for Boys helps to increase literacy among young African-American boys by placing identifiable books in barbershops and having them read and report to earn a free haircut. The program is also set out to raise self-esteem,” explained Travis. He is a Resident Advisor for Viragh Hall, a freshman dormitory on campus. He wants to be able to relive his experience as a freshman and enhance the experiences of young Badgers so that they will enjoy the Hill as much as he does. Travis is also a Springhillian Ambassador, and the Publicity Chair for the newly founded Men of Council Legacy Chapter. “This is a new organization on campus so it gives me a chance to use my social media skills to publicize our mission, events, community service, and more,” Travis said. After graduating from Spring Hill, he plans to start his news-reporting career locally, and then hopes to venture into a bigger market. “The Hill has really allowed me to flourish in preparation for my career and beyond,” he proclaimed. “I love it and I am so glad that I made the choice to attend SHC.”
Amber Taylor, Class of 2019 - Stay Tuned for Success
Amber Taylor ’19 came to visit Spring Hill College the day after she received her scholarship, and she instantly fell in love with the campus. She was looking for an out-of-state school with small class sizes, and she found exactly what she wanted. Amber is now a Graphic Design major and she has a special interest in Digital Video Production (DVP). Currently a member of our film club, Amber is co-directing a secret film project that will air in November. She hopes to take more leadership roles and hopefully become the art director for BTV by next semester. She is passionately grateful for the opportunity to attend Spring Hill College, and for the help she has been provided. “Every dollar I receive in scholarships means the world to me, because I have a twin sister who is in college at the same time as I am.” Scholarships immensely reduce the stress placed on Amber and her family, allowing her to thrive during her years at Spring Hill College.
Ian Garrison, Class of 2016 - The High Achiever
Ian Garrison ’16 is a Spring Hill College all-star. Even with an immensely demanding course load, he still manages to balance a multitude of service and leadership roles including SGA senior class president, Badger Connection guide, cheerleader, volunteer at USA Children’s and Women’s Hospital, and Delta Chi fraternity president. Ian is pursuing a degree in biology (pre-health) with a minor in biochemistry, which he knows will serve him well in medical school after graduating from Spring Hill College. The support he has received from hard-earned, well-deserved scholarships has allowed him to flourish in so many areas of his life, and he is exceptionally thankful for the chance to develop his leadership potential during his time on the Hill. “These leadership roles represented an opportunity to engrain myself in the Spring Hill tradition that I have grown to love over the past 3 years,” he says. Ian will go on to be a wonderful representative of Spring Hill College, and can't wait to give back to the place that provided him with the opportunities of a lifetime.
Shakara Austin, Class of 2017 - Building the Foundation
Shakara Austin ’17 decided to attend Spring Hill College because of its close-knit campus community and of course, the beautiful setting. She is a Health Science major and hopes to apply to a Physician Assistant program upon graduation. After graduate school, she aspires to be a PA in pediatrics. She always represents Spring Hill as a cheerleader as well as a rugby player. “I joined these activities to give myself some structure in college; a strict schedule has improved my grades tremendously and made me work harder for what I want to achieve. I know that life beyond school is not going to be easy all of the time, so I decided to start now by pushing myself to balance school and two sports.” Shakara is thankful for her scholarships because someone is putting their faith in her and providing a chance to pursue her goals and aspirations.