Western Washington University Alumni Association

Laura Gelwicks

Major - Political Science
Hometown - Everson, WA

“WWU allowed me to get the college education I desired and continue the close relationship I have with my immediate and extended family, as well as friends, co-workers and classmates.”

I am a Whatcom County resident beginning my freshmen year at WWU in the fall. I attended Nooksack Valley through all 13 years of my schooling and I've always been proud of my community. I want nothing more than to give back to the people who helped me become who I am today. I think this is primarily what led me to receiving the scholarship. My passion is not for computer sciences, math, or literature of any kind, but for politics and law. I see those fields as a way for me to create change for those who are down trodden and need a helping hand. Growing up in an impoverished farming community, I've come to realize that not everyone is as lucky as I am. But I can use my good fortune to get an education that will allow me to help those who need it.

College is expensive, but by being honored with this scholarship, the Alumni Association has made my and my family's financial burden a little less. My ultimate goal is to go on to law school, which will add to my growing education bill. By having this extra scholarship money, I will be able to graduate with less debt and start my adult life with a little extra financial security.

When I'm not studying, I really enjoy hanging out with my friends. We often take advantage of Bellingham's numerous parks and go hiking, biking or long boarding. I'm also a big movie fanatic and tend to spend a lot of time searching for obscure independent films. It's a pretty fun passtime when you’re waiting for the non-stop Washington rain to go away.

I would just like to say thank you for this honor. I thoroughly appreciate the financial contribution to my education and the support this scholarship means.




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