Scholarship gifts are one of the most impactful ways to support Austin College students. As an institution focused on providing access to a high-quality, liberal arts education to all talented students, Austin College awards scholarships to over 90% of students. An Austin College education would not be possible for many of those students without those scholarships. Each of those 1,200 recipients has a story to tell—a story made possible through the generosity of scholarship donors. Here is one story of your impact.
Meet Spencer Nystrom ’15.
This new Austin College grad is off to The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His goal? A Ph.D. from a biological and biomedical sciences program.
Multiple scholarships enabled Spencer to attend—and succeed—at Austin College. Once on campus, faculty offered Spencer challenging biology research opportunities. He hesitated. But soon he was “eating, sleeping and dreaming” about research, he says. Sophomore year he was awarded a coveted Summer Undergrad Research Fellowship by The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Without Austin College faculty, Spencer may not have found his passion for biomedical research. Without scholarships, Austin College would not have been possible.
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The sciences—and lab hours—defined only part of Spencer’s college days. He also minored in German and joined the Improv Troupe, where he took a leading role his senior year in the theater production of “The Seminar.”
Whether through a one-time donation of $20, a donation of $10 per month, or creation of your own scholarship with a four-year pledge of at least $3,000 per year, your scholarship donations have a near-immediate impact on the lives of amazing Austin College students—like Spencer. Thank you.
Each year, the need for scholarship funding grows. Join your peers and other members of the Austin College family who direct their gifts to scholarships—or increase your current scholarship donations—by clicking below.