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UMSD: Financial aid is ‘really awesome’ - Jan. '08

Megan Baker’s wish list for the future is short and sweet: “I want to do well in school, finish college, become a vet, and live a long and happy life.”

The freshman at Hiawassee College, Madisonville, Tenn., is enrolled in the pre-veterinarian program. When Megan graduates from the two-year school in 2009, she has set her academic sights on the University of Tennessee.

“Since I was 8 years old, I’ve wanted to do something with animals,” Megan said. “They love you unconditionally.”

Megan is one of three daughters her parents are putting through college. Thanks to grants and scholarships, especially financial aid offered by The United Methodist Church, the burden of covering Megan’s college expenses has been eased.

“I cried when I got the award letter because it meant so much to me,” she said. “I was afraid I wouldn’t get the support I needed to make it through school without having to get a lot of loans and go into debt.”

Long active in her youth group at Trinity United Methodist Church, Athens, Tenn., Megan said, “I’m really grateful to know not only my individual church is behind me; so is the entire United Methodist Church. That’s really awesome.”

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