Aurora University student receives REACh scholarship

Bachelor of Science in Social Work Applying for scholarships is a crucial and sometimes tedious process for prospective students and current students alike. For incoming freshman Kelsey Scott, the effort paid off when she was awarded one of four $1,500 scholarships at the annual REACh (Resources for the Education of Adults in the Chicago Area) Professional Development Day and Scholarship Luncheon. It was the second consecutive year that an AU student received one of the scholarships.

REACh is a not-for-profit, higher education consortium whose mission is to serve and assist adult learners in the Chicagoland area in their pursuit of higher education. Aurora University has been active with REACh for 10 years.

Scott was awarded the VW Credit, Inc. Scholarship, funded by donations from the 2013 VW Credit Inc.’s Charity Golf Outing and matched contribution from Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.

Although she decided to attend AU three years ago, Scott had personal and financial hurdles to overcome before enrolling. In time, she became more confident in her ability to pursue a degree. Receiving the REACh scholarship helped reinforce her decision. “I was so excited and humbled that I was chosen,” she said. “The scholarship has given me new confidence and a determination that I am supposed to be at AU.”

Scott was selected for the scholarship based upon her grade point average, letter of recommendation and personal essay, which explained how a college education would help to achieve her goals.

“I want to work with children in a social work setting that allows me to counsel and encourage them to achieve the dreams they have, no matter what the struggles they face,” she said.

Scott will begin working toward her professional goal this fall by pursuing a bachelor’s degree in social work through the adult completion program.