Hometown: Boise, Idaho
Major: Biology-Healthcare, Nursing
Thank You: “As a single mother, this scholarship will come as immense help. Thank you for helping me achieve my dreams.”
Not going to college has never been an option for College of Western Idaho (CWI) student, Nichelle B. She shares, “I have always known I wanted to go into the medical field. CWI has made this path so clear and obtainable due to the staff, affordable tuition, available scholarships, and online classes. I couldn’t be any happier with my choice of a college.”
At 15, Nichelle found out she was expecting a baby. This news influenced her desire to graduate from high school early and go to college. During finals week in her first year of college, two trips to the hospital left Nichelle with an unfinished semester and student loans.
“In addition to that, the relationship I was in had become very unhealthy,” she said. “By the time I decided I needed to leave, I had two children.”
As a single mother, Nichelle worked multiple jobs in order to make her dream of an education possible, eventually choosing to attend CWI. As the recipient of the LTH Don’t Give Up Scholarship, Nichelle says because of scholarships like this she will be able to graduate debt free even as a single mom. Planning to continue her education after CWI, Nichelle would ultimately like to work as a surgical or trauma nurse.
“I have been able to become a positive example to my children. Even at such a young age they understand that to obtain your dreams, you have to challenge yourself—sometimes that means you have to be temporarily inconvenienced,” she said. “Because of CWI, our lives are changing.”