Hometown: Nampa, Idaho
Anticipated Graduation: May 2018
Because of CWI: "I set my family on the path to success!"
After becoming a mother at 19 and struggling for years to find work, Sheri found herself starting over and going back to school. She chose College of Western Idaho (CWI) for its affordability, convenience, and location.
Now a wife and mother of two, Sheri says going back to school was one of the scariest, yet best decisions she has ever made. “I knew I had to do something or I would be stuck in an endless cycle of jobs working for minimum wage the rest of my life,” she said.
During her time at CWI, Sheri held various work-study positions and was a member of the Entrepreneurship Club. A highlight for her was participating in the club’s Settlers of Catan Tournaments each semester. “It’s so much fun and a wonderful way to get to know other students and enjoy a day away from studying,” she said.
As a recipient of the CWI Supplemental Education Opportunity and Follett Book scholarships, Sheri was able to remain financially stable while pursuing her degree. Not only did the scholarships help pay for the cost of tuition, they allowed Sheri to purchase necessary materials required for her courses.
Being a student while balancing the demands of being a wife and mother was no easy task, but Sheri hopes she has been an example to her family of hard work and perseverance. She has already transferred to Northwest Nazarene University where she plans to complete a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Accounting.