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Shelby Christian

Donor-funded scholarships have helped my family and me tremendously.  My parents have jobs, but they are not as high-paying as some.  They work hard for every penny they earn.  I also have two sisters that they have to worry about.  So, I apply for scholarships every year.  I want to ease the stress off of my parents as much as possible.  The donor-funded scholarships I receive do just that, and more. 

I chose Tech because of how close it was to home.  I wanted my sisters to also have a chance to get an education they deserve, so I made sure I took one of the least expensive routes possible.  Tech felt more like home to me as well when I toured.  I am glad I made this decision.   

I have been fortunate to meet a few of the donors who made my scholarships possible.  The Johna A. Johns Scholarship that I received is actually funded by donors who are from the same county as me:  Van Buren County.  Randy Johns and the entire Johns family have always been super passionate about family and consumer science education and agriculture.  They especially love supporting those who graduated from their hometown who are pursuing a career within those fields.  That is one thing I appreciate about the Johns family.  They love seeing kids turn their dreams into plans.  It was an amazing experience meeting them. 

In addition to receiving donor-funded scholarships, I am also fortunate to be able to use the Jeannette Crawford Lynn & Anna Cullerton Coonce Apparel Design Lab, funded by the Lynn and Coonce families, in a couple of my classes.  It is awesome!  I love how spacious it is when you are working on a piece.  It really helps with the hands-on learning that our school focuses on, which to me is one of the best ways to learn.   

The Tennessee Tech Tomorrow Campaign encourages students, faculty, and staff to be bold, fearless, and confident.  I would definitely say that my personality is bold.  I am a very outgoing, extroverted person.  When I do things, I want to leave a bold statement in whatever it is I am doing. 

There are so many people who have influenced me in my time at Tennessee Tech, but Dean Liz Mullens has inspired me the most.  She always has a smile on her face, and that inspires confidence.  She is very bold and strives to make our college stand out.  She is also fearless in everything that she does.  She really inspires me to push toward my goals.  She is an amazing person.  I thank Dean Mullens, TTU faculty and staff, and the TTU donors who support this University for everything they allow students to achieve.   

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