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Profile: Amanda Agosta on road to completion because of donor support

Honors College student struggled to keep up with tuition before receiving scholarships

agostaAmanda Agosta is looking at a promising career in health care after graduation from Eastern Michigan University. But there was a time when she struggled to meet tuition payments.

The reason: Much of the family finances are committed to care for Amanda's father who is living with end-stage renal failure after suffering from Type 1 Diabetes for 30 years.

In 2016, however, Amanda received crucial and timely financial relief from the Ruth Boughner and Wilbur P. Bowen Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance endowed scholarships. Amanda also received the Katherine Maher Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance endowed scholarship.

Such donor-funded support not only has allowed Amanda, 21, more time and energy to focus on studies, but has given her more time to spend with her father and family.

"Having these scholarships allowed me to focus on school instead of having to use those hours working," says Amanda, originally from Redford, Mich. "It allowed me to be more in depth in my major, and to dedicate myself more to what I am doing and what I am learning."

Amanda has flourished at EMU due in great part to that much-needed scholarship support. She was accepted into the Honors College and became president of her student organization, The National Residence Hall Honorary. She will graduate with University Honors in spring of 2018, and has accomplished all of this while working two part-time jobs to help with family finances.

The support also opened the door to enriching on and off-campus experiences such as studying abroad at a hospital in Jamaica. Amanda says the five days spent shadowing hospital workers were a powerful and memorable experience.

Amanda has studied bio-organic chemistry, EKG, motor development, nutrition and has taken a graduate-level course in diabetes and nutrition. Upon graduation, she plans on being one of the many proud EMU alumni working in the health-care field in Michigan and abroad.

Amanda says her father, who is awaiting a kidney transplant, greatly influenced her decision to concentrate on exercise science.

"Seeing somebody who has an incurable disease, and being able to find solutions with exercise science, and being able to prevent diseases that kill people is amazing," Amanda says.

EMU Foundation is located at 112 Welch Hall, 850 W. Cross St., Ypsilanti, MI, USA 48197 Phone: 734.484.1322