Where There's a Will, There's a Way

Sociology undergrad Chasmine Anderson.


When Chasmine Anderson, a third-year sociology student from Indianapolis, Indiana, started thinking about where she would go to college, she knew two things: she wanted to come to Ohio State and she would be paying for it herself.

“I never expected my parents to pay for my college,” said Anderson, a third-year sociology student. “I knew that I had to work hard and study even harder to qualify for a scholarship.”

"Ohio State is big, exciting and spirited. It’s rooted in tradition, but also on the forefront of groundbreaking research and studies. People are really invested in this school."

Anderson got to work and started researching scholarships that would allow her to attend
Ohio State.

“Navigating the college search was quite an adventure for me. It’s so easy to forget that when students apply to college and for financial assistance, they’re only 17 years old. It’s overwhelming to be faced with having to make large-scale financial decisions.”
With the help of her mother, Anderson applied for every scholarship she could find.

Shortly after she received her acceptance letter from Ohio State, she also was notified that she would receive the Alumnae Scholarship, Housing Scholarship, National Buckeye Scholarship, Office of Diversity and Inclusion’s Prominence Scholarship, and Trustees Scholarship—$15,000 in scholarships and grants to cover some of her expenses.

But she has not rested on the generosity of others. She works two jobs, one as an office assistant in a dorm and another at Ohio State’s Recreation & Physical Activity Center.

After graduation, Anderson plans to go to graduate school in the field of higher education and student affairs.


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