Despite all the saving and planning for her college education, the economic downturn took a financial toll. To put it simply, Courtney Steele would not have been able to attend SMU if it weren’t for the generosity of our alumni. Courtney is a charitable person herself. In fact, when asked what she wanted to be when she grew up she responded, “I want to help people, maintain both a career and family and make a difference. I want to be a role model, an asset, a hard worker and a caring person with a big heart.” Her work at SMU has certainly proven she is on the right path. Her favorite SMU memory was the gift giving program through Student Foundation for the Celebration of Lights. She was able to spend time with a little girl she bought gifts for and enjoyed the anticipation of the holiday season once the lights came on.
It doesn’t stop there, Courtney believes the most rewarding part about being an advertising major is learning about the impact the industry has on the world. She would like to use that power to “mold the world for the better through this avenue of communication.” Dr. Kartik Pashupati, Courtney’s Meadows academic advisor and the greatest person she has met while at SMU, has taught her how to translate this idea into a reality by providing her with opportunities she would only find through SMU. It’s through alumni gifts that we are able to provide students with life changing faculty members and make a difference in their lives.
Gifts to the SMU Scholarship Fund make an impact on students like Courtney. Make your gift today at http://smu.edu/frythefrogs!