I’m a first-generation college student, my parents didn’t have enough money to help pay for my education.
Throughout her college career, Nadege Severe has kept her eye on the prize – to become a certified public accountant. Financial assistance from the Immokalee Fund brought her ever closer to achieving her dream.
“I’m a first-generation college student,” said Severe. “My parents didn’t have enough money to help pay for my education. So, to those who chose me to receive financial assistance through the Immokalee Fund, ‘I thank you for helping me achieve my dream of becoming a CPA and of becoming a better person in the future.’”
Future aside, Severe is a pretty great person today. She participates in FGCU’s mission trip to Haiti each spring, helping children by distributing food and clothing, encouraging them to engage, playing with them. “We go to a very poor area,” she said. “We love these people and do all we can to help them.”
Of her FGCU experience, Severe is clear. “FGCU is a great environment. I wanted a college where I could make personal connections. I know most faces on campus. We’re a community, a family, and we help each other out. Classes are small. I can talk one-on-one with my professors.”
Severe said that financial support from the Immokalee Fund has made life easier for her and allowed her to focus more on academics and less on struggling to find the money to continue her education.
“FAFSA just wasn’t enough,” she said. “I use the Immokalee Fund to pay for my classes, my books and other expenses.”
To the Immokalee scholarship committee, Severe would like to add, “Thank you for investing my future.”