About the 'CATapult Scholarship

Student Success Stories

Dear Scholarship Donor, I am extremely humbled to have been selected to receive the CATapult Scholarship. Thank you r your help, which has given me the opportunity to focus solely on my education and not on how I am going to afford it. My parents are immigrants and were unable to complete a college education, so the education of their children is extremely important to them. However, because it is difficult to focus on school and work to support that education. This scholarship will essentially eliminate my need to work during the semester and help alleviate the financial burden from my parents. As I move on to my final two semesters at Weber State University, I will apply myself with renewed vigor thanks to your generous gift. This scholarship will directly help pay r my technical electives, which I have chosen in preparation of the career path I hope to take once I graduate. I will be taking Aerodynamics, and Finite Element Analysis, which will assist me in the Aeronautical Engineering field. I was recently accepted as an intern with Northrop Grumman, a defense contractor working primarily in aerospace. Now with your help, I have an even better chance to fulfill my ambitions by finishing strong and transitioning into my dream career. I cannot thank you enough for your kindness, and I will forever be grate l of this opportunity you have given me to graduate. Thank you.
Sergey Akhmedov
Dear Scholarship Donor, I wanted to give my deepest appreciation for your generous donation. The CATapult scholarship will help me finish my degree at Weber State University. With the pandemic, I did not have the funds needed to complete my degree. This donation has allowed me to complete the last two semesters required to obtain my Bachelor's degree. I am a first generation college student. My dad dropped out of school at sixteen and joined the army and my mother married, the first time, very young. They did not have the money to help pay for my college education. This is not only a huge accomplishment for me but my parents are very proud. I did most of my college years as a single mother and working full-time. I wanted to show my son that you should never give up on your dreams, I had the goal to finish my college education. Even though it took longer than I expected - graduation is now in sight. Words cannot express how grateful I am to be receiving the CATapult Scholarship. I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart. Thank you,
Jessica Lilly
Thank you! The generosity of all the donors that help fund CATapult is touching and changes lives. CATapult funding of my education during this year is not only a huge educational, emotional, and financial benefit, but it also gives me time that I have not had for years—time to spend with my wife, upkeeping our 80-year-old house, prioritizing health, and time to spend supporting my younger brother as he adapts to living alone for the first time in a wheelchair when he moves from Colorado for school next fall. Two years ago, a tree fell on my brother's tent while he was camping and paralyzed him from the sternum down, leaving him with no core strength or stability. In the past, I have been limited by distance in being more than just an emotionally supportive brother. Since distance will not be an issue in the fall and spring, this scholarship will give me the time to physically be there for my brother in ways I have not been able to for most of his high school and post high school life. This scholarship is a blessing to that relationship and will, by association, improve my brother's life as well. The kindness of the CATapult donors will obviously help my grades during my last two semesters in school. But I want to emphasize that this act of service will help positively define the next 5 to 15 years of my and my wife's lives. Thank you! E. Bryce Pexton
E. Bryce Pexton

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