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Natalie standing in the BEC atriumLike many graduates of the University of Southern Indiana, I am a first-generation college student. What that meant for most of us is not knowing how to navigate the college experience. Many students also did not have significant financial resources available. However, overall, we never let it stop us from pursuing a higher education and realizing the USI campus and its people are nothing short of amazing.  

I have been given opportunities I never even knew existed. The faculty are remarkably dedicated. They make me feel at home in the classroom and they give me confidence to perform my best. Specifically, professors in the Romain College of Business are committed to advancing learning and maintaining the high value and worth of our degrees. I am confident after graduation I will be fully prepared to enter my career.

Aside from academics, I am a member of Greek life. My membership in Gamma Phi Beta has provided me with so much more than just lifelong friendships. I have gained leadership skills, been held accountable academically, and have been encouraged to build a network of inspiring individuals. Having a group of supportive women with the same values as me has been a true gift during this college transition. I am inspired every day to push myself to become a better person. But to be honest, I have genuinely been supported by everyone at USI. Our campus is filled with devoted staff who are focused on student success. Dedicated alumni and friends of the University additionally believe in our future and helping each student realize their full potential.

“The Romain College of Business continues to push me to new levels. I am thankful for the countless individuals who invest in my education and encourage me to achieve my goals. In particular, scholarships from generous individuals have allowed me to take advantage of every opportunity offered in college. My professional aspirations are realized every day.”

You also have a part in my success. Your gifts have provided me a college experience unlike any other. With scholarship help, I can focus more on academics and internships. This alone will put me ahead in the job market after graduation. Today, I invite you to continue your investment in the Romain College of Business and its students.

Your gifts have no limit on impact. Students like me simply want to leave USI better than we arrived, striving to improve our lives through a higher education. My USI journey so far is only the beginning of your charitable return. I cannot wait to further prove how your investment has assisted this first-generation college student to take on the world, be a leader in her industry, and contribute back to her community. Thank you!  

Best Regards,

Natalie Allen ’23  

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