Anastasia Teel

Your support has and will continue to provide opportunities for me, as well as many other students, while we are here at Western Carolina and into our futures. Thank you to each and every supporter of the Loyalty Fund.”

~ Anastasia Teel


Sarah Sheehan

 “College wouldn’t have happened for me without the generosity of those who donated to the Loyalty Fund. Because of their support, I really can go after my dreams. They’ve helped open so many doors for me, and I am so appreciative and grateful.”

~Sarah Sheehan

Student Stories

Anastasia Teel

If there is one thing Anastasia Teel will tell you about herself, it’s that she feels incredibly lucky to be an upcoming junior at Western Carolina University. Hailing from Nashville, Tenn., she is determined to do what she loves – performing on stage, which is one of the reasons she chose WCU. “The scholarship offered to me at WCU had a huge impact on my decision. Combined with my enthusiasm for the university’s Musical Theatre Program and my love for the WCU’s unique atmosphere, the scholarship sealed the deal and made Western Carolina my perfect university.”


What she likes best about WCU are the opportunities. “I’ve been able to have master classes with many distinguished members of the musical theatre community. I work once a week with the voice teacher I have waited for my entire life. I work with acting professors who push me constantly to become better. The student and actor I was when I came to Western Carolina wouldn’t recognize the person I am now. I am so thankful for the opportunity to stretch, grow and learn, not only as a performer but also as a human being. I am constantly challenged at WCU. I feel incredibly lucky.”


Anastasia asked to convey this message to the Loyalty Fund donors behind her scholarship: “My scholarship has changed my life in a huge way. I feel so blessed to be given a scholarship as a music theatre and performance major. I believe the arts of all kinds are incredibly important, and to see that other people feel the same has been inspiring. Your support has and will continue to provide opportunities for me, as well as many other students, while we are here at Western Carolina and into our futures. Thank you to each and every supporter of the Loyalty Fund.”

Sarah Sheehan

“I don’t think supporters of the Loyalty Fund realize how much of a difference they make for Western Carolina students,” said the psychology, international studies, and communication freshman. “College wouldn’t have happened for me without the generosity of those who donate to the Loyalty Fund. “They’ve helped open so many doors for me, and I am so appreciative and grateful.”

But the Gloucester, NC native said the generosity of WCU donors reaches beyond financial assistance by also driving her to fulfill her potential. “Because of the support of the Loyalty Fund, I really can go after my dreams.” Sarah plans on attending graduate school. “I'm thinking Ohio State for a Master's in Neuroscience or Clinical Psychology. I'm also considering going into the Peace Corps. When I'm finished with all of that, I'll either end up opening my own practice back home in Carteret County (there's a high need for bilingual psychologists), or working with "street youth" in Africa, or rehabilitating child soldiers in Uganda.”

Being so far away from home (eight hours), many people ask Sarah why she decided to attend Western Carolina University and her response is always the same, “Scholarship support played a major role in my decision, but just as importantly, WCU grabbed my heart. How could I say no to that?" To help more students receive scholarships at WCU, click here to make a gift to the Loyalty Fund.

 

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