Chloe Hanegraaf
Olivet Nazarene University
PACCAR Foundation Scholarship

When Chloe Hanegraaf went to college, she set her sights on earning an associate’s degree and a possible teaching career. But her life changed significantly after completing the degree at Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Heights, Illinois. Her Christian background and friends led her to think about attending Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Illinois, not far from her home. She applied, but declined to attend, only to reconsider a few months later when a university recruiter contacted her, asking if she wanted to remain under consideration for admission. This time, Hanegraaf said yes. She began a three-year journey, this time in a very different field – nursing.

Her paternal grandmother was a nurse, and Hanegraaf liked the idea of working with people to help them get better and improve their health. Plus, as a nurse, she would be helping to educate patients. But she knew getting there would be difficult. To enter the nursing program at Olivet Nazarene, Hanegraaf had to pass the entry level exam to get into the program. “I was required to take microbiology and chemistry. I had already taken my biology course. Those were hard classes. I definitely didn’t think I would pass any of them, but by the grace of God, I did,” she said. This semester, Hanegraaf is completing her capstone course at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee, Illinois, where she has worked with Covid patients. She will graduate in December. After graduation, she is considering a career as a critical care nurse, and possibly, a travel nurse.

Hanegraaf was encouraged to apply for the PACCAR Foundation scholarship by Greg Bruner, Olivet Nazarene’s financial aid director. “Without scholarship funds and the financial assistance that I receive, I would not be able to attend Olivet,” she said. “Every single dollar counts for me. Whether it’s a $500 grant or maybe a thousand, $300 … It is honestly such a blessing to receive that. It has impacted my education. A donor’s contribution has a very big effect, even though it’s a small piece of the puzzle. I would hope to one day to be able to give back when I’m a nurse to people who are going to be studying nursing, “she added.

Hanegraaf is grateful for the scholarships ACI provides to college students like her. “I love what you guys are doing, she said. ” I think more students should know about it. There are so many opportunities to apply for scholarships and to work hard to earn your degree. It’s hard, but there are amazing ways to help you out financially.  I just want to say thank you for that. I’m very appreciative.”

Hanegraaf is the eldest of five children, with four younger brothers. At Olivet Nazarene, she is president of the student nursing association, where she organizes events including blood donation drives and volunteers her time in nursing simulations. She is also part of a Bible study group, which explores how faith plays a role in nursing. She previously worked at a coffee shop during her time in community college and while she was at Olivet Nazarene.

Cory Rice
Quincy University
McGraw Foundation Emergency Financial Aid
Devin Rice
ACI General Scholarship
Quincy University

Cory Rice and Devin Rice are fraternal twins from St. Louis who chose to attend Quincy University in Western Illinois. They chose the school because it was near home, they could play on the university’s football team and family members could attend most of their games. To help with their studies, each was awarded a scholarship through ACI — Cory was awarded a McGraw Foundation Emergency Financial Aid grant and Devin, an ACI General Scholarship.

At first, neither knew much about Quincy University, Cory says. But the university and the scholarships helped convince Cory and Devin to attend. “Our mom was able to come to every game. It’s easier for her and financially, Quincy has been helpful,” he says.

“Quincy felt like a family,” says Devin. “When I met the coaches, they really brought us in. They were the main school that reached out to us. They kind of took us under their wing. I decided to take the journey with them and be a Hawk.”

Cory and Devin were raised by their mother, Dawn, with help from supportive family members. They have a younger brother who attends Missouri Valley College, Marshall, Missouri, and plays basketball. “It’s hard for a single mom to raise three kids by herself and put them into college,” Cory says. Devin adds that he is grateful for his family, including a grandmother, aunts, uncles and cousins. “Everybody helped us on this journey. I can’t thank my mom enough,” Devin says.

Today, both men are sports management majors. It’s a natural for both, because the family has been heavily involved in sports most of their lives, says Cory. After college, he wants to become a physical therapy assistant, which keeps him involved in sports. Devin says both started criminal justice majors at Quincy. He switched to exercise science and then to sports management. “My goal is to have my own gym one day and train kids to be athletes,” he says.

Their scholarships through ACI make a difference for both. “With the scholarship, it obviously helps,” Cory says. “At the end of the day, it’s going to help, and it’s going to make you a better student and make your education better. That’s the number one goal.”

Family support has also been a big factor in their college success. “Without the support, without the scholarship, I don’t know where my life would be right now,” Devin says. “It’s truly a blessing.”

The Quincy University experience has meant a lot to the brothers. Devin says he has learned from professors who have guided his academic studies. “If you’re willing to put in the work, then you’ll succeed at anything you do. The journey at Quincy has been really fun,” he said.

“We have a lot of teachers that are willing to help you reach your goals and give you a personal connection,” says Cory. “It’s like a family here, and that’s one thing I like about Quincy.”

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