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Meet Our What’s Ne[x]t Scholarship Winners

Posted by ginger$nap on 09.08.16

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Since high school, Marcus Inyang has been inspiring hope wherever he goes. From leading prayer circles at lunch, to starting an on-campus Bible study group, to dreams of missionary work and entrepreneurship, Marcus plans to continue bringing beauty out of broken situations through a career as a registered nurse.

This fall, Marcus, alongside his fiancée, will be attending Georgia Highlands College as part of the college’s nursing program. We caught up with Marcus to learn more about what his future holds and how receiving our scholarship will help him achieve What’s Ne[x]t.

Why did you decide on Georgia Highlands College?
After graduating from the International Baccalaureate Program in high school, my fiancée and I started college at Kennesaw State University. We had a great year and a half there, and set our eyes on pursuing a nursing degree together. We intended on staying at KSU until we met some roadblocks. Certain classes, which we needed, were full and we couldn’t get into them, so because that would slow us down, we looked elsewhere to complete our prerequisite classes. My fiancée’s mom suggested Georgia Highlands College, and the transition was seamless and very convenient. In this last semester, our experience at Georgia Highlands was really incredible. The Douglasville campus, where we attended, is close to home for both of us, and the teachers and staff were very personal.

What made you decide to pursue a degree in nursing?
I dreamt of being in medicine since I was very young, and it was always greatly encouraged by my family. For years, I thought about being a neurosurgeon, and I’m still open-minded to other realms of the medical field, but I decided after high school that nursing was a great place to start for building a foundation of medical knowledge and valuable experience caring for people.

How does a career as an RN fit with your passions in life and what do you hope to achieve with your degree?
I love people, and I think nursing should embody love in action. As an RN, my skill set will be needed across the world. I would love to meet people all over the world from different walks of life and be able to go above and beyond, not only serving them with my skill set, but also with my heart and passion.

What does it mean to you to receive the $8,000 scholarship, and how will it help you achieve What’s Ne[x]t?
This scholarship is a huge blessing and a huge surprise to me in consideration of the great work done by so many applicants. My fiancée and I have wondered how we could afford to pay for the rest of our schooling in conjunction with the costs associated with getting married and budgeting for everyday expenses. There is no doubt this scholarship will alleviate so much pressure as we continue on this path to becoming RNs.

In your video, you mentioned one day hoping to own a business that restores and remodels dilapidated buildings. Can you tell us more about this dream?
I can honestly say, I am not 100% sure how I will be able to afford and to oversee the restoration of numerous dilapidated or abandoned buildings from this stage of my life, but that’s what makes it more exciting to me. I know I have so much to learn, and I’ve heard it said, “If your dream doesn’t scare you, you’re not dreaming big enough!” By that standard, I definitely think I’m dreaming within a good range. The way I envisioned it was a small town or small city with all or many abandoned buildings that I would seek to renovate, refurbish, and literally turn into artworks with murals and all. The project would be so enormous; I would have to collaborate with builders and artists from that city and afar. My goal would be to turn what others deemed hopeless into a beautiful attraction. It won’t only be the final state that speaks loudly, but it will be the process and story behind it that speaks volumes. And it’s the same mentality I’ll have when I’m walking into a patient’s room as a nurse and taking care of them. It’s all about bringing hope and beauty out of brokenness.

Pursuing higher education is a wise investment in your future, but nonetheless a costly one. What’s your plan for managing the cost of college while in school and after you graduate?
I hope to come out of college with no debt. I can testify that it is possible. I have really strived to apply for scholarships that match my given situation, and I’ve not only thought about getting more scholarships and revenue, but also decreasing expenses and output. Georgia Highlands is very affordable, and there are no options to live on campus or anything like that, but even if there were, I would prefer to save the money. Thus, with expenses low and revenue high, debt-free college is possible. I’ve also used a budget on and off, and I would definitely advise someone to stick to a budget if they can, and really hold themselves to it. Also, throughout college, I’ve had the HOPE Scholarship, which has been very helpful, and I would suggest to any student in Georgia to work hard at receiving the HOPE Scholarship with a GPA of 3.0 or higher if they don’t already have it.

What do you think makes you one of Georgia’s Own?
As Georgia’s Own Credit Union says, they stand by the philosophy of “people helping people,” and I happen to be one of those people. Firstly, I am one of those who are being helped. My experience with this credit union has been incredible, and every interaction has been consistently helpful. My fiancée has already greatly built her credit with Georgia’s Own. And now, I am receiving this awesome scholarship, so that, in turn, I can continue my schooling and fulfill the first half of that philosophy: someone who is now helping other people.

Why did you apply for our scholarship?
In light of being a Georgia’s Own member and meeting every qualification, I figured the scholarship was worth a try, so I submitted my video application and hoped for the best – I knew that any of the scholarship amounts would have been a great help!

Tell us a fun fact about yourself.
I am currently working in college as a graphic designer, cartoonist, and social media content writer for a local web design company in Douglasville called Fame Internet Marketing. Our team is like no other in Metro Atlanta, and I love what I do and who I get to work with every week.

Meet Our Other Winners

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Tell us why you chose Augusta University and what you will be studying there.
I chose Augusta University because of its unique academic programs and its recent partnership with the Medical College of Georgia. Through the seven-year Medical Scholars program I am pursuing, I will have the opportunity to achieve not only my Bachelor of Science degree in three years, but also guarantee matriculation into MCG for my Doctor of Medicine degree.

What does it mean to you to win this scholarship, and how will it help you achieve What’s Ne[x]t?
I am truly excited that my diligence in working towards my passions has been recognized, and am even more motivated to continue shaping the world. This scholarship will help to relieve some of the financial burden associated with the educational pathway I have chosen. By saving money during my undergraduate education, I will have the freedom to pursue a graduate education. In addition, I am grateful to Georgia’s Own Credit Union for this opportunity.

What makes you one of Georgia’s Own?
I characterize myself as a person who is driven by the prospect of impacting the lives of others in a positive manner and eventually making the world a better place. I believe this desire is shared by the credit union and is what makes me one of Georgia’s Own.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself.
One of my favorite hobbies is hiking. I often make weekend trips to the Appalachian Mountains here in Georgia and have also summited various peaks across North America.

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Tell us why you chose Liberty University and what you will be studying there.
Liberty University gives me a way to study my passion hands-on, while also being surrounded in a great environment to deepen my relationship with Christ. I will be studying film and getting my Bachelor’s in Cinematic Arts. From there, I plan to dive into the film industry and online media platform.

What does it mean to you to win this scholarship, and how will it help you achieve What’s Ne[x]t?
It’s an honor to receive such a generous gift that will help launch me into further education and my career. Because of Georgia’s Own, I will be more prepared to approach my classes and approach my independent life.

What makes you one of Georgia’s Own?
Growing up in Georgia has been a tremendous blessing. My dad always taught us the value of hard work, and when I was 10, my brother and I earned money by shoveling snow or mowing lawns. With the money we made, we set up a savings account at Georgia’s Own. Over the years, the jobs have changed, but Georgia’s Own has always been there for my savings and checking needs. Wherever my education and career take me, Georgia will always be home.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself.
I’m actually fairly good with the jump rope and used to do Double Dutch (two ropes). I can spin it twice around in one jump and twist the rope back and forth as I’m jumping.

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