Engaged Learning

Pulling up on his own bootstraps

Never one to shy away from a challenge, senior Michael Johnson has worked his way through college with the goal of becoming an Army nurse.

Michael Johnson has been told many times that realizing his dreams would not be easy, but he has remained undeterred. He has taken on the challenge of JMU’s School of Nursing and ROTC, all the while working a number of jobs, both on and off campus, to help pay for college. He’s grateful for the support from his professors and ROTC instructors, and he gives special thanks to donors who give to student scholarships. Johnson says the small scholarship he received during his freshman year gave him incentive to persevere toward his career goal of helping others. “I can make a difference,” he says. “If you have a desire to help, you’ll find a way to do it.”

‘I can make a difference. If you have a desire to help, you’ll find a way to do it.’

Without scholarship dollars, deserving students like Michael struggle financially and so does James Madison University. If you’d like to help others, give now.

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