Senior Bridget Sanders has a goal—an ambitious goal.
“A big goal of mine is to graduate without any loans,” Sanders says. “Since high school I have been aware of scholarships.”
Sanders comes from a large family and is responsible for paying for her education on her own. Because of this, she has kept her eye on scholarship opportunities to off-set the cost of attending Loyola.
After winning two marketing scholarships this spring, the 20-year-old marketing and finance double-major just earned herself $6,500 toward that goal.
Sanders is the recipient of the Chicago Association of Direct Marketing Educational Foundation (CADMEF) Alan Drey Memorial Scholarship for $1,500 and the Chicago Interactive Marketing Association (CIMA) scholarship for $5,000.
Sanders received her CADMEF scholarship award at Italian restaurant Tesori in the Loop on April 11 with two other recipients–Laruen Pollack of Northwestern University and Ryan Zieman of DePaul University. CADMEF, which had a record number of applicants this year, bases their selection on a student’s academic standing, leadership, and extracurricular activities.
Sanders is the director of projects for Loyola’s chapter of Enactus, a global, non-profit business organization that seeks to improve the lives of those in need via the entrepreneurial spirit.
Of the four recipients of the CIMA scholarship, Sanders was the only undergraduate student. The three others were all at the graduate level, including fellow Loyolan Jenny Weigle of the Quinlan School of Business.
She attributes part of her success to her marketing research course that gave her real experience doing interactive marketing and a better understanding of the field, and her professor Stacy Neier.
Neier is a clinical marketing professor at Loyola whom Sanders has taken all of her marketing courses with.
“I never would have heard of [the scholarship opportunities] if Stacy hadn’t mentioned them in class,” Sanders says. She explained that Neier is always on the forefront of what’s going on, from new websites to tools, and brings her real-world experience to the classroom.
Sanders says her scholarship money will go directly to the University to help pay for her room and board in Baumhart Hall for her last year.
Though she had to put in the effort to apply for these scholarships and go through an interview process with CIMA, Sanders is certain that going the extra mile really paid off—literally.