Helping Hands: Several Asburians Work Together to Secure a Student’s College Dream


From the Fall 2014 edition of Asbury University’s Ambassador Magazine

Susannah Hall is a freshman from Frankfort, Ky. studying Biology with plans to go into medicine. This time last year, however, Asbury did not seem like an option for her. Hall has found herself rising against the odds due to God’s goodness, generous aid and attentive, prayerful Asburians who have reached out to help.

A home-schooled student who lived not far from Wilmore, Hall enrolled in Asbury Academy, a program specially designed for high school students looking for a challenge and hoping to earn college credit. Hall’s experience with the Academy program — and its director, Kim Okesson — was a good one, and as she searched for an education, she kept feeling drawn back to Asbury. However, Hall’s family had special circumstances regarding financial aid, which made it impossible for them to apply for state and/or federal assistance.

Continuing to pursue Asbury, Hall participated in Asbury’s scholarship weekend and received an academic scholarship. She reached out to Asbury’s Financial Aid Office to explore other options and was able to earn swimming and piano scholarships. The final piece fell into place when a recording of a speech she gave during the scholarship weekend was heard by the University administration, who felt an additional scholarship and grant might be possible.

Hall was overwhelmed by the efforts of people at Asbury to make college an option. She was drawn to the smaller size, community and the intentional, Christian atmosphere she saw Asbury professors create in the classroom.

“The entire Asbury community really cares about the students and are passionate about them learning and not falling behind,” Hall said.

Currently, Hall finds herself involved in a number of activities on campus. She excels in her classes, is on the swim team, plays piano under the direction of Dr. Don Zent, works as the publicist for her class cabinet, performs with a handbell trio and participates in various other groups on campus. Hall remains grateful for the way God worked through Asbury’s faculty and staff to secure her place as a member of the Asbury community.