Samantha Whelan, of Exeter, is one of nine recipients of the Lock Haven University Alumni Association Scholarship for the 2021-22 school year. Whelan is a sophomore transfer student majoring in biology at LHU.
Whelan received the LHU Alumni Association Scholarship in large part due to her academic achievements. She is also a member of LHU's Biology Club, the International Students Club and the Global Viewers Club.
Whelan transferred to The Haven because the campus and admissions team made her feel welcomed and "at home" while she visited campus during the admissions process and added that everyone at LHU has been extremely kind and helpful.
"At LHU, I feel like I can be myself," she said. "Anybody who is considering Lock Haven University should know what such of a wonderful place it is."
Since becoming a student, Whelan is also impressed by how much she has learned from her professors and has expressed great gratitude for the role the LHU Alumni Association Scholarship is playing in helping her achieve her academic goals.
"Receiving the LHU Alumni Association Scholarship is a great honor," she said. "The scholarship is also essential to helping me focus on academics, rather than on how I am going to pay for my education."
Lifelong learning and furthering her education are things that have always been at the forefront of Whelan's long-term goals. She said her professors and campus staff at LHU are doing a great job guiding her on her academic journey.
In the future, Whelan aims to work in the field of genetics, possibly as a genetic counselor.
Lock Haven University’s main campus is located on the West Branch of the Susquehanna River in the scenic mountains of Pennsylvania. The university offers 49 undergraduate majors and certifications with 47 minors and five graduate programs.
LHU is a member of Pennsylvania’s State System, the largest provider of higher education in the Commonwealth. Its 14 universities offer more than 2,300 degree and certificate programs in more than 530 academic areas of study. Nearly 520,000 system alumni live and work in Pennsylvania.
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