For Harim Choi ’20, deciding where to attend college was influenced exclusively by his scholarship packages. “Financial aid was the pivot point for me,” he says. Harim had the world at his fingertips. He was born in Seoul, South Korea, and he went to an international school in Africa where his family serves as missionaries. With multicultural experiences in his blood, Harim could have chosen any number of new places to study. Yet it was Gordon that stuck out to him, especially as he wanted to study Christian ministries. He shares, “I want to give back to my Savior as much as I can, and I believe there is nothing more purposeful and valuable than dedicating one's life to the things of God.”
Harim has found growth in his passion for serving the Lord at Gordon College, and he could only experience this through the generosity of his financial aid package. “Gordon offered me the most financial aid of any other international university in the world. Without this generosity, I would not be attending college for these four years. It is close to impossible for a missionary kid to afford an American education.”
Harim notes how Gordon has changed his life through the financial support he has received: “I have immersed myself in the passion and wisdom of the professors in the Christian Ministries Department and have built a strong network of friendships founded on prayer. Both experiences challenge me to grow intellectually and spiritually, to have more humility, to thirst for knowledge and to pray more vigorously.” These life-changing experiences have been consistent evidence of God’s everlasting faithfulness in Harim’s journey.
Harim’s transformational Gordon experience is launching him toward a lifetime of ministry. He prays for opportunities to enter the Bible translation field and plant churches around the world. His commission has been discovered through the anointing of Gordon College as institution dedicated to raising up the leaders of this generation, and Harim is forever grateful to be one of them.
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Through the support from Gordon College faculty and her Clarendon scholar cohort, Neisha Gonzalez ’15 has combined her passion for the urban youth community and mental health in her work as the Senior Passport Program Coach and Alum Program Coordinator at the Boston Higher Education Resource Center (HERC).
Neisha seeks to help underprivileged young people in urban areas by supporting them as they find hope in a better future. A first-generation student herself, Neisha came from a single-mother, four-child family from the center of Boston. While on her college search, she saw a video of Nyland Hall’s Resident Director on Gordon’s website sharing about how the connection between faith and education is foundational to Gordon College. “That video sold me. I didn’t know how I would ever afford it, but I knew I needed to attend.”
She was accepted into Gordon’s Clarendon Scholars program, which covers the majority of tuition, and the release from the financial burden of college paved her way for success. “I knew I wanted to be the person I wish I had when I was trying to get into college.” The Clarendon Scholarship changed her life, as it allowed her to graduate with minimal debt and immediately pursue a master’s degree to launch her career with urban youth.
While attending Gordon, Neisha found encouragement and empowerment from both her Clarendon cohort and her network of faculty in the Christian Ministries Department. She was able to shape her major to encompass all of her interests and passions, which included focusing on urban youth and psychology within a framework of ministry. “I am eternally grateful for the opportunities I had through my education at Gordon, and not just my own success but also the success of my friends in my Clarendon cohort.”
Her roles within the Passport Program at HERC have allowed her to pursue her dreams of being the person once needed. “I don’t know of any greater way to serve my community.” Neisha has been able to provide counsel, academic support and career preparation to young students who come from backgrounds similar to her own.
“I felt prepared to return to my home community and truly make a difference. I couldn’t have asked for anything more from my Gordon education.”
Outcomes like these are made possible because of the generosity of Partners like you, who support scholarships and programming for Gordon students. Thank you!