Oct 02, 2015

Students take advantage of scholarship transfer opportunities

There are many scholarships offered to Doane students to help them afford tuition. Students can receive academic, athletic or activity scholarships. But this can leave students conflicted when students are unable to participate in their scholarship activity, but worry about losing their financial aid. Sophomore Ashley Scherer said she had to ask herself that question last year. After spending her freshman year on the softball team, she decided she may be better suited for the track team, she said. Scherer said that the basis of her choice was that track gave her more time to relax. In addition to that, she already was friends with plenty of people on the track team. The schedule would also not be as hectic or scattered as the one she had undergone with softball. She said it was the smarter decision for her. “I knew I wanted to stay at Doane,” Scherer said. “My parents said I had to find a way to get money if I didn’t do softball.” Scherer said she hadn’t worried about having any scholarship issues because she heard that the scholarships could be transferred. She brought her decision to softball coach Renae Littrell, as well as head track coach Ed Fye. Scherer said Fye was very approachable and got everything put through the systems for Scherer. It was a painless process, she said. Athletic Director Jill McCartney said that the main thing for students to ask themselves when questioning to leave their sport was whether or not the one they were currently in was worth the time and effort. McCartney said that most people who come to the campus for a particular sport did tend to stay on the team, but it depended on the individual, she said. Junior Jenna Nieveen found an opportunity to retain her scholarship despite not playing basketball. She had been a member of the women’s basketball team, but was unable to remain on the team due to an injury. In high school, she tore her ACL. While playing for Doane, she tore her ACL again, as well as her MCL and her meniscus. She had gone into the office to quit the team soon after the injury, as she could no longer play, but took the opportunity to remain involved as a student coach for the women’s basketball team. Though she said she didn’t really feel like she was a coach as much as an assistant manager, she said that she loved the experience overall. “It gave me a different perspective that I feel was a good experience,” Nieveen said. She said that she was also happy to have been around the team, even though she wasn’t able to play any games. This year is a new start for her, she said. Nieveen said she was planning on coming back to the women’s basketball team, after passing a few strength and agility tests in physical therapy. Nieveen said that the whole time she was a student coach, she put in the same time and effort as she would have had she been playing on the court, and she had been able to keep her scholarship. McCartney said she was very focused on the fact that their athletes were still getting the opportunities they deserved. “Our policy is that we try to help them find if there is another area where we can transfer the scholarship, or if they can stay involved in their sport in another capacity,” McCartney said. She said the department wants the students to have a positive experience while in college, and scholarships are an important part of that.

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