Donors help student realize dream of higher education

Aug 03, 2020
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TaTy’Terria “TaTy” Gary is more than thankful for her Newman University education and the donors who have made her educational journey possible.

Attending college had been a dream for Gary since she was 12 years old, and like 99% of Newman students, Gary relies on scholarships to make that dream come true. She also works two jobs to help fund her journey toward a college degree.

TaTy’Terria Gary in her entrepreneurship class at Topeka High School fall 2016. (Photo by: Christopher Smith, New York Times)

Her interest in higher education grew when she began participating in the AVID (Advanced Via Individual Determination) program in seventh grade. During her senior year at Topeka High School, she was featured in a New York Times series about the college search; she found Newman University to be her perfect fit.

While in college, Gary has been awarded for her acts of service and has been involved in the Student Government Association, Black Student Union and is a First-Year Experience Leader.

She is currently a senior studying biology with a concentration in genetic counseling and minoring in psychology. She carries a passion for helping others and plans to become a genetics counselor. Some day she hopes to do medical mission work in third-world countries.

Gary’s story is unique — just like so many other students at Newman University. What they all have in common is the need for support: emotional, academic and financial.

TaTy’Terria Gary helps with first-time student move-in day.

Gary realizes the importance of her education and knows it will benefit her career goals.

“It’s an investment in my future and in other people’s future because what I learn now is only going to help me make a difference for other people,” she said.