understands giving back to Purdue is necessary to ensure the tradition of excellence in education and innovation continues at her alma mater.
Coming from a family with a rich Boilermaker tradition, attending Purdue was a natural fit. Bosley’s father, sister, six aunts and uncles, and nine cousins all attended Purdue. She started her academic career in engineering, but the workload requirements and difficulty of the classes proved to be a challenge, causing self-doubt about her academic potential.
Bosley got involved in the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering Ambassador program and saw all the diversity Purdue had to offer. In her junior year, she applied for the Havel-Decker Scholarship, created by Ken and Kitty Decker to honor family members and reward deserving BME students.
Bosley became an inaugural recipient of the Havel-Decker scholarship and her self-confidence was renewed. “Being selected for this scholarship made me realize someone else still believed in me and my potential,” says Bosley. “After graduation, I decided to give back to the BME scholarship fund hoping whoever received that scholarship each year might gain encouragement from it the same way I did.”
Since graduation, she has become a senior engineer at Baxter Healthcare. “I have been blessed with the opportunity to use the skills I learned at Purdue in a challenging work environment,” said Bosley. “I feel privileged to have the opportunity to give back to the students following in my footsteps as they pursue their dreams and goals, beginning with an excellent education from Purdue.”
Bosley serves as the Young Alumni representative on the President’s Council Leadership Forum, is a GOLD (Graduates of the Last Decade) member and believes it is important to stay involved with Purdue in a leadership role. “We need people willing to devote their time to Purdue organizations like President’s Council – people driving awareness and encouraging others to give. If these people did not get involved, the message of how much donors give to make so many things possible at Purdue would be lost.”
As she remembers the encouragement and support she received during her time on campus, she hopes through her role as a scholarship donor, she can provide those same things to current students. “There is no reason for me not to give back.”
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