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HoonJuli Hoon

Home town: Lafayette, Indiana
Major: speech, language and hearing sciences
Scholarship: Purdue Opportunities Award

I am from Lafayette, so Purdue University was an obvious option for me. However, I was also considering a smaller private university. When I found out I was awarded the Purdue Opportunity Award, which paid for my first year of school and also offered support services for freshmen, it highly influenced my decision to come to Purdue and I am so glad I did!

I have had great experiences at Purdue, including being able to work with one of my professors in her lab and currently taking advantage of Purdue's great study abroad program!  I am studying in Christchurch, New Zealand at the University of Canterbury for the spring semester. Once I am at back at Purdue in the fall, I will be starting to apply to graduate schools.

I am still receiving a scholarship through the Purdue Opportunity program and receive other institutional awards as well. I am so thankful for the donors who make these awards possible! I hope they know the great impact that these scholarships have on students. I know they have been instrumental to helping me through my college career!