Savannah Williams

Savannah Williams first participated in Purdue University’s Back a Boiler – ISA Fund during her sophomore year, and renewed her participation this academic year as a junior year in the College of Education. 

Williams’ goal is to teach at the third through fifth elementary grade levels.

The Auburn, Ind. native is the first member of her family to attend a Big 10 School. She said Back a Boiler gave her some ‘piece of mind’ about paying for college.

 “One thing I was certain about when I started looking at schools was that I wanted to go somewhere that provided a lot of opportunities. Purdue was the first place I visited and I knew immediately that it was the right place for me,” she said. “I also did not want to graduate with debt.

“I applied for scholarships and my dad helped me fill out the financial aid forms. He also did a lot of research on ways to pay for college without going into debt. Then we received an email and a letter in the mail about Back a Boiler. It opened new possibilities for me.”

What she likes about the program is that the financial obligation is based on post-graduation income and not a loan.

“I’m going to be a teacher and that is not a high income profession,” Williams said. “What I appreciate about Back a Boiler is that it fits my financial needs and I won’t be carrying debt after I graduate.”

Williams is making the most of her Purdue experience. She is a member of Gamma Phi Beta, Honor Society, Higher Ground Dance Company and Disney Appreciation Club. She also serves as a camp counselor for the Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana-Michiana.

“I love kids and I look forward to working with them full-time after I finish my degree at Purdue,” Williams said, “This is a dream come true for me.”   

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