Jari Juntti is a freshman Nursing major at from Hancock, Mich. Below is a piece written by him about how much Finlandia scholarships have helped him pursue his degree.
My name is Jari Juntti. I was born in New York and have lived in Florida, Michigan, and Tennessee. Our family moved to Hancock, Mich., the summer before my first grade year. My dad was born and raised in Marquette, and he wanted to come back to the U.P. I attended Hancock schools from first to sixth grade. We lived in Tennessee for my middle school years but moved back to Hancock for my high school years.
I enjoy living in Hancock and being a part of a small community where people know each other. I enjoy the outdoors and doing activities like hiking, mountain biking, disc golf, and skating on an outdoor rink.
I knew Finlandia was going to be an option because of the Hancock Award. However, my high school counselor told me about the Rise Together Scholarship. I was excited to hear that I qualified for this scholarship because it would allow me the opportunity to go to a four-year private university without having to take out any loans. That’s such a huge blessing to me!
I decided to pursue nursing because of my experiences in my Health Careers class in high school. Plus, I had heard good reviews of Finlandia’s nursing program. I’m enjoying my classes, especially chemistry. Finlandia has been a good transition for me to college. It’s been fun to see several of my high school classmates on campus along with meeting new students as well.
I didn’t expect classes to be online. But, I’m thankful that my professors have been good at communicating and teaching even online. I hope to use my nursing degree outside of the United States and serve in underprivileged areas.
I realize what a privilege it is to be able to attend a private university and get a nursing degree without incurring a large amount of debt. I am so thankful for the Rise Together Scholarship.