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December 8, 2021

FinnU raises money for student scholarships

Finlandia alumni, friends and families donated nearly $11,000 toward student scholarships on Giving Tuesday this year. In total, 50 donors raised $10,976 for scholarships such as the Lake Effect Scholarship, Western Great Lakes Scholarship and Rise Together Scholarship, a need-based free full-tuition scholarship established in 2020.

Donors heard stories from FinnU students throughout the day such as Student Ambassador Danny Zuchak, a Finnish Strong Transfer Scholarship recipient and student-athlete.

“The Finnish Strong Scholarship allowed me to get a [...]

Donate Now to Giving Tuesday
November 30, 2021

Giving Tuesday starts now! Today we make a difference

At Finlandia, Giving Tuesday means giving back to students. Today, all donations received go directly toward Finlandia’s annual scholarship programs to help provide affordable, quality higher education to all. Currently, 100% of all domestic full-time Finlandia students receive aid.

“Giving Tuesday is everyone’s opportunity to give a special, one-time, extraordinary gift that will open the door and keep it open. Many of those who support scholarships at Finlandia do so because they remember receiving such support when they attended the college or [...]

Jordan Shawhan
November 26, 2021

Support our students this Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday is only days away!

Jordan Shawhan joins this week’s host Haley Goodreau to talk about the special day of giving dedicated to raising money for student scholarships. Shawhan and Goodreau discuss what to expect from Giving Tuesday as well as the life-long meaningful impact these donations have on FinnU student lives.

“All the money raised is going directly toward student scholarships. Those are need-based scholarships, we have a whole list of scholarships that money goes to on [...]

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November 23, 2021

Donate toward student scholarships this Giving Tuesday, Nov. 30

On November 30, Finlandia University will be raising money for student scholarships for Giving Tuesday. Proceeds raised on Giving Tuesday play an important role in giving FinnU students financial support and quality academic opportunities.

Last year, Finlandia’s Giving Tuesday campaign raised over $30,087 in 24 hours with a donor match. All donations received last year went toward FinnU’s annual scholarship programs to help keep FinnU affordable for current and future students.

“Scholarships are of great importance to me. [...]

December 15, 2020

Giving Tuesday brings in over $30K for student scholarships

Finlandia alumni and friends donated over $30,000 for FinnU’s Giving Tuesday efforts on Dec. 1, 2020. In total, 61 donors raised $30,087 for student scholarships. This total includes the $10,000 anonymous match that kicked off the event.

“Once again, Finlandia’s friends and alumni stepped up to support student scholarships,” said President Philip Johnson. “A special thank you to the generous heart behind the anonymous $10,000 Giving Tuesday match.”

Throughout the day, donors heard from numerous students and staff [...]

December 1, 2020

Scholarship Spotlight: Shane Voldarski, Criminal Justice Major

Shane Voldarski is a criminal justice major at from Ontonagon, Mich. and recipient of the UP Commitment and Finlandia Merit Scholarships. Below is an interview between Voldarski and Amanda Staege about how scholarships have impacted their experience. 

Tell me a little about yourself and your family. Where did you grow up- what was that experience like? 

I am a first generation college student, and grew up in Ontonagon, about 45 minutes away from Finlandia. My childhood wasn’t the easiest, I [...]

December 1, 2020

Scholarship Spotlight: Jari Juntti, Nursing Major

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 [...]

Gina Gelichi
November 25, 2020

Giving Tuesday: Staff reflect on how scholarships help students succeed

Perhaps no one sees how important scholarships are for students more than university staff members. For Giving Tuesday, several Finlandia University staff members shared some of their favorite experiences and success stories regarding student scholarships.

Gina Geliche (’19, Fiber & Fashion Design) – Enrollment Officer

Geliche during her time as a student at FinnU.

I work with various types of students, but transfer students are some of my favorites because I was a transfer student myself. The Finnish [...]

November 25, 2020

Scholarship Spotlight: River Shumate, Accounting Major

River Shumate, far right, at the 2020 BPA Day in February.

River Shumate is a junior at Finlandia studying Accounting from Ishpeming, Mich. Shumate is a member of the Business Professionals of America group, TRIO and men’s basketball team. He is a recipient of the Finlandia Merit Scholarship and the UP Commitment Scholarship. Below is a piece written by him about his experience at FinnU and how the scholarships have helped him and his family [...]

November 24, 2020

Support Student Scholarships and Double Your Donation this Giving Tuesday, Dec. 1

Finlandia University will be raising money for student scholarships on Giving Tuesday which takes place on December 1. Finlandia donors can double their gifts this Giving Tuesday, as an anonymous donor has pledged to match the first $10,000 raised.

Last year, Finlandia’s Giving Tuesday campaign raised over $60,000 in 24 hours. All donations received last year went toward FinnU’s annual scholarship programs to help keep FinnU affordable for current and future students.

“Scholarships make a life-changing difference for our [...]

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