Scholarship support aids student’s unlikely journey
Scholarship support aids student’s unlikely journey

Jessica CumberFormer high school science teacher Jessica Cumber traveled an unlikely path to Creighton’s School of Pharmacy and Health Professions.

She reluctantly gave up teaching because certification requirements varied by state and, with a husband serving in the military, Cumber needed a more “portable” career. Eventually, she chose to make an unconventional career transition from education to pharmacy—as a distance student.

Because of her unique circumstances, Cumber was concerned she wouldn’t identify with her classmates. Her worries were quickly put to rest.

“Creighton is a place with such caring individuals—professors, staff and students,” Cumber said. “If I have a problem or need help, personal or academic, I have many people to approach. This support creates a strong connection to Creighton, even for a distance student.”

Cumber’s journey toward a second career is possible in part because of gifts to Creighton. Scholarships support the drive, excellence and growth of Creighton pharmacy students, she said.

“The generous support of pharmacy and health professions graduates allows me to focus on my studies and my family,” Cumber said.

Scholarships are core to Creighton’s ability to provide deserving students like Cumber with a service-focused, academically rigorous, transformative education rooted in the Jesuit, Catholic tradition. In fact, 98 percent of Creighton students receive some form of financial aid or scholarships.

To make a gift, visit the Creighton School of Pharmacy and Health Professions general scholarship fund page, or contact Cody Fuchtman, senior director of development for the School of Pharmacy and Health Professions at codyfuchtman [at] creighton [dot] edu or 402.280.2299.