With Eyes on the Future
Nathan Patron ’19 knew Concordia University, Nebraska was the place he wanted to be from the start. When he came for a visit, it just felt right. “It felt like home,” Patron says. “It was small enough that I could really connect with people, even on my visit. It felt like a good fit for me.”
Over the past four years, Patron has found a second family in the Concordia science department, where he’s studying biology and chemistry and planning to attend graduate school to become an optometrist. He works as a lab assistant to earn the extra proficiency that will help him be successful in grad school and in his career. And he’s also a member of the University A Cappella choir, which allows him to pursue his love of music.
It’s a dynamic, well-rounded college experience that wouldn’t have been possible for Patron without the scholarships he received from Concordia. As a member of a Lutheran church, Patron earned the Lutheran Heritage Guarantee, which awards students who qualify a minimum of $20,000 in institutional aid. He also received a music performance scholarship and academic scholarships.
“It’s really been a blessing to me to have those scholarships, because I don’t have to work,” says Patron. “It frees me up to be able to study and apply myself and focus, without all the time commitments like a lot of my classmates. That’s given me the ability to excel and hit the ground running.”
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