Pictured – 2001 Loan Recipient Aaron Wise.
How Many Students Have Received Lincoln County Rotary Student Loans since 1994 thanks to the generosity of businesses and individuals just like you?
100? 200? 300? 400? NO! 639 Students for MORE THAN $4 MILLION DOLLARS!
Here’s what just a few of our loan recipients are doing now.
Aaron Wise with the children he taught math & science, and the other photo is Aaron and other Peace Corp volunteers wearing the ceremonial robes. It is a tradition to give each Peace Corp volunteer a special name once they reach the village. Aaron graduated from Washington University in St. Louis, MO with a BA Degree in BoiChemistry and a minor in Biology. He joined the Peace Corp in Tendaba on the western coast of Africa. After his tenure with them he attended Tulane University, New Orleans, LA-Master’s in International Health and Disease. His thesis was on International Health and Disease in a foreign and impoverished country. He was accepted into UNICEF in Harare, Zimbabwe, and has now been offered a paid position with UNICEF in Zimbabwe or Botswana.
Brenton Hartman graduated from Wake Forest University in May 2006 with a BA in History and Economics. He is now attending Winthrop University working toward an MBA in Software Management. He also tutors at West Lincoln Middle School and coaches the MathCounts team, an advanced math program.
Drew Droege, who now resides in Los Angeles, CA, one of the first loan recipients writes: “The Rotary Loan helped me tremendously, in both a financial and spiritual sense. Getting the money, as well as the vote of confidence from the Rotary Club helped me realize my goals and complete my education at Wake Forest University. I went on to The Groundlings School, where I learned sketch comedy and improvisation, and where I now teach. Even though it’s been 12 years and I live 3000 miles away from Lincolnton, I will never forget the love and support provided by this organization.”
Rebecca McCall Setzer received her BS degree at Appalachian in 2000 majoring in Communication Disorders and her Masters in 2002 at Appalachian also in Communication Disorders. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from graduate school. She has worked as a Speech/Language Pathologist in both private practice and in the school system until this school year. She has worked the last 4 years in the Davidson County school system. She is now staying home with her new baby, but plans to keep up her state license so she can eventually go back to work. She received the rotary loan every year of college and graduate school, which was a tremendous help, and paid it off shortly after starting work.
Nathan McCall graduated from Appalachian in 2004 with a degree in Applied Communications. He worked one year as a bank teller in TN. while his wife was working on her Master’s degree. He is presently in graduate school in Charlotte at Reformed Theological Seminary. He hopes to work in ministry as a camp director or as a minister of Children in a church. He has been interning during seminary at Lakeshore Church in Denver as their Minister of Children and Sports. He also received the Rotary loan every year of college and paid it off shortly after getting married.
Zachary McCall is currently a senior at UNCC majoring in Exercise Science (Kenesiology). He will finish next year after completing a semester long internship working with a team. He would like to work as a sports trainer. He is only going to school part-time this year in order to complete a couple of courses that are required before taking what is left in his major. He is also working at the YMCA in Charlotte.
PARENTS’ TESTIMONIAL: Joel & Sarah McCall: As parents of Rebecca, Nathan and Zachary, we are so thankful for the provision and help the rotary loan has been to us in sending our children to college. We feel blessed to be in a county that provides this low interest loan. Had it not been for the Lincoln Rotary loan program, we would have had to take federal loans at much higher interest rates.
Rory Dunn graduated from Catawba College, Salisbury, NC, with a degree in B.F.A: Musical Theatre. Rory writes: “The nice thing about the loan is that there is no restriction. You can use it as you see fit. I know that we are given a breakdown of costs when we go to college, but sometimes things sneak up on you. For instance, I knew I would have to buy books, but no oneactually told me that college books could be so much more expensive than regular books. Some of mine cost upwards of $100.00. I was very glad to have the Rotary Loan fund when I went to the bookstore each semester! I am happy to say that I have spent my first year as a graduate gainfully employed in my chosen field. I am enjoying my life as a “gypsy actor” and look forward to going to New York sometime soon. Thank you, Rotary Loan Fund!”
Josh Stroup earned a BS in Computer Science and Mathematics and is employed with Gardner-Webb University as a Database Administrator.
Caitlin Andrews Floyd graduated from Appalachian State University with a BS in Health Promotion. She is employed with Carolinas Medical Center-Lincoln as an Outreach Coordinator. Caitlin writes: “Having the Rotary Student Loan helped in many ways with my education. I was able to use some of the loan for books, housing, and tuition. Without the loan I know it would have been hard for me to complete my education in 4 years. I’d like to thank you for the opportunity to help pay for my education and I am very appreciative because I know that it helps many students struggling financially with college. It helps relieve a lot of the stress already apparent in the lives of students!”
(No photo available) David Machado received a degree in Biochemistry, and is employed by Nalco Company as a Sales Engineer. David writes: “I am extremely appreciative to the Rotary club for helping to fund my college education. Without the help of the low interest loan provided to me by the Rotary club, my payments would otherwise be significantly higher if I had to take out a loan from another lender. The Rotary staff is very pleasant to work with, and I recommend that if a prospective student can not afford to pay for college out of pocket, that the Rotary student loan program is the way to go!”
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