’CATapult Scholarship by the Numbers
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“I’ve always been interested in how things worked,” he said. “As a kid, I’d break my toys on purpose to see what was inside.” At Weber State, Twagirayezu found an engaging, reasonably priced college education with plenty of faculty and peer support. “Weber’s mechanical engineering program honestly met and exceeded my expectations,” he recalled.
However, shortly before Twagirayezu’s scheduled graduation, the COVID-19 pandemic halted his paid internship and, simultaneously, he lost access to a crucial source of private funding.
“At that point, I wasn’t sure I would ever earn a degree,” he recalled. “I had worked so hard, but I didn’t have any way to pay for the rest of my education.”
Luckily, Twagirayezu’s classmate, who worked in WSU’s financial aid office, suggested he apply for a ’CATapult Scholarship, which is designed to help students who suffer financial setbacks in the last stretch of their educational journey. It proved to be the perfect backup plan.
“The scholarship really catapulted me to the finish line, and I was able to graduate,” said a grateful Twagirayezu, who recently joined the engineering team at Cirque in Sandy, Utah. “I’d like to thank everyone at Weber who made that scholarship happen — donors, professors, staff — because they’re the people who really changed the world for me.”