A Student Perspective
With a well-funded financial aid program, St. Norbert can achieve several goals: We can attract highly accomplished young men and women; we can provide opportunity to those who might not otherwise have it; we can make college affordable for those of limited means; and we can instill in aid recipients the giving spirit of our Norbertine heritage.
In students like Zephyr Ciesar ’16, we see all of those goals realized.
Zephyr is the first in her family to attend college. As a Native American (she is part Osage), she joins a student body that is increasingly and refreshingly diverse; our incoming class of 2017 includes more students of color than any in our history.
Zephyr earned diversity leadership, presidential and music scholarships, without which a St. Norbert College education might be beyond her grasp.
Our college would be poorer for her absence. As a high school student, Zephyr had already distinguished herself as a performer, being named 2011 Door County Idol, as well as 2012 Miss Door County. Entering St. Norbert as a vocal performance major, she made an immediate impact on the college’s arts scene: auditioning for the college’s production of Les Misérables on a whim, she landed not just a part in the musical, but a leading role. This year, as a sophomore, she has earned a place in the college’s esteemed Knights on Broadway vocal troupe, and is now a music theatre major with a minor in business administration. She will be representing the theatre department in January at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, and traveling to South Africa in the spring with the music department.
Off the stage, she is also making her mark. Already, she has embraced the Norbertine ideal of communio, giving back to her school and her peers by working as a mentor on the STAR team, a group designed to help multicultural first-year students adapt and succeed at St. Norbert; it is a program of which Zephyr herself was a beneficiary last year. In addition, though she is just one of many students who take on campus jobs to help with their college expenses, Zephyr has the singular distinction of being chosen to work this year in the office of President Tom Kunkel.
Financial aid helps bring students like Zephyr to St. Norbert, where they can grow and flourish, enriching the entire community in the process. As such, it rightly belongs among the priorities of Campaign St. Norbert: Full Ahead.