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“Whatever I do, I want it to be an area of ​​need. Shelby Ferrara is committed to meeting the needs of a community. Whether this community is in its home state of North Carolina or 8,000 miles away in India, Shelby answers the call when she hears it.

Shelby’s journey at Campbell University reflects her desire and ability to meaningfully respond to a call. When the time came for her to apply to college, her grandfather approved two universities: North Carolina State and Campbell. (Shelby’s family had a history of alumni at both institutions). Ultimately, however, Shelby’s intended career path (and possibly a drop in teenage rebellion), brought her to East Carolina University, where she hoped to earn a nursing degree. At the time, Campbell had not yet opened the Catherine W. Wood School of Nursing.

Once she began her studies at ECU, Shelby struggled with which career / career path to take, saying, “I understood what my passion was… and who I wanted to serve. I didn’t really know how to get there. After much thought and a heart for servicemen returning from battle, Shelby said a major: mental health and wellness counseling with a focus on biofeedback. However, nursing was always at the back of her mind.

Shelby graduated in 2017 from ECU and started working full time.

Shelby’s pursuit of her vocation didn’t end there. A good friend of the church invited Shelby to join her on a mission trip to India through the International Mission Board. Although hesitant at first, she continued to see open doors leading to India. “God had it perfectly orchestrated for me to leave,” Shelby mused. As a self-proclaimed household body that does not like change, it has had to rely on faith, trusting in God’s plan.

While in India, Shelby worked in areas that lacked access to quality health care, providing medical care, education and resources to local villages. The experience opened her eyes to medical disparities abroad and she remained aware of the need for quality health care locally and abroad.

Shelby returned to the United States in November 2019 with a rekindled passion for the medical field. Visiting his “Uncle Fred” (Fred Taylor, 1992) at Thanksgiving and sharing his experience, he launched an idea: Why don’t you pursue a degree in Campbell’s new nursing program?

And the next thing she knew, Shelby was applying to Campbell for the spring. She received her acceptance letter in December, with an additional bonus notification: “And by the way, you got a scholarship,” Shelby paraphrased. The scholarship was the last little push she needed to decide to start this new journey, go back to school and get a nursing degree. “It was heartwarming to know that someone else believed in me and was ready to support me financially.”

For Shelby, the purse was another example of God’s provision, and He was leading her to a calling. “[The scholarship] It was almost as if God was saying, “This is what I want you to do.” I got you. ‘ “This reminded him of Matthew 6:” This is why I say to you, do not worry about your life … Look at the birds of the air: they do not sow nor reap nor gather in barns, and yet your the heavenly Father feed them. Are you not worth more than them? (Matthew 6: 25a, 26). ”

The scholarships not only gave Shelby the peace of mind that she could attend Campbell, but also instilled confidence in knowing that the people (the donors who gave and the staff who awarded the scholarship) believed in her. ability to become a successful student and nurse.

Starting classes at Campbell is just the beginning of the impact of this scholarship. She addressed donors in her “Thank-A-Giver Day” video message: “Because of your donations, I was able to pursue my dreams and pursue God’s plan so that I may one day make a difference. “

Shelby, who began nursing classes in August, is grateful for the immediate impact of scholarships (allowing students like her to attend Campbell), which have far-reaching long-term impact. “You invest in the quality of the health system.

Gifts to Campbell support the mission of graduated leaders prepared for a useful life and meaningful service. Campbell graduates use the skills, knowledge and experience gained at Campbell to serve their communities and the world. The scholarships, made possible by generous donors, allow students to pursue their vocation and serve the world.

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