Kim Moorman, Finance and Management majors
Many students face the challenge of finding employment and paying back student loans after graduation. To help combat post-grad loans, Mount Mercy University offers scholarship and grant opportunities to almost every student. One senior, Kim Moorman, will not be facing the challenge of paying back student loans.
“When I was a senior (in high school), I applied for any and every scholarship I could have, and that basically got me through my first year (of college),” said Moorman. “A little of it rolled over into my second year.”
While at Mount Mercy, Moorman joined Enactus (formerly Students in Free Enterprise). Through Enactus, she was able to attain three different scholarships that covered the majority of her sophomore, junior and senior years. She also has had several different paid internships and part-time jobs to help cover any leftover costs.
“I did Transamerica, then I went to D.C. for the summer and was at Grocery Manufacturers Association,” said Moorman. “Then I worked at Agri Management Services in Marion, and I worked at a bank my freshman year.”
Right now, Moorman works as a credit analyst at Great America in Cedar Rapids. For now, she is weighing her options for post-graduation employment, but views Great America as a strong possibility.
“I would like to be a personal financial planner, eventually,” said Moorman. “That’s what I’ve always wanted to be.”
Through Enactus, Moorman was given the Emerging Leader Award. Through this award, she received a $5,000 scholarship and an internship in Washington, D.C. at Grocery Manufacturers Association. During that summer, she was flown to Colorado Springs for an executive conference with over 600 executives.
“I was the only college student among those executives,” said Moorman.
While she is not working or interning, volunteer work is something that occupies a large amount of Moorman’s free time. She volunteers through Young Parents Network, teaches religion and is involved with Junior Achievers.
“Giving back is the obvious reason,” said Moorman. “As much as you’re helping other people, you’re helping yourself. For me, it’s been the way that I’ve gotten a lot of my jobs and scholarships.”
Volunteering, extra-curricular activities and working are all things that contribute to the reduction of her student debt load.
“Getting involved has been the biggest thing for me,” said Moorman. “Even in high school, I was involved in FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes), FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America), FCCLA (Family Career and Community Leaders of America), and I did a lot of volunteering, so that allowed me to get a lot of the scholarships.
“Same with college—working and volunteering is how I’ve gotten all of my scholarships.”
Moorman encourages other students to be active and involved, so they can also reduce their debt. She recommends students not take out loans unless they need them.
“It makes you think you have money you really don't have, so you buy stuff you don't really need,” said Moorman.
She explained that all students should be able to be involved throughout college.
“I feel like people don’t realize how much I’ve been able to do,” she said. “You kind of can do it all. I’ve never used the excuse that I can’t.”
This Student Profile was written by Cassie Paulson, Feature Editor, and was originally published in the Mount Mercy Times during the 2013-14 academic year.