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University Kicks Off the ‘I AM NSU’ Annual Fund

Michael Rooks, a business major with a marketing concentration, was struggling to pay for his senior year at Norfolk State. He’d saved enough money to buy a car—but now he was thinking about getting a title loan on it so he could finance his last year of school. When he couldn’t do that, he asked his parents. They were tapped out. His options were narrowing. Then he heard about help offered through University scholarships. Thanks to those who have given to NSU, Rooks is now on track to walk across the stage in May to receive his diploma. “I would like to thank each and every one of you,” he said at the kick-off of the I AM NSU Annual Fund.

Rooks didn’t just go to school—he took advantage of what NSU had to offer. During his time here, he obtained internships at the Port Authority, Apple Computer and Hertz. Because of his experiences here, he is glad to say, “I am NSU!” The I AM NSU Annual Fund is a six-month campaign with a $2 million goal. It will end June 30. “This is about making a direct impact on the quality of life of our students, campus and the community,” said Danielle Smith Jones,’00, the campaign’s general chair. “I am NSU because of the education and support I received here and the push I received from my professors who said quitting was not an option.” To give to the I AM NSU Annual Fund, go to http://alumni.nsu.edu/donations/



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