Student Spotlight

Vivian Braswell

A family emergency was the unexpected financial setback that derailed Vivian Braswell’s path to graduation; however, it was funding provided by UAH’s Propulsion Research Center that got her back on track, enabling her to complete her degree and ultimately land a position with space exploration giant Blue Origin.

“If it wasn’t for that, my schooling would have been prolonged by having to work or take on more debt,” says Vivian. “Instead, it validated my success, showing that I was a good student and deserving of assistance because of my hard work.”

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For almost a decade, Dr. Robert Altenkirch has made it his mission to ensure that as many students as possible have the opportunity to earn their degree from UAH. 

Introducing the Last-Mile Fund! This year’s inaugural effort will honor UAH’s 50th anniversary. Funds will be disbursed to eligible upper-level, degree-seeking, undergraduate students who have completed the annual UAH Scholarship Application and whose unmet financial need related to his or her academic expenses is the sole barrier to their successful graduation from UAH. Preference will be given to seniors who have demonstrated satisfactory progress toward graduation and whose financial status reflects the greatest need.

We hope you will join us in making the UAH Last-Mile Fund a success. After all, it won’t just help students – it will also help UAH. An improved graduation rate can elevate our standing in national rankings and strengthen our stature within the community as more UAH students graduate, enter the workforce, and contribute to the local economy.

Join us in celebrating Dr. Altenkirch’s extraordinary contributions during his tenure as president by supporting the UAH Last-Mile Fund! It could be just the push needed to get a deserving undergraduate student over the finish line and on to a bright future!

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Your Last-Mile Fund gift can be directed towards the entire university or a specific college.

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Have questions or need more information?

Contact UAH’s Office of Development directly at 256.UAH.GIVE or uahadv@uah.edu.