Meet Alumni: Laura Salley


Meet Alumni: Laura Salley

What are your children’s names and how old are they?

Alexander, 6 years old

When did you graduate and are you currently employed?

2021 Graduate- Bachelor’s Degree in Supply Chain Management

I work at Tyson Foods as an Indirect Category Specialist

(Capital Procurement)

What has been the most rewarding thing about having a degree?

Being able to provide a more comfortable life for my son and I.

What or who kept you motivated during your time as an SPSF scholarship recipient? How did SPSFNWA contribute to that motivation?

My son was my biggest motivation to complete my degree program. Giving him the best possible life has always been my number one goal. SPSF blessed us with multiple wonderful holidays, gave me the ability to not struggle financially while in college, and were all so encouraging along the way. 

How did your pursuit of a college education influence your children or other family members?

My son always says he wants to go to college like his mom, and I believe my family members gained a lot of respect for me for completing my education.

What has changed most for you and your family now that you are no longer in school?

Now that I am no longer in school, I am able to spend more time and money on my son and the things we enjoy. I can provide for him in a way I didn’t think was possible on my own. 

What was the most beneficial part of being a SPSF scholarship recipient?

Because of SPSF, I was able to graduate college debt free. This has been a huge blessing for me! 

What does your son want to be when he grows up?

My son says that when he grows up, he would like to be a professional video gamer or police officer. 

What is your favorite SPSF memory or activity?

My favorite SPSF memory was a fundraising dinner held in 2019, I believe. It was so beautiful, the food was delicious, and it was so heartwarming to hear the speeches from donors and past/present students. I also enjoyed getting to spend time with my peers!

What do you consider to be your greatest accomplishment since completing your degree?

I consider my greatest accomplishment since completing my education to be landing the job I have right now! It’s a great job, in the department I most wanted. 

Looking back, was there one skill that you learned that was particularly useful, either in college or in the professional world?

In college and in the professional world I have learned the importance of building relationships and networking.

What advice would you give someone desiring to go back to school?

My best advice for someone pursuing their degree is to push through, no matter how hard it gets. Try your hardest to make the best out of the toughest situations, because in the end it will all be very worth it, and you will be so glad you did!

What is something that has surprised you since graduating?

Since graduating, I am surprised at how much I continue to grow. I have found new hobbies, interests, and desires to learn! 

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