February 14, 2019

Hard Work Pays Off

Allison Barber '19

For many students, the impact of receiving a scholarship is much greater than just the monetary value. For Pittston Township, PA native Allison “Allie” Barber, it was rewarding to know someone supported and believed in her academic success.

In 2015, Allie was selected as the recipient of the Jay and Ashley Collins Women’s Soccer Scholarship. During her four years here at BU, Allie has worked hard to meet the academic requirements she needed to achieve to continue receiving the scholarship each year.

“I am beyond grateful to have received the Jay & Ashley Collins Women's Soccer Scholarship, says Allie.” “This gift has meant the world to me and it helped me to prove to myself that all the hard work and countless hours of studying and practicing really has paid off.”

Allie, who is set to graduate in spring, 2019 plans on attending graduate school in the fall to continue her studies in speech language pathology. When she completes her master’s degree, she hopes to work in the medical field, specializing in helping patients with swallowing disorders.

“This scholarship has helped me so much, both financially and also in developing my professional career,” Allie adds. “It affords me extra time to focus on studying and observing professionals in my field so I can figure out what area I want to work in once I am done with school.” 

When Allie first arrived at BU she had planned to play two sports. In her sophomore year, she was a member of both the Women’s Soccer and Basketball teams. But she quickly realized that being a two-sport student-athlete was going to make it a little too challenging for her to excel at both sports while also keeping up her grades.

“Receiving this scholarship also helped me to make that tough decision,” Allie says. I really love basketball too, but I didn’t want to let my donors down because they had showed me that they believed in me, so I wanted to focus my time and energy on the sport that was the best fit for me.”

In 2018, Allie’s decision paid off as she helped lead the BU women’s Soccer team to the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) championship, the program’s first since 2002. In February, 2019, Allie was also named to the PSAC Fall Top 10 Team as chosen by the league's sports information directors. The PSAC Top 10 Awards are designed to recognize ten student-athletes (five female and five male) each season who excel in both the classroom and is athletic competition.

“Looking back on my four years as a Husky student-athlete, I can’t express just how much this scholarship has meant to me,” Allie adds. “Not just because it helped to relieve some of the financial stress, but because it showed me that my hard work didn’t go unrewarded.”

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