Major: Undeclared

Hometown: Scranton, PA

Nya Johnson ’24 knew the moment she arrived at BU for her first visit that this was where she wanted to spend her next four years.

As a highly-recruited women’s basketball player at West Scranton High School, Nya had to weigh her options and visited several schools throughout the state. As one of 11 children in her family who would be among the first to attend college, she knew it would be a big decision.

She was nervous and anxious about making the right choice because she had to figure out which school would be best for her from a basketball standpoint and pursue her academics. When she arrived at Bloomsburg, she didn’t have to look any further.

“It just felt like home. From the time I got here, the way the campus looked and felt, to the town, and how warm everyone was, it just felt right,” Nya says. “When you add that to how from the moment I met with the coaches, they already made me feel like part of the team, that was all I needed.”

Coming from a family with modest means, Mya knew that she would need help make her dreams of playing college basketball a reality, and the scholarships she received from BU donors have provided her with the support she needed.

“Knowing you have that support of a scholarship from donors who believe in you and want to help you succeed, it just changes everything,” adds Nya. “I was already confident in my ability on the court, but with the support I receive, I can be confident in some of the other areas that I was unsure about as a student.”

After missing her freshman season with the BU Women’s basketball team due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, Nya is back on the court and in the classroom, this fall thanks to support from BU donors who are helping her achieve her goals.