Shadea Blyther '16
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A performer at heart, Shadea Blyther ’16 has always wanted to be in the TV industry. Her energy is infectious and her presence can raise the mood of any room. As a child, she spent much of her playtime imagining herself as a talk show host and TV personality. The joy that came with her pretending to be people like Oprah led her to pursue a degree at MCLA in English/Communications with a concentration in Broadcasting and a minor in Theatre.
During her time at MCLA, Shadea has fully embraced the many opportunities available to her, participating in theatre, the WJJW Radio Station, and Dance Company.
During the 2015 fall semester, Shadea embarked on what may be “one of the most rewarding experiences of her life,” studying abroad at the University of the Virgin Islands in St. Thomas. While there she took classes in English, Communications, and Theatre, auditioned for their dance team, and explored opportunities with the University’s radio station.
Shadea’s study abroad experience was made possible through the National Student Exchange Program and was funded by applying her financial aid awards from MCLA. Shadea is just one example of the impact financial aid makes. Did you know that 46% percent of all MCLA students were eligible for Federal Pell Grants last year and that 90% of all MCLA students applied for financial aid? Due to this increasingly pressing need, this year the College has introduced a special scholarship initiative to help increase funds available to our students and their families.
The need is greater now than ever before. When you give to the Alumni Fund, you are making it possible for MCLA’s students, like Shadea, to begin and complete their journey; allowing them to fulfill their dreams and discover their passions.