June 29, 2010
Having experienced Northwest as students, alumni, fans and faculty, Drs. Tim '01 and Jenni Frandsen '03, '05 Wall say they are fortunate to have gained such a broad perspective of their alma mater. The couple, who met on campus, decided the best way to help others was to invest in the betterment of Northwest students and therefore endowed The Wall Family Scholarship to assist diverse students, or students from diverse settings, through the University's cultural enrichment scholarship program.
The Walls had always planned to establish a scholarship later in life, but thought the time was right as they awaited the birth of their daughter, Eliana, whose name means "God has answered."
"We are so blessed. We found ourselves at Northwest - as individuals and as a couple - and we wanted to help others pursue their education," said Jenni, an assistant professor of mathematics/statistics at Northwest. "We've had so many opportunities, and we want to give back a little of what we've been blessed with in the hope that others can expand their experiences."
The first $400 award from the couple's fully endowed fund will be awarded for the 2010-11 academic year.
"Not everyone is raised in the loving, education-focused families as Jenni and I were," said Tim, the director of educational assessment and an assistant professor of education at Missouri Western State University. "We appreciate learning from, and following in the footsteps of, those committed to doing the right thing and helping others to grow and prosper. By increasing educational access and opportunities for diverse learners, everyone benefits from a richer Northwest community."