In Serbia, Mladen Kolundzija attended a medical high school where he helped patients learn to walk again. His life was uprooted in 2002 when he, his mother, and his brother secured refugee asylum visas and moved to the United States. Now, Mladen majors in health sciences at PSU and works part-time to help support his family. He received a Yaden Family Endowed Scholarship—awarded for the first time in 2013.
“This scholarship not only eases my financial burden but also encourages me to do my best,” said Mladen, who plans to attend graduate school in physical therapy. “Scholarships can make the difference in conquering obstacles students face. Knowing there are people who are willing to help me finish college motivates me and obligates me to be successful.”
College of Urban and Public Affairs alumni David (class of ’70) and Janice (class of ’66) Yaden were the first in their family to earn university degrees. David avoided student loans by living with his parents, working summer jobs, and earning scholarships.
“That was enough in the 1960s to pay for college,” he said. “As I look back, I realize how important it was to graduate without debt. I could concentrate on my studies. After graduation, I could pursue extraordinary experiences that did not pay much but launched me into my career.”
David and Janice enjoyed successful careers in public service, advising high-level elected officials. David formed his own public opinion research firm and Janice is a Mercy Corps manager currently working in Kosovo. Together, they created the Yaden Family Endowed Scholarship for students with academic merit and financial need. The result is CUPA’s largest scholarship award and a legacy of support for students.
For more information on scholarships at the College of Urban & Public Affairs, visit our website at: http://www.pdx.edu/cupa/scholarships-and-fellowships