USGA Weekly Spotlight - Nirja Gajjar and Weslie Shannon
USGA’s Emergency Student Loan Program Coordinator and Vice President of Finance are teaming up to making lasting impressions on UAB’s new student center while helping students in financial need.
As the ESLP coordinator, Nirja Gajjar meets with students who are struggling with financials and informs them of the options that UAB has for them. Weslie Shannon, who is the Vice President of Finance and the Finance Division Leader, supervises all of USGA’s financial transactions and works closely with Gajjar.
The Andrew M. Sands Memorial Emergency Student Loan Program, sponsored by USGA, helps students in need receive financial assistance for college expenses such as tuition, housing, textbooks utilizes, title payments, medical expenses, and so forth. Full-time students taking at least 12 semester hours are eligible to receive up to $500 in interest-free loans.
Through the Pave the Way Campaign, donors can buy a $100 paver, which they can have engraved with special text, for the new student center’s common area set to open next fall. The proceeds will go towards the ESLP fund.
“Now that I’m the Vice President of Finance, I wanted to make sure that we continued to work on this project for students so we can continue to offer the emergency student loans for many years to come. USGA and UAB Administrators have been working towards this project for the last few months, and we’re so happy to have such a great response from students and alumni. I’m really excited to see how the campaign takes off in the next few weeks, and so thankful for all of the contributors who have made donations already! “ Shannon said.
“I truly hope that a lot of students, alums, and their families will realize how great of an impact this will have on students in need, and will want to give back to their school,” Gajjar said.