Financial assistance helps returning adult student find her calling

Ummu Drammeh always wanted to help people. She returned to college after a long break but found a clear sense of direction in the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Nursing.

“I think I’m more focused now than I would have been,” says Drammeh, a mother of five originally from Gambia. “I have a mission and I know what I want to do. I am excited to go on this journey much later in my life.”

Returning to college at Drammeh’s age had its share of challenges, including financial ones. “As a nontraditional student, things aren’t always that easy,” she says.

Drammeh was awarded several grants and scholarships, among them the Osher Reentry Scholarship. Administered by UW-Madison’s Adult Career and Special Student Services, the scholarship is designed for returning adult undergraduate students seeking to balance family, work, and school.

“This degree will definitely take me to places where I’ve dreamed of getting,” Drammeh says.

For more information about Drammeh’s journey, see the video above. To learn more about financial assistance available to returning adult students who’ve had a significant break in their education, see here or contact Adult Career and Special Student Services, advising@dcs.wisc.edu, 608-263-6960.