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CHRIS MORTIMER, MHS 2014
Business Administration and Spanish
Were you financially prepared for college?
I thought I was financially prepared for college before I started, but in reality I was not. There are so many expenses besides tuition, that nobody really mentions such as textbooks, food, going out with friends, and many other things. All of these things hit you at once and it becomes very important to make smart choices with the money you have to make sure you can take care of everything you need.
When you applied to MSF, did you already know what college you were
planning to attend?
How did MSF help you prepare for college?
MSF helped prepared me for college through helping alleviate some of the financial burden of college. Being able to go into college with less concerns about money and costs has been a great benefit and has helped me excel at school. I am incredibly thankful for the Bobby Hurt Memorial Scholarship, not only because it has helped me financially, but also because of what it means to me. During my freshman year at Montclair High School I played for Coach Hurt on the JV basketball team, during his final year at Montclair High School. Being the first student to receive this scholarship was such an honor, because it allowed me to continue his legacy. Coach Hurt taught the importance of hard work, respect, and sacrifice, while embodying these characteristics himself. Being able to further my education in his name is truly special to me and I am thankful to both MSF and Bobby Hurt for helping succeed and get to where I am today.
Did you know anything about MSF before you applied for a
I knew about MSF, but I didn't know how many scholarships they had available and how many people they could help. Upon applying and learning more, I was amazed at the number of scholarships they offered and the amount of help they provide to the Montclair community.
Did finances affect your choice of school or major?
Finances did play a role in choosing my school. Some schools I applied to did not offer me a very good financial aid package, furthering the burden that would be placed on my family.
If you could not have afforded college, what other options did you
If I couldn't have afforded the school I chose, I most likely would have had to choose to attend a school that was either in state or could have offered me a better financial aid package.
In addition to the MSF scholarship, what other types of financial aid or
support did you use?
In addition to the Bobby Hurt Scholarship, I also received a merit-based scholarship from my school to help make it more affordable for me. Additionally I received another external scholarship, and a work-study job that helps with covering extra expenses.
If you have already completed your studies, what are you doing now? If
not, once you complete your studies, what is your plan for the future?
Upon graduating I hope to go into the finance sector and get a job doing Investment Banking. I think this will be a great way to challenge myself and will prepare me to succeed in the future.
What would you say to current MHS seniors who seek financial aid?
I would say the most important thing is to explore all the options available to you. There are so many resources out there and so many awards available from various organizations. I'd recommend seeking out as many of these as possible and applying to them to ensure you have a chance at receiving them. While some of them may seem small, anything helps and all awards make a difference. Scholarships continue to be available throughout college, but they are most accessible beforehand, so I would recommend doing your best to find them before starting school.
What do you remember best about being in the town of Montclair
and/or attending Montclair High School?
The thing I remember best about Montclair High School was how tight-knit the community was. Everyone looked out for one another and had each other's backs. Nobody wanted to see anyone else fail and we all pushed one another to do our best each and every day. Montclair is an extremely diverse town with people coming from various backgrounds and situations, but that never stopped anyone from going out of their way to help someone. I'll be forever grateful for growing up in Montclair and attending MHS and being able to experience the diversity and community firsthand.