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Jamillah Ahmad-Spates is the first recipient of the 105-Year Scholarship, which was created to celebrate Saint Paul College’s anniversary year and tradition of educating students to enter the workforce. Over 68% of Saint Paul College students are first-generation college students like Jamillah, and this scholarship is designed just for them.

When you meet Jamillah, who is a first-semester practical nursing student, you are immediately struck by her poise. This young woman has a clear plan for her career and she has been thoughtful every step of the way.

Inspired by trips to the hospital when her dad would bring her to work, Jamillah always knew that she wanted to go into medicine. She knew she wanted the direct patient contact that she saw nurses had, which helped her choose her career pathway of becoming a pediatric nurse.

“Education is a long term commitment,” says Jamillah, “but I don’t want to take out loans that will burden me or my family this early in my life.” While she had been accepted to multiple 4-year colleges in the metro area, the support and financial assistance offered were less than what she had hoped.

Jamillah chose Saint Paul College because she knew that she would get both the financial and academic support she needs to succeed. She plans to graduate with an associate’s degree and then transfer to Metropolitan State University to get her bachelors of science in nursing. She will be the first in her family to complete college with a bachelor’s degree.

Won’t you please donate now and invest in our students like Jamillah, to help them reach their educational goals by making a donation today to the 105-Year Scholarship Fund?

Become a Sustaining Donor

Now you can become a sustaining donor to Friends of Saint Paul College. Using our secure giving site, simply indicate that you would like to make a “recurring donation.”  

$50 a month will help cover tuition for one class

$40 a month will pay for books for one semester

$15 a month will buy a bus pass for the year

Check or Money Order
Make checks payable to Friends of Saint Paul College. You may mail your check or money order to:

Friends of Saint Paul College
235 Marshall Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55102​​​​​​​​​