“I’m so proud of myself,” says Mallory Burr, a computer science major, who recently scored two scholarships and a competitive internship with Quicken Loans. “I’m progressing on my future and so excited to continue my education at Wayne State.”
Life has improved dramatically over the last year for Burr, who lost her mother to respiratory disease in March 2016 and thought about dropping out of college because of family finances. Then she decided to apply for a scholarship at Macomb.
“OASIS (Macomb’s Online Automated Scholarship Information System) is right there on the website and it was really easy to work with,” says Burr, recipient of a $1,500 Italian American Delegate Scholarship from Macomb and a transfer scholarship from Wayne State University. “There are much worse ways to spend two hours of your time than filling out a scholarship application.”
And the same goes for the Calculus 1 class she took with Professor Zakaria Musallam.
“He made me work at it until I got it. I’m still not a fan of math, but I appreciate it much more because of him, and have moved on to Calculus 2,” says Burr. “That’s what I really like about Macomb – the small class sizes and that the professors actually get to know you.”
After winning first-place in a high school web design contest, Burr briefly considered it as a career. Then she started at Macomb as a dual-enrolled high school student and discovered computer science.
“It’s sort of like a puzzle that you have to solve,” says Burr. “You peck at it and peck at it and then, when it finally works, it is a very rewarding experience.”
Like attending Macomb?
“Yes,” says Burr, shown here after receiving her scholarship from (left) Frank Coppola, treasurer of the Italian American Delegates, and Macomb President Jim Jacobs. “I’ve really enjoyed my time at Macomb and will miss it when I graduate in May. It helped me figure out what it was I wanted to do.”