A promising career thanks to scholarships 

Makayla Agnew 
BA ’21 (public relations, journalism)  Diversity Excellence, PathwayOregon, Dell Scholar and  Harrington Family Foundation scholarships.

Makayla Agnew BA ’21 (public relations, journalism) 
Diversity Excellence, PathwayOregon, Dell Scholar and
Harrington Family Foundation scholarships.  

First generation college student Makayla Agnew paints a crystal-clear picture of life after commencement.

“If I could have everything work out perfectly, I would be an event planner.”

Agnew graduated in June with a degree in public relations and journalism, and a minor in entrepreneurship. She received Diversity Excellence, PathwayOregon, and Harrington Family Foundation scholarships. She was also a Dell Scholar.

Without the financial support, she says, she would not have been able to attend the UO.

“The people who chose me as a recipient for these scholarships—I can’t thank them enough for seeing something in me,” Agnew says. “I’m thankful I got this opportunity.”

During her last week of classes, Agnew started an internship with Mitchell Communications Group, a strategic communications firm that’s part of Dentsu, an international public relations and advertising company with offices in more than 100 countries.

For donors who support scholarships, Agnew has a message that’s rooted in her past—but very much future-focused.

“Thank you. Because of them, I’m able to learn, grow, and do what I want to do. I think about where I came from. Not a lot of people in my position get an opportunity to go to school and actually finish. I want them to know they’re making a difference in my life. I’m set up for success.”

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