THE RIPPLE EFFECT OF Your Gift
The 2008 recession hit Kirsten Westerman’s family hard.
Her father lost his job as a tool-and-die maker, and her mother, a real-estate agent, struggled to sell homes when the housing bubble burst. Kirsten’s dreams of attending a school of music to study flute performance were uncertain.
“There was no money coming in at all,” she said.
But Ball State came through with three scholarships that made college affordable for the family. She graduated in 2014 with a music performance degree.
As of 2021, Westerman was working for the Warrior Music Foundation. Based in Washington D.C., the foundation helps veterans treat their post-traumatic stress disorder through songwriting and composition.
“When you give to support students, there is a ripple effect of that generosity,” she said. “It is quite literally because somebody gave toward scholarships that I am now able to help veterans of Afghanistan. It’s just beautiful how generosity never dies. Once someone gives, it just keeps going.”