Chandler Peplinski

Scott L. Carmona College of Business


Chandler Peplinski with gateway in background

"Thanks to scholarship support, I was able to get involved on campus."

I always knew paying for college would be a challenge. My parents weren’t able to help me, and I didn’t want to be buried in debt.

I worked as hard as I could in the classroom to earn good grades that would lead to scholarships, and I worked hard outside of the classroom to earn money for college. During my freshman year at SVSU, I started working as a finance co-op at Nexteer Automotive. Throughout college, I often worked 32 hours per week while attending classes full time, even taking 18 credits in some semesters.

One of the highlights of my time at SVSU was participating in the Vitito Global Leadership Institute, which included a study abroad trip to Portugal. If I hadn't lived on campus, I'm sure I wouldn't have had time to be involved with that program.

With scholarship support and a lot of hard work, I was able to graduate from SVSU in three years with no college debt. This was a big obstacle for me to overcome and something that I am very proud of.

In August, I’ll begin a master’s degree program at Purdue University’s Krannert School of Management with a focus on supply chain management. I’m really grateful to everyone who contributes to SVSU, because without scholarships, I wouldn’t be where I am today.