Houston Baptist University

Houston, TX

Amanda Finnigan didn’t see the need for a four-year degree as she grew close to high school graduation. “I thought I would just do ministry and maybe get an associate’s degree,” she remembers.

However, in November 2017, during her senior year of high school, Finnigan visited Houston Baptist University. She was surprised to find that she was eligible for the Founders Scholarship, a music scholarship, and a Texas Baptists scholarship. A university education was attainable after all.

As a Psychology major and Music minor, Finnigan is preparing for her life’s work. Finnigan’s on-campus involvements include Baptist Student Ministries and the University Singers. Finnigan also benefits from a faculty mentor through the Spiritual Life Kaleo Discipleship program.

Between the two semesters of her freshman year, Finnigan traveled with Go Now Missions to Lesvos, Greece, where she worked at a refugee camp. In the summer of 2019, Finnigan served as a youth intern with Champion Forest Baptist Church. “The community at HBU has been good for me to grow in how I handle relationships and people,” she said. “I see my everyday life as a ministry, and not just ministry as a job I go into at a church.”

When our church gives through the Cooperative Program, students like Amanda Finnigan are able to obtain a faith-based education at Houston Baptist University and take part in all the opportunities they provide. Let’s pray for the students at Houston Baptist as they discern God’s calling for their lives.

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