Soon after moving to Dubuque in 2001, Destiny Pinkney (’16) found her passion for working with and helping people through different jobs in the community. At the same time, she was working toward her associate’s degree from Northeast Iowa Community College. In May, Destiny graduated from Loras with a bachelor’s degree in social work. Destiny said her dream is to establish her own shelter and she is currently in the process of trying to make that happen.
When Destiny decided in December 2013 that she wanted to continue her education, Mike Friend (’91), then admissions representative, asked her why she wanted to go back to school. Her answer was simple: She thought it was time. Her two kids were officially out of the house and she knew this was the next logical step for herself. She was 38-years-old and did not know what to expect. Thrown back into the college experience, she felt like “a fish out of water.” She did not even have time to fully understand what she was experiencing. With books purchased and a class schedule set, she started back in February 2014.
Destiny, just like everyone else, has had challenges throughout her life. One challenge for her that so many face is — paying for a college education. In fall 2014, when Destiny realized she was short funding for her spring semester, she was guided toward applying to the Nancy Windsor Trust by the Loras Financial Planning Office staff. This grant was awarded in honor of the late Nancy Windsor (’75) to single mothers trying to make a better life for themselves and their children. Destiny applied and was the recipient of a $3,000 award which allowed her to finish her education. If Destiny could say one thing to the people who fund grants to students it would be, “Relief in all big, capital letters. It was a RELIEF that I could get that money and finish my schooling. It helped me so much.”
While continuing her classes at Loras, Destiny also continued her 11:00 p.m. to 8:30 a.m. job at Hills and Dales. In addition, she interned with the Dubuque Circles Initiative and Project Concern, while also volunteering with a prison ministry and shelters in the Dubuque area.
To help other hardworking students like Destiny receive a high quality education at an affordable price, please contact Josh Boots (’04), associate vice president for institutional advancement, at 563.588.7329, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.