Driven to Succeed
WCC student plans big for his future
Davon Shackleford knows exactly what he wants: to become a cardiovascular surgeon.
He also knows exactly how he’s going to get there: after Washtenaw Community College, he will study at the University of Michigan. He already has a plan to transfer his credits thanks to WCC’s relationship with U-M.
Motivated by family
Shackleford wants to be a cardiovascular surgeon after watching his father struggle with heart problems and diabetes. “I want to dedicate a portion of my life to research and trying to find cures,” he said. “WCC has been a safe haven, a refuge. It’s allowed me to work towards my future and reach for my goals.”
The college transformed him into a young man. “WCC has developed my skills, talents and gifts. It’s my bridge to the future.”
Shackleford pays for his WCC schooling through work study—he works on campus as a writing tutor and as an ad representative for the student newspaper—and also with a WCC Foundation scholarship.
“I’m thankful for the scholarship that has been given me, and I will remember the contribution as I go forward at U-M and throughout my career,” Shackleford said. “When I succeed, I will look to give to others like the Foundation has given to me.”