2013 Scholarship Recipient

Logan Decker

2013 All-Star Scholarship Recipient

Tell me your age, where you’re going to school, and what you’re majoring in?

I’m 19, going to school at Maranatha Baptist Bible College, in Wisconsin, hoping to major in nursing.

How are classes going to far?

They’re going well. I have to take chemistry and I have to take A&P1 [anatomy and physiology]. Whether I get in the nursing program is dependent on my grades for this semester. I have to make it through the first year then apply for the nursing program. They check my grades and will interview me.

Can you tell me a bit about how you found out about the scholarship program?

Actually, my mom was reading a flyer from the state and she saw it in there. She said, “Logan, you can apply for this.” I stayed up late that night, filled out the applications, and wrote what I needed to write. I sent it rush in the mail so we could get it out in time.

Can you talk a bit more about what this scholarship means to you and your education?

It means a lot – it got me here. I was praying for help with finances, because I didn’t know if Maranatha was where God wanted me. When the scholarship came in, I knew this was where God wanted me. Getting this scholarship means me being here.

Can you talk a bit more about your parents? How old were you when you were adopted, and what is life like with them?

I was adopted at almost 18, just before my 18th birthday. At first, life was challenging. I grew up in a different lifestyle where my birth mom wasn’t really in charge. She wasn’t really a motherly figure, she was more on a friend level. I was used to being in charge a lot. That all changed. Now I really appreciate my parents and their structure and their love. I can tell that they love us – they give us boundaries and keep us in that so they can keep us safe. I appreciate that so much more than a lot of people do these days. It shows they really love us.

You say “us” in that answer; who is included in “us”?

I have two other siblings. My brother Chris was adopted first by my parents, then me, then my other brother Noah. The Lord kept knocking on their heart and I think the third time the state asked and they said yes.

Do you feel that being adopted gives you a different perspective on life in general?

I do, I really do. I feel like because I went from having nothing – I was just kind of supporting myself, feeling like I didn’t’ have a mother or father figure. My mom was more of a friend. Having the past that I do has definitely made me the person I am today. It’s given me a desire to be able to help people in any way I can. I’m hopeful that I make it into the nursing program, but even if I don’t I want to help people. I want to show people the love that in a sense I didn’t get when I was younger but my parents give to me now.