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Scholar Spotlight: Anna Robertson

By Laura Arnold / December 7, 2023 /

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Student Spotlight: Jackie Schmidt

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Student Story: Meet Arneqka Lester

By Carol / August 8, 2023 /

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Forming Servant Leaders

By Carol / August 2, 2023 /

The Chatfield Edge is deeply rooted in the vision of St. Angela Merici who founded the Ursulines in 1535, the first teaching order of religious women. St. Angela focused on…

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Student Story: Meet Alissa Woods

By Carol / June 15, 2023 /

Alissa Woods’ academic journey will eventually take her from her four-square-mile hometown of Blanchester, Ohio, to the metropolitan borough of Liverpool in Northwest England. A current student at Southern State…

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Student Profile: Keeley Schurman

By Carol / May 11, 2023 /

Twenty-year-old Keeley Schurman grew up on her family’s farm in Hillsborough, Ohio. Many of her extended family members – aunts, uncles, and cousins – also lived on the property. So,…

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Guiding First-Generation Students to Postsecondary Education Success

By Carol / May 2, 2023 /

Where would we be without map apps and that friendly voice navigation assistant routing us to the correct destination? Unfortunately, for first-generation college students, embarking on the road to postsecondary…

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Student Story – Pamala Hurley

By Carol / April 20, 2023 /

Pamala Hurley is not your typical college student. She graduated from high school in 1964 and decided to return to school at age 71 or 72 after her husband passed…

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Student Story – Latasha Smith

By Carol / March 17, 2023 /

Latasha Smith will graduate on May 7, 2023 with an associate degree in arts and science. Her science professor at Cincinnati State has lovingly nicknamed her Chatfield because of how…

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Scholar Spotlight: Anna Robertson

National Day of the Horse is celebrated in the United States every December 13 but one of our Chatfield Edge scholars likely celebrates horses every day of the year. Meet Anna Robertson, an Equine Studies major at Asbury University in Wilmore, KY, who fell in love with horses at the age of four and may someday go on to veterinary school.

“As someone who is shy, I gravitate towards animals because with them, I don’t have to figure out what to say,” she reflected just a few weeks before heading off to her first year at Asbury. “When I am in the presence of a horse, it can be intimidating, but when they become comfortable with me, they give me confidence that I can handle them.”

Growing up in Milford, Ohio as the youngest of four children, Anna was homeschooled during high school and later attended Chatfield College for two and a half years. When she graduates from Asbury, hopefully in 2026, she will be the first in her family to graduate from a traditional four-year university.

As a teenager, Anna volunteered for five years at Cincinnati Therapeutic Riding and Horsemanship, an organization committed to improving the lives of individuals impacted by disabilities and unique challenges through equine assisted services. She started as a side walker, holding the hands of children with special needs, and eventually advanced to leading the horses around the arena. She knows that her work helped children with physical disabilities grow stronger and build muscles while engaging both sides of their brains and helping their neurons fire more accurately.

“I also loved seeing the way horses could bring children out of their shells. Some were so scared at the beginning and didn’t talk much. Then, a few sessions later, they were smiling and excited.”

Anna has taken on the financial burden of paying for school herself and, while she receives some scholarship support from Asbury University, she is grateful for the assistance from The Chatfield Edge. Through the Chatfield Scholars pillar of support, she is the recipient of the BASF, Dr. Mary Lois Jung, and Marge and Charles J. Schott scholarships.  She acknowledged that Chatfield’s services extend beyond scholarships. “I appreciate having support to figure out the whole education world that can sometimes be confusing.”

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