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Devon Johnson

William will never forget sharing the news with his mom about his acceptance to Vanguard. He was thrilled when he got the unexpected news that he had received a scholarship for his double major in psychology and music.

“But the centurion said, ‘Lord, I am not worthy for You to come under my roof, but just say the word, and my servant will be healed.’” Matt. 8:8

Long before William Leguizamon (’19) formally became a lion, he started attending classes with his mom (’11) at Vanguard University in middle school. His mom received her B.S. in Psychology before continuing her education and achieving her MA. in Clinical Psychology. William remembers sitting in on her classes and feeling like there was a genuine connection between the students and their professors; so when it was time to apply to colleges Vanguard was at the top of his list.

William will never forget sharing the news with his mom about his acceptance to Vanguard. He was thrilled when he got the unexpected news that he had received a scholarship for his double major in psychology and music.

William immediately knew that it “felt right” to say yes to Vanguard and yes to a direction that God had placed before him. He was already familiar with what the school had to offer academically, but the size of Vanguard’s community was what ultimately convinced him. “The small school size…being able to get coffee with a professor and talk about anything” was something for which he had been searching. “I didn’t want to get lost in the crowd.”

Since attending Vanguard he credits much of his progress to Dr. Robert Reno for fostering a love of music theory in him and Dr. Kenneth Foerch for a love of music education. He dates his love for Jazz all the way back to when his mom graduated from her master’s program. As he walked in “The jazz band was playing, and I remember hearing that and thinking, ‘that’s cool! I want to learn to do that.’ and now I’m a music major.” He is planning to continue his education after he graduates and get his MA and Doctorate in Music Theory.

He says that without the scholarship Vanguard was able to offer him upon acceptance, he would have had a much harder time continuing school. “Thank you, it’s because of the donors that I was able to come here in the first place.” He cannot imagine what his life would have looked like if he had not gone to Vanguard. He says, “because of the donor support it has been amazing to see what I have been able to accomplish."

 

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