Scholarship Availability Made Creighton Possible
“Creighton is a possibility for anyone, no matter your background,” says Liv Cross. “Once you are here, there are so many opportunities to grow personally and professionally.”
As a high school student, Liv Cross loved science, particularly biology and anatomy. Because health care administration, not direct patient care, interested her, she was drawn to Creighton’s Health Administration and Policy (HAP) program. But when she learned about the Heider College of Business and its many scholarship and internship opportunities, she decided to enroll as a business student and major in accounting and health care administration.
“My goal has always been to find solutions from the business world and implement them in the complex health care market,” the senior from Des Moines, Iowa, says. “Most other universities didn’t have outstanding programs in both fields the way Creighton does. And Creighton also allowed me double major across colleges.”
Being a student in both the College of Arts and Sciences and Heider College of Business, Cross says, has created “a balance” in her education that is essential to her future career. She chose accounting as her business major because public accounting and audit pair well with HAP and will help her to advance to an executive role expeditiously.
Students are encouraged to augment classroom learning with at least one internship. Cross took this to heart, working multiple internships, including a tax internship and her current health care consulting internship with Seim Johnson, LLP. She also worked as an audit intern with KPMG.
“In the classroom professors ask us to share our internship experiences and relate them to our curriculum. I’ve learned from hearing about my peers’ experiences, my own internships and classroom instruction. The combination creates a perfect base to pass the CPA exam and be a practicing professional,” says Cross, who will sit for two parts of the CPA exam next semester and the remaining two parts following graduation before she begins employment at KPMG in Chicago as an audit associate.
College is more than exams and internships, and Cross has embraced fun as heartily as she has academics. “Extracurriculars are what have made Creighton a college experience and not just an education,” she says. In addition to being a Dean’s Fellow and participating in the Anna Tyler Waite Leadership Program and the Dean’s Honor Roll for Social Responsibility in the Heider College of Business, Cross has served as the vice president of programming and is the current delegate to the Panhellenic Council for the Delta Zeta social sorority. She also holds memberships in Beta Alpha Psi accounting fraternity, Alpha Sigma Nu Jesuit honor society and the Health Administration and Policy Student Association.
Faith development and service are integral to her college experience. Candlelight Mass, she says, is one of her favorite Creighton traditions, adding, “it is a great way to reflect and prepare for the week ahead while re-centering yourself with Christ and the Creighton community.”
Cross has also been active in Campus Ministry. This fall she participated in a Schlegel Center for Service and Justice trip to Cleveland, Ohio, where she learned about homelessness through the Catholic Worker organization. She discovered some valuable lessons. The first is the difference between volunteering and serving; serving, she says, is inextricably tied to justice.
The second is that service is less about what you do for another and more about what you learn from them.
“When you have this type of personal experience with someone, advocacy and social justice are just a natural outspring,” she says.
Cross says she is glad she decided to invest in a Creighton education. It wasn’t easy, but scholarships and aid made a Jesuit education possible for her and her family. In fact, Cross says she does not know a single Creighton student who pays full tuition. Along with the merit-based scholarships she was awarded as an incoming freshman, Cross has continued to earn additional scholarships, such as the one she received this semester from the Nebraska Society of CPAs in honor of Maggie Knight, DBA, CPA, assistant professor of accounting at the Heider College of Business.
“Creighton has been so worth the cost of attendance,” Cross says. “I had the option to attend an in-state university at a lower cost, but I wouldn’t be the same person I am today if I had made that choice.”