Missouri State University

Casey Flanigan

  • Major: Nursing
  • Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri

Freshman inspired to become a nurse after being a patient

Receiving a scholarship enabled St. Louis native Casey Flanigan to pursue a career in nursing.

The comfort and care she received from hospital nurses while she was undergoing medical treatment inspired freshman Casey Flanigan to pursue a career in nursing.

“The nurses were really uplifting, and I thought it would be nice to be able to be that person for someone else,” Flanigan said. “I’m excited to start taking nursing classes.”

Learning by serving

"Volunteering for Harmony House helps me in my future as a nurse because it helps me be more understanding of the people domestic violence affects."

Since she’s been at Missouri State, Flanigan has had the opportunity to serve others through volunteering and fundraising for her sorority’s philanthropy, Harmony House, which provides services to and supports for survivors of domestic violence.

“The best thing about being at MSU so far is being involved with Alpha Chi Omega and volunteering,” Flanigan said. “Domestic violence is something that I had never really thought about before, but it’s been interesting to learn what it’s like for these people who are dealing with it. I know that the money my sorority has raised has been helpful.”

Giving and receiving

Just as Flanigan has joined her sorority is raising support for their philanthropy, she has also been the beneficiary of other people’s generosity. Flanigan is a recipient of a donor-funded scholarship for students from St. Louis.

“Being awarded this scholarship means a lot to me,” Flanigan said. “If I could, I would say thank you to all the people who donated toward this scholarship. Thank you for helping make my education possible.”

Flanigan said that knowing what scholarships mean to her and to other students gives her motivation for the future.

“I would like to donate to scholarships in the future to help benefit others,” Flanigan said.