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Allison Deehan

Allison Deehan headshotAllison Deehan, MHS Class of ‘2008

 Northeastern University, Class of 2013

Major:  Business Administration (concentrations in Accounting and Supply Chain Management)

Where you financially prepared for college?

Not really. I ended up taking out a LOT of student loans.

When you applied to MSF, did you already know what college you were planning to attend?  What was the name of the school?

Yes. Northeastern University

How does the MSF scholarship help you prepare for college?

$4000 that I wouldn’t have to finance was a big help!

Why did you want a MSF scholarship?

The MSF scholarship that I received was for women going into the medical field. I was originally on the Pre-Med undergrad track at NEU but transferred to business my sophomore year after attending a Myers-Briggs seminar about personalities and careers.

Did you know anything about MSF before you applied for a scholarship?

Not really

Did finances affect your choice of school or major?

Not really, but Northeastern did give me the best scholarship and grant money out of the schools I was accepted to.

If you could not have afforded college, what other options did you have?

Fortunately, I come from a family with a long line of college graduates. I think college was always in the cards for me. My parents have excellent credit and co-signed all of my student loans for college.

What is your major?

Business Administration with concentrations in Accounting and Supply Chain Management

graduationIn addition to the MSF scholarship, what other types of financial aid or support did you use?

I received $12,000 per year from Northeastern as a merit scholarship. I received $3,000 per year from Northeastern as grant money. The $1,000 per year from my MSF scholarship, and the rest was financed through student loans. I graduated with around $75,000 in student loan debt.

Once you complete your studies, what is your plan for the future?

I graduated from Northeastern in May 2013. I currently work for EMC Corporation in Massachusetts as an analyst. I LOVE my job! I am also a part time MBA student concentrating in High Tech at Northeastern.

What would you say to current MHS seniors who seek financial aid?

Look for grant and scholarship money! Student loans should be your last resort. I would recommend always having a cosigner with a great credit score (above 700) to ensure the best interest rates.

What do you remember best about being at Montclair High School/Montclair?

I loved the freedom and general “adult” mentality at MHS, which I found out at college wasn’t the case for most other high schoolers.

Please describe any volunteer/community service during high school?

I did a lot of work with the Michael J Fox Parkinson’s Foundation as my father has Parkinson’s Disease. I also helped to organize several blood drives at MHS.