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June 01, 2004

Unexpected Dream Come True

South University Newsroom

Endora Todd
Director of Financial Aid
Wallace Community College - Selma, Alabama
Class of 2004, Bachelor of Business Administration
Montgomery Campus
Hometown: Columbus, Ohio

Endora Todd never dreamed of a career in financial aid. During senior year of high school, Endora and her family, including her then two-year-old daughter, left Columbus, Ohio, for Montgomery, Alabama.

Endora’s career began in 2002 as a student-worker at South University’s financial aid office. A financial aid officer position opened when another employee relocated; having an associate degree in business administration, Endora was a prime candidate for the job. When she realized students wanted to speak only to her she knew she’d found her career.

A mother of two, Endora earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in 2004 from South University. Through Argosy University’s online program, she completed a Master of Business Administration in 2006 and anticipates finishing her Doctor of Business Administration program in 2010.

Sacrificing time with her kids for homework and class was difficult but worthwhile. “They see me as an example of what higher education can bring you,” Endora said. “As a mother, that is one thing that I want to be: a good example.”

Endora continues setting examples and helping others in her professional life. Since 2006, she has been Director of Financial Aid at Wallace Community College Selma, overseeing the administration of more than 6 million dollars in Title IV aid, state grants and scholarships.

Her favorite part of the job is working with students. “When I see them walk across the [graduation] stage, I know I have helped them achieve a dream.” Endora’s “dream” is to return to South University — as director of the student financial aid division.

“The organization serves a unique population of students who see value in small class sizes, individual attention and support before, during and after graduation,” she said. “I have benefited by having a two-sided perspective on how financial aid can affect a student.”