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Scott Bower

Independence, MO

Major: Management
Minors: Marketing and Pre-Law

Avila Faves: My favorite part about Avila is the in-class and out-of-class availability and assistance provided by extremely knowledgeable professors. With that being said, the quality of the education I received was excellent. Professors still expect you to perform academically and push students to excel in their interdisciplinary studies, whiletaking charge of their own success. Apart from class and faculty, I have also enjoyed the friendly nature of Avila’s student body and their willingness to help other classmates out while completing their education. I have made lasting friendships that I will treasure for a lifetime.

Updates/Plans: I will be attending Law School this fall and plan on private practice following graduation, ultimately pursuing a path toward becoming a judge.

Dylan Carnahan

Olathe, KS

Major: Marketing
Minor: Management

Avila Faves: I originally chose to attend Avila so that I could continue playing baseball. After I enrolled, however, I was pleased to find that Avila offered outstanding academic opportunities as well. The professors take initiative and seek to see you succeed. The class size coupled with the professors, allow for a personalized experience that exceeded my expectations. This experience enabled me to enter Avila’s 4+1 graduate program and graduate with a minor in management.

Updates/Plans: As a student in the 4+1 program, I will graduate with my MBA in the spring of 2021. Upon completion of my MBA, I hope to pursue a career in Finance.

David Kesner

Lenexa, KS

Major:  Accounting (honoree)

Avila Faves: The Avila staff was dedicated to the success of every student at Avila University. The level of assistance, professionalism and care that the Avila staff exhibited every day towards their students was truly unmatched by other colleges I have attended. 

Future/Update: I am currently working as a Staff Accountant at a local firm. In the future I will be continuing my education in pursuit of an MBA.

Autumn Saulsbury

Liberty, MO

Major:  Accounting (William Randall Sowers Accounting Leadership Award)

Avila Faves: During my three and a half years at Avila, I was truly blessed with the opportunity to go to a school where all the professors genuinely cared about their students' success. The small classes provided me with the perfect college experience. I could easily go meet with one of my professors if I need help with anything, and they were always willing to help. I always felt like the professors cared and I'm glad I chose to go to Avila.

Updates/Plans: Right now I am a manager at my job, and I plan to use this experience to go a find a more fulfilling job to better my future. I will also most likely get my MBA in the future. 




lisa york
“All of the opportunities you have at Avila give you resources to go on in life. Professors not only know what they’re talking about, but they care. From step A to B, Avila is with you. They want to see you succeed, so they give you the resources you need to succeed.”

Lisa York '13

justin scicluna

“It’s been a really good experience for me. Avila has great faculty willing to work with students. Class sizes are small, so it’s easier to learn, I think, and get help when you need it. I’m sure I’ll be able to apply skills I learned here in the work force."

Justin Sciclina '14

kevin booker

“My four years at Avila have been amazing. I’ve grown a lot as a person. Career services at Avila guided me toward my internship, and it’s been huge for me. It’s the perfect ending to my classwork, just to see what you’ll be doing in the real world. You get a taste of it. It was a great learning experience. And, I established a good relationship there. I’m pretty set to work there after I finish grad school."

Kevin Booker '13

shawna westphal

“I felt like coming to college out of high school, I was more of a quiet person. At Avila, I’ve learned to be more of a leader and know how I want to be seen in a professional way. Avila has a very good name in this community. People hear you name Avila, and they believe you have a good head on your shoulders."

Shawna Westphal '13

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