Ann Hofmann ‘15 Leaves the Hilltop on a High Note

May 4, 2015

By Brandon Wallace '17

Ann Hofmann ’15 lived a Bradley dream that almost didn’t happen. Faced with daunting financial decisions, it took a friendly face in Student Financial Services and a generous family to open the door to a life-changing Hilltop experience. Once given that chance, Hofmann dove into the University’s myriad internship and campus leadership opportunities to build a strong finish.

Hofmann, a 3:2 accounting master’s student from Crystal Lake, Illinois, remembered disappointment when it appeared Bradley wouldn’t be an option. However, staff in SFS doubled down to find extra grants and scholarships. Then, as college decision time loomed, a mysterious, unmarked envelope appeared at her doorstep.

“When I opened it, I found a certificate stating ‘This award entitles Ann Hofmann to attend the university of her choice (yes, this includes Bradley),’ and it was signed by ‘your parents, who love you and will do whatever it takes to make this work,’” Hofmann said. “I was overjoyed that this worked out.”

Once on campus, she quickly realized she would be able to capitalize on experiences through organizations like Students Today Leaders Forever, honor society Beta Alpha Psi and Foster BEST. She also took advantage of internships with the Bradley Fund, State Farm, Caterpillar Inc. and United Airlines.

Hofmann credited those achievements to supporters who took the time to work with and for her as she navigated college.

“It was incredible to know that people were fighting to make sure I could be successful,” she said. “That became more apparent as I worked with faculty who not only knew me by name, but who knew my aspirations and helped me find the right opportunities to make my dreams become reality.”

Hofmann will take flight from the Hilltop with an auditing position at United Airlines. She also received job offers from State Farm and Caterpillar Inc.

Looking back at the past five years, Hofmann has the evidence to prove her supporters’ efforts paid off.

“As I graduate with both bachelor’s and master’s degrees, I have been shaped into a better student, friend, employee and leader,” she said. “I am confident my parents and I made the right decision and that every sacrifice has been worth it.”