Josiah’s first memory is of his tiny, three-year-old body underneath a lawn mower. As a result of being run over, he suffered significant foot and leg damage. Josiah had to re-learn how to walk.

And, the trials in Josiah’s life were just getting started.

Around age seven, he was brutally attacked by a dog, once again suffering tremendous injury (with scars to prove it).

By the time Josiah was a teenager, his life was headed down the wrong path. Often fighting on the streets, Josiah was lost and filled with anger and confusion.

“I would fight just about anything that had a pulse, which only provided temporary relief from the deep pain I was feeling,” Josiah said.

He knew he was missing something in his life. At age sixteen, Josiah found the Lord, and everything changed.

“Once I was humbled to the point of repentance, I was overwhelmed by the love, grace, and peace I felt in my life. Understanding that I was loved by my Heavenly Father, despite all my sin and brokenness, filled me with a passion to love others.”

His parents taught him the importance of a strong work ethic, and he began working at a fast food restaurant. Josiah quickly determined that he wanted to go to college, but knew he didn’t have the money to pay for it. After researching schools, he found College of the Ozarks.

“I was surprised I would be able to work for my education without having loads of work experience.”

He applied and was accepted to Hard Work U.®

“I am truly blessed to attend College of the Ozarks. The fact that this college is willing to help students develop work skills and provide a quality education is absolutely amazing.”

Josiah’s first work assignment was The Keeter Center, the on-campus, award-winning restaurant and lodge facility.

“I loved interacting with guests and making them feel welcome.”

Josiah excelled at his workstation and transferred to the Admissions office, where he works today. His bright smile and positive attitude greet visitors.

“I am able to reinforce my interpersonal skills by answering phones and leading campus tours for prospective students.”

Josiah will graduate in 2019 with no debt. As a Business major, he already has a job offer in his field.

“My time here at College of the Ozarks has honestly been the best years of my life. I am inspired by the individuals supporting a school that cares so much about students like me.”

Senior, Business Major

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