"Cor" Story: Pastoral Ministry Major, Brain Cancer Survivor Plans to Help Patients
The University of Dallas Cor Fund provides scholarships to hundreds of UD students. We are sharing some of their stories.
Donations to the Cor Fund come from alumni, parents and friends of UD.
Jonathan Cunningham, BA '17, is a brain cancer survivor, which is why he intends to
attend physician assistant school. He has spoken with medical professionals of various
specialties at St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, one
of the hospitals where he was treated after his diagnosis at four and a half years
old. These conversations have helped him realize that while he hopes to work with
cancer patients, his passion lies in working with the ill and the injured in general,
aiding in providing both comfort and healing.
Cunningham is a pastoral ministry major with a focus on pre-physician assistant school
and a concentration in Spanish. Having taken five years of Spanish in high school
and knowing many Spanish speakers in his home parish in Austin, it seemed the natural
choice to continue with this language at the college level, especially when he received
a Spanish scholarship from the Modern Languages Department.
Outside of class, Cunningham participates in the Campus Ministry Men's Group, Crusaders
for Life and Swing Club. Swing Club meets on Wednesday nights, which provides a nice
"It's a really fun community," Cunningham said of his fellow Wednesday night swing
Cunningham also plays the baritone and formed a brass ensemble in the spring 2014
semester along with three trumpet players and two French horn players. They performed
at the monthly Brown Bag Recitals held by the Music Department.
To round all of this out, Cunningham enjoys Ultimate Frisbee, and he is an Eagle Scout,
which has led to a love of camping. He has been camping in many spots around Dallas
Clearly, although Cunningham's career goal is to become a physician assistant, his
interests and skills are not limited to this area which is why UD is the perfect school
for him, with its liberal arts foundation that nourishes a well-rounded life.
"I decided to come to UD because of the great combination of academics, faith and
study abroad, as well as the community on campus," Cunningham said.
The Cor Fund assisted in paving Cunningham's way here, and his UD education will assist
in paving his way to a career in which he will be able to help others the way he was
helped as a child.