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Alumna Kylie R. Hughes Gives with Global Fervor

Kylie Hughes

Recent alumna Kylie Hughes ('11) knows firsthand how Pepperdine changes lives. Although she graduated last spring with her bachelor's degree in advertising, four years earlier the local Malibu resident came to Pepperdine to pursue a degree in music, whose rigorous course requirements did not allow her to follow an ordinary undergraduate path where students study abroad in their second year. But Kylie's wanderlust made her determined to experience life overseas, so when she had the opportunity to study in Florence the summer before her senior year, she did not hesitate.

"Looking back on my time at Pepperdine, my experience abroad was one of the most defining moments of my four years," Kylie enthused. "I want every student lucky enough to attend Pepperdine to have the same unforgettable experience I did."

At only age 22, her predilection soon became an unshakable calling to change lives in the way her own life was changed. In December, Kylie decided to make a donation to Seaver College's International Program Fund, aiding students who want to follow in her Firenze footsteps. "When I decided to start tithing, I knew I wanted to give back to Pepperdine," Kylie reflected. "And I believe that Pepperdine's international programs are among the many places that God is working."

Kylie's gift will provide scholarship support for Seaver students to participate in Pepperdine's international programs around the globe. "Sensing the disappointment of friends who were unable to go abroad, I want my gift—and others like it—to provide the opportunity to any student with a desire to experience the world," said Kylie. "The gift was easy. Other than money, what do you have to lose? You're blessing someone else. I can't imagine anything better."