I have been a part of the Tennessee Tech family since 2010 and have earned two degrees from this awesome university (a B.S. in Psychology and an M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling).
Throughout the last seven years here, I have received scholarship funds from gracious donors that have helped me complete my undergraduate and master's degrees. I have also benefited from being involved with and working for the Office of Multicultural Affairs. The Office of Multicultural Affairs is largely responsible for my successful transition from high school to college. Being a part of their R.A.C.E. (Reaching Achievement and Committed to Excellence) mentoring program as a freshman allowed me to be in direct contact with older students who were successful in their respective programs and staff members who were willing to help me in any way possible. The R.A.C.E. program also offered tutoring and social events that ultimately promoted a healthy lifestyle while living on campus. Serving as a mentor for several years provided me with an opportunity to improve my leadership skills while being a peer mentor to incoming freshmen.
After I completed my undergraduate program in 2014, I was able to apply for and earn the graduate assistantship within their office. This was critical for my education because without it, I would have needed student loans to pursue my master's degree. Due to time constraints and an internship that would require me to work at last 20 hours a week, I knew that I would eventually have to relinquish my position with the Office of Multicultural Affairs. I applied for and was granted a full Minority Fellowship. This covered the cost of tuition and fees. I was also fortunate enough to be selected as a recipient of the James R. and Mevolyn D. Haston Education Scholarship. This particular scholarship was large enough to cover the full cost of my books for my final fall and spring semesters of graduate school.
The gracious donations from Tennessee Tech's alumni and friends have played a vital role in my ability to afford and complete my master's degree. I will forever be grateful for their contributions and look forward to being able to help students in the future by giving back to TTU.