The Sampson Community College Ambassador Scholarship Program was established by the Foundation in 2010 where traditionally, four students are selected each year to serve as official ambassadors for Sampson Community College and the Sampson Community College Foundation.
This year, the selection committee was so overwhelmed with the talent and skills of the nominees, seven students were selected to promote the message of SCC.
Ambassadors help with college-sponsored events including student registration and orientation, donor recognition events, graduation and other Foundation sponsored events. Students are nominated by SCC faculty and staff members, and then interviewed by the committee. Each receives scholarship funding for fall 2016 and spring 2017 semesters to apply toward tuition, fees, supplies and books.
Lisa Turlington, SCC’s Foundation Director is excited about the panel.
“After receiving a record number of nominations, our committee had the privilege of interviewing many of these nominees and was overwhelmed by these impressive student leaders,” said Turlington. “ I look forward to working with them this year on Foundation events and to seeing them grow personally and professionally in their new roles on campus.”
Becoming an ambassador is not easy. Each nominee must have successfully completed at least one semester at SCC prior to ambassadorship term, be enrolled as a full-time student in good academic standing and maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5. Turlington says other qualities the selection committee screens for are enthusiasm, motivation, creativity, friendliness and the possession of leadership qualities.
“The Student Ambassador Program at Sampson Community College provides a unique opportunity for leadership development through service for the College,” says Dr. Paul Hutchins, President of Sampson Community College. “Student Ambassadors are representatives of the college student body and the college as a whole. Our Ambassadors will interact and engage prospective students in the community to gain critical leadership skills, while also promoting Sampson Community College and its programs and services. They provide information and insight about the college as part of SCC Foundation events, recruitment, high-school visits, campus tours, special events, community service projects and speaking engagements. The SCC Student Ambassadors will enjoy the tangible benefits of opportunities to network with community and civic leaders and build their portfolio of experience needed as they look to their futures.”