Each year, students from Sampson Community College are selected to be part of the Student Ambassador Program and serve as campus leaders by volunteering with various activities across the campus.
The selection committee has named this year’s recipients, six students who will now be a part of the leadership of student services and serve as the faces of the local college in promotional material.
According to Lisa Turlington, there were 14 students nominated for the honor this year, and the committee has chosen six to represent Sampson Community College. The 2017-18 ambassadors are Kamilah Gonzales, Sophia Miller, Nicole Spell, Gregory Scott Rackley, Brittany Andrew and Sabra Knowles.
Nominations are made by the staff and faculty of the college, and then those nominees are interviewed by the selection committee.
Becoming an ambassador is not easy. Students are required to be a current, full-time student who has completed at least one semester at SCC; be enrolled as a full-time students with a minimum of 12 credit hours who is in good academic standing; meet and maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5; and possess leadership qualities, good written, interpersonal and presentation skills.
“These Ambassadors are extremely determined and focused on the outcome of their future and they are immensely beneficial to not only the students, but the staff and faculty as well,” Amanda Raynor, SGA advisor, said about the recipients.
The Ambassador Scholarship Program was established by the Foundation in 2011. Ambassadors help with college-sponsored events including student registration and orientation, donor recognition events, graduation and other Foundation sponsored events. Each student who is chosen receives scholarship funding for fall 2017 and spring 2018 semesters to apply towards tuition, fees, supplies and books.
“I look forward to working with these interesting and dedicated students,” Turlington shared. “They have great energy and will be a tremendous asset to the college and to other students on campus.”
The Student Ambassador Program at Sampson Community College provides a unique opportunity for leadership development through service for the college, according to SCC president Dr. Paul Hutchins.
“SCC student ambassadors provide service to the college through a number of activities including conducting college tours, assisting at Foundation events and supporting student government activities,” Hutchins said. “We are fortunate to have this new group of outstanding students to serve in the 2017-2018 academic year in this important role at Sampson Community College.”
Additionally, ambassadors 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.
Gonzalez was nominated by Paul Wolf, psychology instructor. According to her nomination form, she meets all the criteria to be an ambassador, and exceeds most of them. She loves the college, and Wolf says it is evident that she is proud to be a student at SCC.
Andrew was nominated by Kim Davis, assistant to financial aid director. According to her nomination form, she is very eager to serve the community college in any capacity that is asked of her.
Rackley was nominated by Bruce Creech, former department chair. His nomination form says he works very hard and is very dedicated to the school and his education.
Knowles was nominated by Marleen Powell, director of financial aid. According to her nomination form, she works full time as a CNA at Duplin General Hospital and attends school full time. She has remained focused on her educational goal to become and LPN.
According to her nomination form, despite setbacks, Spell has worked very hard towards her goal of becoming a physical therapist.
Miller, who was nominated by Brandon Wiggins, Foundation assistant, is said to be highly motivated and works hard to maintain her high grades.
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