They were high school standouts: each had impressive SAT scores, top-of-the-class high school ranks and high-weighted GPAs. They were involved in and out of the classroom and they demonstrated curiosity about their studies and the world around them. They also demonstrated interest in joining NC State’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences.
Thanks to contributions to the CHASS Enhancement Fund, the college was able to offer these outstanding students an added incentive to become members of the Class of 2016. CHASS awarded its first Dean’s Scholar Awards to four incoming freshmen: Anita Adams, a psychology major from Garner; Allen Kishpaugh, a communication major from Hertford; Stephanie Milosh, an English major from Sanford; and Brianna Teague, a social work major from Raleigh.
CHASS Dean Jeff Braden met with the student scholars over lunch recently. Afterwards, Stephanie Milosh said she understood the value of the award and the message it conveys. “I know that people in the university have invested in my education and have faith that I will succeed in my endeavors,” she said.
Dean Braden was unequivocal in his support of the new scholarship program. “While many of our merit scholarships support students after they come to us, we wanted to encourage the best and brightest to make NC State and CHASS their first choice,” he said. “After meeting with our first crop of Dean’s Scholars, I’m convinced we’re on the right path. These students will make us proud.”
This is the first academic year CHASS has offered the non-renewable Dean’s Scholar Award for incoming CHASS freshmen. The college expects to award it again next year and plans to expand the number of recipients.
By Kristie Demers, CHASS Communication Intern