Northwest students Jessica Herron and Gabe Waldrop have achieved the esteemed honor of being selected to receive the Lyceum Scholar Award from the University of Mississippi.
According to Ole Miss Admissions Counselor Amie Bernstein, the Lyceum Scholar Award is the University’s most prestigious transfer scholarship, and is awarded to only the top 15 community college students with a transfer GPA of at least 3.0 on at least 48 transferrable community college credit hours and an exemplary record of leadership and service.
The scholarship covers the full in-state tuition for two years. Bernstein called this year’s pool of applicants “outstanding,” with the average GPA of Lyceum Scholars being 3.89. All students selected are members of Phi Theta Kappa, the largest community college honor society.
A native of Charleston, Herron is a sophomore studying liberal arts at Northwest. She is the daughter of LaWanda Herron. She plans to major in English at Ole Miss in hopes of becoming an attorney.
“Finding out that I was awarded the Lyceum Scholarship was the most amazing moment of my life thus far,” Herron said. “I want to thank my Northwest family for their leadership and guidance, which has definitely contributed to me receiving this honor. From the instructors, to the staff, to the administrators, and to my peers, I just want to issue a heartfelt thank you for making these the best two years of my life.”
Waldrop is a sophomore from Senatobia studying mathematics at Northwest. He is the son of Dirk and Kristie Waldrop. He plans to continue studying mathematics at Ole Miss.
“I was pleasantly surprised to find I’d been picked for the scholarship,” Waldrop said. “I worked hard to be selected, and the entire experience has been very rewarding. I value my time at Northwest, and know these first two years were the right choice for me.”
For more information on pathways and programs offered by Northwest, visit northwestms.edu.