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Emerging Scholars Program Celebrates Student Success Who Face Academic Challenges

October 31, 2014

Don Dixon  
Donald Dixon, left, STLCC fine arts student, was recognized
as an Emerging Scholar by Interim President Roderick Nunn.
Dixon was also awarded a $500 scholarship for his efforts.

The third annual Emerging Scholars Banquet was held Oct. 22 at St. Louis Community College-Forest Park, celebrating 26 students’ success in overcoming academic challenges.

Emerging Scholars is a districtwide program to recognize students for completing at least two or more developmental courses and continuing on to successfully complete 12 or more college-level credit hours while maintaining a grade-point average of 3.5 or above in their course work. 

The STLCC-Forest Park program awarded one $500 scholarship to Donald Dixon. Dixon is pursuing an Associate in Fine Arts degree and plans to transfer to the University of Missouri-St. Louis to study journalism and photography. He decided to change his life completely at age 52 to live “outside his comfort zone.” Dixon gave up “swinging a hammer” for a living and returned to school to follow his passion of creating.

FP Emerging Scholar  
Quyen Huynh, left, STLCC student, was recognized at the
Forest Park Emerging Scholars banquet held Oct. 22 in the
Student Center Cafeteria.

“The Emerging Scholars program is a great way to recognize beginning students. It is a way to encourage our students to continue their hard work. I believe it is an excellent way to express our value for students who are doing the right things for their education,” said Ame Mead-Roach, dean of the Humanities and Social Studies division at STLCC-Forest Park.

A committee prepares a list of eligible students, who are then invited to apply to become an Emerging Scholar. The application asks students to describe their education and career goals, community service and extracurricular activities. Students are also encouraged to identify a mentor who has been supportive to them at STLCC-Forest Park on their application.

Anyone interested in donating to the program can contact the St. Louis Community College Foundation at 314-539-5472.