The college selected the following SCC students as scholars: Whitney Nicole Joyner of Dobson, Lindsay Erin Absher of Yadkinville, Amber Tanner Jones of Mount Airy, Holly Grace Hawks of Ararat,Va., and Carleigh Michelle Covert of King. These five students will participate in the ambassador program for the duration of the 2011-2012 academic year.
Each ambassador represents SCC at community functions, serving as the face of Surry Community College students. Ambassadors conduct campus tours, assist with student registration, guide dignitaries at college events, help coordinate the annual GED graduation, and undertake community service projects.
SCC’s student ambassador program was established in 1993, with new ambassadors chosen each academic year. Candidates are nominated by SCC faculty and go through a rigorous selection process. Each ambassador must hold a 3.0 cumulative grade point average.
“We’re really excited about the quality of the students serving as ambassadors,” said Scott Wilson, coordinator of the ambassador program. “They are already functioning as a cohesive unit and are outstanding student representatives for the college.”
Each of this year’s ambassadors has taken on multiple leadership roles in high school, college, and through charitable organizations. They have also balanced employment and involvement in extracurricular activities with their academic pursuits. Their experience allows them to represent the college in an official capacity and connect with prospective students.
This year’s group has already made a positive impact at the college, most recently speaking before a crowd of more than 600 high school students during last week’s College and Career Ready Fair at SCC.
The ambassadors will enhance their leadership skills by participating in a leadership development class offered through the college. The program provides ambassadors the opportunity to network with business, political, and civic leaders. The program also provides financial support to help with tuition and fees for each ambassador.
Surry Community College was founded in 1964 and is located in Dobson. As one of the state’s 58 community colleges, it serves Surry and Yadkin counties. Currently, Surry offers 30 degree programs, 17 diploma programs, and 24 certificate programs, with hundreds of continuing education courses and seminars. The college has a mission to promote personal growth and community development to a diverse population through excellence in teaching, learning, and service.