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Trio Student Support Services 2020-2021 Participants 

  Angelica Watts   See the source image

Angelica Watts is a graduating senior with a 3.48 GPA. She is this years recipient of  our Trio Student Support Services Outstanding Student of the Year Award.  This award is given to a different TRIO SSS student each year not merely based on their academic achievement, but their growth in the program and determination to reach their goals in spite of obstacles faced.  Angelica is  a non-traditional student who had been out of high school several years before she decided to embark on the journey of higher education.  On her journey she has encountered  numerous challenges that have forced her to learn how to balance life.    Life the consists of full time work , full time school and maintaining academic excellence.  A challenge that she met head on and never gave up no matter how difficult it became.  She was determined to her goal of completing her studies here at Lawson.  Her journey is he true picture of GRIT and determination.  We are so proud of her success and are excited to see what the future holds for her as she matriculates to UAB to major in Kinesiology in Exercise Science.

   LaRon Shackleford  

LaRon Shackleford
is a graduating senior majoring is Physics with a 3.93 GPA.  "Delayed But not Denied" would be a fitting title to describe LaRon's journey to higher education.  Discouraged at his first attempt at college he delayed his return for many years.  His story is one of  drive, determination and a desire to provide a better life for him and his family.  Since returning to college he has hit the ground running and hasn't stopped.  He has been an active participant in Trio Student Support Services and a member of The Honors College. This academic year has been one for the record books for Laron receiving numerous awards such as the Honors College Pillars of Excellence Award; Pre- Engineering/Physics Outstanding Student Award; The STEM Rise Award; Dean of Students' Award; and Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society Award.  But the accolades don't stop there, he has also received several scholarships such as the 2020 Oberndof Lifeline to Completion Scholarship; Alabama All Academic Scholarship; STEM Scholarship from Samford University and a Presidential Scholarship from Birmingham Southern.  We are sure there is will be more to come before his graduation this summer. We commend him on all of his accomplishments and look forward to what he is going to do in the future as he matriculates to either Samford University or Birmingham Southern.


  Trio Student Support Services Alumni 

  Angela Smith    

Trio Student Support Services Bessemer Campus Alumni Angela Smith has really been soring since she graduated from Lawson State Community College.  Since she left the comfort of LSCC she has earned a BS in Social Work from The Montevallo University, a Master's Degree in Social  Work From the University of Alabama and now is working on her PHD in Social Work at the University of Alabama.  Angela is a non-traditional, first generation college student who despite all of the odds decided to go to college after being out of high school for a lengthy period of  time. With grit and determination, she is not just the first in her family to attend college, but the first to  graduate with  not just one degree , but with four degrees ( Associate's, Bachelor's, Mater's and a PHD).  With each accomplishment we celebrate her drive and determination.  She  has now been named to the Prestigious SREB Fellowship. https://socialwork.ua.edu/blog/smith-named-to-prestigious-sreb-fellowship/

 Matthew Bayliss See the source image 

TRIO Student Support Services Bessemer Campus Alumni Mathew Bayliss has been busy since he graduated from Lawson State Community.  He is currently a Junior at Stillman College majoring  in Collaborative Special Education.  His current GPA is 3.86.    All of Matthew's hard work has paid off  as he was recently inducted into the Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society.  Since the Pandemic Matthew has been attending classes online, but has intentions to return to campus in the fall.  We are so proud of Matthew's accomplishments and look forward to his anticipated graduation in 2023. 

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TRIO Student Support Services Bessemer Campus Alumni Rodney Williams is a graduating Senior at Auburn University with a 3.0 GPA.  He has completed a 5 year Architecture program and will be graduating on May 1, 2021 with (2) two Bachelor's Degree's one in Interior Architecture and the other in Architecture.  During his time at Auburn University he had the opportunity to study abroad in Italy.  While there he was able to travel to other countries and immerse himself in their architecture, culture and food.  Rodney is a First Generation college student who has defied the odds and overcome obstacles to reach this major milestone. We are so proud to have been able to be a part of his journey and wish him much success in the future.  WAR EGALE!!!!        

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