Flo Valley merging Scholar

Ishani Mitra, center, was named Emerging Scholar of the Year at St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley. Also pictured are Doris Graham, left, vice chair of the STLCC Board of Trustees, and Marcia Pfeiffer, right, STLCC-Florissant Valley president.

Eleven students recently were honored at the 18th Annual Emerging Scholars Banquet at St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley.

The Emerging Scholars for 2013 were Rachelle Abrams, Paula Burt, Michelle Byrd, Theneisha Carter, Alexander Flomo, Larry Greene Sr., NaTasha Henderson, Eric Johnson, Ishani Mitra, Jada Oliver and April Thomas.

Ruby Curry, acting vice president of academic affairs, served as guest speaker for the event. She said the Emerging Scholars program brings to life the work that the college does with students.

“The great faculty, staff and the many resources we offer to students make a difference. The program allows us to fulfill the college’s mission of expanding minds and changing lives,” she said.

Ishani Mitra was recognized as Emerging Scholar of the Year, while Michelle Byrd, NaTasha Henderson and Jada Oliver received the Merit Scholar Award.

The Emerging Scholars program was established in 1996 as a way to recognize academic excellence and challenge the long-held assumptions about the appropriateness of developmental courses at the college level.

The program aims to motivate underserved students to successfully overcome academic challenges while being involved in their community. In line with the college’s strategic priorities, this well-rounded program is designed to assist students in achieving college success and to graduate.

More than 50 percent of the Emerging Scholars have graduated since the program was initiated 18 years ago.

Emerging Scholars are students who complete coursework in two or more developmental areas: English, math, reading; successfully complete 24 or more credit hours in college-level coursework; and achieve a 3.5 or better grade-point average.

To date, 462 students have qualified for the program and more than $13,000 in scholarship funds have been awarded.

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