By Sharon Green
NYCLSA is pleased to announce that Tianna Hunt, a junior at Niagara County Community College, is the 2020 winner of our Promising Student Award. Tianna, a Liberal Arts & Science major, hopes to transfer to a four-year college to pursue a nursing degree.
Tianna, who returned to school after an eight-year absence, initially struggled. She credits her developmental reading class for "helping her tremendously" to prepare for her future classes. Tianna now has a 3.5 GPA and was accepted into Niagara County Community College's Honors Institute. See http://niagaracc.suny.edu/honors/.
Tianna was nominated for this award by NYCLSA member Pamela Lange, Reading and Honors Coordinator at Niagara County Community College. Pam was impressed that Tianna sought help from her instructors, other students, and reading tutors on campus. Pam praised Tianna's "tenacity and determination" in seeking the assistance she needed.
Pam pointed out that as a first-generation college student, Tianna has always needed financial support. NYCLSA is pleased to be able to help Tianna. She plans to use this $300 award to pay for the extra expense of an Honors course that is not part of her nursing program.
Thank you to NYCLSA members Maureen Maas-Feary of Finger Lakes Community College, Michelle Bogdan of Medaille College, and Lindsay Masters of Daemen College for serving as judges.