Jefferson State hosted a reception on July 20th to honor student Erin Georgia for her extraordinary academic achievement.
Georgia, of Trussville, was recently named as one of the top 20 community college students in the nation as a member of the 2016 USA Today Community College All-Academic Team.
During the reception, Georgia was presented a commendation letter from Governor Robert Bentley and resolutions from both the Alabama State Senate and House of Representatives.
Georgia, a former Marine who maintains a 4.0 GPA while married with three children, will complete studies at Jefferson State and begin at Samford University in the fall. She plans to complete her bachelor’s degree in organizational leadership, and then earn a master’s of divinity degree.
The college is especially proud of Georgia since the last USA Today All-Academic Team member from Jefferson State was Keith Brown, who now serves as Interim President of Jefferson State. Brown was named to the team 24 years ago while a student.
“I would not have received this honor without Jefferson State,” said Georgia. “I served in the Marines and was out of school for 15 years. I needed to take developmental math and I needed the personal support that Jefferson State provides. My instructors cared about me and they encouraged me to reach my goals.”
The USA Today Community College All-Academic Team honors students who display an outstanding combination of academic achievement and community service. The competition, which included more than 1,900 nominees from more than 1,000 community colleges across the U.S., evaluated students on grades, leadership, activities and their contributions outside of the classroom.
In addition to the All-USA Team, Georgia was also named Alabama’s Coca-Cola New Century Scholar. This program awards a scholarship to one student from each state with the highest All-USA Community College Academic Team application score.
Click on the images below for pictures taken during the reception: