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CCCCD Student Receives Scholarship

CCCCD Student Receives Scholarship

JULY 19, 2002 - Dena Pritchett, who recently graduated magna cum laud with an Associate of Arts degree, received a full scholarship to Southern Methodist University in the fall. At her new university, she plans to pursue a degree in international studies, finish a multimedia degree, and continue on to graduate school.

While a student at Collin County Community College District, Pritchett maintained a GPA of 3.960. She was twice named to the school's dean's list, she worked as an assistant in various labs, and she completed four different courses in two different disciplines to receive special recognition from the Honors Institute.

"Dena Pritchett could have gone to any college she wanted," said Kay Mizell, director of the Honors Institute, "but for a variety of reasons, she chose CCCCD. Our rigorous programs, like the Honors Institute, are designed for high-academic performers like her."

The Honors Institute is a campus organization dedicated to promoting the advantages of higher education by offering a challenging cross-discipline curriculum. Honors coursework may involve simultaneous classes in human genetics, world literature, American government and ethics, taught by many of the college's top professors.

"I found the honors courses both exhilarating and enriching," said Pritchett. "I would like to thank the faculty of CCCCD for their unrelenting support and encouragement in my pursuit of academic excellence."

Last spring, Pritchett was one of over 200 students in the Communications and Humanities division to be honored at the annual CCCCD Emerging Scholars reception. Such students are recognized for their commitment to learning, their demonstration of talent, and for their potential to succeed. Character and integrity are just as important as grades.