LBW’s Hart, Taylor named Presidential Transfer Scholars

Published 3:02 pm Friday, April 18, 2014

LBW Community College named two transfer students as Community College Presidential Scholars, a distinction earned by high academic achievement and a competitive selection process.

The University of Alabama offers a full tuition scholarship and Auburn University Montgomery (AUM) offers a full tuition and fees scholarship for two years for one outstanding LBWCC graduate selected by LBW’s president.

The recipients of these prestigious Presidential Scholarships this year are Alexandra Hart of Andalusia for the University of Alabama, and Brett Taylor of Greenville for AUM.

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“We are proud of these high-performing students who are receiving full scholarships for two years of study at these institutions,” said LBWCC President Dr. Herb Riedel.

Hart intends to pursue a Bachelor of Social Work before pursuing a Master’s Degree in the field, ultimately fulfilling her dream of becoming a “safe haven for neglected or troubled children,” she said.

“My passion is children. I hope to become an advocate for mistreated children and build relationships with those desperately needing love and care,” Hart said.

Hart transfers with a 3.68 GPA on a scholarship valued at $17,200. While at LBWCC, she served as an Ambassador; was named to the President’s List and Dean’s List; served as vice-president of Saints Angels; was inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society; named to “Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges;” and received scholarships from the Andalusia Junior Women’s Club and American Legion Women’s Auxiliary.

Taylor, with a 3.921 GPA, is the first student to benefit from the new Presidential Scholarship, a part of the LBWCC – AUM partnership formed in January and valued at $17,500.

He will pursue a Bachelor of Science Degree in political science before enrolling in law school.

“I plan to become the best attorney in our country,” he said. “This scholarship is one of the most life-changing events in my life. It allows me to attend one of Alabama’s best schools without having to worry about debt after graduation.”

At LBWCC, he was a member of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society; named to the President’s List and Dean’s List; received the Distinguished Transfer Honor Student Award; achieved the Highest Average Award in English Composition II; received the  LBWCC Foundation’s Dr. Michael Daniel Memorial Scholarship; and was named to “Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.”

Hart will receive an Associate in Arts degree and Taylor will receive an Associate in Science degree when they participate in LBWCC’s graduation ceremony at 7 p.m. on May 9 at the Kiwanis Community Center in Andalusia. The event is open to the public. For more information, call 334-222-6591.