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Psi Beta Student Laurel Jackson-Cook Wins McNair Scholar Recognition

My name is Laurel Jackson-Cook. I was the Psi Beta President for the Collin College Chapter from January 2011 – May 2012. I am writing to you to let you know that great things have been happening for me since I transferred to a four year university.  I am a current senior at the University of Texas San Antonio.

On September 10, 2013, I was sent an invitation via email, identifying me as belonging to a small hand-picked group of UTSA students who were qualified to apply for the Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program. UTSA only had 8 slots available with primary preference going towards Sophomores, then Juniors, and room for one Senior if necessary. After completing the application and participating in a couple of interviews, I was just notified that I was chosen as a McNair Scholar recipient.

The McNair Scholars Program prepares selected sophomores with at least 30 college hours, along with juniors and possibly even seniors aspiring to pursue doctoral studies. The Scholars Program exposes students to graduate work and research to improve their competitive edge to enter into graduate school programs. Their focus is providing low-income, first generation college students and/or students underrepresented in doctoral programs with the opportunities to gain the skills necessary to market themselves so that they can get into graduate and doctorial programs.  Since I am a Senior, I will be working at a fast pace to complete the requirements of the program. I know I am capable of the challenge because of my experiences as an officer in the Psi Beta National Honor Society.

Lastly, I would like to personally thank you and Jennifer O’Loughlin-Brooks, Collin College Chapter Advisor, for giving me the opportunity, through Psi Beta membership, to develop and excel in academic, leadership and community service skills needed to be considered for the McNair Scholarship. I will never forget my wonderful experiences with Psi Beta! I will keep you posted with my future accomplishments!

Best Regards,

Laurel Jackson-Cook


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