intellects . They are curious young adults open to new ideas and experiences . It is a privilege to have them at Bluefield State .” In this year ’ s class are :
• Michael Acheampong ( Hometown : Jachie , Kumasi , Ghana ; Major : Computer Science )
• Mia Christ ( Hometown : Princeton , WV ; Major : Mechanical Engineering Technology )
• Daryl Green ( Hometown : Walterboro , SC ; Major : Humanities )
• Ava Jakich-Kunze ( Hometown : Moscow , Idaho ; Major : Pre-med )
• Patrice Sterling ( Hometown : Kingston , Jamaica ; Major : Computer Science )
• Peyton Whitt ( Hometown : Peterstown , WV ; Major : Mechanical Engineering Technology )
Several live in renovated brick cottages on campus that had , until the creation of the Honors College , been faculty residences . These cottages represent another dimension of Bluefield State ’ s residential renaissance .
“ They truly represent the best of students and student success at Bluefield State . Not only are they disciplined academically , but also talented athletes and creative intellects ... It is a privilege to have them at Bluefield State .”
- Dr . Sean P . Connolly , Professor of Humanities and Honors College Advisor
Honors students receive last-dollar scholarships that cover basic tuition , books and some fees . Students must maintain at least a 3.25 GPA to remain in the program .
In addition to their scholarships , students benefit from an enhanced academic curriculum tailored to their courses of study .
They also enjoy extracurricular enrichment opportunities . This semester they attended a public music performance in downtown Bluefield , an open-forum discussion with former members of Congress , and a lively discussion over the film , “ The Social Dilemma .”
Dr . Sean P . Connolly
The students shared what being admitted to the Honors College has meant so far .
Peyton Whitt : “ Coming from a small town , it ’ s offered me the opportunity to receive a topnotch education that I could not have received elsewhere .”
Michael Acheampong : “ It is such a great privilege to be among this small number of elite students . It has helped me focus on my academics without worrying about the financial challenges that come with attending college .”
Patrice Sterling : “ Growing up in Jamaica , I went through a lot of financial hardships . I did not want to be in debt after graduation , so a student loan was a no-no for me . Now I can finish my degree debt-free and be one step closer to my goal .”