Tuesday, April 02, 2013
SC State University’s annual spring Honors and Awards Convocation will be held on Tuesday, April 2, 2012 at 3 p.m. in the Smith-Hammond-Middleton (SHM) Memorial Center. During the event, which carries the theme, “Pursuing Academic Excellence,” student scholars who have achieved academic excellence throughout the 2012-2013 academic term will be formally recognized.
The annual Honors and Awards Convocation was designed to honor SC State University students who have distinguished themselves in scholarship and service. These distinctions are recognized through the attainment of presidential pins, academic scholarships and awards.
The Presidential Scholar Awards, the highest academic awards presented during the Honors and Awards Convocation, were initiated in 1977 by Dr. M. Maceo Nance Jr., the fifth president of SC State University. The underlying objectives for establishing the awards were to encourage those who demonstrate academic excellence to maintain and achieve higher levels of academic pursuits, to provide symbolic recognition via the Presidential Pin, and to provide an incentive to all students to achieve academic excellence.
This year’s convocation speaker is Tim Scott, a United States senator representing the great state of South Carolina. His story is of one of hard work, education, success, and the American Dream. Growing up poor in a single parent household in North Charleston, Scott watched his single mom work 16 hour days as a nurse’s assistant to keep him and his brother afloat.
As a freshman in high school, Scott nearly failed out, flunking four classes. That year though, he met a mentor named John Moniz who shared his conservative values and guidance, and with the discipline his mother already gave him, he began the process of turning his life around.
The lessons gleaned from his mentor still guide the senator today: financial independence is a stepping stone for doing anything you want to do in life. Having a job is a great thing, but creating jobs for others is an amazing thing. Having a strong set of values and faith are the cornerstone to all other success in life. You can think your way out of poverty, and whatever your situation, hard work and perseverance will always provide you a way up and out.
Scott’s goal is simple: to positively affect the lives of a billion people. That path has taken him from building a successful small business, to Charleston County Council, the South Carolina Statehouse, and the United States House of Representatives. In January of 2013, Scott was sworn in as United States senator from South Carolina.