The SC State University Foundation honored four deserving students as ‘Shining Stars’ for their exceptional academic performance and commitment to service at its annual Scholarship Gala and Tribute. The event was held on Feb. 28. The award recipients for 2014 are: Brittany Beatty, a junior speech pathology and audiology major from Spartanburg, S.C.; Shakema Gailliard, a senior accounting major from Hugee, S.C.; Travis Gladden, a junior mathematics major from St. Matthews, S.C. and Deondre Glover, a junior civil engineering technology major from Orangeburg, S.C.
The ‘Shining Star’ distinction is awarded to students who maintain the highest grade point average in their academic college, demonstrate a commitment to serving others and possess strong leadership skills.
The Scholarship Gala and Tribute is the signature fundraising event for the university and the foundation. Donations are used to provide essential financial assistance to SC State University students.
Brittany Beatty, a junior speech pathology major from Spartanburg, S.C., is the daughter of Vernon and Gladys Beatty. She has one older sibling, Tiffany. Beatty is an alumnus of Spartanburg High School, where she was a member of the marching band, the girls track team and the volleyball team.
At SC State University, she is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., the Campus Activities Board, Speech Pathology and Audiology Club, Golden Key International Honor Society and the Honors College. While Beatty enjoys participating in the various groups and organizations to which she belongs, she also finds it rewarding to give back to the community.
After graduation, she aspires to attend graduate school and receive her master’s in speech-language pathology. She eventually hopes to work at a children’s hospital to provide speech therapy to children with speech impediments. Beatty believes that if you work hard you can and will achieve all. In her spare time, Beatty enjoys talking to friends, shopping and volunteering with various organizations.
Shakema Gailliard is a senior accounting major from Huger, S.C. In May 2014, Gailliard will obtain a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting. She is actively involved in six organizations, holding leadership positions in three. Throughout her years at SC State, Gailliard has amassed several accomplishments.
She is among the first to participate in the School of Business' newly established Leadership Institute. She is also the recipient of a financial executive award and a Wells Fargo Scholarship for $2,900. While Gailliard is committed to academic excellence, she devotes her time to community service. She collects and donates clothes to homeless shelters, tutors students and has volunteered for several community organizations.
Through her experiences, accomplishments and failures, Gailliard says she has developed tremendously, spiritually, socially and intellectually. She credits her growth in maturity and her confidence to be successful, both personally and professionally, to the opportunities that SC State has afforded her.
A native of St. Matthews, S.C., Travis Gregory Gladden is the son of Charles and Barbara Gladden. He has one brother, Nathan Gladden.
A right and left brain thinker, Gladden enjoys numbers and notes - music notes, that is. The mathematics major is a member of the SC State University Marching 101.
He serves as drum major, using his passion for leadership to direct the "best band in the land." In addition to being a stellar performer on the field, Mr. Gladden is an exceptional scholar.
He is a member of Kappa Delta Pi Honors Society, Golden Key Honors Society and the Honors College. In his spare time, he enjoys playing the trombone, reading, helping others and playing sports. In fact, when he attended Calhoun County High School, Gladden played football and baseball, for which he received numerous awards. Gladden lives by the quote, “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough,” a motto attributed to actress and singer Mae West.
Deondre Glover, a native of Orangeburg, S.C., is the son of Lorraine Glover and Glenn Glover. The oldest of two children, he is the big brother to his sister, Alexis, who attends Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School.
Glover is a junior pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering technology at SC State University. During his tenure at SC State, Glover has been actively involved in various campus organizations. He is a member of the Golden Key International Honors Society; National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE-treasurer); American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE-public relations chairman); Minorities in Agriculture Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS-parliamentarian); the SC State Student Government Association, where he serves as a senator; Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Business Fraternity Inc. and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
As a USDA/1890 National Scholar, Glover has had the opportunity to intern with the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Durango, Colorado.
After graduation, Glover plans to pursue a master's and doctoral degree in project management with a concentration in civil and environmental engineering at the management level. He lives by his motto, “Winners practice until they get it right, but champs practice until they can’t get it wrong.”