Karen Nicholas to speak at Graduate and Research Opportunities Workshop

Thursday, April 22, 2010

SC State University’s Louis Stokes South Carolina Alliance for Minority Participation Program (SCAMP) will host the 2010 Graduate and Research Opportunities Workshop on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 4 p.m. in the Hodge Hall Auditorium, located on the campus of SC State University.

The guest speaker will be Karen Nicholas, president and CEO of the Educational Advancement Alliance, Inc. (EAA). Founded in 1990, The EAA is an educational non-profit organization that provides programs designed to supplement and enrich the educational environment and experiences of students in the School District of Philadelphia (SDP).  The organization works with institutions and individuals to establish and meet goals and objectives for higher educational attainment, beginning with the ability to read, and ending with strategies for obtaining terminal degrees.

“The purpose of our visit is to present a wonderful opportunity to students at SC State who are majoring in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines.  In an effort to increase the number of minorities in these highly skilled and technical fields, the Educational Advancement Alliance, Inc. secured a grant from the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) to fund fellowships for students who are graduating from Historically Black Colleges and Universities and who are interested in pursuing a master’s degree,” said Nicholas.

Educational Advancement Alliance, Inc. has assisted numerous students in their pursuit of educational attainment. Garret McDaniel, a recent graduate of SC State, will be accompanying Nicholas on her visit to the University. McDaniel was one of the initial cohorts of 40 fellows who began graduate school in fall 2009. In his first semester at New Jersey Institute of Technology, located in Newark, N.J. McDaniel, a transportation engineering major has recently been offered an internship this summer with USA Jet Airlines in Albuquerque, New Mexico. 

Dedicated to service, Nicholas has been involved with youth mentoring and education initiatives for more than twenty years, helping students like McDaniel succeed.  With a passion for enriching the minds of youth and preparing them for their future she serves as the higher education specialist for U. S. Congressman Chaka Fattah, representative of the 2nd congressional district of Pennsylvania. Nicholas also worked with high school students, parents, counselors, college admissions representatives and financial aid offices to provide assistance throughout the college application, acceptance and retention processes. 

Nicholas has held the position as the director of Constituent Services for Congressman Fattah, where she worked closely with the United States Department of Education.  She has also served as the director of the Fattah Conference on Higher Education. This is an annual conference designed to motivate and assist students with graduate and professional school opportunities.

Nicholas earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in finance management from Lincoln University of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, located in Chester County, Penn. She later received a Masters of Higher Education Administration degree from Rowan University, located in Glassboro, N.J.   Nicholas also attended the University of Delaware, located in Newark, DE. and has completed graduate coursework in Urban Affairs. Nicholas resides in Williamstown, N.J.

For additional information about the Graduate and Research Opportunities Workshop, contact Yolanda Drayton, SCAMP office coordinator, at (803) 536-8517.