First-Generation Students

Home Depot Exec and Georgia State Alumna Ann-Marie Campbell Shares Lessons from Experience

 

Ann-Marie Campbell’s rise from Home Depot cashier to president of the company’s Southern Division is a classic American Dream story, but she always mentions that it didn’t happen without help — or an occasional push to think bigger.

“I’ve always been a confident person, so when there have been times that I’ve lacked confidence,… more »

Noah Yasarturk Doesn’t Back Down from an Intellectual Challenge

The Presidential Scholarship is among the top awards an incoming Georgia State student can receive. In addition to covering full tuition, fees and on-campus housing for four years, it provides stipends for living expenses and study-abroad programs. It also includes automatic acceptance to Georgia State’s Honors College, which offers smaller classes, specialized advising and… more »

School’s Never Out for Patricia Oliver

On a beautiful spring afternoon in downtown Atlanta, as students stroll through Woodruff Park thinking about how they’ll soon be done with college, Priscilla Oliver is talking about how she loved studying so much that she chose to go back for additional degrees.

“I didn’t know it at the time,” Oliver says of her early… more »

After Years of Hardship, Mallorie Jones Gets to Celebrate

Mallorie Jones has been on a hot streak lately. A recipient of the Women’s Philanthropy Initiative Scholarship, she became part of the first generation in her family to graduate from college when she earned her B.S. in psychology from Georgia State — with honors — on May 9. And less than a… more »

Lawrence W. Green and Judith M. Ottoson: Public Health “is Part of Our DNA”

Dr. Judith Ottoson’s first experience in public health was working as a home visit nurse in Oceanside, Calif.

“I would to go to people’s houses,” she recalls. “One house after another house after another house. I knew the individual stories in each of those houses.”

She learned about the struggles of the working mom with… more »

President Obama Cites Georgia State Retention Grants at White House Summit

President Barack Obama praised Georgia State University on Dec. 4 for helping more college students find pathways to graduation in a speech at the White House’s second College Opportunity Day of Action.

Obama cited Georgia State’s success with Panther Retention Grants, small grants that cover student balances to keep them in class, in his address… more »

Ranjita Nair: A Fiji Islander Making a Difference at Georgia State

If offered the chance to travel to the South Pacific, most people in Atlanta would jump at the opportunity. For Georgia State senior Ranjita Nair, though, her most memorable life experiences came about because of a trip in the opposite direction.

A native of the Fiji islands, Nair came to the United States in 2009… more »

Georgia State Has Largest, Most Diverse Freshman Class, Highest Honors Enrollment

For the ninth consecutive year, Georgia State University has set a record for its largest enrollment, growing in size, diversity and quality. At 3,370, the freshman class has grown by 8 percent since last year, with a record high school grade-point average of 3.4. Georgia State’s total enrollment stands at a record 32,842 as of… more »

Georgia State U. Is Ranked The Sixth Leading ‘Up and Coming’ University in Nation

Georgia State University has again been recognized as one of the most innovative and rapidly improving institutions in the nation, according to the 2015 “America’s Best Colleges” edition of U.S. News & World Report magazine.

The publication ranked Georgia State 6th in the country among the top “up and coming” universities, a list of schools… more »

Rosa Felix Counts Her Blessings — and Aims to Share Them with Others

To understand the challenges Rosa Felix overcame to attend Georgia State, you can’t just visit her current home in Acworth or her birthplace in California. You have to drive about eight hours southwest of Laredo, Texas, to the Mexican state of Zacatecas, where she spent the first six and a half years of her life.

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