CSCC’s Deal Receives Point Foundation Scholarship

Friday, July 14, 2017
CSCC student Justin Deal received a 2017 Point Foundation Scholarship
CSCC student Justin Deal received a 2017 Point Foundation Scholarship

CSCC student Justin Deal received a 2017 Point Foundation Scholarship. Out of 2,000 applicants, Deal was one of 52 scholarship recipients total, and only 25 of those were community college scholarship recipients.  

The Point Community College Program Foundation inspires LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer) community college students to fulfill their ambitions of attending a four-year college or university. Students accepted into this program will receive up to $3,700 tuition scholarship, admissions counseling, coaching and financial education at the Point Community College Transfer Symposium in Los Angeles and access to the Point Foundation network of LGBTQ scholars, more than 300 alumni and many others dedicated to seeing LGBTQ students succeed.

“Justin is an outstanding student and leader on our campus,” stated Dr. Bill Seymour, CSCC president. “I am proud of his accomplishments and this national recognition.”

Dr. Victoria Bryan, Honors Program director / assistant professor of English, stated, “I’m unbelievably proud of Justin. He is the first member of our honors program who has earned a national scholarship and the only person in Tennessee who won a scholarship from this organization this year.” 

According to Dr. Bryan, the application process was lengthy and included several rounds of questionnaires and interviews. “Justin and I worked on several drafts of his application and statement of purpose. He completed this process all while running for Student Senate President, applying for the Presidential Honors Scholarship, completing the Honors Learning Community, applying to speak on a panel at the National Collegiate Honors Council Conference in Atlanta and maintaining his GPA as a pre-medical professions major.”

During his interview process, Mr. Deal was asked to provide a one minute video telling about someone who inspired him, and he chose to do his video on Dr. Bryan.

“I love how she is so outgoing and willing to help students,” stated Mr. Deal. “She always goes the extra mile and dedicates so much time to the honors program and the Allies program on campus. She is always creating social outlets for students to be a part of.”

Mr. Deal continued, “I was shocked and humbled to receive this scholarship. To know that 2,000 students applied, and only 25 community college students received this scholarship made me very grateful to have been chosen.”

After CSCC, Mr. Deal plans to transfer to UTC to take advantage of the articulation agreement between CSCC and UTC for the honors program. He plans to complete a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing and later transfer to the University of Memphis to pursue medical school.



Lee University Student Accepted To Disney College Program

Lee University’s Kellen Gifford, a junior digital media studies major with a cinema emphasis, is spending eight months in the Disney College Program, based at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fl.   The DCP provides students the chance to take personal and career development courses, network with leaders, and build communication and teamwork skills.  Mr. Gifford ... (click for more)

Lee University English Students Attend Tennessee Williams’ Play, Tour

Dr. Andrew Lee, professor of English, and Dr. Donna Summerlin, assistant chairperson of the Lee University Department of Language and Literature, took students from Lee’s Theories of Reading and Writing class to Tennessee Williams’ play “The Glass Menagerie” at the Chattanooga Theatre Center.  “I’m so thankful for this opportunity and the ability to experience it with peers ... (click for more)

Federal Lawsuit Dismissed In Officer-Involved Shooting Of Javario Eagle

Federal Judge Sandy Mattice has dismissed the lawsuit filed in the officer-involved shooting death of Javario Eagle on Dec. 12, 2015. Attorney Jamie Parks Varnell of the firm of Davis and Hoss said, " Judge Mattice found the five Chattanooga Police Department officers’ use of deadly force to be reasonable in this case. "The jury trial was set for May 8 and was scheduled ... (click for more)

$10,000 Reward Offered For Unsolved Murder Of Janet Newman In 1984

An anonymous donor is contributing $10,000 to the reward fund in the unsolved case of Janet Newman.  Someone killed Ms. Newman 11 days before Christmas in 1984 as she worked alone inside Cannon Towel and Linen on Brainerd Road. When Ms. Newman’s boss returned from running errands in the middle of the afternoon of  Friday, December 14 , he found Ms. Newman’s ... (click for more)

A Tribute For My Brother – Sgt. Jonathan Gardner, U.S. Army

Seven years ago today, my family and I found out that my brother, Sgt. Jonathan D. Gardner, was seriously injured by a roadside bomb, (explosively formed penetrator - EFP), while on a mission in Kuwait. The EFP went through the bottom of his seat and put a softball size hole in his upper thigh. The doctors said that if the bomb had entered the Humvee an inch to the right, he ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Our Teacher's Pay Cut

The Hamilton County School Board will hold a “working session” Thursday afternoon as steps continue to formulate the FY2019 budget and it is a frightening process in a badly-broken system. Everybody knows it is equally embarrassing and after watching teachers who “have had enough” go on strikes in Oklahoma, West Virginia and Kentucky this spring, I guarantee you that Tennessee is ... (click for more)