Cameron University has named 25 freshmen Presidential Leaders & University Scholars (PLUS) for the 2014-15 academic year. The PLUS program, now in its 34th year, is designed to reward students who have demonstrated academic excellence and outstanding leadership capabilities while in high school and to teach these students skills that will prepare them for dynamic leadership roles in their respective careers.
“We are happy to welcome these outstanding students as PLUS scholars, Cameron’s most prestigious scholarship program,” says Jennifer Pruchnicki, Director of Student Development. “Over the next four years, these students will participate in a variety of activities aimed at preparing them for leadership positions throughout their lifetime.”
This year’s recipients come from across Oklahoma and combine a breadth of leadership and community service experiences. In addition to receiving scholarship packages worth more than $20,000, students selected for the program take part in a four-year leadership development program aimed at developing excellent citizens and professionals.
Students are chosen each year based on an application process that focuses on leadership experience, involvement in the community, grade point average, ACT/SAT scores, an essay on the topic of leadership and a formal interview.
PLUS scholars receive leadership training that helps them make the transition from high school to college, learn leadership theory, communication skills, group dynamics and problem solving. In later years of the program, the focus shifts to presentation skills and preparation for beginning a career with such workshops as résumé writing, interviewing and making wise career decisions.
The 2014-15 PLUS class members who have authorized release of their names are listed by hometown and graduating high school. Each student’s intended area of study is also included.
Jonathan Drake, Biology
Travis Burch, Physics
Mitchell McLaury, Accounting
Kacie Scroggins, Sociology
Brooklyn Sullins, Biology
Jared Tahah, Sports and Exercise Science
Sarah McGarr, Psychology
Community Christian School, Oklahoma City:
Natalie Wimer, Mathematics Education
John Tidwell, Chemistry
Emily Booker, Chemistry
Synthia Cunningham, Biology or Psychology
Kylie Erricson, Elementary Education
Taegan Gatlin, Education
Jeein Yoon, Biology
Nicholas Bryant, Accounting
Joy Burton, Biology
Shelbey Dismuke, Undecided
Taylor Ledford, Biology
Abigale Hooper, English Education
David Coffey, Chemistry
James Barker-Murphey, Biology
Elizabeth Good, Communication
Makenna Brown, Undecided
Colin Graham, Agriculture
Cassidy Johnson, Elementary Education
For more information about Cameron’s PLUS program, go to www.cameron.edu/plus.
August 6, 2014