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Adopt-A-Student Program Recruits Students to Shaw

Adopt-A-Student
Pictured left to right: Alexis Bank, prospective student and Amber Phillips, Shaw student.

June 17,2014  - Amber Phillips, a Shaw junior, is helping to recruit students to the University through the Shaw University Weldon-Seaboard Alumni Chapter’s "Adopt-A-Student" program. Through the program, the Chapter “adopts” incoming Shaw students. The students then give back by helping to recruit additional students to Shaw.

The purpose of the Adopt-A-Student program is to select a student from the Weldon-Seaboard area who is attending the University and provide them with financial support, encouragement and help as they navigate college life. The primary goal is to support the student through their entire time at Shaw.

In 2008, the Chapter established a Student Recruitment Committee and appointed alumna Schna Jeffers ‘97 as the chairperson. The following year, through the Student Recruitment Committee, the Chapter "adopted ts first Shaw student, Dorothy Chanté Davis, who graduated in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and with honors.

"We know the value of higher education and we endeavor to provide opportunities for area students to attend and to graduate from Shaw University," said Dr. John R. Jones ’66, president of the Weldon-Seaboard Alumni Chapter. “We want our students to eventually become active leaders in our local alumni chapter upon graduation. Students who graduate from HBCUs must have the spirit of giving back or contributing to their alma mater. We stress this with our students.”

Phillips, a kinesiotherapy major and a resident of Garysburg, NC, became the Chapter’s "Adopt-a-Student" in 2012.  She has been active with recruiting students to Shaw and participating in the Chapter’s annual Shaw Day service.