It can be said with some degree of accuracy that Ellenwood’s Tracye Lamar has been studying at Clayton State University since she was 12 years old. It could also be said that Lamar, one of the University’s 2012/13 Presidential Scholars, has virtually grown up at Clayton State.
While it’s true that few 12 year olds attend college, Lamar has both been familiar with Clayton State, and has been one who has studied at Clayton State, ever since she was the age of the average middle schooler.
“I was initially attracted to Clayton State and its beautiful campus as a 12 year old. At that time, my sister, Tyra, was a dual enrolled student,” she explains. “While she attended classes, I, a home-schooled student, would study in the Center for Academic Success and the Baker University Center, as well as other locations around campus.”
Having put her time to good use while her sister was attending Clayton State under the Dual Enrollment program, Lamar continued her relationship with the University, even before earning one of the six 2012/13 Presidential Scholarships. First, she participated in a nursing camp sponsored by the Clayton State School of Nursing, and later she, too, became a dual enrolled student, attending Clayton State prior to graduating this past spring from the Heritage Classical Study Center. Thus, she has indeed virtually grown up at Clayton State.
“(The) nursing camp… help(ed) me solidify my choice of nursing as a major,” she says. “I eagerly anticipated the day when I could attend Clayton State.”
It’s probably safe to say that more than a few faculty and staff at Clayton State anticipated the day when Lamar would join the ranks of the regular student body as well, especially after she was named a member of Alpha Lambda Delta, the first-year student honors society while she was still dual enrolled. Founded in the spring of 1924 at the University of Illinois, Alpha Lambda Delta is a national honor society that recognizes and encourages academic excellence among first-year students. Membership in Alpha Lambda Delta is open to full-time freshman students who earn a scholastic average of 3.5 or better at a four-year college or university.
Given her unique background, it’s no surprise that Lamar was chosen as one of this year’s Presidential Scholars, a group that, by definition, are exceptional. The Presidential Scholars program consists of six, four-year presidential scholarships that continue annually. With the program having started in the fall of 2010, Lamar is one the members of the third “class” of Presidential Scholars. As Presidential Scholars for the 2012/13 Academic Year (encompassing the fall and spring semesters), Lamar and her fellow scholars will receive a $3,000 University Grant, a Housing Grant, and a $250 Bookstore Award, for an annual award of just under $9,000.
Even prior to her Presidential Scholarship, Lamar tutored high school and college classmates and was involved in a variety of charity projects, including Helping Everyone Around the Region Together (HEART), the Atlanta Women and Children’s Day Shelter, and the Atlanta Food Bank. She expects to continue that level of involvement as a nursing major at Clayton State.
“My dream for college is to excel in my classes, meet new friends, develop leadership skills, and continue campus and community involvement,” she says.