The Honors Program Scholarship is Clayton State University’s main academic scholarship for entering freshmen and students entering their junior year of college.
In addition to receiving a monetary award, students selected for the limited number of Honors Scholarships such as the Women's Forum and J. E. Edmonds Scholarship enjoy the wide array of benefits offered to all students in the Honors Program, including special course sections reserved for Honors students, priority registration, mentoring and career planning. They also offer students a variety of competitive institutional academic scholarships that are mostly based on merit, and some on financial need. Scholarships are awarded competitively based on academic achievement and participation in extracurricular activities.
There have been many Clayton State students that have received these scholarships, but one person in particular is Sundee Proctor, who has received both the Women’s Forum and The J.E. Edmonds Scholarship.
Proctor is a Stockbridge resident who was born in California, but has lived in Georgia since 1982. In her very rare free time she volunteers at Cotton Indian Elementary where she works in the media center.
Knowing that she could have a short commute was one small reason why Sundee chose Clayton State as her place of study. Another reason was knowing she would receive the academic support that she wanted and ultimately needed. As a former employee of the Center for Academic Success on campus, Proctor knew she would feel comfortable and would be able to obtain her desired degree that would provide her with more than just an entry-level job.
“The quality of the education program was also a HUGE factor for me,” she says. "Plus, I loved working on campus so how could I not choose to be a student at Clayton State?"
Along with being accepted into the Honors Program, she is a member of Alpha Lambda Delta, Golden Key, Sigma Tau Delta and the Non-Traditional Student Organization. As a non-traditional student, Proctor finds the Honors Program rewarding.
“I think the non-traditional students bring a lot of life experience and differing views to the table wherever we go, especially to the Honors Program,” she says.
Proctor believes the scholarship program is a great opportunity for students to be able to attend college that may not be able to do so without assistance. The scholarships she has received have allowed her to remain in school and be a co-author of a qualitative research project directed by Dr. Mari Ann Roberts, assistant professor of Teacher Education.
Proctor finds the professors at Clayton State an asset to the college as well as the Honors Program.
"We have amazing, caring, compassionate professors, who really desire to see us learn and succeed,” she says. "Most are deeply passionate about their subject matter and carry that passion to the classroom."
She notes she has also found the support needed from the student health clinic, counseling services, disability services and other departments around campus to be the unsung heroes of Clayton State and an enormous help to the education process.
Proctor advises students in the program or pursuing the program to push hard for A's. Not only does receiving good grades boost GPA, but it allows for a great resume that is ultimately needed and highly beneficial in the job searching process, she says.
"This is MY future, MY destiny, MY dream... all coming true through MY university... Clayton State."