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.



Cleveland City Schools' Activities For Week Of Sept. 25

Cleveland High School and the Denning Center celebrate College App Week. The goal is for seniors to complete at least one college application and one scholarship during this week. All students and faculty are encouraged to wear their favorite college shirts. At CHS, there will be prize drawings for all grade levels wearing their favorite college gear. Seniors who show proof they ... (click for more)

Cleveland State Faculty And Staff Receive Degrees

The following faculty and staff at Cleveland State Community College have received degrees. Stanley Bryant has received an Associate of Applied Science, General Transfer, from CSCC.  Kimberly Harrington has received a Master’s Degree in Mathematics from University of Tennessee at Knoxville.  Sandy Whetmore, has received a Ph.D. in Early Childhood Education from Northcentral ... (click for more)

State Finds Photos Of Guns Used In Lookout Valley Murders On Morse's Phone, But Defense Says It Got Evidence Too Late

Prosecutors said Monday that there were six photos on the phone of Derek Morse of guns tied to the murder of three people at a Lookout Valley trailer park. However, defense attorney Dan Ripper said the phone should have been checked out years ago - not on the eve of the trial. He said he got the photos last Monday - the day before jury selection began. Prosecutor Lance ... (click for more)

Opportunity Zone Begins Effort To Transform 12 Low-Performing County Schools

The Hamilton County Department of Education announced the new Opportunity Zone team that officials said "will ensure every student is post-secondary ready." The schools in this zone are: Brainerd High, The Howard School, East Lake Middle Academy, Dalewood Middle, Orchard Knob Middle, Barger Academy of Fine Arts, Calvin Donaldson Environmental Science Academy, Clifton Hills ... (click for more)

Titans Hide In The Locker Room

This Sunday, as has been widely reported, the Tennessee Titans and the Seattle Seahawks both chose to remain in their respective locker rooms during the playing of the National Anthem at Nissan Stadium.  Besides the fact that the NFL game operations manual has a rule regarding player behavior during the playing of the National Anthem which requires them to stand at attention ... (click for more)

Roy Exum - ‘Let’s Talk Real Life’

In mid-November of 2015, the Missouri football team very unwisely went on strike. A black student had refused to eat until a list of racially-based demands were met. Some on the football team were sympathetic and it quickly morphed into the biggest catastrophe in the annals of higher education. The university would lose hundreds of millions, athletic donations dropped 72 percent, ... (click for more)