GPC Graduate Earns $1,500 Honors Scholarship

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A $1,500 scholarship will help Georgia Perimeter College graduate Tracy-Ann Griffiths continue taking honors courses when she arrives at Georgia Southern University in the fall.

Griffiths’ scholarship comes through an Honors Articulation Agreement between GPC and Georgia Southern that is designed to increase the number of students who leave the GPC Honors Program and wish to continue in the honors program at their four-year college.

An Honors Articulation Agreement is a type of transfer agreement, but comes with a scholarship, said Jeffrey Portnoy, the college-wide director of the GPC Honors Program.

Portnoy said GPC has had an agreement with Georgia Southern for several years and a number of students have received this scholarship in the past. However, he adds, Griffiths is exceptional.

“Tracy presented a paper written for my Honors British Literature I class at the 2011 Annual Meeting of the Georgia Collegiate Honors Council,” Portnoy said. “She also attended the conference in 2012. She’s talented, hardworking and dedicated.”

Griffiths said she chose to start at Georgia Perimeter because “I thought it would be smarter to take undergraduate courses where they were less expensive.”

She also took her first honors courses here.

“Honors courses are not so much about how hard the coursework is, but are more about engaging students,” Griffiths said. “You get so much more from an honors course. With an honors course you go more into depth and you just don’t read the author’s work, you learn more about the times they lived and the influences on their writings. I’m looking forward to continuing taking honors courses at Georgia Southern.”

Griffiths graduates from GPC this summer with an associate degree in business administration and a 3.8 GPA. She will major in fashion merchandising at Georgia Southern.

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