I am honored to be a recipient of the general staff scholarship for the 22-23 academic year. This scholarship will help offset the cost of coursework I am taking while pursuing an EdD in Higher Education from the Department of Education, Leadership, and Policy. The program will aid in my professional development in my staff role in the Honors College and teaching roles in the Honors College and Department in Communication. Above all, it will help me do what I am most passionate about: meaningfully connecting with students. It is my goal to use the knowledge gained from my studies to anticipate and be an advocate for the diverse needs of our students.