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Mack selected as Academic All-Star

Oct 03, 2017

Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas (PCCUA) announces the selection of the student who represents the mark of excellence throughout its three-campus district. Madison Mack, of Stuttgart, has been named PCCUA’s new Academic All-Star.

                This scholarship program is designed to honor excellence in academics and leadership. Mack will be honored among other All-Star students chosen to represent each two-year college within Arkansas Community Colleges. Each recipient will be awarded a $500 scholarship toward completion of an associate degree and, upon graduation, will be eligible for a transfer scholarship from various public four-year universities in the state.

Currently pursuing a degree in criminal justice, Mack is described as intelligent and driven and is on track to graduate in spring, 2018, with both an A.A.S. degree in criminal justice and an A.A. degree in general education in just four semesters. She says PCCUA has broadened her life experiences through learning to listen and becoming more open to people and their thoughts and views.

“Going to a two-year college is very different from anything I have ever done before,” she said. “I have learned more in my classes by talking out loud with my teachers and classmates and having a conversation or discussion than by taking notes and copying down what is in my textbook.”

Carrying a 4.0 GPA, Mack’s focus and drive are what set her apart from other students. Her plans are to graduate from PCCUA and transfer to the University of Central Arkansas, where she will pursue degrees that will prepare her for a career with the FBI as a behavioral analyst or profiler.

Commending Mack as an outstanding student, PCCUA instructor Rosary Fazende-Jones described her as always up on her work and often working ahead.

            “Madison is also a quiet student leader on campus,” she added. “Her leadership skills are very fascinating.”

            PCCUA Director of School Relations Michelle Blasengame says Mack is a motivation and inspiration to other students.

“She is very intelligent, hardworking, and humble, and is always willing to help her fellow students,” said Blasengame.

To be eligible for Academic All-Star nomination, students must be currently enrolled in an Arkansas two-year college. To apply, the nominee must have completed at least 24 credit hours in pursuit of an associate degree. The student must also currently post a cumulative grade point average of not less than 3.25 out of a possible 4.0 in all credit coursework taken at that college. As part of the application process, students are also required to have letters of recommendation and write an essay.