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UHD Senior Wins Alpha Lambda Delta Fellowship Award


By Emily Christiansen

National honor society Alpha Lambda Delta recently announced its fellowship awards for the 2019-20 year and granted University of Houston-Downtown senior Jasmine Major $3,000 to pursue her master's degree in Social Work.

Alpha Lambda Delta recognizes students’ success during their first year at institutions of higher education. The organization awards 26 graduate fellowships annually. Major was chosen from a national pool of applicants.

Major has been a member of Alpha Lambda Delta since 2016 and also participates with several other campus organizations. She served as president of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and helped them achieve Silver Star Status. Major is also involved with the University Honors program and is a peer mentor.

Major, a third-generation social worker, said she is thankful for this opportunity to continue her professional education

“As an out-of-state college student whose parents did not pursue higher education after completing high school, I take the opportunity for professional education very seriously,” she explained. “Professional education is not only mandatory for those seeking a career in social work, but it also provides a strong background in understanding human behavior, social systems, and how to conduct research involving human subjects.”

She believes in the importance of staying active on campus.

“Staying engaged creates so many opportunities to network and experience interacting with peers as well as gaining leadership experience," she said in a previous interview with UHD News. "We have a unique opportunity here at UHD because it's a smaller campus, which allows us to establish ourselves and shine.”

Dr. Mari Nicholson-Preuss, director of the University Honors Program, said that Jasmine's success at UHD can be attributed to her active participation in campus activities and organizations and her commitment to academic excellence.

“Jasmine has availed herself of every opportunity to make the most of her undergraduate education at UHD as an Honors student and honor society member," Nicholson-Preuss said. "Not only has she proven to be an exceptional scholar, but she has also demonstrated an impressive degree of talent as a student leader. I was very pleased to learn that Jasmine’s many achievements had been recognized by Alpha Lambda Delta. Her accomplishments reflect positively on UHD’s students and highlight the outstanding opportunities we provide for our high achieving undergraduates.”

Major is a third-generation social worker and has already been admitted to the University Of Houston Graduate College Of Social Work on a one-year clinical-track Advanced Standing program. She will graduate again in May 2020.

About the University of Houston-Downtown

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) – the second-largest university in Houston – has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974.

As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates more than 15,000 students; boasts more than 61,000 alumni and offers 45 bachelor’s, nine master’s degree programs and 16 fully online programs within five colleges (Marilyn Davies College of Business; Humanities & Social Sciences; Public Service; Sciences & Technology; and University College).

For the fourth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report ranks UHD among universities across the nation for Best Online Criminal Justice Programs (No. 27 and No. 15 for Veterans) and Best Online Bachelor’s Programs.

UHD has the most affordable tuition among four-year universities in Houston and one of the lowest in Texas. U.S. News ranked the University among Top Performers on Social Mobility and awarded UHD a No. 1 ranking as the most diverse institution of higher education in the southern region of the U.S. The University is noted nationally as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, Minority-Serving Institution and Military Friendly School. For more on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit www.uhd.edu.