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.
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 Dr. Juan Sánchez Muñoz. Annually, UHD educates more than 14,000 students; boasts over 50,000 alumni and offers 44 bachelor’s and eight master’s degree programs within five colleges (Marilyn Davies College of Business; Humanities & Social Sciences; Public Service, Sciences & Technology; and University College). In 2018, UHD grew its First Time in College student population by 11 percent and transfer students by 14 percent.
UHD has the most affordable tuition among four-year universities in Houston. It also is ranked among 15 U.S. universities with lowest net price to students (according to the U.S. Department of Education). The University is noted nationally as both a Hispanic-Serving Institution and a Minority-Serving Institution. For more on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit www.uhd.edu.