Thomas F. Freeman Scholars Inducted

The Thomas F. Freeman Honors College at Texas Southern University added 18 stellar students to its ranks for the 2015-2016 academic year. These freshman comprised primarily of second-generation college students (12 in-state and 6 out-of-state), entered the university with an average grade point average of 3.52, an average SAT Score (Math and Critical Reading) of 1190, and an average ACT score of 25; Malik Currie, a Biology major from Jackson, TN, entered with 3.93 GPA, the highest of the group; Ibrahim Adeyemi, a Biology major from Sagamu, Ogun State, Nigeria, has the highest SAT score, a 1360 (Math and Critical Reading); and Vu Pham, a Biology major from Dallas, TX, scored a 28 on the ACT, which was the highest score amongst the scholars. Other Honors College inductees included Chanel Banks (Dallas, TX), Braxton Branick (Jackson, TN), Victoria Byrd (Norcross, Georgia), Josie Deese (Houston, TX), Dorian Fernandez (Houston, TX), Darlise Goodlow (Florissant, MO), Suzonne Goudeau (Houston, TX), Alexia Ladipo (Houston, TX), Jaida Lewis (Aurora, IL), Olajide Oloruntimilehin (Garland, TX), Bryanna Rhodes (Missouri City, TX), Lorin Shirdon (Manvel, TX), Orlanda Sutton (Converse, TX), Amiya Thomas (Palestine, TX), and Pauleaner Williams (West Helena, AR).

On September 28, 2015, all 18 Honors Scholars were officially inducted into the Honors College during the annual Thomas F. Freeman Honors College Induction and Awards Ceremony, which was well attended by family and friends of the honorees as well as faculty and staff. As members of the 2015 entering class, the students pledged to be an example of excellence in all their endeavors in conversation, study, attire, behavior, and thought. They pledged to exert all of their energies in a dedicated effort to live up to all that is expected of them as representatives of the best at the university, determined to go forth upon graduation to be the best in the world in their chosen fields with sincerity and humility.

A brief snapshot of the new inductees is as follows: 78% participated in AP/IB courses in high school; 89% studied a foreign language in high school; 94% participated in two or more high school clubs/organizations; 89% have participated in a leadership role in high school; 28% have studied abroad, either in study programs or for personal enrichment; and 94% aspire to earn a graduate or professional degree.

In addition to the new inductees, Continuing Scholars were recognized as well. Top Continuing Scholars are: Omoikhefe Eboreime, sophomore Computer Science major, 4.0 GPA; Ashanti Phelps, sophomore Business major, 4.0 GPA; Lyton Atinga, junior Civil Engineering major, 3.93 GPA; Kapil Sapkota, junior Biology major, 3.93 GPA; Oluwaseyi Fasiku, senior Pharmacy major, 4.0 GPA; and LaMonde Howard, senior Communications major, 3.97 GPA. Amongst the Continuing Scholars 23 were showcased for their outstanding achievements in scholarship and leadership.