The Surry Community College Ambassador Scholars Program recognizes outstanding students who serve as public relations representatives by hosting campus visitors, conducting campus tours, supporting special events, and setting an example of excellence for Surry students. The SCC Foundation established the Ambassador Scholars Program in 1993.
Senior Ambassadors for the 2019-2020 year are: John Billos of Mount Airy, Bailee Crouse of State Road, Paloma Garcia-Serrano of Dobson, Mario Hernandez of Dobson, Sydney McKeaver of Siloam, and Amber Webster of Mount Airy. There are two Junior Ambassadors: Sydney Watson of Mount Airy and Nancy Garcia Villa of Dobson.
Senior Ambassadors receive an academic scholarship of $750 per semester for a total of $1,500 for the duration of their service year. All ambassadors have to maintain a GPA of 3.0 and be nominated by a SCC faculty or staff member and go through an interview process.
Senior Ambassador John Billos of Mount Airy is working towards an Associate in Science degree. After graduation from SCC, he plans to transfer to North Carolina State University and study chemical engineering. He is involved with several clubs at Surry including Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, Scholars of Global Distinction, and the History Club. Billos says, “By being a student ambassador at SCC, I have been able to meet and create relationships with fellow students.”
Senior Ambassador Bailee Crouse of State Road is studying Criminal Justice Technology, specifically Forensic Science at Surry. Her goal isto transfer to Western Carolina University and further her studies in Forensics. While attending Surry, Crouse has been involved in severalclubs on campus including the National Society of Leadership and Success. She was also a Junior Ambassador. “As an ambassador, I feel that I’ve grown as both a leader and a student,” Crouse explains. “I feel more connected with the beautiful campus of SCC, along with our student body. I am very appreciative of this opportunity to serve this campus and be a help to others. I am very proud to be one of the SCC Knights.”
Senior Ambassador Paloma Garcia-Serrano of Dobson is working towards an Associates in Arts and a certificate in Graphic Design. She plans to transfer to a four-year university and major in business. While at Surry, she has been in the National Society of Leadership and Success. She is also a Scholar of Global Distinction and a member of the History Club. She says, “I enjoy being a Senior Ambassador because it gives me the opportunity to get to know my school and be involved.”
Senior Ambassador Mario Hernandez of Dobson is studying to get an Associates in Arts, as well as an Associates in Science,as part of the Surry Early College. He plans to transfer to NC State to major in Chemistry while getting pre-med requirements. His long-term goal is to go to medical school to become a doctor. At Surry, Hernandez is the vice-president of the National Society of Leadership and Success, a member of Math Club, and a member of the Global Scholars of Distinction. “The best thing about being an ambassador is that we are known as the ‘face’ of SCC,” he explains. “We are the representation of the college, and many people look at us with respect and dignity, which lets us be able to help anyone with just about anything and have students and staff know that they are in good hands with us.”
Senior Ambassador Sydney McKeaver of Siloam is working on an Associate in Arts degree. She plans to transfer to Appalachian State University next fall to obtain a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and then obtain a Master's degree in Higher Education. While at Surry, she has become a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and the National Society of Leadership and Success. She is also a member of the Bible Club. "Being an ambassador to me, means getting to help out in any way that I can around Surry Community College,” explains McKeaver. “My ambassadorship has helped me grow tremendously as a student as it has improved my leadership skills, along with allowing me to meet new people and learn new things that I would otherwise not have gotten the opportunity to do. I am so thankful to be a part of such a wonderful experience here at Surry Community College."
Senior Ambassador Amber Webster of Mount Airy is seeking two degrees, one in Criminal Justice Technology and one in Forensic Science. After graduating in May of 2020, she plans to seek a career in the criminal justice system while also continuing her education. In addition to being a Senior Ambassador, she is a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and the vice president of the LEO club. “Serving as a Senior Ambassador has provided me with the opportunity to develop meaningful relationships with fellow students and community members that I otherwise would not have come in contact with,” says Webster.
Junior Ambassador Sydney Watson of Mount Airy is in the Associate in Science degree pathway. She would like to transfer to Wake Forest University’s pre-health program and attend their medical school to become a pharmacist. At Surry, she is a Junior Ambassador, secretary for both the Math and Rotaract clubs, and is the SGA representative for Rotaract Club. She is also a member of the Knight's Alliance. “Being a Junior Ambassador means having a great love for your community, your school, and for your fellow students,” says Watson. “Having the opportunity to help those around you gain a better understanding and appreciation for the school they're attending is a great honor that not many people get to have, so I'm lucky I get the chance to do so.”
Junior Ambassador Nancy Garcia Villa of Dobson is working towards an Associates in Arts degree. She plans to transfer to a four-year university to major in public policy or political science and minor in LatinX History or Minority Studies. Her goal is to become an immigration lawyer. While at Surry, she has joined the Global Scholars of Distinction and History Club. “The Ambassador Scholars Program helps form a greater sense of community between the student body and staff,” says Garcia Villa. “When giving tours, many teachers have told me how much they appreciate having actual student input about the college, and it serves for a better experience. Also, students might not feel comfortable asking questions, but speaking to another student is easier. Being able to help other students and meet new people are my favorite aspects about the program.”
Brandi Hicks, Coordinator of Student Services at SCC, is the advisor for the Ambassador Scholars Program. “Students are nominated and selected based on their strong leadership skills, diverse backgrounds, and a willingness to represent Surry Community College on campus and in the community,” says Hicks. “Ambassadors serve in many capacities while providing tours for our school, meeting individuals throughout the community, and assisting with many fundraising events on campus. SCC is proud to have these fine individuals serving as representatives of our college.”
If you would like additional information about the SCC Ambassador Scholars Program, contact Brandi Hicks at (336) 386-3384 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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