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From Academic Probation to Dean’s List
Wiley senior turns it around, earns UPS Scholarship
(Marshall, Texas) Wiley senior Jamyron Bee has been selected to receive a scholarship from UPS in partnership with the Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas Foundation (ICUT) and the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC).
A criminal justice major who is studying fully online this term from his home in New Orleans, Louisiana, Mr. Bee said he was happy to learn he was selected to receive the award. He has set his sights on graduating in May, and he is looking forward to using his education to help others.
“I want to help juveniles and convicted felons who some may think have thrown away their futures,” said Bee. “I want to help them to take a step forward and turn their lives around.”
Getting a shot at a second chance is something Mr. Bee knows all about. A couple of years ago, he was facing the possibility of expulsion from Wiley after being placed on academic probation.
“I wasn’t going to class. I wasn’t focused. As a result, my grades suffered,” he said. “I was the typical student who needed support and guidance.”
Mr. Bee said faculty and staff members at Wiley told him he was blowing an excellent opportunity to get a college education. “I knew that if I went home, my family would be disappointed in me and I would be disappointed in myself.”
He begin to apply himself to his studies and his efforts paid off. For the last four semesters, Bee has been on the dean’s list at Wiley. He credits the College and its faculty and staff for helping him realize his full potential.
“I was going down the wrong path and Wiley helped me to turn it around,” he said. “Wiley helped me to become a man.”
Bee plans to return to campus in the spring as a traditional student to finish out his education at Wiley. He will be the first person in his family to earn a college degree.
This year, through the UPS, ICUT and CIC partnership, $88,200 in scholarships has been awarded to 36 low-income students at private institutions across Texas.
CIC is an association of 744 nonprofit independent colleges and universities and higher education affiliates and organizations that has worked since 1956 to support college and university leadership, advance institutional excellence, and enhance public understanding of private higher education’s contributions to society. One of CIC’s major program areas is its work with member fundraising consortia of private colleges, including the ICUT Foundation.