Hometown: Douglasville, Georgia
Major: Behavior Analysis
Career goal: Marine Corps officer
Congratulations to Stephen Price, a senior aspiring Marine Corps officer and today’s Savannah State University Hercules Scholar. Upon graduating in May of 2019, Stephen will be commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps. Stephen plans to use his prior service experience to help elevate all those around him with tactical leadership, academic mentorship, and direction. Read more about Stephen, in his own words,
I plan to do my best and graduate in the top 5% of my class, which is a high honor. I plan to serve at least 20 years in the Marines. While serving, I will obtain a Master degree in Organizational Behavior Management that I will use after military retirement. The most important thing I will be able to do is start a Christian fellowship group to help Marines around me who are adapting to the new challenges unique to active-duty service. Giving back to HBCUs and leadership in the minority community has become important to me, but I cannot take legally organize politically until after my service.
I am a part of the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) at Savannah State University. I have served as Drill Team Commander for the Fall 2017 semester, Chief Sergeant Instructor for the Spring 2018, and am currently a Platoon Commander. I constantly serve as a mentor to the Midshipmen at the unit. I am the Vice President of the Behavior Analysis Student Association. I am responsible for standing in for the President and her duties. I develop plans for student meetings and agendas. Coordination for upcoming academic conferences is on-going for the South Eastern Association of Behavior Analysis and Georgia Association of Behavior Analysis. I am creating a turn-over for upcoming student leadership to ensure effortless transition between leadership.
I served with Compassion Christian Churches Care Ministry from May 2017 – April 2018. During my time serving I visited with a couple at a Rehabilitation Center. I also visited church members in Candler and Memorial Hospitals.
I also assisted with a local clean-up effort following Hurricane Irma. This was a NROTC organization event.
The most influential person in my life is my father, Stephen L. Price. He is the leading force in me coming to Christ. He is a great mentor in all aspects of life whether related to faith, financial matters, or life experience. He always provides love and sound advice by asking important morally-rooted questions. My parenting and morals have come from him and his service in the Marines also imparted the Marine Corps values in me even before I enlisted.
I have a great Christian mentor, John Kreitzer, whom I met at Compassion Christian Church. He has years of spiritual experience and tools he has imparted to me for me to pass-on to those I come in contact with.
I have lived by the motto that “it is better to ask forgiveness than permission” for most of the years of my life. Earlier in my adolescence, it was a reason that justification that I should do what I like, but it has evolved the more life I have experienced. Now it guides me to act decisively and do what I believe is best for my family, those around me, and those under my charge. If I do what is best quickly, later I will be able to explain what I had in mind and people who know my heart will know I truly did my best.
Second, this scripture keeps me humble:
2 Corinthians 15:10: But by the grace of God I am what I am.
I have an amazing wife of seven years, Mary Price. We have one daughter together, who just turned four years old. I have served six years in the Marines.
Studying at an HBCU has been a highly influential season of my life. my perspective understanding of my history and community have been enlightened and I would not trade it for anything.