Sandburg Student Donyae Payton Receives Emerging Leaders Scholarship

  Aaron Frey
  Monday, November 27, 2017 3:02 PM
  Campus News

Galesburg, IL

Donyae Payton, a participant in the TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) program at Carl Sandburg College, has been selected as the recipient of the 2017 Emerging Leaders Scholarship.

The $1,000 scholarship is offered through the Education Opportunity Association (EOA), a regional organization comprised of TRIO professionals from throughout the Midwest. Payton, a Galesburg High School graduate, was selected from a pool of candidates from each state throughout the region. Selection criteria included participation in a TRIO/EOP program; enrollment in or anticipated enrollment in an accredited two- or four-year post-secondary institution; cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above; and having demonstrated strong leadership and/or advocacy efforts in their community.

“I’ve worked with many students over the course of my career and Donyae is one of the most genuine, hard-working, thankful, talented, humble and generous people I’ve met,” Sandburg TRIO SSS director Autumn Scott said. “In less than two years, Donyae has gotten involved in more student and community organizations than most students do over their entire college career. I have no doubt that he will do amazing things and continue to positively impact his community and serve as an advocate for TRIO.”

Payton is on a commission to promote peaceful dialogue in the community, a member of Men of Distinction (a service-based organization at Sandburg), a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, works as a TRIO Academic Coach and serves as the student trustee for the Sandburg Board of Trustees. He also has served as the secretary for the Galesburg Young Professionals Association.

TRIO SSS is a federally funded program available through the U.S. Department of Education. TRIO serves first-generation, income-eligible students at Carl Sandburg College who intend to graduate with an associate degree and transfer to a four-year college or university to earn a bachelor’s degree. The funding level for the 2017-2018 academic year is $232,265.



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