Murray State College Student Claudia Prince One of 10 Pearson Scholars Nationwide


Murray State College President’s Scholar Program student and Phi Theta Kappa member Claudia Shafer Prince has been selected as one of 10 winners, from 800 applicants nationwide, to receive the title of Pearson Scholar for 2016-17.  Candidates were selected on academic achievement, civic engagement, community service and leadership, with preference given to first-generation college students.

Prince, a native of Chennai, India, will receive a $5,000 scholarship that allows $1,000 for completion of an associate degree and $4,000 toward completion of her bachelor’s degree.  In addition, scholars are paired with Pearson Mentors and receive free access to Pearson textbooks and digital access codes to support degree completion.

“The entire campus community congratulates and applauds the accomplishments of Claudia Shafer Prince.  She is an outstanding student and a fine representative for Murray State College, Pearson, and Phi Theta Kappa,” MSC President Joy McDaniel said.

Pearson, a learning company with 40,000 employees in more than 80 countries, works to help people of all ages make measurable progress in their lives through learning. The company paired with Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) academic honor society based on studies that PTK members are four times more likely to graduate than their community college peers.

After graduation from Murray State College, Prince will transfer to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where she plans to earn a degree in computer science with the goal of “shining among the many engineers” to become a programmer with Google.

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