FSC Student Earns Prestigious GEICO Achievement Award
GEICO Achievement Award recipient Alyssa Raiford
LAKELAND, Fla. (July 20, 2011) — Florida Southern College junior Alyssa Raiford was one of 64 students from across the nation who was chosen to receive the prestigious GEICO Achievement Award. Raiford was selected for her exceptional academic achievement and dynamic campus leadership.
Raiford, a business major, has earned a 3.94 GPA throughout her college career thus far. In addition, she serves as the co-chair of Up ‘Til Dawn, a campus organization that hosts numerous events throughout the school year to raise money and awareness for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. Raiford is also a Southern Ambassador, providing campus tours and admissions guidance for potential Florida Southern College students. She is a member of the Association of Honors Students and has been named to both the President’s Scholars List and the Dean’s List for her outstanding academic work.
“I was very surprised and honored to receive this highly competitive award,” said Raiford. “I always try to do my best in classes, extracurricular activities, and everything else I am involved in. I appreciate that my efforts have been recognized.”
Xuchitl Coso, director of career development at Florida Southern, also applauds Raiford’s incredible achievements. “Alyssa is a wonderful example of both academic excellence and committed campus involvement. We are so proud of Alyssa for the hard work and giving spirit that this award recognizes.”
The GEICO Achievement Award is presented to select sophomores and juniors majoring in business, computer science, mathematics, or a related program at a four-year educational institution. As part of the award, Raiford will receive a $1,000 scholarship from GEICO.
GEICO has presented the Achievement Awards for 20 years. This year, students from 43 different schools, 18 states, and the District of Columbia were recognized.
“We know that the future belongs to those who prepare,” said Tony Nicely, GEICO chairman. “These students are preparing themselves for professional success through their academic accomplishments and leadership abilities. They’re building a very strong foundation and we congratulate them on their achievements thus far.”