Washburn University student Jenny Lieurance was one of five students across the nation chosen as a recipient of the 2018 Jordan Smith Undergraduate Student Fellowship Award.
The National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition awards up to five fellowships to undergraduate students for the Annual Conference on The First-Year Experience. The fellowships are designed to advance the knowledge and leadership skills of undergraduate students working in first year experience programs throughout the country.
This marks the third year in a row a Washburn student won the fellowship and makes Washburn University the first institution to capture one of the fellowship slots three years straight.
Lieurance, a communication studies major from Emporia, Kan., is a senior at Washburn University is a student leader and in her second year as a First Year Experience (FYE) peer educator. She has been a student leader for the Ichabod Success Institute. That program is designed to assist first-time, direct-from-high school students prepare for the academic rigor of college and assist them in a successful transition into Washburn University with a 5-week summer residential program. In addition, Lieurance played a key role in the creation of a student organization for first generation students at Washburn University.
“The FYE program changed my life,” said Lieurance. “As a Freshman, I had no desire to have an impact on students’ lives, I have learned how passionate I am about this field.
“I love waking up each and every day knowing I get to come to campus and work alongside mentors of mine and find ways to help students succeed at the college level,” she said. “FYE has allowed me to find my future career in higher education and taught me that I can truly make a difference in this world.”
Dean of the Washburn University Library and Center for Student Success Alan Bearman said that Washburn is “incredibly proud” of Lieurance.
“She has worked hard and shown great commitment,” said Bearman. “And we’re just as proud of her mentor James Barraclough because of his ongoing commitment to helping students discover and expand upon their leadership potential.”