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Goodson Scholarship Recipients Lauren Ricks, Aileen Goodson, Elizabeth Robinson and James Barron are pictured with SUSCC Interim President Glenda Colagross and SUSCC Dean of Health Sciences Rhonda Davis. (photo courtesy of Josh McCoy)
Goodson Scholarship Recipients Lauren Ricks, Aileen Goodson, Elizabeth Robinson and James Barron are pictured with SUSCC Interim President Glenda Colagross and SUSCC Dean of Health Sciences Rhonda Davis. (photo courtesy of Josh McCoy)
The Health Sciences Division of Southern Union State Community College is pleased to announce the recipients of the Goodson Memorial Scholarship.

Established in memory of Robert and Majorie Goodson, scholarships are awarded to deserving students in the nursing and paramedic programs at Southern Union. Receiving the Goodson Memorial Scholarships in the amount of $500 were: James Austin Barron, Aileen Goodner, Lauren Ricks, Elizabeth Robinson, and Peter Martin. To be eligible for the award, students must have completed at least one semester in their program of study and have at least a minimum of a 2.5 grade point average.

The Goodson estate also recognizes the accomplishments of nursing students by sponsoring the bi-annual Goodson Peer Recognition award. This award goes to a graduating student whose specific performance exemplifies an enthusiastic commitment to professional nursing by demonstrating accountability, maturity and peer support while encompassing the guiding principles of respect, integrity, professionalism, caring, excellence, and diversity, which were evident in all personal and professional behaviors. Members of the graduating class in the Associate Degree Nursing Program vote anonymously to choose a classmate who exemplified these traits.

This year’s recipient of the Goodson Peer Recognition Award is Courtney Windham. According to Rhonda Davis, dean of Health Sciences at Southern Union, Windham has excelled in the classroom as well as the clinical setting. “Courtney has consistently been a role model for her student peers,” said Davis. “She is described by her peers as ‘almost like a mother-figure to many of us, always being there to listen and to provide a shoulder to lean on;’ Courtney is enthusiastic, reliable, and compassionate.”

With campuses in Wadley, Opelika and Valley, Southern Union is the second oldest two-year colleges in the state, and is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate degrees.