BHSU student receives new StudentAccess Scholarship

Author: BHSU Communications/Wednesday, October 1, 2014/Categories: 2014

           James Stinson, a theater major from Rapid City, was awarded the $500 StudentAccess Scholarship, which aids low income and first-generation college students. Presenting the award are, from left, Lois Flagstad, vice president of student life at BHSU, Debbie Liddick, math specialist for student support services at BHSU, BHSU President Dr. Tom Jackson, Jr., Stinson, Susan Hupp, director of student support services at BHSU, Peggy Madrid, assistant director for student support services at BHSU, and Nora Leinen, retention advisor student support services at BHSU.

A Black Hills State University student is one of the first recipients of the StudentAccess Scholarship, a new scholarship that aids students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

BHSU President Dr. Tom Jackson, Jr., awarded James Stinson, a theater major from Rapid City, the $500 scholarship from Heiberg Consulting, Inc., a company based out of Fort Collins, Colo. Heiberg Consulting, Inc. is the provider of StudentAccess software for TRiO programs.

This is the first year of the scholarship and Stinson was one of two students chosen from TRiO&rsquos ASPIRE region, which covers a six-state area. TRiO offers federal outreach and student services programs designed to identify and provide services for students with a disability and low income or first-generation college students.

Stinson was nominated for the scholarship by Peggy Madrid, assistant director of TRiO student support services at BHSU.

"I have been amazed at what James has accomplished since his freshman year. College is something James never thought he would do," Madrid said. "That has always inspired me."

James said he&rsquos humbled by the award, and although his time at BHSU has challenged him, TRiO Student Support Services has encouraged him to continue his education.

"The faculty and staff have been awesome. It is a lot of work, but I&rsquove learned a lot from the different people and experiences that will help me through life," Stinson said.

He added that without the help of Student Support Services, he may not be in college. The services will help him become a first-generation college graduate in his family.

"One of James&rsquo hardships has always been financial need," Madrid said. "He not only works hard in school, but works hard to get the income he needs to be in school. To be in college means that much to James."

When Stinson first enrolled at BHSU he aspired to be an elementary education teacher. After taking general education courses, he discovered that he had a passion for the performing arts.

"I&rsquove taken directing and acting classes, set and design courses. I like it all," Stinson said. "I feel if you&rsquore going to be in theater you should like every part of it."

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