Two TCC TRIO SSS Students Awarded ODSA Scholarships

November 13, 2018

The Oklahoma Division of Student Assistance awarded two TCC TRIO SSS students, Sharon Crawford and Bethany Niman, scholarships at the organization’s Fall Summit.

Crawford was awarded $300, and Niman, $400.

After 20 years in the healthcare field, Sharon became a displaced sleep study technician and came to TCC seeking a new profession. Sharon graduated from the TCC Respiratory Therapy Program in May and is continuing her education as a concurrent student both here at TCC and online at Kent State University, pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in Public Health.

Crawford is setting the example for her children and grandchildren. At TCC she has been a work-study student, founding member of the TCC Health Careers Exploration Club, a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success, a True Blue LEAD scholar, and consistently on the Dean’s and President’s Honor Rolls. Sharon has volunteered for many activities both in the college and in the community, was awarded the Provost Leadership Award, and was named the 2018 Outstanding TCC TRIO SSS Graduate.

“My experience with TRIO has been rewarding from the first encounter because of the comfort, encouragement, and problem-solving efforts,” says Crawford.

Niman, a Business Administration major, is a True Blue LEAD scholar, President of the TRIO Student Association and volunteers at the United Way TSHA, whose primary focus is to aid deaf and hard of hearing citizens. She is a mom and non-traditional student who, after 15 years being out of school, decided to pursue her education. She completed her GED and enrolled at TCC. She has been on the Dean’s and President’s Honor Rolls.

Her passions are business and helping people. She plans to combine the two by becoming the accountant for her husband’s automotive business and creating employment opportunities there for deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals.

“TRIO means having the support and encouragement of a team to help me achieve my goals, even when things are too tough for me to do it alone,” says Niman.

TRIO programs are one of many ways that TCC meets HLC’s core component 3.D, “The institution provides support for student learning and effective teaching.”