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LHU senior recognized for academic achievements and social responsibility

LOCK HAVEN — The first ever recipient of Lock Haven University’s George Floyd Scholarship is Vivica Torres, a Clarksville, Tennessee native who is entering her senior year as a business administrative major.

Torres was the right fit for the scholarship not only because of her social activism, but also because of her academic achievements after having a challenging start to her college career, according to the press release.

At the time she enrolled at LHU, Torres was suffering from Spinal Stenosis, a herniated disc, sciatica, and arthritis. Because of her disability associated from these ailments, she spent extended periods of time in the hospital during her freshman year, which led to her ending her first year at LHU with a 1.8 GPA. Since then, she has raised her GPA to a 3.1.

She said that the scholarship has helped ease her financial burden and given her a peace of mind, which in turn has made it easier for her to achieve her academic goals.

“Receiving a scholarship has helped me realize that hard work does pay off and has given me more motivation and encouragement to keep striving for the best,” she said.

During her time at LHU, Torres partnered with other LHU students to educate minority students about sexually transmitted infections. The initiative, which originally started as a class project, became much larger and the group of students, alongside Torres provided educational materials and resources to the LHU student body for proactive STI testing and to do their part in keeping the LHU campus safe.

“At LHU, I am part of a close-knit campus community that has given me the opportunity to have a more personalized academic experience and to make great life-long friends,” Torres said. “I feel like a big fish in a little pond.”

Torres also said that the support system she had at LHU was “pivotal” in helping her succeed. She credited Dr. Laura Lee, director of diversity, equity & inclusion and Robin Rockey, project manager for enrollment and student affairs as those who have helped facilitate a positive experience at LHU.

“Each of them has been a wonderful influence on my success at LHU,” Torres said. “I will cherish and carry their guidance, advice, and wisdom with me for a lifetime.”

In her time at LHU, Torres has participated as a member of the Black Student Union, Latino Student Association and the Multicultural Activities and Advisory Council.

Her professional goals include attending a Historically Black College or University to earn a degree in entrepreneurial studies with the future goal of becoming a business owner and investing in other aspiring Black entrepreneurs and Black-owned businesses.

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