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Northeast State graduate earns Otis L. Floyd Scholarship

STAFF • Aug 30, 2018 at 9:00 PM

The Tennessee Board of Regents has awarded Northeast State graduate Abbie Saulsbury the Otis L. Floyd Scholarship. She is the first NSCC student to earn this honor.

The $500 scholarship is renewable each semester, up to six semesters or until a bachelor’s degree is completed. The scholarship is awarded annually to a student who has a record of dedicated community and campus service and strong academic achievement.

“I am extremely thankful to have received this scholarship,” Saulsbury said. “In speaking with Northeast State President James King and others, I have realized the tremendous impact that Dr. Floyd had on higher education and his sincere dedication to student success, so it is a true honor to receive a scholarship in his name. I look forward to using this scholarship to continue my education.”

Saulsbury has served as a volunteer for Small Miracles Therapeutic Equestrian Center, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Charity Miles. During her time at NSCC, Saulsbury was president of the Student Navigators and Toast to Education, as well as chief justice of the Student Traffic Court. Also, she was vice president of Leadership of Alpha Iota Chi and served as a member of the Council for Leadership Advocacy, Student Success and the TRiO Club.

Saulsbury graduated summa cum laude last May with an associate of science degree. She is enrolled at East Tennessee State University and majoring in political science.

“I am pleased to see this reward for Abbie’s hard work and commitment to community service and academic study,” said King. “We are proud of Abbie at Northeast State. She is an exemplary student and person and well-deserving of this prestigious honor.”

Created by TBR in 1995, the scholarship was established in memory of Chancellor Otis L. Floyd from proceeds derived from the sale of the former chancellor’s residence. Floyd served as TBR chancellor from 1990-93 and was president of Tennessee State University from 1986 to 1990.

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