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Tenacity and Faculty Support Help Student Overcome Struggles, Earn Scholarship

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Lauren Mayfield See Lauren share her experience in this video.

It's no secret that Rose-Hulman courses are rigorous. Even the brightest students can find themselves grappling with the challenging curriculum and struggling to earn the grades he or she made in high school. Sophomore Lauren Mayfield found herself in such a situation at the end of her freshman year.

"We're all smart [at Rose-Hulman], but these problems are really difficult and the subjects are really difficult," she says. "It requires a lot of outside work and time."

Determined to do better, Lauren put her nose to the proverbial grindstone, and asked her professors for help. With faculty support and a lot of study time, she was able to raise her GPA significantly during the following fall quarter. She improved so much, in fact, that Mayfield was awarded the DJ Angus/Scientech Scholarship.

"Every year we select the student with the highest GPA jump" from one year to the next, explains Vice President of Student Affairs, Erik Hayes. "It's a neat award because there's nothing else like that at Rose-Hulman."

Retired engineering consultant Jim Wilson visited Rose-Hulman on behalf of the Scientech Club of Indianapolis. Formed in 1918, the club exists to promote scientific and technical study, and support efforts to further scientific, technical, and vocational education. It provides funding for the scholarship Mayfield received.

"We like to have the opportunity to recognize the accomplishments of a college student" seeking a degree in science or technology, Wilson says.

For Mayfield, the award was an affirmation of her hard work and perseverance. See Lauren share her experience in this video.