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ASU ‘Prize Patrol’ Surprises Student With Scholarship

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Author: Timothy C. Ervin

Release Date: Apr 17, 2012

ASU President William H. Harris and his campus Road Team arrived in Mobile and gave one student the surprise of a lifetime on the third day of the “It’s a Great Time President’s Tour.”


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Day three of Alabama State University’s “It’s a Great Time President’s Tour” continued an exciting tradition first introduced last year - the ASU "scholarship prize patrol" paying a surprise visit to a prospective student.

Djon Iva Santos was moved to tears after receiving the surprise of a lifetime on Monday, April 16, on live television.

Santos, a student at Bishop State Community College in Mobile, visited the WKRG-TV in Mobile to appear in what she thought was a segment of the local morning newscast to talk about education. She had no idea that she would receive an unexpected visit from ASU President William H. Harris.

Harris presented Santos with a giant check representing a Presidential scholarship totaling $50,000 to attend ASU beginning in the fall of 2012 (click to watch the video). When asked what receiving the scholarship meant to her, the visibly moved student responded simply: “My future.”

The visit to WKRG-TV was part of ASU’s third annual President’s Tour, during which Harris and other University representatives visit parts of Alabama and Georgia to help recruit prospective students and to promote the University’s diverse academic programs and other highlights.

The ASU Road Team capped off the day’s excitement with a scholarship luncheon and alumni reception at Mobile’s Riverview Plaza Hotel. Attendees included community leaders, ASU alumni and high school students looking for more information about the University.

A special video illustrating the many transformations taking place at ASU was a main highlight of the luncheon.

Thomas Figures, an ASU alumnus and Board of Trustees member, said the Tour is very impressive and helps to spread the word that ASU is on the fast track to becoming a premier, state-of-the-art University.

“The University is making great strides,” Figures said. “Moving the University to the next level is clearly what we are trying to do. I believe ASU is moving forward in a positive direction.”

Kendra Harris, who earned an administration certificate from ASU in 2009, said the Tour is a great way to share the details about what’s going on at the University.

“I am an alumna and I wanted to see some of the great things President Harris has done,” Harris said. “I go to the Turkey Day Classic every year, and I see that we’re continuously building. I wanted to hear what the president had to say. I’m glad I came out because I didn’t know ASU had this much going on. It’s a great time to be a Hornet!”

The Tour traveled to Birmingham on Tuesday and will make stops in Atlanta on Wednesday and Columbus, Ga. / Phenix City on Thursday.

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