COLUMBIA, S.C. — Roberta Moran, a senior honors neuroscience major at Furman University, was announced as the 2020 McLean-Smith SCICU Student of the Year at SCICU’s board meeting on Oct. 7.
Honoring the combined legacies of leadership at SCICU and the S.C. Tuition Grants Commission, the award recognizes academic achievement and campus/community involvement made by S.C. Tuition Grants recipients. The award includes a $3,000 scholarship.
“The SCICU Student of the Year scholarship means so much to me,“ said Moran. “It helps me pay for my senior year at Furman.”
Moran currently serves as student body vice-president and has maintained Dean’s List academic honors all semesters while at Furman University. She also holds the John D. Hollingsworth scholarship, a four-year merit scholarship given to South Carolina residents for study at Furman University.
Other Furman campus leadership positions held by Moran include housing assistant area coordinator and resident assistant. She is also a member of Alpha Epsilon Delta, a pre-health honor society.
An active community volunteer, Moran has worked with the Greenville Free Medical Clinic, Ronald McDonald House, Barriers to Health Spring Break program, Washington Center school for special needs students, and Relay for Life. She also serves as a Sunday School leader.
“SCICU is proud to honor Roberta with the Student of the Year scholarship,” said Jeff Perez, SCICU president and CEO. “She sets an excellent example for her classmates and the Greenville community.”
The McLean-Smith SCICU Student of the Year recipient is chosen from rising junior or senior applicants attending SCICU member colleges and universities. All applicants must also be S.C. Tuition Grant recipients. Applications are accepted by the Center for Scholarship Administration in Greenville, and an independent three-person panel annually selects the student who will receive the SCICU Student of the Year scholarship. The scholarship program honors J. Lacy McLean and Sterling L. Smith. McLean advocated for independent higher education in S.C. for over 34 years. Smith was instrumental in the development of the S.C. Tuition Grants program.