Exemplary Students

Lander University encourages and inspires students to strive for new heights in academic excellence. In this section you will meet several of the top students in the Department of Political and Social Sciences and learn more about the achievements of other students in the major.

Student Testimonials

I’m from Saluda and I’ve always enjoyed being in Greenwood. I’ve watched Greenwood evolve and transition into the kind of city that has a lot of potential for future growth. I chose Lander for this reason because, for me, Lander is the heart of Greenwood and its growth. Yet, it is Lander’s faculty who have enriched my entire experience at the university and in the city. The professors in political science are great counselors who truly care about the ambitions of their students. For the past three years, they have educated me and provided me with the knowledge and skills that I’ll need to accomplish my dreams. Participating in the Political Science Association (PSA) at Lander has been great; it has brought me closer to Lander faculty, students and the Greenwood community. Attending Lander University has shaped me into the strong individual that I’ve always wanted to be.
Throughout my childhood, my parents have always tried to instill within me the importance of education. Here at Lander, I have not only been afforded a great education, but also great experiences. I love the fact that I have gotten to know and establish great relationships with my professors and fellow classmates both inside and outside of the classroom. In establishing these relationships, I have had the opportunity to become active in several campus organizations. I have always wanted to help people, and I feel that upon graduating from Lander, I will have the required tools to positively impact people’s lives. I am certain that the education and experiences that I have received here at Lander will help me to achieve my ultimate goal; to make a difference within society, and to make the world a better place for all of mankind.
My experience as a sociology major here at lander has truly brightened the world around me. I see the world in different ways than I had ever before. Sociology has really taught me so much. The professors are great here at Lander. I feel like if there is ever a problem they are easy to get in touch with and are always helpful. There are a lot of activities to get involved with here at Lander, and I have done a few. There always fun and have brought a lot of joy into my life. Overall my experience here at Lander has been great and I wouldn't change anything.
I'm going into my third year and I have very much enjoyed being a student here at Lander University. Within my department, I've been offered scholarships and numerous internship opportunities that included internships at the S.C. State House and on Capital Hill in Washington D.C. The professors in the department take a special interest in the learning of each political science major and do their absolute best to guide us toward the best path for success. One thing I value about each is that they are always available to speak with in their office; something I needed much more of my freshmen year. The department does a fantastic job at representing this university and I'm honored I could be a part of it.

Scholarship & Awards Recipients

  • Lander University sociology students receive Coleman scholarship

    Lander University sociology majors Breanna Galbally, left, of Anderson, and Alexandria Byrd, right, of Greenville, have been awarded the Maybelle Coleman Scholarship honoring Dr. Maybelle Coleman, professor emeritus and former professor and academic dean at Lander.
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  • Lander University student receives Bradford scholarship

    Lander University political science major Jamison Nicklaus, right, Simpsonville, has been selected to receive the Bill and Emily Bradford Scholarship, honoring the late J. William and Emily Bradford.
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  • Lander University student receives Barnes scholarship

    Lander University political science major Courtney Priester, of Saluda, is the recipient of the Robbie Barnes Political Science Scholarship. Established by the John C. Barnes family in honor of Roberta J. Barnes' 75th birthday, the scholarship is awarded to a junior or senior female student majoring in political science with an emphasis in public administration. Priester is pictured with Chad Kinsella, assistant professor of political science.
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  • Lander University students receive Greenwood Rehabilitation scholarship

    Lander University sociology majors Shakeyta Waller, left, of Greenwood, and Stacee Whittle, right, of Abbeville, have been selected to receive the Greenwood Vocational Rehabilitation Advisory Board Scholarship. Established in 2000 by The Greenwood Vocational Rehabilitation Advisory Board, the scholarship is awarded to full-time juniors or seniors preparing for a career in the human services area.
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  • Top Business and Public Affairs scholars honored at annual Academic and Student Life Awards ceremony

    More than 50 Lander University students were honored recently for their scholastic accomplishments during the 2011-2012 academic year, receiving the top discipline and special awards from the university's four academic colleges. The awards were presented during Lander's annual Academic and Student Life Awards ceremony.
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