Camarryn Beale, a criminal justice major at Wor-Wic Community College, has been selected as a recipient of a $1,000 Martha Maxwell Developmental Education Student Scholarship from the National Association of Developmental Education (NADE).
Beale was nominated by Jill C. Buchert, assistant professor of developmental English and director of developmental education. “Camarryn has taken advantage of our new TRIO Student Support Services program,” Buchert said. “Her success speaks to the value of completing developmental coursework so that a student can be more successful in credit-level requirements. Not only does she have good grades, she is also a student ambassador and went to Annapolis to advocate for Wor-Wic on Student Advocacy Day.”
TRIO Student Support Services is a grant-funded program that assists in the retention and program completion efforts of the college and serves first-generation and low-income students, as well as students with disabilities.
Beale says she was drawn to Wor-Wic because it was affordable, offered the major she was interested in and she didn’t have to leave home.
“At Wor-Wic, I’m surrounded by such great people and instructors,” she said. “After high school, when I found out my best friend was going away to college, I was devastated, but thankfully I’ve made really great friends here who have positively impacted my life. The faculty are great and a lot of them have experience in the criminal justice field. Unfortunately, I’ve faced a plethora of challenges outside of school and life hasn’t gone the way I planned. Having Annette Brown, director of counseling, there for me every step of the way, encouraging and picking me up at my lowest, has been such a great blessing.”
A dean’s list student with a 3.6 GPA, Beale plans to graduate from Wor-Wic next spring and transfer to a four-year institution to pursue a bachelor’s degree in a physical science. Her goal is to remain on the shore and work in a crime lab as a forensic scientist.