Taren Nance graduated from Wor-Wic Community College with honors in 2013, received his bachelor’s degree magna cum laude from Wilmington University in 2014 and is now pursuing his master’s degree with the help of a $2,500 GEICO Pathway to Completion scholarship. Nance is one of only two students ever selected to receive the award, which was made available through a partnership between GEICO and Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), an internationally-recognized honor society serving America’s two-year colleges.
Nance received many awards and scholarships during his time at Wor-Wic. While PTK Middle States Region president, he received the $5,000 PTK Guistwhite scholarship. He was also named to the All-Maryland Academic Team, won a regional officer medallion and was named international distinguished officer of the year in 2012. He also won the faculty honors scholarship in 2011.
Nance credits Wor-Wic with turning his academic career around. “Wor-Wic provided me with a strong academic foundation that has enabled me to achieve academic excellence,” Nance said. “Wor-Wic saved my life by allowing me to rewrite my academic history as I was once a two-time academically dismissed college student prior to attending Wor-Wic.”
Nance is currently an elementary school teacher in Dorchester County. He plans to finish his master’s program in the fall of 2016 and says his next professional goal would be to obtain a vice principal position.