Human Development and Family Studies

HDFS Newsletter 5-21-13

TYSHEA LEWIS, FIRST GUARANTEE PROGRAM GRADUATE

HDFS major Tyshea Lewis was honored as the first UNCG student to graduate via the UNCG Guarantee, a scholarship program aimed at helping select students from low-income families graduate from college with as few bills as possible. Started in 2010 with a $6 million gift from an anonymous donor, the program uses federal, state, university and private monies to cover tuition, fees, room, board, books supplies and other expenses for each scholar for four years. Although the program offers supports to recipients for four years, Tyshea was able to graduate with a double major (HDFS and Psychology) in just three years. How? Having begun taking university classes at a local community college in ninth grade, she entered UNCG with numerous credits and took extra courses some of the semesters she was at UNCG. From being the Guarantee Program’s first graduate, Tyshea is now becoming the program’s assistant director. She wants to go to graduate school after a year, and then work in student affairs for a university. She will be able to so without the debt, an average of $21,000, that the typical undergraduate accumulates. UNCG is fortunate to have the Guarantee Program and talented, committed students like Tyshea.