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2013 Graduate

Congratulations to Air Force dependent Michael Atkins, Jr, who graduated from North Carolina State University with degrees in Sociology and Political Science. While at NC State, the Thomas Jefferson Scholar received consecutive ThanksUSA scholarships totaling $9,000. With his undergraduate studies complete, Michael is eagerly preparing for law school.

Graduation announcement

Michael has remained actively involved with ThanksUSA throughout his college years. He was first introduced to ThanksUSA supporters in a Scholarship News feature during his freshman year. He represented ThanksUSA scholarship recipients at our 2010 Congressional Round Table and has written letters of thanks to individual donors. Most recently, Michael has been meeting with fellow ThanksUSA scholarship recipients to establish a ThanksUSA alumni group.

ThanksUSA is just one of many charitable organizations that Michael contributes his time and energy to. He has made a lifetime commitment to community service and was even appointed to the North Carolina Commission for Volunteerism and Community Service at the age of 19.

Please join the ThanksUSA team in congratulating Michael on his academic accomplishments and wishing him continued success with law school. Congratulations Michael!!

In 2012, Michael had the opportunity to study abroad at the University of Manchester. He was able to fit in some incredible sightseeing which he is happy to share with ThanksUSA supporters:

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Since elementary school, Trent Brock knew he wanted to be a broadcast journalist. Currently a Broadcasting major at Western Kentucky University, this $3000 LM&O/ThanksUSA Scholarship recipient is on his way to achieving his career goal. Trent is concentrating his studies in TV News with a Sociology minor. He is already gaining valuable experience as a volunteer reporter at the WKU campus station, NewsChannel 12.

Trent Brock

Of course news casters need to be intuitive, enthusiastic, and full of drive. Trent is confident that he possesses these skills and more. Being born into the military, Trent has experienced military life at several bases in the US and abroad. Meeting people and making friends all over the world has given Trent the confidence and initiative necessary for live interviews and probing investigations.

He also understands and appreciates that broadcasting is a highly competitive field. He explains, “I have learned that you must have tough skin in this business. If you want to make it, you have to get out there and take the initiative. My favorite phrase is ‘Life is like a shark tank. Be a shark, not a minnow.’ I love good competition!”

Ultimately, Trent plans on working as a reporter. However, gaining technical behind-the-scenes skills at WKU will allow Trent to keep many options open within the Broadcasting field. Trent adds, “There are just so many opportunities that I have at my fingertips, it’s just deciding what exactly I want to do.”

So far, Trent is off to great start. During his first semester, he made the President’s list and maintains a 3.8 GPA. He continues to volunteer at NewsChannel 12 and also volunteers at the Bowling Green Humane Society. To assist with college costs, Trent also works part-time at AAFES (Army & Air Force Exchange Service). Trent says, “I know so many students that are always worried about how they are going to finance their education. Students should not be distracted by financial issues, but it’s unavoidable. I am so thankful to have received a ThanksUSA scholarship. It has helped so much. I am able to concentrate on my school work and not worry so much about the financial aspect.”

The ThanksUSA team encourages Trent to keep up his hard work. We hope that someday we will see you on a national or international news broadcast!

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