Local student selected as Purdue Black Caucus honoree for academic performance


By Desiree Williams

Faith Young, who enrolled at Purdue University in June 2018, has already earned recognition for academic excellence.


Young is one out of 150 students who was honored at the 44th Annual Academic and Service Awards Program, hosted April 13 by the Purdue Black Caucus of Faculty and Staff. The program recognizes stellar academic accomplishments, leadership endeavors and community service activities.

Students who meet academic criteria receive gifts and certificates, and those with the highest GPA eceive a cash prize. Young has a 4.0 GPA.

An Arizona native and Fishers resident, Young is pursuing a degree in marketing and retail management with a minor in French. She said she selected Purdue because of its minority students in business program.

Young wants to work in the fashion industry as a stylist and creative director for a fashion magazine.

Young said she was pleasantly surprised to receive the academic honor.

“While freshman year is always supposed to be really crazy, I’ve been having a little bit of a hard time, so seeing that somebody was recognizing me for something made me feel a little bit better and helped give me some more positivity to get through the rest of the year,” she said.

David Rollock, a Purdue professor and member of the BCFS Publicity Subcommittee, said the awards program is a culmination of volunteer efforts from various departments at Purdue and celebrates more than academics.

“Just as we celebrate our students’ academic and service accomplishments, we also expect that our honorees have and will continue to contribute their unique and special pathways to the richness of the Purdue experience for others and their wider communities,” he said.


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