But basketball isn't the only thing that's important to Scott when it comes to his education.
Making good grades, being involved in student events and organizations, and being a positive role model for his fellow students are high on his priority list as well.
These attributes are just a few of the reasons Scott was recently selected as the WKCTC Student of the Month for February.
"When I read my email that I was awarded this prize, it was an extremely great day! No matter where I go from here in my life, I want to help others succeed and do better in life and it starts by leading by example," said Scott. "I was so honored because in receiving it, I hope I did my job at my stay at WKCTC."
The Student of the Month program is designed to recognize the accomplishments of students on campus. Individuals selected must be currently enrolled at WKCTC and have maintained a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher. Students are nominated on the basis of exceptional performance, personal attributes, academic excellence and active participation in various student organizational activities.
Scott, 20, is a WKCTC sophomore working toward his Associate in Arts degree. He plans to transfer to a four-year university to obtain a degree in speech pathology.
Over the past two years, Scott has served in various leadership roles both on campus and in the community. He currently serves at the treasurer and secretary of the Student Government Association and has been an essential part of the West Kentucky Stars basketball team earning a place on this year's All-Tournament team. Scott volunteers for Habitat for Humanity, participates in local read programs, and performs skits at local libraries for young children.
"Jacob is the epitome of why this award was created," said Dr. Belinda Dalton-Russell, WKCTC vice president of student development. "He demonstrates a strong respect for others and an acceptance of responsibility for his success and actions. He plays an integral part of shaping the world around him through character, education and academic achievement," Dalton-Russell said.
One quote Scott loves to say to himself is "you never get a second first impression," and "I hope I have left a great mark here at WKCTC."Student of the Month winners receive $100, a certificate of excellence, recognition on the WKCTC Facebook page, campus announcements and Web site. Winners are also recognized by Pepsi MidAmerica, acknowledged in the Paducah Sun, and will receive one free month's supply of their favorite Pepsi product.
Information provided by Tammy Thompson
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