Three honors college students win national awards as more than 25 GSU students visit Georgia


GSU Students group shot outside at the King memorial ATLANTA, Ga. – Three Grambling State University students recently won awards at the National Association of African American Honors Programs conference held at Morehouse College.

The three were part of a contingent of 27 Earl Lester Cole Honors College members who were able to attend the Nov. 9-12 conference.

Student Government Association President Adarian Willams, a junior majoring in music and visual performing arts, placed first in the musicians talent competition. “It’s not just a musicians competition; it was a talent competition,” said Williams, 21, a Ruston, Louisiana, native who sang “Glory” by John Legend and Common.

Faron Rush, a Chicago native and a senior majoring in computer information systems and business management, won the 2017 Dr. Freddye T. Davy Humanitarian and Service Scholarship. Rush, 21, of Iowa City, iowa, said the $500 scholarship “was the best part of the trip.”

Abyssinia Flores, a sophomore mass communication major, was elected queen 2017-2018 Ms. National Association of African American Honors Programs.

“This trip showed GSU is a great university focused on academic excellence,” said Ellen D. Smiley, the university provost and vice president for academic affairs and the dean of the honors college. “GSU represented very well at the conference.”

During this conference GSU students also were able to visit Spelman College and Clark Atlanta University, Ebenezer Baptist Church and a monument honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  “Trip was very fun. Williams said it was “awesome” visiting these places, but ”seeing my peers win awards was the best part of the trip.”

The Earl Lester Cole Honors College was established in 1990 to provide unique educational experiences and opportunities for academically talented students.