Partnership leads new student to A&M-Commerce

Commerce – Thanks to Texas A&M University-Commerce's partnership with Education is Freedom (EIF), LaQuisha Johnson, a recent graduate from David W. Carter High School in Dallas, will be attending A&M-Commerce this fall.

"I am so excited about the quality of students we are gaining everyday due to our commitment to excellence," said Rodney Baker, A&M-Commerce undergraduate admissions counselor. "We take pride in making each student our top priority."

Johnson ranked in the top 10 percent of her graduating class and decided to attend A&M-Commerce among her choices of Texas A&M College Station, Baylor University, Stephen F. Austin, and the University of North Texas. She will be majoring in social work and received a $1,200 scholarship towards her education.

"When people hear my life story, most have the tendency to give me the whatever you can do' approach when it came to academics, until I stepped into the Education is Freedom office at David W. Carter High School," Johnson said at a press conference for the Giraffes, Monkeys and Lepperts event, which is hosted by Dallas mayor Tom Leppert and benefits EIF. "Education is Freedom was, and still is, a blessing in disguise for me and other students that feel their dreams are unachievable."

A&M-Commerce and Education is Freedom began their collaboration in September 2009 to offer outreach services and scholarship opportunities to middle and high school students.