Student Ambassador Scholarship Recipients Named


Garrett College has announced the names of students selected for the Student Ambassador Scholarship Program for Fall 2013. The eight students designated will take part in this leadership training opportunity while serving as representatives of the college both on campus and in the community. The students chosen are: Maria Bender, Charday Green, William Harris, Kholeka Mnyandu, Connor Norman, Ben Porter, Blair Upole, and YanNick Zanfack.



Connor Norman of Oakland graduated from Southern High School in 2010. He is currently majoring in Business Administration and plans to transfer to Frostburg State University (FSU) after graduating upon completion in the Fall ‘13 semester. Norman has served as a Student Ambassador (SA) for the past two years and works part time for Nobleman Tile.


Kholeka “Samantha” Mnyandu, an international student, comes to Garrett College from the South African province of Kwa-Zulu where she graduated in 2010 from an international high school. Majoring in Math and Science, she plans to earn her associate’s degree and transfer to FSU.   Mnyandu is a returning SA who also serves as an officer of the Student Government Association. In addition, she holds a work-study position in the college library.


William Harris, a resident of Baltimore, is pursuing his degree in Social and Behavioral Sciences. Upon graduating from GC he hopes to transfer to the University of Maryland in College Park where he hopes to earn a bachelor’s degree in psychology. His long term goal is to become a trauma surgeon and to start a foundation for breast cancer. Harris is a member of the Cross Country team at GC and holds a work-study position in the Facilities Department.


Ben Porter lives in Swanton where he was homeschooled prior to entering GC. He selected Business Administration as his major field of study and plans to earn an associate’s degree at GC and transfer to FSU pursue his bachelor’s degree. Porter also hopes to earn his master’s degree.


Blair Upole of Grantsville, a 2012 graduate of Northern High School, is working toward her degree in at GC in Elementary Education with a focus on Special Education. She plans to transfer to FSU after earning her associate’s degree and hopes to include foreign language and sign language in her curriculum. Upole is involved in the Campus Crusade for Christ Club (CRU) on campus and a local youth group as well as working part-time at Arrowhead Market.


Charday Green, a resident of Washington, DC, is majoring in Juvenile Justice and plans to earn her associate’s degree prior to transferring to West Virginia University to earn a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice.   Her long term goal is to become a criminal defense attorney.   She is a member of the women’s softball team on campus and holds a work-study position in the Financial Aid Department.


Maria Bender, who lives in Grantsville, is a pre-nursing major at Garrett College. She plans to transfer to Allegany College of Maryland to complete the clinical phase of her training for a nursing degree. She is an active member of CRU club on campus and a local youth groupand will become a member of Phi Theta Kappa next semester. She works at Casselman Veterinary Services.


YanNick Zanfack, an international student from Cameroon currently living in Hagerstown, is majoring in Graphic Web Design at Garrett College. After he earns his associate’s degree he plans to transfer to Virginia Commonwealth University and major in Fine Art. He holds a work-study position in the Graphic Design Department of Garrett College and is a member of the Laker men’s basketball team.


Dean of Marketing Ann Wellham, co-advisor to the Student Ambassador program, explained the role of the students in the program. “Ambassadors strive to serve as liaisons between the college’s administration and its students. They also serve Garrett College in a wide range of activities such as giving campus tours, hosting college guests, and representing the GC in the community and elsewhere through participation in community functions and conferences,” she said.

Student Ambassadors have the responsibility of portraying a positive image of GC to every person who visits the institution, Wellham explained. The Ambassadors are knowledgeable of college programs and are expected to represent the college with decorum and dignity. To this end they are provided with a manual of policies and procedures, professional commitment, and management of college resources as well as a dress code. The also receive formal trainings in leadership and communication skills.

The Student Ambassador Program is a wonderful opportunity for students to be actively involved with Garrett College.  We emphasize leadership development and provide opportunities for the ambassadors to strengthen their personal communication and organization skills while getting to know more about themselves and their classmates,” Wellham said.

Rachelle Davis, Director of Admission and co-advisor to the Student Ambassador program, also commented on the students selected to serve. “We’re pleased to have such a diverse group of students serving as ambassadors in the fall. The organization consists of local students who commute to campus, as well as residential students from the metropolitan region three hours away. They each have a different prospective to share with visitors to our campus. YanNick is an international student who also is a student athlete, so he has several viewpoints to offer prospective students.   We’re pleased to have Ben Porter representing the growing home school population, too,” she said.