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Emerald Eagle Scholar, intern meets cabinet secretary

Humphrey Ibeabuchi Introduces US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

Throughout the Fall 2011 semester, TRIO student Humphrey Ibeabuchi, above right, has served an NTDC internship, serendipitously landing an assignment in the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Postsecondary Education - the area that houses TRIO programs.

NTDC internships give students opportunities to learn and work in government and public policy. TRIO programs, part of the Division of Enrollment Management, help low-income Americans overcome barriers to higher education, enter college and graduate.

On Nov. 17, Ibeabuchi met U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, above left, and introduced the secretary at a special event. 

Beyond academic and professional experiences, this internship is particularly special to Ibeabuchi as he has been involved with and helped by TRIO since high school.

“Although I did not have the perfect family or the ideal living arrangement, I was always encouraged to do well in school by my mother and grandma as well teachers and administrators who recognized my potential," he said. "I excelled in elementary and intermediate education but high school was a challenge. I worked a part time job, volunteered on weekends, and engaged in extracurricular activities while maintaining my grades. As my senior year was approaching, I had my first encounter with TRIO programs.

"My high school college access coordinator introduced me to the Talent Search program which allowed me to explore college options. Through Talent Search, I was educated on the SAT, the college application process, and financial aid. I chose to attend the University of North Texas, and my transition from high school to college was smooth. I encountered Student Support Services - also a TRIO program - that provided free tutoring which allowed me to sustain my grades with ease, and exposed me to fine arts and etiquette. Because of TRIO programs, I have received a holistic college experience. My TRIO adviser, Lethia White has provided me with unconditional encouragement throughout my collegiate career.

White, justifiably proud of Ibeabuchi, says, “Humphrey came to the TRiO Student Support Services as a freshman in August of 2008. He is an Emerald Eagle Scholar and has worked in the College of Business Accounting Department. He is an exceptional and excellent example of the type of students that we serve. I am looking forward to hearing all about the NTDC semester when Humphrey returns in the spring for his final semester at UNT.” 

  • Learn more: Sarah Collins, Director, Enrollment Management Initiatives, 940-565-4602.

- Submitted by MariJo French, Enrollment Management

Posted on: Thu 08 December 2011

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