DCCC Student Government Association President Abigail Owens Honored with Gov. Robert Scott Student Leadership Award

March 18, 2013 – Davidson County Community College student Abigail Owens was recently honored with the Gov. Robert W. Scott Student Leadership Award for the region. Owens, president of the Student Government Association at DCCC, will receive $250 for the award during the North Carolina Comprehensive Community College Student Government Association (N4CSGA) Spring Conference. The event will be held April 5-7 in Durham, N.C. 

“I am so honored to have been selected for this award, and in all honesty, quite humbled,” Owens says. “It means a great deal to me to be recognized as a student leader and a positive role model in my region.”

Lynne Watts, director of Student Life and Leadership, nominated Owens for the award. Watts notes Owens is an outstanding young woman who demonstrates tremendous leadership through SGA, as well as many other additional college activities.

“Abby’s leadership is a natural outgrowth of the positive spirit and energy she lends to any activity. She sees the best in others and enjoys being a student leader; thus, she has successfully brought students together to work toward new initiatives with tremendous support from her peers and advisers,” Watts says. “She not only carries a full academic load, works three part-time jobs and serves as SGA president; she also manages to make the dean’s list by achieving a 3.9 GPA. Abby is strong academically and continues to progress through her studies well, but is also always willing to take the lead in developing, planning and implementing any campus function under sometimes demanding challenges.”

DCCC President Dr. Mary Rittling also says Owens has many remarkable qualities. 

“Abigail’s leadership extends into the community, where she volunteers for various organizations, such as the Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity, the Salvation Army and Second Harvest Food Bank to name a few,” Rittling says. “She sets an example for other students and has inspired many to become more involved in service activities. Abigail is a shining example of excellence in all she does, and represents the meaning of the Scott Award very well.”

Owens adds she’s truly grateful for the overwhelming support from faculty and staff at DCCC, as well as family, friends and coworkers.

“Their belief in me has pushed me to great heights and has enabled me to accomplish more than I have ever imagined,” Owens says. “I strive to be a leader who leads by example in every aspect of my life, and the presentation of this award inspires me to continue doing so.” 

The Robert W. Scott Student Leadership Award was established in 2004 in honor of the former governor who served from 1969-1973, and later as president of the North Carolina Community College System from 1983-1995. The award is given to students who demonstrate leadership on a statewide level. 

Founded in 1963, Davidson County Community College is noted for its quality educational programs and services. As one of 58 institutions within the North Carolina Community College System, DCCC offers studies in more than 50 degree programs. A fully-accredited, multi-campus college, DCCC celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. It is committed to developing minds, inspiring imaginations, and preparing students for enhanced career and educational opportunities within a changing global environment. Visit Davidson County Community College on the Web at davidsonccc.edu.