Twenty-four year old senior Julianne Lewis chose Cheyney University of Pennsylvania because of its small size, family atmosphere and Keystone Honors Academy (KHA). The KHA scholar, who grew up in Massachusetts but moved to Philadelphia five years ago, initially went to Community College of Philadelphia before transferring to Cheyney in 2011.
“I loved the atmosphere at Cheyney,” she said. “It was small, the people were welcoming, and it felt comfortable to me.”
Julianne credits CU’s KHA, a learning community of high achieving students that provides scholarships, free laptops and an array of services and programs to its scholars, for helping her excel in and out of the classroom.
Despite juggling a full schedule with three internships, a work-study job, community service, tutoring, and a toddler at home, Julianne manages to find time to run on the cross country team and hopes to soon compete in a marathon. She has consistently made the Dean’s List every semester of her college career and currently has a 3.94 grade point average. She is president of Cheyney’s Psi Chi National Honor Society and treasurer of the Psychology Club.
The quest for knowledge invigorates Julianne who is heavily involved in research projects on and off campus. She recently presented her research at the National McNair Scholars Research Competition and is currently heading a research study on campus regarding Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). In addition, Julianne spent the summer of 2012 conducting research at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
When it comes to leaving her mark on Cheyney and the outside community, Julianne says, “I try to be the best that I can be in everything I can. I hope to inspire others to strive to be their best, too.”