As a first-generation student of color, Angel Hammon didn’t have an easy path to college. Now, she’s helping others from similar backgrounds reach their higher education goals.
Angel attends Oregon State University where she is a rising junior majoring in Agricultural Sciences with minors in Comparative International Agriculture and Spanish. Through her role as a Diversity TOUR Ambassador in the Office of Admissions, Angel regularly interacts with prospective students and their families. She specifically works with underrepresented students and connects with them through college fairs, onsite admissions events, and phone campaigns.
“Angel goes above and beyond to connect with prospective students and share her story,” said Alex Galbreath, Associate Director for Campus Visits and Programs.
In addition to assisting prospective students and their families, Angel also guides students once they arrive on campus in her role as a peer mentor for the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP). LSAMP is a federally funded program which serves underrepresented students in the STEM fields. Students in the LSAMP program arrive early on campus before their freshman year. This allows them the opportunity to connect with faculty and research labs. Angel helps facilitate this program and continues to work with these students throughout the school year.
Angel’s involvement extends beyond the Oregon State University campus to the world stage. She was recently elected as National Director of the American chapter of the International Association of Students in Agriculture and Related Sciences (IAAS). As National Director she will play a large role in organizing the 2019 national summit, which will be held on the Oregon State University campus.
“She is always involved, giving back, and making an impact, and she does it with the most positive attitude,” said Galbreath.
Angel was recently awarded a $1,000 scholarship through the Counselor Community Scholarship, sponsored by Intersect by Hobsons. The scholarship campaign celebrates the one-year anniversary of Hobson’s Counselor Community, which promotes community building toward college access.
“The impact of the scholarship will be huge,” said Galbreath. “Angel has high financial need, and she is also very deserving.”
Although Angel has had to overcome obstacles on her journey to college, she is taking full advantage of her college experience. Her involvement and leadership in many different campus organizations has enabled her to give back to the Oregon State community. She also balances a full academic course load with an undergraduate research position in the Food Science & Technology department.
“Angel takes advantage of every opportunity,” said Galbreath. “Many students who come from more privileged backgrounds don’t get involved with as much, but Angel really seizes every opportunity that comes her way.”
Hobsons is honored and excited to recognize this deserving individual with a scholarship!