Thrive Scholars

Moriah Shephard, General Manager for OWL Radio
Thrive Scholar, Class of 2019
Interviews Grammy Award-Winning Artist Tori Kelly as a part of her Atlanta-area radio internship

Moriah Shephard"During the Thrive Program, I was able to gather the necessary tools to succeed in college, become comfortable with the campus, meet new friends even before the semester started, gain early registration for that semester, and have the on-going support from everyone involved in the program,” she said.

Moriah took her experience with Thrive and wanted to give back to the program by serving as a Peer Leader. Then, as she entered her major coursework, she was named television director of Owl Radio and starred in her own radio show. Soon after investing hard work in the radio station, she became the new General Manager of Owl Radio!

Through the years, Moriah has continuously stayed on the Dean’s List and maintained the HOPE scholarship, all while being a full-time student working two jobs. She is a member of the Honors Program and Lambda Pi-Eta, the Communication honors society.

In the Spring of 2019, after 4-years at KSU, Moriah will graduate with her B.S. She hopes to work in entertainment and sports broadcasting.

“Thrive has truly guided me to be the student I am today. Without them this journey could have been a rocky road, but with their help I was able to succeed and lead others along the way,” she said.

Moriah Shephard Thriving in Radio As Graduation Nears

Amber White, B.A. Communications
Thrive Scholar, Kennesaw State University Alum, Class of 2016

Shortly after I decided to come to KSU, I learned about the THRIVE program and decided I would give it a try. It helped prepare me and my parents for what to expect as a new college student. It also helped me meet a large group of people before classes even started. The Thrive graduation coaches and my wonderful KSU Seminar professor (Dee Grindell) helped motivate me to not only stay involved, but to do well in my classes and keep the HOPE scholarship. Overall, THRIVE really did help me thrive my freshmen year and helped create and instill habits that carried me through the next four years. I have since graduated and now have the honor of working for KSU in the University Events department where I get to plan events around campus. I love working for the school that gave me so much and I love seeing that THRIVE continues to grow and help more students each year. I recommend THRIVE to all students that I know that are coming to KSU because college can be a huge adjustment, but the THRIVE program can make it easier.

Malik Lyder
Thrive Scholar, Class of 2020

Malik Lyder is a sophomore majoring in International Relations with a minor in Spanish. Malik is a Zell Miller, R.A. Bowen and Peyton Anderson scholar and has been named to the KSU Dean’s List. Malik was also invited to join KSU’s first year honor society Phi Eta Sigma in recognition of his academic achievements.

He volunteers yearly with the American Lupus Society and enjoys teaching computer literacy skills to adults as part of the Thrive Program. Last spring (April 2017) Malik was one of 194 college students from across the country selected by JP Morgan Chase to attend their Freshman Experience Seminar in New York City where he received a valuable introduction into the financial services industry!

In addition, Malik recently returned from spending several weeks in Oaxaca, Mexico where he lived with a host family while attending college, to continue enhancing his fluency in Spanish. While in Oaxaca, he also taught English speaking lessons to young adults studying the English language.

Upon graduating from KSU Malik plans to pursue his Master’s Degree in International Affairs and Public Policy, he hopes to one day work with the United Nations (UN) to help initiate global change among the nations of the world.