SPC names recipient of 2019 President’s Student of the Year

LEVELLAND – Meredith Satterwhite of Levelland was selected 2019 President’s Student of the Year at South Plains College. The award was announced during the Student Awards Assembly held Thursday (May 2) in the Texan Dome.

The President's Student of the Year is the highest recognition a student can receive at South Plains College. This award honors an outstanding student who has been most successful academically and socially, while making significant contribution to the campus environment.  

This year's recipient has been named to the President’s List every semester with a 4.0 grade point average. She was nominated for this award by the faculty of the Math and Engineering Department for her high character, strong work ethic, responsibility and scholastic achievement in STEM (Women in STEM-closing the gap). 

“This award means so much to me and it’s a testament to everyone who helped me along the way,” she said. 

Presidents AwardSatterwhite is the recipient of multiple scholarships including the John L. and Vergie Bell Smallwood Scholarship, Closing the GAPS-P20 Council Scholarship, Achieve the Dream Scholarship, Campus Ambassador Scholarship, Biology Founding Faculty Scholarship and the J.T. and Margaret Talkington Scholarship. 

In addition to her academic accomplishments, she plays an essential role in improving student’s lives at SPC and within the community. She played sand volleyball in intramural sports and in fall 2017, she helped lead her team to victory in the championship. She is a member of the Biology Club where she works closely with faculty and staff to improve student success in Biology. 

She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society. She is a member of the Baptist Student Ministries where she helped with meals at BSM’s Free lunch on Mondays. She also helped serve pancakes at the many free breakfasts BSM provided throughout the year.  

Satterwhite recently traveled on a mission trip to El Paso, where the Physical Therapist Assistant students helped run a free clinic and served people who needed medical care. She also gained experience while working at Physical Therapy Today. 

Satterwhite also represents South Plains College as a Campus Ambassador where she leads prospective students on campus tours and encourages them to attend SPC. 

“Being an ambassador means you’re on the front line for marketing the college experience,” she said. “We also get to help with events like Senior Sneak, New Student Orientation and Kids College.” 

Satterwhite plans to attend Texas Tech University where she will pursue a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology. While at Texas Tech she hopes to continue working at a physical therapy facility to maintain her observation hours. Her goal is to attend graduate school to receive a doctoral degree. Satterwhite wants to one day work at Texas Tech Physical Therapy Institute and help provide physical therapy to people with disabilities. She is the daughter of Robin and Lori Satterwhite of Levelland.