Kasey Shaw of Lubbock, Texas, was honored by Hardin-Simmons University during the December 14, 2013, commencement ceremonies. Shaw was awarded the Academic Foundation Medal, which is given to the student with the highest grade point average who exemplifies the highest scholarly achievement. Shaw received her Bachelor of Arts degree in the first of two graduation exercises at HSU’s Behrens Auditorium. Shaw majored in psychology and Spanish.
She was applauded as one of three students graduating with a perfect 4.0 grade point average, was recognized as one of five Honors Program graduates, and for her nomination to Who’s Who in American Universities and Colleges. She also received recognition as one of 16 summa cum laude honorees.
She recently completed an internship with Child Protective Services and plans to be an intern in the spring of 2014 with New Life Children’s Home in Guatemala. There, she will assist with the care and educational needs of the residents of the Villa Nueva Children’s Home.
Shaw has been named to the President’s List each semester and has received both the Trustee Scholarship and the Pearson Scholarship, worth close to $60,000 over the course of four years. She has been a student worker on in the HSU Richardson Library and in the Family Psychology Center. She also served as a counselor for Charis Hills Summer Camp, a camp for children affected by various developmental and learning disabilities including autism, Asperger’s, and ADHD.
As a member Pioneer Drive Baptist Church, she served on the College Ministry Leadership Team and as a small group leader.
Shaw is a member of PSY CHI, the International Honor Society in Psychology, as well as the HSU Psychology Club and served as vice president during the 2012-2013 academic year. She is an active member of Alpha Iota Omega social and service sorority and served as the treasurer during the 2012-2013 academic year. She was recognized as a Distinguished Freshman Psychology Student in 2011, received a Certificate of Academic Achievement in Psychology in 2012 and 2013, and was named the Stone Scholar in 2012 and 2013. Shaw was also named both the Duck Scholar and the Johnson Scholar in 2013, and was the recipient of the Wilson Award for the Outstanding Student of the Year in Psychology.
Shaw is from Lubbock, Texas, and is the daughter of Roque and Frances (Francie) Shaw.
The Academic Foundation Medal was established in 1999 by the Academic Foundation of Hardin-Simmons University. This medal is awarded annually at the winter commencement to the graduate who has achieved the highest grade point average and exemplifies the highest scholarly achievement.