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Brinson Honors College graduate gains national fellowship award

By Geoff Cantrell

“The ability to personally impact a child, paired with my love for all things language, is what truly inspired me to pursue a career in speech-language pathology,” said Alexis Moser, a recent graduate of Brinson Honors College at Western Carolina University.

She departs WCU with a bachelor’s degree in communication sciences and disorders and a scholarship from Alpha Lambda Delta to continue with graduate studies.

Alexis Moser

Alexis Moser

“I will be starting a graduate program in speech-language pathology at East Tennessee State University this fall,” she said. “I look forward to working for the department as a graduate assistant and partaking in all of the clinical opportunities they have to offer in Johnson City.”

Moser credits being selected as an Honors Scholar as a privilege and opportunity that led to where she is today.

“Throughout my first year at WCU, I was able to work closely with Dr. Jill Granger, dean of the Brinson Honors College, and Dr. Brian Railsback, former dean and professor of English. Their mentorship helped prepare me for success throughout my undergraduate career, and they have continued to support and assist me as I graduate from WCU and start my master’s program,” said Moser. “As a first-generation student, I started college with no idea what I was getting into. But they inspired me to make the most of my college experience and take advantage of every opportunity. They gave me the confidence to try for anything, no matter how big or small. I would not be who I am today without their encouragement, as well as the support of my parents.”

Moser was one of the 26 fellowship winners from the national competition to be named to the Dr. Warner Moore Graduate Fellowship.

Founded in 1924 at the University of Illinois, Alpha Lambda Delta is a national honors society that has recognized academic excellence of first-year students for more than 95 years. It provides a community of scholars, a platform to develop your leadership skills, and financial support through scholarships and educational partners.

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