PSA Scholarship Student a Proven Success

PSA Scholarship Student a Proven Success
Leslie Cunningham holding her diploma outdoors at Oakland University
Leslie Cunningham

The Oakland University (OU) Office of Public School Academies (PSA) Renewable College Scholarship began as an incentive for qualifying high school seniors who attend an OU chartered academy and matriculate to Oakland University for their undergraduate studies. 

When Star International Academy senior, Leslie Cunningham, toured campus, she knew that Oakland would satisfy all that she dreamed for her college experience. Leslie matriculated to Oakland in fall 2012 and received the $3,000 Renewable OU/PSA College Scholarship. She also worked as a student assistant in the PSA Office for four (4) years. In 2017, Leslie completed her Baccalaureate of Arts - Psychology. “This was an exciting time for me!” Leslie reminisced. 

Leslie enjoyed her undergraduate experience so much that she immediately applied to the School of Education and Human Services’ (SEHS) Graduate Counseling Program. A proven success, Leslie is now a student in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program and has expanded her dreams to becoming a licensed professional counselor. To help her achieve this goal, Leslie is the initial recipient of the OU/PSA Graduate Student Scholarship and works as a graduate assistant for SEHS’ Department of Human Development and Child Studies. 

Leslie says she is thankful to receive the OU/PSA Scholarships to help fund her education. She also credits her experience as a Star International Academy student, Oakland University undergraduate student, and the unwavering support of PSA staff as the catalyst for her success. 

Judeen Bartos, OU/PSA Executive Director, says, “Leslie’s upbeat personality and positive attitude have made her a joy to support. She went above and beyond in her work in our office, and was always the first to reach out to other scholarship student with encouragement and advice. She was a natural choice for our pilot graduate student scholarship, and we are happy to help Leslie continue her education here at OU.”