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EKU Voices: Jalen Rose

Jalen Rose

“The future is near,” an excited Jalen Dewayne Rose declared, “and I can’t wait to come back to campus over the next five years to see how much the school has grown.”

Thanks to a couple of scholarships provided by some generous donors, the senior accounting major has done some growing of his own these past few years. Now, as 2016 graduate, he’s ready to attain his CPA credentials and plant the EKU flag in a major American city.

“I would like to thank the donors with all the kindness in my heart,” said Rose, adding that the scholarships afforded him the financial stability to continue with his studies. “It’s truly a blessing. I won’t take it for granted, and I thank God for them.”

Rose, from Louisville, has received the Dr. William and Mrs. Marion Berge Scholarship, established to assist high-achieving African American students, and the Major Roy L. Robbins Endowed Scholarship, established to help students in good academic standing who also exhibit high moral character, integrity and honesty as demonstrated by faculty recommendations.

He has gained further appreciation for the extended EKU family through part-time student employment in the Alumni Relations office. “It has been an incredible experience to meet a lot of alumni,” he said. “It’s also cool to see how the employees in Alumni Relations organize and put together events, so being able to help is fun!”

In the classroom, Rose said he has been gaining the professional skills needed for his chosen career, while also taking advantage of opportunities to network with professionals already in the field.

Now, as he enters the homestretch of his own time at Eastern, Rose said he appreciates all the improvements the University is making on behalf of its students and their families.

“President Benson is the man,” he said. “Go Colonels!”

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Published on June 30, 2016

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