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Franzeya Childress Earns Criminal Justice Award at UC


Williamsburg, Ky. – University of the Cumberlands (UC) awarded the 2012 award for outstanding achievement in Criminal Justice to Franzeya Childress (Rockcastle, KY) at the annual Honors Day event on Monday, April 23rd, in the O. Wayne Rollins Center.

Candidates for the departmental awards are selected on the basis of GPA, commitment to the department, and service to the University and the community.

During her time at Cumberlands, Childress has been an active member of community support groups, along with Christian Napier, another outstanding Criminal Justice graduate.

Recently, Childress and Napier organized a woman's self-defense class and held it at a local church, encouraging students, faculty and local residents to attend.

Childress is a double major, excelling in the B.A. in Criminal Justice and the B.A. of Human Services. She has also completed a minor in Psychology.

Throughout her college career, Childress has worked on campus to help pay her tuition. She also worked as a tutor for 2nd grade students at Williamsburg Independent.

This past year Childress has worked as an English tutor in the University’s Pegasus Program. While working as a tutor she has assisted dozens of students, and has assisted several criminal justice students' work on difficult research papers.

Upon graduation, Childress plans to work towards a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and work within a federal or state correctional facility. She is the daughter of Orvil and Sharlene Childress of Rockcastle County, Ky.

Located in Williamsburg, KY, University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of study; nine pre-professional programs; seven graduate degrees, including a doctorate and six master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.