Among the many top scholars that will join the Florida A&M University (FAMU) student body this fall will be Jasmine Mount, a 17-year-old who graduated from Marianna (Fla.) High School earlier this month equipped with an associate degree in nursing and a nursing assistant certification from the state of Florida. She served as the valedictorian of her class.
Mount will pursue a bachelor’s degree in nursing and is the recipient of the FAMU High School & Community College Two-Year Scholarship and the FAMU National Alumni Association (NAA) Northwest Florida Chapter Scholarship.
“My biggest motivating factor is making something out of myself,” said Mount, reflecting on the accomplishments she’s made at such a young age. “I want to be successful and achieve greatness because I know I have the potential to do so.”
While in high school, Mount not only took college courses at nearby Chipola College while maintaining a near 4.0 GPA, but she also was active in the National Honor Society, Beta Club, Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), Black Student Union, Phi Theta Kappa, Show Choir and Trio Society. She also used her free time to further her nursing skills by shadowing registered nurses, nursing assistants and neonatal nurses.
According to FAMU NAA 1st Vice President Lt. Col. Gregory L. Clark, Mount comes to FAMU with an exemplary drive for academic achievement.
“Jasmine's drive and subsequent accomplishments represents the merit of students that FAMU attracts every day,” Clark said. “We welcome Jasmine to 'the Hill' and look forward to watching her excel in the university's highly competitive academic environment.”
Mount said she chose nursing as a career path because of her desire to help others. She knew that FAMU would be the best fit for helping her to achieve her goal of working as a pediatric nurse.
“I chose FAMU because I heard it has one of the top nursing programs in Florida,” she said. “I love the atmosphere and what the university stands for.”