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Scholarship student champions socioeconomic diversity

May 16, 2007 at 3:49 pm
By Marla Holt

All in the family

Lacey Dorman ’09 and her older sister were raised by their mother, who is trained as a paralegal but works as a warehouse manager for Komatsu, a mining equipment manufacturer.

“We moved around a lot because my mom was in between jobs or looking for a better job,” says Dorman, who graduated fourth in her class at Sheridan (Wyoming) High School. Dorman also considers Kennebec, South Dakota, her home town.

A first-rate education

Dorman has an unmet needs scholarship from the Daniels Fund, which pays the remainder of her costs after Carleton grants and other outside scholarships have been applied to her comprehensive fee. The cost of Carleton didn’t deter her from applying.

“All of the schools I looked at were high priced,” she says. “I’d rather have a solid education and be in debt than be at a vocational college training for a job that wouldn’t satisfy me.” Dorman plans to attend graduate school, then become a school psychologist.

Lean on me

TRiO/Student Support Services is a federally funded program at Carleton that assists students in overcoming social, cultural, financial, personal, and academic challenges in order to participate fully in college life. As a peer leader in TRiO, Dorman helps maintain the textbook-lending library, a key resource for students who worry about the cost of purchasing textbooks (they can run as high as $400 each term). “TRiO offers a place to take a break and regroup if you’ve lost yourself along the way,” she says.

Leader in Training

Dorman participated in the Leadership Exploration and Engagement Program, which teaches first-year students about group dynamics, conflict resolution, and team building. She is on the hall community board for the Burton/Davis/Severance complex and has applied to be a resident assistant. She also is a layout editor for the CARL. “Carleton has a venue for any sort of interest you have,” she says. “You can always find a way to share your interests with others.”

Opening Doors

Enriching Carleton through socioeconomic diversity is important, says Dorman. “Students from economically depressed backgrounds are capable of achieving a high level of academic performance,” she says. “We just haven’t had the opportunities.”