Travis Fernandez’s father had taken a second job to help pay for his son’s college tuition, so the word that Travis had won the Donald and Yvonne Hughes Annual Scholarship was exciting news in the household. It was also quite a surprise. “I was confused at first when I got the award letter, because I had not applied for the scholarship, so I certainly was not expecting it,” Fernandez said. “Words cannot describe how grateful and honored I am.”
While academics clearly occupy most of Fernandez’s time and attention, he is also a resident assistant, and feels that taking part in the social life of the College is an important aspect of the experience. “I enjoy helping and being a guide for my classmates in our residence hall, and I have met so many wonderful people in the job. I would advise new students to make some time to get involved in activities. It is a truly wonderful community here at Lycoming.”
Fernandez is a junior, studying art as well as working toward his teaching certification. In the classroom, Fernandez has been particularly inspired by Seth Goodman, an assistant professor in the art department. “He has tested my knowledge and abilities, and helped me to grow and become a stronger artist,” Fernandez said.
A graduate of Kittatinny Regional High School in Newton, N.J., Fernandez is hoping to return there as a teacher once he finishes his degree at Lycoming. As he begins to look toward the next phase of his life, Fernandez thought back to his introduction to Lycoming. “The first time I visited here I knew it was the place I wanted to attend. There is such a great and welcoming atmosphere. This scholarship will help me successfully earn my degree at the college I love so much.”