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School of Social Work stand-out follows in the footsteps of her mom

Tershuna Bass accepts her  Master's degree from JSU President Dr. William B. Bynum, Jr. just one year after receiving her Bachelor's degree. (Photo by Charles Smith)

Tershuna Bass accepts her Master’s degree from President Bynum just one year after receiving her Bachelor’s degree. (Photo by Charles Smith)

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As a two-time graduate from JSU’s School of Social Work, Tershuna Bass says she credits her academic achievements to her mother.

“My mom was an exceptional social worker.  She consistently dedicated herself to helping others enhance their overall well-being and that motivated me to pursue this academic discipline.”

Like her mother, Bass completed Jackson State’s undergraduate social work program with a 3.9 grade-point average and led her peers as student marshal at commencement.

As a scholastic extraordinaire, Bass maintained a 3.9 GPA while juggling duties as a transfer success mentor, transfer ambassador and member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

During her tenure at JSU, Bass was a member of Phi Alpha, Phi Theta Kappa, Tau Sigma and Golden Key honor societies. She was also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

During her tenure at JSU, Bass was a member of Phi Alpha, Phi Theta Kappa, Tau Sigma and Golden Key honor societies. She was also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

During her undergraduate tenure, Bass was also a member of  Phi Alpha, Phi Theta Kappa, Tau Sigma and Golden Key honor societies.

“I accepted a full academic scholarship to JSU for my achievements as a student at Hinds Community College, so it was my goal to come here and excel in the same capacity,” said Bass.

Impressed by her educational accomplishments, Bass’ professors selected her as the 2017 social work student of the year.

“It felt so amazing to be rewarded for all of my hard work and dedication.”

Bass decided to continue her educational pursuit in social work by applying to the JSU graduate program. She was immediately accepted to attend the one-year advance program for a master of science degree in social work.

After maintaining a 4.0 GPA throughout her graduate matriculation, Bass was selected as a recipient of the Mary S. Nelums Foundation scholarship. She was awarded a $300 stipend for being an exceptional student academically and in the community.

The Raymond, Mississippi, native says receiving that scholarship was among her proudest moments as a graduate student.

“One of my fondest memories at JSU while working toward my bachelors’ degree was following my mothers lead by excelling academically in my discipline with an overall 3.90 grade-point average. After being selected for the Mary S. Nelums scholarship, I remember feeling overwhelmingly proud that once again my diligence and hard work had been noticed inside and outside of the classroom,” Bass said.

The social work stand-out says JSU taught her the importance of networking and self-sufficiency. Bass’ sincere passion for helping children has led to the desire to work in a hospital environment.

“I love children, and I want to be an advocate for people who feel like they don’t have a voice.”

The social work scholar says she is excited to give back to an institution that has given so much to her.

“I want to give back financially because I know any amount can help our students. I also want to physically come back to campus and give social work students realistic answers regarding career expectations, internships and the importance of networking.”

As a recent alumna, Bass plans to come back to JSU to give students advice regarding the field of Social Work.

As a recent alumna, Bass plans to come back to JSU to give students advice regarding the field of Social Work.