Eagle Incentive Program Success Stories
Emily Leberman, 2012 | Atlanta, GA
College is a milestone in a young adult life. Being able to break the ice with that experience instead of being thrown in with 20k+ others was very helpful. I believe it taught me early on some important lessons of how to guide my college career. I also think that I networked and made long lasting friendships that I would not have made being in a lecture class of 50+ students. There were many professors that I formed relationships with that helped me during the 4 years of my college career as I was able to come to them for advice and guidance. Little did I know it would be one of the best summers of my life!
Ryan Keesee, 2007 | Paulding County, GA
I was originally pretty upset that I had to attend EIP. I was disappointed in my low SAT score, and I felt defeated. I decided to let my ill mood go and dive into the experience. I was able to become acquainted with the professors, make new friends, learn the campus, and develop healthy study habits early on. It also put me ahead in credit hours which was great. I returned to SOAR a second year, became a BUILD Leader and Returner, Community Liaison, Southern Ambassador, SGA Senator, Southern Leader and spent some time on the Volunteer Involvement Board. I graduated with my Masters in 2014 and now serve as a Coordinator at Florida International University in the Center for Leadership and Service. EIP was definitely the beginning of a long journey that I wouldn’t change for anything.
Victoria Burnette, 2010 | Suwanee, GA
I loved the entire experience of EIP as a whole; I had the time of my life that summer and was able to get a jumpstart on my academics, as well as making lasting friendships. I gained so much from EIP, and I think it’s Georgia Southern’s BEST KEPT SECRET. Life after EIP at Georgia Southern was something similar to a fairy-tale. I excelled academically and graduated Summa Cum Laude in 3.5 years. I owe much of my current success to EIP and my alma mater – Georgia Southern University.
Ashley Riggs, 2009 | Sharpsburg, GA
EIP was the best summer of my life. I think the two things that I benefited the most from in EIP are my time management skills and my social and people skills. Little did I know that the decision to give up that time was the best decision I ever made. I think my favorite thing about EIP was all of the people that I was able to meet. We have a running joke that when you find out someone you’ve met went to EIP, you instantly have a family bond. I can honestly say everyone who I’ve met that has attended EIP has agreed that it was their favorite semester in college.
Chance Shelton, 2013 | Kennesaw, GA
As the program went on I really took everything that was offered to my full advantage, whether it was socially, academically, or just getting a feel for the campus. I met so many new people like myself and formed friendships that I still have to this day. I can honestly say that without EIP I’m not sure who I would have become here at the university….we always say that EIP was one of the best semesters we have had here at Southern thus far.
Zach Garrett, 2011 | Alpharetta, GA
EIP gave me the opportunity to prove to myself and Georgia Southern that I was ready for the academic rigor of a college education. The Eagle Incentive Program expresses the notion that students and their abilities cannot be solely defined by a GPA or scores on the SAT. This program gives students the opportunity to show that they can be successful in college regardless of these standardized rating systems. I am forever grateful for what Georgia Southern has given me and I am so excited to share my story so that others will know what a great place it is.
Joshua Combs, 2008 | Kennesaw, GA
The most beneficial aspect of EIP was that I was able to prove to myself that I could be a successful college student. I saw the fruits of my labor, and it inspired and set the tone for the rest of my academic experience. I remember that I made 1 B that summer at EIP, and that pushed me to never make a B again in college. I graduated from Emory Law in May 2015 and will begin working at Troutman Sanders LLP in the Energy Practice Group in their Atlanta office in September 2015.
Maya Gleason, 2012 | Covington, GA
After I found out I got into EIP I knew Georgia Southern was where I wanted to be. Once I started, I thrived in my academics. I came out with a 3.75 GPA; the highest it had been in my school career. Since EIP I have joined many clubs and leadership positions. I am a manager for our fundraising program, Phonathon. I also am the photo editor for the George- Anne, our school newspaper. After graduation I hope to work for an advertising company continuing my passion for design.
Jason Conyers, 2013 | Atlanta, GA
When I arrived during the summer for EIP I decided to work harder than I did in high school and make sure I got into fall semester. Because of my summer EIP Community Leader (CL), I made the decision to become a leader on campus and help others get involved, make new friends, and get good grades. I am currently going into my junior year and returning as a CL, as well as being a CL during the summer with the EIP students coming in.
Ross Euteneuer, 2009 | Atlanta, GA
The overall experience of EIP was amazing to me. I learned a lot about myself during EIP. The EIP program laid the foundation for my success at Georgia Southern University and post-graduation. I realized those lessons and experiences I have learned from my time at EIP, I applied it to every year while I was at GSU. The study habits I created, the lifelong friends I made from Georgia Southern, the daily experiences I cherished all started back from my time in the EIP program. Looking back on it now, it was the best decision I have made. The path I started from in 2009 to now currently working in the NFL, I just build off from it every day and apply it to my daily life and working in the sport industry as well.