International College Names President's Award Recipient

James French, a 2002 graduate of International College and current student in the College’s MBA program, was named the 2002 President’s Award recipient.

The President’s Award is given annually in recognition of an International College student for all-around outstanding efforts. College officials consider a nominee’s service to the institution, community service, and academic standing.

French, 33, of North Naples, graduated in December with a bachelor’s degree in management and holds a perfect 4.0 GPA. In addition to his academic achievements, French also balances a full-time job with the fourth-largest pest control company in Florida while raising three elementary school-aged children as a single parent, and he serves as the Chair of the IC Ambassadors, the College’s student organization.

Most recently, The Coca-Cola Foundation awarded French a $5,000 scholarship. The program provides a scholarship to a student who is the first person from the family to graduate from college.

“James had all the attributes I was looking for in a candidate. He demonstrates leadership, he is motivated and aggressive in his academic studies, he is committed to this institution and he is a caring parent,” said Terry McMahan, International College President.

French said he was inspired to return to college as an adult learner after seeing a friend return to school and achieve career success.

“I feel privileged for receiving the President’s Award and other honors at International College. I work hard and volunteer to set a good example for my kids,” French said. “If people have the desire and are willing to make the commitment to return to school, it’s the best investment they can make in themselves.”
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