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Sydney Knowles
Sydney Knowles

Raised by a single mother in New Jersey, senior Sydney Knowles says they faced many challenges while she was growing up. She praises God for her mother’s love, patience, independence and strength during that time because these are all positive attributes she now recognizes in herself as a successful Bethune-Cookman University honors student readying to step out in the world on her own.

Heavily immersed in her final year as an Excelsior Scholar, Knowles has certainly made her mark on the B-CU campus. Harbored by the “Southern Hospitality” she welcomes from the Bethune-Cookman family as reminiscent of her family’s roots in Texas, Knowles has found success as an active member of the student body both in and out of the classroom.

Just glancing at her list of campus and community efforts would exhaust most people. On campus her involvement includes the Honors Program, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, the Student Government Association, the Sociology Association, Americorp, the Black Female Think Tank and more. Off campus she is a tutor for several local schools and volunteers for several charitable organizations.

Knowles, who said she intends to pursue a graduate degree in psychology after graduation and eventually go to law school, expresses gratitude for her leadership opportunities on campus. “These last four years have been a wonderful experience,” she said. “I have met wonderful people that have helped me grow from a teenage girl into a young lady – I am very blessed.”

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About Bethune Cookman University:

Founded in 1904 by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) today sustains her legacy of faith, scholarship and service through its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its commitment to academic excellence and civic engagement.  B-CU offers 38 degrees on its main campus and online college. Located in Daytona Beach, B-CU is one of three private, historically black colleges in the state of Florida. The institution boasts a diverse and international faculty and student body of nearly 4,000.  For more information, visit

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