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02/26/2015

Winthrop Senior Ian Deas Is One Of Four $2,000 Sunbelt Rentals Scholarship Recipients

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 The scholarship, in the amount of $2,000, is for Deas to use in his senior year.
 Deas is a biology major from Charleston, South Carolina.

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Ian Deas
ROCK HILL, SOUTH CAROLINA — Winthrop senior biology major Ian Deas from Charleston, South Carolina, is one of four students from Big South Conference member schools who has received a Sunbelt Rentals Scholarship in the amount of $2,000 for use in his final academic semester.

Deas and three other winners were presented their scholarships during home basketball games at the three schools. They were selected on the basis of university standing, leadership roles, community involvement, honors, accomplishments and their personal statements on the application.

Deas serves as student body president of Winthrop’s Council of Student Leaders and as the student representative to the Winthrop Board of Trustees. In addition to his student government involvement, he has been active in community service while at the university. His list of community volunteer work includes Boyd Hill SCOPE, Brother’s Keeper, Project Rebound, Rolling in Rock Hill, MLK Day of Service, Wounded Warrior Project, and reading to students at Ebenezer Elementary School.

After graduation from Winthrop this spring, Deas plans to pursue a Ph.D. in pharmacology at Vanderbilt University, where he is interested in studying drug safety.

“In particular, I am very committed to investigating drug interactions for diseases such as diabetes and cancer, which are prevalent among low-income populations,” he said.

After a career in such research, he plans to teach at the college level to inspire a new generation of young scientists.

Established in August 2008, the Sunbelt Rentals Scholarship program recognizes the work done in the classroom, campus and community by students within the Big South Conference. To qualify, students must be enrolled in a Big South Conference member institution and entering their final semester as an undergraduate. The students must be of an underrepresented population including women, minority groups, disabled students, and/or current and former military personnel.

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