TN Promise at Motlow my Motlow Academic ProgramsApply Now

Motlow State Community College
P.O. Box 8500
Lynchburg, TN 37352-8500
(931) 393-1500

Smith Nominated by Former Student

July 27, 2012


Smith Nominated by Former Student - Amanda Slayton, left, recent Motlow graduate, nominated Debra Smith, assistant director for student services at Motlow's Fayetteville Center for the 'Pay it Forward' segment featured on WHNT Channel 19 in Huntsville, Ala. Robert Reeves, reporter for the station, and a camera crew surprised Smith at work on Wednesday morning with the announcement of her being chosen as a 'Pay it Forward' recipient.

Slayton said, "I nominated Debra because she has helped me since the first day I walked in the door at Motlow. She guided me every step of the way. Everyone needs support to make it through college and she has been my number one supporter."

Smith said, "What a wonderful surprise! When you are helping a student, you never know what kind of impact you are having on them. Motlow was an incredibly positive experience for me. I graduated in 1985. I am so glad it was for Amanda, as well."

The filmed story will be shown Monday, July 30 on the Huntsville station. After airing on television, the segment can be viewed on the station's website