FRANKFORT — Kentucky State University Director of Admissions Justin J. Mathis was recently selected as a Minority Access National Role Model.

“Our aim is to identify inspirational role models in various categories to inspire others to emulate them and thereby increase the pool of scholars and professionals who will find cures for illnesses or solve technological problems or address social disparities in society,” according to Minority Access officials.

Kentucky State officials say Mathis was recently selected as a 2017 Mississippi Business Journal’s Top 50 Under 40 Business Leaders and founder of the non-profit organization, The Mathis Foundation, which prepares low-income and potential first-generation 6-12 grade students in Jackson, Mississippi for success in college.

According to the nomination, his “organization provides academic and social support that focuses on providing a more rigorous curriculum to high school students to give them a glimpse of what college requires.”

Mathis’ organization is providing services for students and parents who may struggle with selecting and preparing for college. Mathis has assisted hundreds of families enroll their children in colleges across the U.S. since 2012.”

Since joining Kentucky State in June 2017, Mathis has developed a communications plan that tracks students from prospect to enroll status. Mathis was also instrumental in the creation of two new admissions positions to promote access at KSU: Coordinator of Diversity Outreach and Recruitment and Latino Admissions Specialist.

Mathis is committed to helping underrepresented students attend college to change their lives and positively impact the communities in which they choose to live and serve. Mathis will receive recognition at the 18th National Role Models Conference Sept. 29 – Oct. 1 in Washington, D.C.

ABOUT KENTUCKY STATE UNIVERSITY

Kentucky State University, building on its legacy of achievement as a historically black, liberal arts, and 1890 Land Grant University affords access to and prepares a diverse population of traditional and non-traditional students through high-quality undergraduate and select graduate programs. Located in Kentucky, KSU offers associate (two-year) degrees in two disciplines, baccalaureate (four-year) degrees in 24 disciplines, master’s degrees in eight disciplines, and one advanced practice doctorate in nursing. KSU has 129 full-time instructional faculty members and more than 2,000 students.