Arab’s Tiffany Dowdy named WSCC Work Study of the Year

May 23, 2023Gail Crutchfield
2023 Work Study of the Year

Wallace State President Dr. Vicki Karolewics, right, presents Tiffany Dowdy of Arab with the Work Study of the Year Award as Karen Downs, left, and Dakota Nichols look on.

Hanceville, AL — Wallace State Community College is proud to announce Tiffany Dowdy of Arab was named the Work Study of the Year for 2023.

For more than two years, Dowdy served as a work study in the college’s Center for Student Success, assisting students and advisors. She recently graduated from Wallace State with a degree in dental assisting.

“Tiffany has been instrumental to our day-to-day operations, and our office misses her when she’s in class and at the dental clinic,” said Whit Rice, director of the Center for Student Success. “It has been a true joy to watch Tiffany grow and mature into the woman she is today, and her humble disposition and smile will set her up for a lifetime of success. She’s the best student worker I’ve been around.”

“Tiffany is always dependable,” said success advisor Dakota Nichols.

“She’s been very reliable,” said Karen Downs, supervisor of Work Study students for Wallace State’s Financial Aid department. “She was always happy no matter what was going on and had a good attitude. We will miss her.”

Her duties included helping students sign in to visit with an advisor, answering phones, taking photo IDs and more.

Dowdy said she was shocked to learn she was the winner of the award but admits she has loved working with the advisors and students at Wallace State.

“I liked helping other students, especially incoming freshman, because I’ve been there,” she said. “They’re always nervous, and just being able to make them feel better and more comfortable makes me feel better.”

Dowdy was presented with a plaque and a $50 gift card by WSCC President Dr. Vicki Karolewics, who also offered her congratulations.

“You’ve done an outstanding job,” Dr. Karolewics said. “You may have a record for the number of letters of recommendation for this award, which is given to only one student each year. We’re so proud to give that to you.”

On hand for the presentation were Dowdy’s parents, Nita and Keith, brother Jay, and her best friend Kiara.

Any student receiving financial aid at Wallace State through either loans or grants is qualified to apply for Work Study jobs on campus. Contact Karen Downs at 256.352.7886 or email Students can also download the Work Study Application at

Registration for summer and fall semesters is underway. Summer 2023 classes begin May 24. Fall 2023 classes begin Aug. 18. For more information, visit, call 256.352.8000 or come by Lion Central in the lobby of the James C. Bailey Center Monday-Wednesday 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or Friday 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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