LOCK HAVEN — Riyana Owens of Red Lion is the 2021-22 recipient of the Frederick Douglass Emerging Leader Scholarship at Lock Haven University (LHU). Owens is a senior double major in biology (pre-med) and psychology with a minor in chemistry.
Outside of the classroom, Owens is an outstanding sprinter for the LHU track team. She was awarded the Frederick Douglass Emerging Leader Fellowship for her leadership skills in the classroom and on the track.
Along with having a GPA above 3.8, Owens competes in the 60, 200, 400, 4 x 100 and 4 x 400 meter relays. She finished second in the 60m at the 2021-22 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Indoor Championships, and also scored for the Bald Eagles in the 200 meters.
In February, she became the first woman in LHU history to break the 25-second mark in the 200 meters. Owens also set the school record in the 300 meters in December. Her effort of 41.88 in the 300m shattered the previous school record, and her performance of 7.55 at the PSAC Indoor Championships set a new school record in the 60m, earning her a trip to the nationals. .
“It means a lot to me to be a member of the LHU track team,” said Owens. “If I hadn’t spent the last four years with the team, I believe I would be a completely different person. Being part of the team has helped me stay focused on my studies and stay motivated for my career. improve, whether on or off the track.
Owens also hailed his scholarship as essential in helping him achieve academic and athletic success. Not only because of the financial boost it provides, but also because of the cascading impact of the help on his ability to manage his time and maintain his sanity.
“Receiving a scholarship is very helpful because instead of having to take the time to find a job off campus to help pay for my education and living expenses, I can devote that time and energy to my studies, as well only to my own personal well-being”, said Owens.
“I encourage all students to apply for scholarships”, She added. “Having one less stressor related to financial uncertainty will allow students to focus their time and energy on their studies and other beneficial extracurricular activities.”
The family atmosphere at LHU is another thing Owens credits for his success at The Haven. She said her coaches had a huge impact on her development and the teachers were extremely helpful and supportive as they pushed her towards achieving her academic goals.
Owens said his main draw to LHU was the strength of its health sciences program. In the future, she aims to attend medical school to become a doctor and work in the fields of neuroscience and neurodevelopment.