The award was established in 1873 by the Texas A&M Student government to recognize the most outstanding academic student for the sophomore, junior and senior classes in each academic college.
Jordan achieved the highest overall grade point ratio within the College of Education and Human Development. The award was presented to Jordan by Dr. Douglas J. Palmer, Dean of the College of Education and Human Development, and was awarded on Parent’s Weekend at A&M.
In addition, Jordan is a member and serves on the board of the A&M chapter of the Lambda Sigma National Honor Society, a national honor society for second year men and women.
The honor society is dedicated to fostering leadership, scholarship, fellowship, and the spirit of service among college students. The Lambda Sigma Society at A&M is limited to the most outstanding and deserving 50 sophomore students, as determined by the deans of each of the individual colleges.
Jordan also serves as vice-president of the Phi Epsilon Kappa Honor Society, an honor society dedicated to developing professionalism in the field of kinesiology and physical therapy by stressing academic excellence and community service.
Upon completion of her undergraduate studies at A&M, Jordan plans to continue her education in graduate school and earn her Doctorate Degree in physical therapy.
Jordan is the daughter of Jim and Vicki Murphey of Houston, and granddaughter of Jimmy and A.J. Murphey of Refugio.
The Gathright Scholar Award is presented in the name of Thomas S. Gathright, the first president of Texas A&M University by the Association of Former Students in conjunction with Texas A&M’s Student Government Association. The award is one of the most highly regarded and prestigious academic awards at A&M.