PINE BLUFF, Ark. – An undergrad student at UAPB is kicking off his freshman year double majoring in biology and chemistry.

Arkansas Scholarship Lottery Recipient Kenan Dzide is halfway through his first year of college.

With 2016 off to a start, he’s staying focused on academics to succeed in two science majors.

“Education can take you very far in life. If you don’t have education, you will be deprived of your freedom,” he says.

Kenan aspires to help others by working towards a career as a family physician.

“We still have a long way to go, so I want to give back and benefit my community,” he continues. “I’m a part of the honors college. I’m a part of the black male achievers and as well as the STEM program, science, technology, engineers and math.”

Kenan says he takes part in various organizations to continue a legacy other minority students on campus left behind.

“It’s a tradition for this school for the advancement of my culture and my race in order to achieve high goals,” he explains.

Those high goals are set in place, once again this year as a recipient of the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery.

“It has given me a sense of assurance and confidence that I needed to get through college,” Kenan says.

More than 200-thousand lottery scholarships have been awarded to Arkansas students.