The HBCU Alum Scholarship Committee is proud to announce its 2021 Book Scholarship Winners. Five highly qualified and well-deserving individuals have been selected as recipients: Amber Burton, Christian Davis, Michael Barfield Jr., Myra Lewis and Nia Richardson.
- Amber is a graduating senior from Columbia, SC and currently holds a 4.85 GPA. She is a member of National Honor Society, Varsity Basketball Captain, All-Region & All State Player, Palmetto Girls State, Urban League Gifted & Talented and S.C. Legislative Black Caucus Youth Leadership Conference. She plans to study Political Science at North Carolina A&T State University this fall.
- Christian is a graduating senior from Kennesaw, GA where she currently holds a 4.088 GPA. She is President of Spanish Honor Society, President of Happy Hearts Elders Club, member of Beta Club, National Honor Society, Jack and Jill of America, Mu Alpha Theta and Team Captain of Lady Hoyas Basketball Team. She plans to attend Xavier University of Louisiana and major in Biology/Pre-Med.
- Michael is graduating senior from St. Petersburg, FL and currently holds a 3.5 grade point average. He is member of National Honor Society, Cross Country and Varsity Basketball Teams, Heisman High School Finalist, Sigma Beta Club, Jack and Jill Suncoast VP, USF Regional MLK Award and St. Petersburg Academic Excellence Award. He plans to study Homeland Security this fall at Savannah State University.
- Myra is graduating senior from Concord, NC and holds a 4.31 GPA. She is a Cox Mill Dance Captain, member of Jack and Jill of America, Academy of Information Technology, Young Black Leaders of America, Owner of The Dance Tutor, Competition Dance Team Member and Black Pianists Society. She plans to enroll this fall at Howard University to study Biology.
- Nia is also a graduating senior from Scottsdale, AZ and holds a 4.1 GPA. She is actively involved in Pinnacle Creative Arts Theatre, National Honor Society, Diversity Club, Jack and Jill, Global Citizen Mentoring Program, Phoenix Girls Chorus, Girl Scout Gold Award, Technical Theatre and completed 3 summer internships. This fall, she plans to study Environmental Science at Howard University.
All candidate applications were evaluated on scholastic achievement, school / community involvement, and performance on a written essay based on the following topic: “The Importance of Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the 21st Century.”
Graduates of Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School and Tennessee State University, Terrence Caldwell and Alex Shuler established their initial HBCU Book Scholarship in 2009. Its goal is to help encourage talented high school students to consider HBCU’s as a viable choice for higher education. The HBCU Alum Scholarship Committee congratulates these talented students and wish them best of luck in their HBCU journeys.