FAMU Awards Nearly 2 million in Scholarships

By: Lanetra Bennett
October 7, 2013

Tallahassee, FL - During a recruitment fair, 36 high school students in the Atlanta area received scholarships from FAMU worth more than a million dollars.

The university also awarded $88,000 to six students in Birmingham, Alabama.

FAMU student, Vishauna Glenn, says she's glad she was given that same opportunity to come to FAMU. She says, "I love being a student here at Florida A&M. The campus is very diverse. They have a lot of programs that they're offering now that have become more reachable to students, like the SBI program. I love that program."

The scholarships were given during the President's tour last week.

Two separate press releases from FAMU are below.


Press Release: FAMU

FAMU Presents $1 Million in Scholarships to Atlanta High School Students

ATLANTA – Florida A&M University (FAMU) presented $1,026,584 in scholarships to Atlanta area students on Friday, Sept. 27 during its President’s Tour.

During the recruitment fair, which was held at the Hyatt Regency-Atlanta, interested students had the opportunity to meet with recruiters from various colleges, schools and departments, and receive one-on-one assistance.

“I love that FAMU came to Atlanta to recruit,” said Zakiya Abdullah, who plans to study physical therapy at FAMU next fall. “I was one of the first people at my high school to have my permission slip signed to attend the event. I’ve heard so many great things about FAMU.”

There were performances by the theatrical company, “FAMU Connection,” and appearances by the FAMU Royal Court, presidential ambassadors and university administrators.

“I think it was great for the university to come because it made me excited to attend FAMU,” said Tiffani Terry, a senior at Carver School of the Arts. “At first, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to attend a historically black college or university. But the way the FAMU Connection performed and how the speakers discussed their involvement with the school, it inspired me. They made me really think should I go to FAMU and I could be really happy with my decision as well.”

Monique Terrell, a senior at Carver Hill Science and Research School, attended the recruitment fair last year, and she says she remember how everyone around her received scholarships and how exciting it was. This year, Terrell, who plans to major in biology or chemistry, received a $4,000 scholarship from the university.

“When I heard the announcer call my high school, I was just hoping he was going to say my name,” she said. “I’m glad FAMU came today because it gives people hope that even though we are going through difficult times, we can still rise above it and go to college.”

FAMU Interim President Larry Robinson told the potential students FAMU is like a second home, where students have the opportunity to grow inside and outside the classroom.

“At FAMU we have some of the most socially responsible students in the nation,” he told the audience. “We expect you to succeed. You are our No. 1 concern. We are here for you. The question is are you ready for the great things that happen at Florida A&M University every day? FAMU is a great place for you to embark on the next phase in your career.”

The Atlanta scholarship recipients were:

§ Malik T. Sealy, a student at Therrell High School, received a Presidential Special Scholarship for $4,000;

§ Jeremiah Green, a student at Therrell High School, received a Presidential Special Scholarship for $4,000;

§ Ryan Dukes, a student at Therrell High School, received a Presidential Special Scholarship for $4,000;

§ Raven Powell, a student at Benjamin E. Mays High School, received a Presidential Special Scholarship for $4,000;

§ Monique Terrell received a Presidential Special Scholarship for $4,000;

§ Halie Glenn received a Presidential Special Scholarship for $4,000;

§ Chelsea burks, a student at Coretta Scott King Academy, received a Presidential Special Scholarship for $4,000;

§ Adeola Gyeni, a student at Washington High School, received the George W. Gore Scholarship for $8,000;

§ Roderick Tyler, a student at Benjamin E. Mays High School, received the George W. Gore Scholarship for $8,000;

§ Kiera Bell, a student at North Springs High School, received the George W. Gore Scholarship for $8,000;

§ Quentis Bentley, a student at Carver Early College, received the George W. Gore Scholarship for $8,000;

§ Andre'a Moody, a student at South Atlanta High School, received the George W. Gore Scholarship for $8,000;

§ Kayla Akinlosose, a student at Therrell High School, received the George W. Gore Scholarship for $8,000;

§ Brittany Crawford, a student at Washington High School, received the George W. Gore Scholarship for $8,000;

§ Christopher Smith, a student at South Atlanta High School, received the George W. Gore Scholarship for $12,000

§ Cheyana Roberson received the George W. Gore Scholarship for $8,000;

§ Kingsley A. Iyawe, a student at Carver School of Technology, received the George W. Gore Scholarship for $8,000;

§ Daniel Price, a student at Benjamin E. Mays High School, received the George W. Gore Scholarship for $16,000;

§ Devin Alexander, a student at Campbell High School, received the George W. Gore Scholarship for $16,000;

§ Amanda Watts, a student at Benjamin E Mays High School, received the George W. Gore Scholarship for $20,000;

§ Aria Gabriel, a student at Southwest Dekalb High School, received the George W. Gore Scholarship for $20,000;

§ Alessandra Burgess, Washington Early High School, received the George W. Gore Scholarship for $20,000;

§ Manta Vinous Smalls, a student at Benjamin Mays High School, received the George W. Gore Scholarship for $24,000;

§ William Paschal, a student at South Atlanta High School, received the George W. Gore Scholarship for $24,000;

§ Malik Brown, a student at Frederick Douglass High, received the George W. Gore Scholarship for $28,000;

§ Maleah Maxie, a student at Grayson High School, received the George W. Gore Scholarship for $28,000;

§ Lauren Winston, a student at North Springs High School, received the George W. Gore Scholarship for $35,000;

§ Madison Pooser, a student at Washington High School, received the Distinguished Scholar Award for $71,176;

§ Titus Ziegler, a student at Grady High School, received the Distinguished Scholar Award for $71,176;

§ Olayemi O. Oladapo, a student at Southwest Dekalb High School, received the Distinguished Scholar Award for $71,176;

§ Aalijah Davis, a student at Therrell High School, received the Distinguished Scholar Award for $71,176;

§ Charniece Belt, a student at Therrell High School, received the Distinguished Scholar Award for $71,176;

§ Samaniel Hobbs, a student at Frederick Douglass High School, received the Distinguished Scholar Award for $71,176;

§ Jamaya Powell, a student at Coretta Scott King High School, received the Distinguished Scholar Award for $71,176;

§ Naajia Muhammad, a student at Booker T. Washington High School, received the Distinguished Scholar Award for $71,176; and

§ Liza Wemakor, a student at Booker T. Washington High School, received the Distinguished Scholar Award for $71,176.

Press Release

FAMU Awards $88K to Scholars in Birmingham

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida A&M University (FAMU) presented $88,000 in scholarships Thursday to deserving high school students during its Birmingham, Ala. stop of its President’s Tour.

During the recruitment fair, which was held at the Carver Theatre for the Performing Arts, interested students had the opportunity to meet with recruiters from various colleges, schools and departments, and receive one-on-one assistance.

“I went to the recruitment fair to get a better feel of college life,” said DeAndre King, a senior at Holy Family Cristo Ray Catholic High School. “I was undecided but I am definitely going to apply now. This event changed my mind. I want to major in biology at FAMU.”

There were performances by the theatrical company, “FAMU Connection,” and appearances by the FAMU Royal Court, presidential ambassadors and university administrators.

Clayborn Mathis, a senior business administration student for Palm Beach, Fla. gave his testimonial during the fair. Mathis, who had to work a majority of his senior year in high school to help provide for his family, said it took his high school counselor to see the potential in him to further his education.

“FAMU has been everything I imagined it could be,” said Mathis, who has interned with pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly. “When I came to FAMU, it was one of the best decisions I’ve made in my life. The planning and structure prepared me for my role at my internship. I had the opportunity to go anywhere—I chose Florida A&M University.”

FAMU Interim President Larry Robinson told the potential students that the university not only provides a strong education, it will help to define one’s purpose.

“As parents, you want to send your loved ones to place where they can find a purpose for themselves,” he told the audience. “We have a full array of programs that will help with that. We expect you to succeed. It’s not just going to be a transformation from high school to college. It’s a transformation in your life’s purpose.”

Justin Redwine, a senior at Hoover High School, said he was shocked when his name was called to receive a scholarship.

“I had the feeling that I might have my name called, but I wasn’t sure,” said the scholar. “I think it is great that FAMU came to Birmingham. It creates more opportunities for students like me who me who may not have as much access to meetings like this. I’m very thankful.”

The Birmingham scholarship recipients are:

· Joicelyn Redwine, a junior at Hoover High School, received the George W. Gore Scholarship for $24,000;

· Alexa-Ann, Dixon a senior at Thompson High School, received the George W. Gore Scholarship for $16,000;

· Edward Williams Jr., a senior a Homewood High School, received the George W. Gore Scholarship for $16,000;

· Jacob Prewitt, a senior at George Washington Carver High School, received the George W. Gore Scholarship for $16,000;

· Justin Redwine, a senior at Hoover High School, received the George W. Gore Scholarship for $12,000; and

· Sam Wiggins IV, received the Presidential Scholars Scholarship for $4,000.


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