FAMU Press Release:
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida A&M University (FAMU) officially kicked off its third annual “Up Close and Personal” state tour in Tallahassee Sunday, awarding scholarships totaling nearly $1.5 million.
Bethel Missionary Baptist Church in Tallahassee was the first stop of the tour. There, FAMU President James H. Ammons encouraged students to attend the Tallahassee reception later in the day at the FAMU Grand Ballroom on campus where nearly 250 were in attendance.
“We are in the process of providing hope during these tough economic times,” said Ammons. “We are pleased with the number of students who qualify for our presidential scholarships.”
Ammons awarded $879,000 in scholarships to 33 potential students, including three Life Gets Better (LBG) Scholarships. Megan E.D. Treadwell, of Lawton Chiles High School; Lindsay P. Baker, of Leon High School and Carissa G. Redmon, of Tallahassee, each received a LGB scholarship package totaling $85,000. The LGB scholarship also includes a laptop computer, annual stipend and an summer internship.
In Thomasville, Ga. on Sunday evening, Shinequa Revills of Westover High School in Albany said she was shocked when awarded the LGB scholarship. She was one of 12 students awarded scholarships totaling $578,000 during the reception at Thomas County Central High School.
“I wasn’t expecting it,” said Revills. “It’s great!”
Her mother Andrea Revills said the family had purchased a condominium in Florida, hoping to claim residency because her daughter had a strong desire to be a part of the Marching “100.” She only applied to Georgia Southern University and Albany State University, noted her father Apostle Felix Revills, who is a graduate of Albany State University, along with his wife. Shinequa said she was interested in enrolling there also.
“If Shinequa worked hard and prepared herself for this opportunity, we would not hold her back because of a family tradition,” said Felix Revills.
Reginald Knight, president of the Thomas County Chapter of the FAMU Alumni Association, welcomed FAMU students and staff to Thomasville, Ga. and thanked the university for providing this opportunity.
“Students in this area don’t hear much about FAMU,” said Knight. “This was a great idea.”
FAMU’s tour also includes receptions in Jacksonville on Monday and Tampa on Tuesday, in addition to a visit to Jones High School in Orlando. About 50 students accompanied President Ammons on the tour including members of the FAMU Connection, a group of students who tell FAMU’s story through song and dance.
FAMU budgeted about $35,000 for the tour, which will come from private funds.
TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA — $879,000
Antio J. Gallmon, Amos P. Godby High School
Alexys James, Maclay School
Janay Whitaker, Florida High School
Kiara Ward, Leon High School
Coutney J. Johnson, Lincoln High School
Keontae D. Evans, Lincoln High School
Alicia L. Turner, Leon High School
Dezondria A. Broxsie, Florida High School
Tony D. Worlds, Jr., Lincoln High School
Kerrah T. Sharpe, Lawton Chiles High School
Allison M. Horton, Chiles High School
Asjah B. Nero, Lincoln High School
T’Keyah C. Gadson, Rickards High School
Tony A. Cooper, Florida High School
Kenneth T. Siplin, FAMU DRS
Jerrod A. Stewart, Lawton Chiles High School
Jordan Stanley, FAMU DRS High School
Raven Otway, Lawton Chiles High School
Akeem Ray, Lawton Chiles High School
Alexander Watson, FAMU DRS
Bria A. Young, Amos P. Godby High School
Nandi B. Smith, Florida High School
Jade-Elizabeth Walker, Amos P. Godby High School
Shonell Joseph, Lincoln High School
John Washington, Leon High School
Alexander Logan, Lincoln High School
Distinguished Scholar Award — $80,000
Asia K. DaCosta, Lawton Chiles High School
Jasmyn Sanders, MaClay High School
Jasmine N. Holmes, Rickards High School
Elliott A. McKnight, Rickards High School
Life Gets Better Scholarship — $85,000
Megan E.D. Tradwell, Lawton Chiles High School
Lindsay P. Baker, Leon High School
Carissa G. Redmon
GEORGIA — $578,000
DeMarcus K. Crews, Albany High School
Jangioria E. Diggs, Thomasville High School
Dalin N. Howze, Redan High School
Timothy Martin, Miller County High School
Christian L. Neal, Tift County High School
Karena V. Hawkins, Westover High School
Tralany S. Roberts, Albany High School
Alexander Graham Atkins II, Pelham High School
Distinguished Scholar Award — $104,000
Thomas E. Matthews
Alycia S. Gant, Colquitt County High School
Sherena Tennyson, Brooks County High
Life Gets Better Scholarship — $150,000
Shinequa Revills, Westover High School