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FAMU Awards More Than $3.6 Million In Scholarships During Five-City Tour

By: Press Release Email
By: Press Release Email

Press Release from Florida A&M:

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida A&M University (FAMU) awarded more than $3.6 million in scholarships during its third annual President’s “Up Close and Personal” Tour, which included five cities — Tallahassee, Thomasville, Ga., Jacksonville, Orlando and Tampa.

FAMU President James H. Ammons wrapped up his tour on Tuesday evening awarding scholarships totaling $421,000 in Tampa. Earlier in the day, students received $560,000 in scholarships at Jones High School in Orlando.

Quesly Daniel, a senior at King High School in Tampa, was awarded FAMU’s top scholarship, the Life-Gets-Better (LGB) Scholarship. He said he has received scholarship offers from Florida State University, the University of Florida and University of South Florida, but none topped what he was offered by FAMU.

“I think it is the best offer in the country,” said Daniel, who plans to major in mathematics or engineering.

Ammons kicked off his tour in Tallahassee on Sunday where he awarded $879,000 in scholarships to 33 prospective students, including three LBG Scholarships. Megan E.D. Treadwell, of Lawton Chiles High School; Lindsay P. Baker, of Leon High School and Carissa G. Redmon, all of Tallahassee, each received a LGB Scholarship package totaling $85,000. The LGB Scholarship also includes a laptop computer, annual stipend and a 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, 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.

FAMU awarded nearly $1.2 million in scholarships to 39 perspective students at the Wyndham Hotel in Jacksonville on Monday.

“I am grateful,” said Terica Slaughter, a senior at Paxon School for Advanced Studies, who received the LGB Scholarship. “I really wasn’t expecting it.”

Slaughter said without the scholarship she would not be able to attend a four-year college. ?Ammons was traveling across north and central Florida this week offering scholarships to some of the state’s best and brightest students through his Presidential Scholars Program.

“It is an honor to be here tonight to tell this university’s story,” said Ammons to those who traveled to the reception. “As a product from a single parent household, I know the transformation that can take place at FAMU. FAMU is the shining light on the hill, the place that takes you and molds you into the person that you want to become.”

Accompanying Ammons on the tour were university recruiters, administrators, student leaders and members of the FAMU Connection, a group of talented students who tell the university’s story through song and dance.

“These students have given up a great portion of their summer break to be here,” said Ammons. “Their participation shows a great level of commitment to the university.”

FAMU budgeted about $35,000 for the tour. The funds came from private donations.

TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA — $879,000

$4,000
Antio J. Gallmon, Amos P. Godby High School
Alexys James, Maclay School
Janay Whitaker, Florida High School
Kiara Ward, Leon High School

$8,000
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

$12,000
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

$16,000
Raven Otway, Lawton Chiles High School
Akeem Ray, Lawton Chiles High School
Alexander Watson, FAMU DRS
Bria A. Young, Amos P. Godby High School

$20,000
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

$8,000
DeMarcus K. Crews, Albany High School
Jangioria E. Diggs, Thomasville High School

$12,000
Dalin N. Howze, Redan High School

$16,000
Timothy Martin, Miller County High School
Christian L. Neal, Tift County High School
Karena V. Hawkins, Westover High School

$20,000
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

JACKSONVILLE — $1,199,000

$8,000
Katherine P. Udell, Suwannee High School
Kaila H. White, Douglas Anderson High School
Jayra Britton, Wolfson High School
Tyrone McClellon, Eastside High School
Symiela McClinton, Sandlewood High School

$12,000
Tondia M. Neal, Columbia High School
Daniel A. Williamson, Jacksonville
Michael Scott, Stanton College Prep
Cecil Harper, Paxon School for Advanced Studies
Scott Brown, Stanton College Prep
Tiyrenee Riley, Live Oak

$16,000
Shanon J. Kiser, Bradford High School
Kaysha Hutchinson, Paxon School for Advanced Studies
Matthew Webster, Stanton College Prep
Terra Dale, Paxon School for Advanced Studies
Jermaine J. Bridges, Terry Parker High School
Raisha Miggins, Ribault High School
Maurie L. Thomas, Ribault High School
Alyce R. Gresham, Ribault High School
Coyia Chandley, P.K Yonge High School
Shambria Simmons, Ribault High School
Ja Terra Robinson, Ribault High School
Larry Brown, Jr., Ribault High School
Christian Vaughn, Ribault High School
Tiera Jackson, Ribault High School

$20,000
Long Pham, Robert E. Lee High School
Shalisha Thornton, Paxon School for Advanced Studies
Kiahanna Jackson, First Coast High School
Jalieel Johnson, Robert E. Lee High School
Caamron Eggins, Mandarin High School

$80,000
Johnee S. Eleby, First Coast High School
Sarah K. Luther, Suwannee High School (Additional $4,000 from CESTA)
Ch’Rae Pitts, Stanton College Prep (Additional $4,000 from CESTA)
Rashara DuBose, St. Johns County Day School
Simone J. Mayes, Stanton College Prep
Shaira Riggins, Stanton College Prep

$85,000
Garold Harris II, Paxon School for Advanced Studies
Terica Slaughter, Paxon School for Advanced Studies
Caleb Prox, Interlachen High School

ORLANDO — $560,000

$4,000
Racquel D. Williams, Jones High School

$8,000
Qwentin White, Jones High School
Kemesha Blair, Dr. Phillips High School
Lennox Kennedy, Dr. Phillips High School
Ashley Reynolds, Dr. Phillips High School

$12,000

Reginald Burroughs, Jones High School
Takiya Code, Jones High School
Brendon C. Hawkins, Dr. Phillips High School
Adrianna M. Simmons, Jones High School
Caroline Pryor, Dr. Phillips High School

$16,000
Vincetta Donnell, Jones High School

$20,000
Nadia Z. Engram, Jones High School

$24,000
Jamie Butler, Jones High School
Shanaid Sewell, Jones High School

$60,000
Corinthia L. Alford, Jones High School, Salutatorian

$80,000
Shamile Louis, Jones High School
Keeana Baron, Dr. Phillips High School
Dria M. Gunn, Dr. Phillips High School
Rashad Guy, Dr. Phillips High School

TAMPA — $421,000

$8,000
Rodney Anderson, Wharton High School
Julia Clarke, Lake Mary High School
Steven C. Williams, Tampa Bay Technical
Leah Coleman, Tampa Bay Technical
Cynetre Dingle, Wharton High School
Jamaica Reddick , Blake High School
Desjane Boone, Black High School
Faith Jessie, Newsome High School

$16,000
Minh Dang, Alonso High School
La’Teria A. Bellman, Collegiate Winter Haven High School

$80,000
Jasmine N. Lullen, Wesley Chapel High School
Alexis Cherry, King High School
Chania Alexander, Bloomingdale High School

$85,000
Quesly Daniel, King High School

Photo caption: Florida A&M University President James H. Ammons (third from right) congratulates Caleb Prox, who was awarded a Life Gets Better Scholarship. Prox is a student at Interlachen High School.


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