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Created in honor of The ELC’s founding member, the first president and CEO of The Council and an alumnus of Howard University, the Alvaro L. Martins scholarship is open to high achieving undergraduate black male students attending one of the nation’s top Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).


Howard University

Jahvon Coney is a junior economics major and mathematics minor in the College of Arts and Sciences Honors Association at Howard University. Jahvon is interested in Consulting, Private Equity, and Banking, as these industries allow him to combine his passion for business with his affinity for problem-solving. On campus, Jahvon currently serves as the President of the Abram Harris Economic Society while also acting as the Undergraduate Director of Elections for the university’s student-run Elections Commission. During his sophomore year, Jahvon was appointed as a voting member of the university’s Infrastructure Funding Appropriations Committee and was inducted into the International Economics Honor Society, Omicron Delta Epsilon, because of his commitment to academic excellence. Outside of the classroom, Jahvon enjoys practicing yoga, sharpening his photography skills, and reading literature centered around racial and social equity.


Howard University

R. Wesley Dickerson, Jr. is a graduating senior at Howard University studying marketing, and originally from Austin, Texas. Throughout his time at Howard, Wesley has joined multiple organizations, and has had his mind set on leaving his mark on the campus of his university. During his first two years at Howard he joined the Gentlemen of Drew Social Club, worked as a project manager on the 58th administration of the Howard University Student Association, became a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Beta Chapter, and was selected for the 1867 Undergraduate Assistantship Program. Wesley is passionate about ethics in business and his development as a professional. He hopes to work in sports marketing in the future, focusing on brand partnerships.


Howard University

As a sophomore, attending Howard University School of Business, Colonel Joshua Higgins is a unique individual with a high volume of divinity within his personality and interests. In his first year alone, he served as the President of the SOB Freshmen Council, Freshmen Ambassador of the Honors Program, co-hosted his own talk show on Howard Student Radio, and became a member of the SI360 Entrepreneurship Club.

When Colonel is not involved in professional activities he is tending to his personal palette. He is a self-taught spoken word artist and poet, has competed nationally in the ACTSO Program, and is currently in the process of writing and publishing his first poetry book.

Colonel’s personal mission is to give the same or better opportunities as he has had to others. He hopes to leave a positive lasting legacy on the world so he can continue to live on through people’s memory and his impact.


Howard University

Paul Quincy Holmes is a graduating Senior Honors Information Systems major from Memphis, Tennessee. On the campus of Howard University, Paul has enjoyed the opportunity to serve the student body in several capacities. He is a proud member of the School of Business Executive Leadership Program where he has the pleasure to serve as a Campus Ambassador to interested high school students. He is also an initiate of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Incorporated; Xi Chapter where he served as the Guide Right Chair and currently serve as the Social Outreach Ambassador. Paul has a natural passion for giving back and love for helping others. Throughout his time in D.C. he volunteered with Junior Achievement, D.C. Central Kitchen, and Food&Friends. This summer Paul interned with Citibank in their Global Information Security Analyst program and secured a final offer working in the Dallas office starting in the summer of 2021.


Howard University

Ekene Inoma is a sophomore finance major in the School of Business Executive Leadership Honors Program at Howard University. Ekene is interested in Consulting, Investment Banking, and Corporate Finance as he aspires to run his own non-profit organization in the future centered on providing aid to students in underprivileged societies. On campus, Ekene is a member of both the Howard University Investment Group and the Finance and Investment Club, where he learns valuable information about investment strategies and plans to practicalize them some time soon. Ekene had the pleasure of growing up in Nigeria, where he led various community service initiatives that involved organizing and tutoring high school students. During his spare time, Ekene enjoys playing games, listening to music, and watching sports.


Hampton University

Considered a modern-day renaissance man, Pierce I. Johnson’s breadth of interest and knowledge spans academia and athletics. Pierce excels academically as a student-athlete at Hampton University. He has made the Dean’s List three times and was named to the Big South Presidential Honor Roll while enrolled in the rigorous five-year MBA program. He was also named “Mr. Senior” at Hampton. Positioned to graduate on time, Pierce is a three-year starter on Hampton’s Division I Men’s Lacrosse Team. Named team MVP for two consecutive seasons, Pierce’s entrepreneurial spirit led him to offer private lacrosse lessons and start a small neighborhood landscaping business. Pierce interned at Blueprint Capital Advisors, LLC (2018), Bedrock (2019) and Morgan Stanley in the summer of 2020. Pierce loves to exercise, read self-improvement books, grill and cook new recipes, and enjoys spending time with family.


Howard University

Cameron Kee is an active student-athlete at Howard University with a pursuit in a BBA in Supply Chain Management. Cameron wishes to pursue his JD and practice law after undergrad. He is very active in his school community and loves to stay busy on campus. As a student, Cameron values his education over everything else. He has always been an honor student and plans to continue the exceptional work at Howard University. Being an athlete, Cameron is a hard worker on and off the track. He is a hurdler and really likes to display his competitiveness. He uses the leadership acquired from track to help him in his everyday life. As a young adult, Cameron has work experience with a plethora of jobs through high school into college but values community service as well. Cameron values open communication and prides himself on being a leader. Furthermore, he has an array of skill sets including communication, compatibility, optimism, and creativity.


Howard University

Ocean Latimer is a sophomore honors marketing major sports administration minor at Howard University. Ocean is interested in law and sports management with the hopes of owning his own sports agency. His mission is to increase the opportunities for minorities in the sports industry. Before his freshman year, he interned with the Dallas Cowboys under their head of operations for training camp. On-Campus Ocean is a Student Ambassador where he works with admissions to increase enrollment through information sessions and tours. He currently serves as a Senator on behalf of the School of Business and is also a member of the advisory board for the Men of the Mecca initiative whose goal is to build unity and increase the black male population of Howard University. Born in Brooklyn, New York but raised in Los Angeles, Ocean enjoys event planning, mixing music, and spending time with friends and family.


Florida A&M University

Andrew N. Lewis, IV is a college junior at Florida A&M University majoring in business administration. He is a third generation FAMU student and is an entrepreneur with over six figures in sales. Andrew is passionate about building wealth for himself and future generations, developing financial literacy, learning real estate development, leaving a positive impact on the world, and pursuing lifelong personal and professional growth. He is creative, ambitious, and determined. Andrew’s goals are to be a successful businessman, innovator, real estate investor/developer, author, and an inspiring and motivational story that helps other people. He is currently a Tallahassee 2020 City Commission Intern working with City Commissioner Jeremy Matlow.


Howard University

Stephen J. Lewis is a sophomore honors finance major studying at Howard University. Stephen has interests in Investment Banking and Corporate Finance, as he feels both industries will provide him the opportunity to learn more about finance as well as a path to his aspiration of reaching the C-Suite in a large firm. Over the summer, Stephen worked remotely as a Financial Planning & Analysis Intern at Liberty Mutual, where he aided in the development of a Power BI dashboard to visualize financial data. On campus, Stephen is a member of the School of Business Executive Leadership Honors Program, an analyst in the Howard University Investment Group, and a member of the Howard University Finance and Investment Club. Stephen has also served his local DMV community through Junior Achievement’s Finance Park and Howard University’s Day of Service. In his free time, Stephen enjoys playing the guitar, singing, and playing chess.


Howard University

Jamal Parris is a rising sophomore honors finance major at Howard University, and have certainly started to be molded by the Mecca throughout his first year. The tremendous melting pot that is the District of Columbia is combining with his self-described “humble Brooklyn origins” to further shape Jamal into the leader he aspires to be. That is, one with a vision for change, a vision for how to get there, and the drive to ensure it happens. Jamal describes himself as a strongly motivated individual who aspires to create pipelines for others in the black community. It is this passion that fuels his daily will to strive for better.


Florida A&M University

Deandré Smith is currently attending the illustrious Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, where he is pursuing a Doctor of Pharmacy and minoring in food science. Last spring, Deandré received his Associates Degree from Polk State College. While attending Polk State, Deandré was the Men’s Basketball Manager and the Brand Ambassador of the Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Program. The LSAMP Program focuses on increasing the number of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) graduate degrees awarded to underrepresented minorities. Deandré plans to pursue a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Diversity and Inclusion in STEM education. While he’s working towards that, he plans to invest in real estate, and in economically distressed communities. “My life goal is to insure everyone, regardless of what they have been through or were born into, to have an opportunity to make something of themselves, and leave something for the next generation.”


Howard University

Ryan Smith currently attends the Howard University School of Business in Washington, D.C. and will graduate in May 2021 with a degree in Business Finance. Ryan experienced previous internships within telecommunications and financial services industries with J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. as well as AT&T. These experiences have provided him with the foundation to develop a comprehensive set of skills in generating detailed reports, analyzing personal and corporate finances, and managing complex financial assessments and projects. Community involvement is an important and meaningful aspect of Ryan’s life. He is involved with the Bison GURU Group, which is a community service program focusing on the mentorship of young African American males attending Howard University Middle School. Ryan is frequently described as an ambitious, quick-learning, results-oriented, adaptable, and analytical person. When he’s not studying, working or volunteering, he enjoys traveling, golfing, and spending time with friends and family.


Howard University

Chase Tomlin is a rising sophomore at Howard University from Detroit, Michigan. Chase is an honors finance major apart of the School of Business Executive Leadership Program. In his free time, he enjoys being an active member of the community through service. He serves as the Treasurer of The Society of Collegiate Black Men where he handles all monetary transactions and presents financial updates for the undergraduate and alumni bodies. Within this organization, they focus on raising the standard of manhood on campus and abroad through campus events and community service. Chase is also a member of the Howard Men’s Track and Field team and his event is the 400-meter dash. One day he hopes to start a nonprofit organization focused on teaching underprivileged children financial literacy.

Scholarship Deadline Extended

The deadlines for the Brunswick Corporation Undergraduate Scholarship And Leadership Development Program and the ExxonMobil Undergraduate Business Case Competition have been extended to April 30.
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