2021 Hewlett Packard Enterprise Scholars
Sponsored by HPE, this scholarship is awarded to high-achieving Black students enrolled in an accredited four-year college or university who demonstrate academic excellence, leadership, a commitment to community involvement and are pursuing a degree in a STEM and business field of study.
The 2021 class received a one-time, need-based scholarship in the amount of $7,000 to assist with educational expenses for the 2021 – 2022 academic year.
Corey Neal is a resident of Burlington, North Carolina and currently a junior at North Carolina Central University in Durham, North Carolina. There, Neal is pursuing a Bachelor of Business Administration and has a concentration in financial-analytics and a minor in political-science. Upon graduation Neal plans to work in the financial sector and has hopes of pursuing law school to obtain his Juris Doctorate. On campus, Neal is much more than a student. He serves as an Eagles Ambassador, the campus tour guide program, and on the Student Government Association, currently as the Junior Class President. Neal loves working in his church, especially working with the Youth ministry and spending time with his family and friends.
Dioncia Wofford is a junior honors finance major and Spanish minor from Southaven, Mississippi. She attends Howard University where she is a junior representative for the School of Business Executive Leadership (SBEL) Honors Program and a former management team leader. Wofford is interested in consulting and corporate finance and has interned at KPMG this past summer. She is involved in her community and has been a part of several Democratic campaigns and has joined the NAACP. In her spare time, she enjoys playing tennis, traveling, and spending time with family.
Hannah Tarver is a junior at Spelman College, studying economics with a concentration in math. Tarver is passionate about exploring the intersection between labor rights issues and technology, determined to create evidence-based policies to protect working class people from unjust conditions in the workplace. As a fellow for the Georgia Women’s Policy Institute, Hannah plans to gain more familiarity with the world of public policy to create change in this space. On campus, Tarver serves as a resident advisor, student ambassador, and a member of Spelman’s Blue Record Podcast team. She also holds leadership positions within the Spelman Honors Program Student Association and the Spelman College Speech and Debate team. Outside of the classroom, Tarver volunteers as a reading guide for elementary school children in the Atlanta Public School System. Raised in Columbia, Maryland, Tarver enjoys trying new restaurants, running, and reading books in her spare time.
Jaiden Ritter is a junior in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences at the University of Maryland, studying economics. Ritter is interested in product management and commercial banking, since she feels both give her the opportunity to learn more about businesses and different industries while also being able to make an impact on these businesses as well as the communities they serve. On campus, Ritter is a member of the Women’s Track and Field Team, is an executive board member on the Student Athlete Advisory Committee and is a Mary and Barry Gossett Fellow. Ritter is also very passionate about Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and has held several leadership positions on campus which have allowed her to make an impact in this space. Raised in Ellicott City, Maryland, Ritter enjoys working out, trying new foods, and spending time with friends and family.
Josette Stewart is a junior supply chain management student at North Carolina A&T State University. She is a driven and hardworking student who maintains a 3.86 GPA while being employed and involved with various organizations on campus. Stewart is the founder of JB Signature Collection and is also a customer service representative at Nulife Fitness Camp. She has recently been selected for the top 60 of 350 students to participate in the 2021 Boeing HBCU Immersion program and proudly serves as a program and event coordinator for the Supply Chain Aggies. Stewart is very dedicated in showing her community service participation through The Greater Cleveland Food bank and with the Nulife Fitness community outreach program. Stewart is a continuous chancellor’s list student and is pleased to announce that she completed her internship at IBM in the summer of 2021 as a procurement professional.
Kayla Gaussaint is a sophomore at Temple University with a major in speech, language, hearing science. She studies within the Honors College as well as the College of Public Health. She is interested in early childhood speech acquisition and hopes to serve the community as a speech pathologist and private practice owner. Kayla is also a resident assistant on her campus and enjoys building community among her residents. When she is not studying for classes or working, Kayla enjoys refining her skills in writing and graphic design through creating content for her clubs, S.I.S.T.A.S, Instagram page.
Keanu Lee is studying business with a concentration in management at DePaul University. He is ambitious with his studies and hopes to one day be able to open a rehabilitation center for people affected by drugs, alcohol, homeless, or trauma and get them back on track to have sustaining a job and living situation. Being the son of immigrant parents and the youngest of four brothers, Lee has always had the ambition to do well in whatever challenge he faces. He refuses to give up and will push through no matter what, as is shown through his GPA and increase in academic awards. Lee hopes to use his talents to one day be a great leader of people and help his community. His many years of service is proof that he is a man for others.
Kiera Daughtry is a junior chemistry major at Spelman College in Atlanta. She is a warm, inquisitive person who is always seeking ways to both learn more and help others. Daughtry is a member of the Ethel Waddell Githii Honors Program. She is also a member of Spelman Sisters of STEM, DoD Scholars, and Spelbots. Daughtry has interned for two summers at Vertex Pharmaceuticals and is currently the R&D Intern at Seaspire, a start-up Cosmetics Company. Daughtry is a member of the Alpha Delta Lambda Honors Society and has received the Spelman College Student of Distinction scholarship, ITSMF Scholar, ELC HPE Scholarship and the Henry David Thoreau scholarship. In her spare time, Daughtry works with middle school and high school students by introducing them to STEM related activities. Daughtry is also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and lives in Roxbury, Massachusetts with her mother, father, and brother.
Sanye Sichinga is a junior in the School of Business Executive Leadership (SBEL) Honors Program at Howard University, studying accounting. On campus, Sichinga is very active, she serves as the vice president of the SBEL Honors Program, the Vice President of Development and co-founder of the Howard University Chapter of Consult Your Community, treasurer for the Howard University Speech and Debate Team, and treasurer for Beta Alpha Psi, Eta Nu chapter. She is also a member of the National Association of Black Accountants, and the Howard University Michigan Club. Originally from Battle Creek, Michigan, Sichinga is active in her community, having served on multiple youth boards and continues to work with local groups to be an advocate for equity and inclusion. In her free time, she enjoys poetry, music, and being with friends.
Sienna Joseph is a junior at Centre College majoring in economics & finance with a minor in global commerce. She is a New Horizons and Chinese Language Scholar at the college. Outside of the classroom, Joseph is a student athlete as the goalie for Centre College field hockey team. She is very passionate about giving back to the community and is involved with organizations that align with her goals. This includes being the incoming vice president of membership for Alpha Phi Omega, a national coed service fraternity. Furthermore, she is the former treasurer and incoming vice president of Sister to Sister, an affinity group for Black women on campus. Raised in Charlotte, North Carolina, Joseph enjoys working out, watching Netflix, and socializing with friends and family.