2021 Raytheon Technologies Scholars
Sponsored by Raytheon Technologies Corporation, this scholarship is awarded to high-achieving Black students attending Howard University, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical University, Prairie View A&M University or Tuskegee University who demonstrate academic excellence, leadership, a commitment to community involvement and are pursuing a degree in STEM, Business, or a related field.
The 2021 class received a one-time scholarship in the amount of $10,000 to assist with educational expenses for the 2021-2022 academic year.
Colby J. Henry
Colby J. Henry is a versatile and driven industrial and systems engineering student at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. He recently finished an Industrial Engineering Co-Op with Collins Aerospace where he was able to work on real-world projects while further developing his interpersonal skills. He also left a lasting effect on the company as one of his projects brought a 33% increase in productivity to a valuable section in the plant. At school, Colby serves as the President of the South Carolina Aggies, a community service organization created to provide an inclusive and friendly environment for all students. He is also an active participant in the Industrial and Systems Engineering Org and National Society of Black Engineers. Colby most recently was offered another internship with Collins Aerospace and happily accepted as he strives to continuously improve and gain knowledge.
Danielle Paulk is a junior majoring in mechanical engineering at North Carolina A&T State University. She is a Chancellor’s List scholar maintaining a grade point average of 3.75 or greater and aspires to pursue a career in mechanical engineering in the manufacturing industry. Danielle found her passion for engineering through participating in FIRST Robotics Competitions from elementary to high school. Currently, she volunteers in competitions as a FIRST Robotics Alumni. She is a member of the Society of Women Engineers and has served as an Aggie Serves Volunteer. Danielle also volunteers as a mentor-tutor to students in math and science. In her spare time, Danielle loves to play Intramural Soccer as a goalkeeper.
Daymon Crawford is a senior in the College of Engineering at Tuskegee University, studying mechanical engineering. Daymon is interested in aviation, ground transport & fashion engineering because they are constantly evolving fields that require diversity to operate properly and always seek out new angles to solving problems. On campus, Daymon is heavily involved in campus cleanups, Recycling Club, organizing open-to-community events, and Engineering Scholar Programs. Raised in Bowie, Maryland, Daymon enjoys playing sports, organizing neighborhood activities & outings, socializing with friends and family and meeting new people. He also likes building models and replicas of items to expand his mind’s spatial awareness, and other critical-quick thinking activities or games to keep his mind sharp.
Denisha Philistin is a senior supply chain management major attending Howard University. Denisha is working towards becoming an accomplished supply chain professional and corporate lawyer. She has a strong interest in contracts, logistics, and procurement, particularly as it applies to our global community. Denisha takes the Howard motto, “Truth in Service,” seriously and is heavily involved on and off campus doing her part to contribute to the Howard Bison family. She serves on one executive board, is part of three additional organizations on campus, and balances four volunteer obligations. Denisha has had the opportunity to take professional steps working towards her ambitions through various roles with Amazon Web Services, Partake, Project Destined, Course Hero, and most recently, Collins Aerospace and Johnson & Johnson. By gaining industry experience and wisdom, Denisha plans to help underrepresented businesses compete as suppliers and help companies progressively transform their supply chains.
Kamaria Perkins is a sophomore computer science student attending North Carolina A & T State University. She was recently acknowledged for her academic achievements of being on the Dean’s list for maintaining a GPA above 3.0. Driven to becoming an engineer at a big tech company, last summer Kamaria had the opportunity to participate in an internship working as a Software Engineer for a health service company called Cigna. Due to her hard work, she was asked to return to Cigna for the summer of 2021. Kamaria is also a big advocate in her community and hosted a Sex Trafficking Awareness & Feminine Hygiene Drive to educate young women. This event won Delta’s Community Service Award. Other volunteer work Kamaria has been involved in includes working with Forgotten Harvest and Gleaners, providing food to those in need.
Madisen Suell is a sophomore honors marketing major with public relations concentration from New Orleans, Louisiana who currently attends Howard University. Madisen is a vibrant student leader, who leverages creativity and her thorough knowledge of business to steer the Communications Board towards a more effective approach of reaching the School of Business student body as the Chief of Staff and Communications Chairwoman. In her free time, Madisen continues to work on Parson’s School of Fashion: Business of Fashion certification. Through her concentration in public relations, she has used this knowledge to aid local black business from black-owned law firms to rising clothing brands in maintaining and rebranding their public image during the COVID-19 pandemic. Madisen is currently seeking a career in the management consulting or public relations and marketing aspect of the fashion industry, aspiring to bring forth her creative qualities and experience into a business setting.
Olisaemeka Udemadu (also known as OJ) is a junior in the College of Engineering program at North Carolina A&T State University, studying computer engineering. His interests include exploring developments made in the realm of modern technology, the intersection of business and tech, and finding ways to leverage technology for the betterment of underprivileged populations/communities. On campus, OJ is heavily involved in several on campus academic organizations, having held leadership positions in the Association for Computing Machinery, National Society of Black Engineers, and the Bull City Aggies. He is also a member of Aggie Toastmasters, Aggies for Engineering and Community Enrichment, the Institute of Electronics & Electrical Engineers, and recently became a member of Management Leadership for Tomorrow’s Career Prep Program. In his free time, OJ enjoys working out, playing basketball, watching anime, and spending time with his siblings.
Timothy McDonald is a senior chemical engineering major from Baltimore, MD. He currently serves as the 44th Mister Howard University as well as the secretary for Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Beta Chapter. Coming from a small home, Tim always valued the importance of family life and loyalty towards his fellow man. He is invested in helping others by participating in community service events in the Baltimore and Washington D.C. area. Tim is a member of multiple organizations including NSBE (National Society of Black Engineers), American Institute of Chemical Engineers and the Nation Pan-Hellenic Council at Howard University. He is also an Executive Director of a D.C.-based organization entitled The LIVE Movement where he works to gain educational equity for HBCU students throughout the country. This summer, Tim worked with Harvard and NYU Law schools under a program entitled Advantage Testing in preparation for his graduate school journey next year!