Sponsored by Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), this scholarship is awarded to high-achieving undergraduate Black students enrolled in an accredited four-year college pursuing a degree in a business or STEM-related field.
Le’Niya Simon is an honors student at the University of Texas at Austin, pursuing an accounting degree. She is currently working on her bachelor of business administration and is interested in pursuing the specialized track of consulting. Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana, Simon moved to Texas in 2005 following Hurricane Katrina. Despite this hardship, she has had her mind set on excelling in the accounting field since a very young age and will let nothing stand in the way of her success. Simon’s hobbies include being involved in many church activities, singing, working, and serving her community in her spare time.
Maya Harrison is an honors finance major, sport administration minor at Howard University. She is a proud member of the School of Business Executive Leadership Honors Program and the 21st Century Advantage Program at Howard. She has served as a Management Team Leader for the next generation of School of Business students and works as a Campus Representative for Radio Flyer. She also serves on the board of Howard’s chapter of the American Marketing Association as their Communications Director. Maya is a well-rounded student who aspires to be a trailblazer within the sports industry, and makes strides during her college career to achieve that goal.
Pierre Kapiamba Mbala is an Engineering Student at James Madison University (JMU). He is a leader who works dutifully as President of the National Society for Black Engineers (NSBE) for the JMU chapter, and founder of 501(c)(3) nonprofit Buendedi. Staying connected with communities is a principle he values and facilitates through Buendedi. Through his entrepreneurial efforts, he raised funds to sponsor the high school tuition for nine Congolese students in the Kasaï-Oriental community in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Although he is far from his native country, he never forgets the importance of servitude.
Shawn Williamson, Jr.
Shawn Williamson, Jr is an undergraduate student at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Sport Science with a minor in Education. Shawn is also an aspiring fitness professional studying body mechanics and overall wellness. Shawn has experience serving in leadership roles, volunteering in his community, and event planning. Shawn has obtained a Microsoft Word and PowerPoint certification and is also a certified Basic Life Support and CPR provider. He aims to become a physical therapist and establish a mentor-mentee program for young black men in low-income communities in Greenville, North Carolina.
Simone Mitchell-Smith is a student at Spelman College. She is majoring in Psychology and minoring in management and organization. She has interned with Enterprise as a Management Trainee Intern and has volunteered with Disability Allies and the Brooklyn Combine. Simone also has a strong interest in filmmaking and entertainment.