Sponsored by HSBC Bank USA, 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.
This scholarship is open to rising sophomores and juniors.
Brianna Gayle is a honors business management major at Howard University. She was raised in Queens, New York. She enjoys reading, learning about finance, and spending time with her friends and family. Brianna plans to open up her own business to teach students in her own community about financial literacy. Brianna is interested in business management and financial literacy. On-campus, Brianna is a member of the School of Business Executive Leadership Honors Program, and she has been a member of the Dean’s List since her freshman year. Off-campus she plays the role of a near-peer mentor for Junior Achievement of Greater Washington.
Ethan Gadson is a finance major from Washington, D.C., attending Morehouse College in Atlanta Georgia. He is currently a UPS and Adams scholar at Morehouse College where he works at Fickett Middle School to help young students improve their reading comprehension skills. After earning his undergraduate degree, Ethan wants to get into investment banking or wealth management. During his free time, he enjoys going out and playing basketball and hanging out with his friends and family whenever he has the time. Ethan comes from a household with two loving parents (Wendy & Anthony Gadson) and one older brother (Cameron Gadson).
Ayokunnumi “Faithful” Oluwakuyide is a accounting and theology major at the University of Notre Dame. She is a member of the Black Business Association of Notre Dame as well as the Black Student Association and African Student Association. Ayokunnumi enjoys performing spoken word in her free time and assisting her residence hall with dorm events. She is also a Fighting Irish scholar, Deloitte Scholar, and a member of the Business Honors Program, a program for students who have demonstrated excellent academic performance and high personal character. She has her Notary and Real Estate license and outside of school, she works at Valley Bank as a Retail Associate, aiming to supply customers with the best customer service possible.
Kasey Coles is a health science major enrolled at Howard University. Kasey is interested in being a Physician Associate, with a focus in pediatrics or women’s health. In the past year, Kasey has performed volunteer services for her community as a self-proclaimed dog rescuer and an audition prep assistant. Raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Kasey enjoys running her own nail business, creating fashion designs, and dancing. Kasey plans to become a doctor and open her own dance studio one day.
Layla Seaton is a biology major attending Case Western Reserve University. She serves as President of the Minority Council, Co-President of Mu Alpha Theta, and Treasurer of Future Health Professionals Club. In addition to being a member of the Dean’s List, Layla is in the process of becoming a certified biomedical technician assistant. Raised in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, Layla enjoys running, the beach, and cooking. Layla plans on opening her own medical practice one day.
Sidney Smith is an honors international business major at Howard University from Atlanta, Georgia. Sidney has already obtained her associates degree in social science, concentrating in business, through dual enrollment. She wants to pursue project management as a career. Currently, Sidney is a team leader for the School of Business Freshman class, and is seeking to get involved with Professional fraternities in the fall semester. She also volunteers with companies such as ENGin and The Washington English Center where she teaches non-native English speakers. Sidney is also currently completing an internship with Project Destined; expanding her knowledge on real estate and investments. When her head is not in the books, you’ll find Sidney in a dance studio filling her heart with joy, or reading life stories written by America’s top celebrities.
Talmage Turner is a first generation pilot, who attends Elizabeth City State University (ECSU). He majors in Aviation Science and is concentrating in Flight Education. Talmage has worked for the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Museum assisting with aircraft hangar operations for the past two summers. At ECSU, he has volunteered with the local food bank and put in several hours of campus and community litter pick up during the Fall 2021 semester. Talmage is the student accompanist for the school’s university choir and excels in the university’s flight training program. As for leadership, Talmage was the president of two prestigious high school choirs and founded the Detroit School of Arts’ first chess team. Talmage has also received five Spirit of Detroit awards and multiple gold medals for classical piano and photography in the NAACP ACT-SO and Omega Psi Phi Talent Hunt competitions.
Tyson Humphries, Jr.
Tyson Humphries, Jr. is a chemical engineering major and mathematics minor at Michigan State University. While on campus, Tyson joined the Chemistry Club in hopes of learning more about the subject, along with undergraduate research opportunities. Before he moved to Michigan State, Tyson was part of the Kappa Alpha Psi Youth Fraternity where he was the Secretary before being promoted to Vice President of College and Careers. While at Kappa League, Tyson received the 2021 Kappa Leaguer of the Year Award for his exceptional work in the program, as well as, the Student of the Year Award for the Kappa League Ann Abor/Ypsilanti/Inkster chapter. Tyson enjoys competitive swimming, playing basketball, and spending time with friends. Tyson’s goal is to become a Lab Director or a Chemical Engineer in the future.
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