Sponsored by Johnson & Johnson, this scholarship is awarded to high-achieving undergraduate Black students enrolled in an accredited four-year college pursuing a degree in business, STEM or health-related fields.
Alicia Bowens attends Howard University pursuing a bachelor of business administration in finance, with an expected graduation of May 2024. Alicia is a member of the School of Business Executive Leadership Honors Program and was a Management Team Leader for the School of Business 21st Century Advantage Program. On campus, Alicia is a part of the Finance and Investment Club and the Caribbean Student Association, where she can be in tune with her roots all while building a community on campus that makes her feel at home. Some of her personal goals are to make long lasting connections, give back to the community and be a helping hand always! At the start of the pandemic, Alicia leveraged her entrepreneurial skills by starting up her own small business where she handcrafted crochet accessories. Currently, Alicia is spending summer 2022 interning with the Big Four accounting firm, KPMG.
Antonae Glenn attends Howard University’s school of business where she studies computer information systems. At Howard she is a member of the School of Business Executive Leadership Honors Program. Her career goals include a long-lasting career at the NBA and founding a nonprofit organization for young women seeking careers in technology, business, and/or sports. It is important to Antonae that more women are represented in these industries going forward. She is guided by Gandhi’s idea to “be the change you wish to see in the world.” Originally from Chicago, Antonae’s roots have instilled the grit and determination to pursue her goals with a certain tenacity. Her passions include media, basketball, and business along with her tenacity led her to the inaugural class of the NBA x HBCU Fellowship, where she works as a basketball operations and analytics intern with the Charlotte Hornets.
Brielle Mitchell is a honors management major, political science minor at Howard University. Last summer, she was an intern at Capital One working on a performance tool with a small group of other interns. This summer, Brielle is a supply chain CO OP at Toyota Motors working in Project Planning and Management. During her freshman year, Brielle served as a mentor for Junior Achievement of Greater Washington where she supported a team of roughly 15 high school students in creating and launching their own business. Brielle was a team leader this past year, making her responsible for the guidance of 16 first year School of Business students. She is also a Jesse Jackson Fellows/RainbowPUSH/Toyota Scholar as well as a new member of Beta Gamma Sigma. Next year, Brielle will be the Vice President of the HU Speech and Debate team.
Cameron Franklin attends Howard University. He is a biology major who aspires to attend dentistry school. His goal is to provide quality service while creating different service opportunities that help the community. Cameron’s interest in pursuing a career in medicine evolved during childhood and he is passionate about expanding the existence of qualified African American healthcare workers. Cameron values education and is determined to do his best in every endeavor he is given an opportunity to be involved in.
Danial Valentin is a second-year transfer student concentrating in astrophysics and economics at Hampshire College. Danial is interested in the intersections of economics in the political world and how it functions as a determining factor for scientific exploration. Danial is a Signer for the Men of Color Alliance and Queer Identified People of Color, helps his physics professor with lab work and research, and works as a part-time tutor. Danial also has completed a semester of undergraduate research in physics and enjoys reading books on the sciences, specifically Richard Feyman’s Six Easy Pieces. Danial is passionate about community advocacy and is very vocal with things he is passionate about. No matter what Danial becomes in life, he knows that he will make significant contributions to different types of communities.
Inioluwa Ojediran is studying biomedical engineering at Columbia University. She has experience researching regenerative medicine biomedical techniques, tissue engineering, and laboratory image analysis. She is interested in studying more about cell and tissue engineering along with their role with other biomedical engineering applications. Inioluwa is a UNCF STEM Scholars. She is also involved with organizations on her campus such as the National Society of Black Engineers, Biomedical Engineering Society, Reformed University Fellowship, African Student Association, and Black Student Organization. During the school year, Ini is working beside a doctoral student in a lab, studying neurodegeneration and helping train deep learning models by manually counting cells in Napari. Inioluwa was raised in Katy, Texas with three brothers. She also enjoys reading insightful novels, as well as lighthearted comics, and being active by playing sports and working out.
Kosisochukwu Eneli is an honors business management major at Howard University. She published How to Set and Achieve Goals for Kids at age nine and is an acclaimed speaker with extensive experience working with children as a tennis coach and workshop instructor. Kosi is heavily involved in politics and advocacy as a summer intern in Senator Booker’s office. She participates in Student Government through positions such as Hall Council Secretary of her residence hall and Class President of her high school. She attained her high school diploma and associate’s degree simultaneously while involved in National Honor Society and Varsity Choir, earning a spot in the 2021 Texas All-State Choir, and joining Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. She has volunteered as a social media coordinator and mentor for non-profits such as Junior Achievement of Greater Washington and Intelligent and Talented Girls and plans to be a lawyer and entrepreneur.
Nia Jones attends Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). She majors in Health, Physical Education & Exercise Science (HPEX) with a concentration in Health Sciences on the Pre-Medicine track. Throughout her collegiate experience, she took several rigorous courses, joined clubs/organizations, and fulfilled leadership roles, while maintaining a 3.66 GPA. Nia has held retail positions and worked in the financial aid office at VCU. In addition to work experience, she has dedicated time to the Richmond community/schools and volunteered at New York University Langone Hospital. Nia’s leadership roles consist of VCU PRIME’s executive board, VCU’s orientation team, and Alpha Phi Omega’s Blood Drive chair. In the summer of 2021, she received a certificate of completion for the Covid-19 STEM Community Education & Empowerment Internship at Cornell University (remote). As Nia focuses on her career goals, she welcomes new challenges and opportunities to benefit her growth.
Randee Hennings attends North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University as a nursing major. Randee has numerous community service hours in Houston and in Greensboro, volunteering at the Houston Food Bank, Willowbrook Sports Complex, and a day camp for Sugarland Baptist Church. She is also a part of the North Carolina A&T club volleyball team, NAPS (natural and proud sistas), and The National Society of Leadership and Success here at NCAT. Randee is proud Chancellor’s List scholar as well as a Dean’s List scholar.
Sierra Foster is a health science major at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia. Her interests include community service and baton twirling, for which she holds numerous state titles in her home state of New Jersey. Sierra is very active on her campus, acting as Market Friday intern to provide a safe space for students to unwind after a long week of classes and the Spelman Pre-Dental Society, which she founded in 2022. While continuously making the honor roll since her first year, Sierra is also a scholar of the Summer Health Profession Education Program in Nebraska, where she studied at the University of Nebraska’s Medical Center. She believes that by exposing herself to these disparities in the programs she is a part of, she will be equipped to help overcome them. After graduating, Sierra plans to attend Dental School and establish herself in areas that lack proper oral care.