Sponsored by Moody’s, 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.
Garland Collier, Jr.
Garland Collier, Jr. is an economics major at Howard University. Garland has an interest in poverty reduction policies for low income and disadvantaged communities across the U.S. Garland is on the Dean’s List and is participating in Goldman Sachs’ Market Madness Program and Bloomberg’s First-Year Insights Series. Garland lived in China for 3.5 years as a high school student where he learned to adapt to unexpected situations quickly and effectively. Additionally, living internationally gave him a front row seat to how different countries help their poor. Garland plans to use his talents and strong work ethic to solve one of the most pressing problems faced by our country.
Jessica Franklin is a finance major at Loyola University New Orleans. Jessica is interested in investment banking and photography. On-campus, Jessica serves as Co-Chairman of External Relations in her business fraternity, Alpha Kappa Psi. In addition to being on the Dean’s List her first semester of college, Jessica owns a photography business and is the reigning Miss Houston Teen USA 2021. Jessica enjoys exercise, learning about investing, and practicing Spanish in her spare time; she hopes to be fluent by graduation. Jessica plans to travel the world and learn about other cultures in the future.
John A Jackson, III
John A. Jackson, III, class of 2025, is from Kernersville, North Carolina and attends Mars Hill University in North Carolina. He is majoring in computer science. His career goal includes becoming a thoughtful leader in cybersecurity. John is a Blackwell Scholar and a member of the Men’s lacrosse team where he plays midfield. He is also a member of the Black Student Association. John is an active leader at his school, serving as a Student Ambassador with responsibilities including giving campus tours, providing student outreach and recruitment and displaying positive school representation. John is a hard-working student earning Dean’s List recognition. John enjoys mentoring others, fitness training, and spending time with friends.
Sierra Sands is majoring in international studies (International and Economic Development) and computer science at Spelman College. She serves on the Executive Board of Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society and is a member of Spelman’s Ethel Waddell Githii Honors Program. In addition, she is an inaugural member of the CodeHouse Scholars Program. Sierra’s other campus activities include membership in Sisters of STEM and Girls Gone Global. Sierra is currently interning with Berkshire Hathaway Gas in their marketing department. Sierra has a passion for community service. She is a member of the LINKS Servant Leaders Scholars Program and spends time volunteering with Forever Family and the WES Foundation. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, shopping, and exploring her creative and design skills.
Subi Lumala is a computer science major at Harvey Mudd College. Subi has volunteered for several positions on and off campus, including teaching C# at a refugee camp in Malawi over the summer, teaching basics about the STEM fields to juvenile prisoners this fall semester, and creating an electronic medical record for the Makerere University Surgery department. In addition to work experience, Subi also leads a computational modeling team focused on the electric field around a fusor, which he had also assisted in building. Subi was co-captain of a robotics team. Subi was born and raised in Washington state. In his free time, he goes for jogs, hangs out with friends, and reads books. He endeavors to use his skills in computer science to help others.
Trevor Melton is majoring in chemical engineering at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. Trevor is interested in engineering opportunities and studying abroad. At NCA&T, Trevor is an active member of the University’s Honors Program and Conference Committee Chairman of the NCA&T University American Institute of Chemical Engineers. As a member of the University’s Chancellor’s List, Trevor is also a Future of STEM Scholar and an American Chemical Society (ACS) Scholar. Trevor earned an internship with Constellation Energy for the Summer of 2022 as a Systems Engineer. Raised in the northwest suburbs of Philadelphia, Trevor enjoys playing basketball and running in his free time. Trevor plans to pursue an MBA after earning his chemical engineering degree.
Wendy Bickersteth is an information systems major at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Wendy is interested in UX/UI, business, and machine learning. Dedicated to learning more about her field, she is a research assistant for the National Science Foundation’s Institute for Harnessing Data and Model Revolution in the Polar Regions , where she participates in video annotating and gradient modeling. Additionally, she serves as the Center for Women in Technology Freshman Representative on the CWIT Council. Committed to maintaining her position on the Dean’s List, she prioritizes her academics and plans to join the B.S. in Information Systems/M.S. in Human-Computer Interaction accelerated master’s program. Outside of school, Wendy loves to paint and hopes to create a business from it, and she values the time she spends with her family and friends.
Zoë Shelton is an honors finance major pursuing a concentration in private equity and venture capitalism at Howard University. On campus, Zoë is an active member of the School of Business Council as Co-Director of Alumni Relations, a member of the School of Business Executive Leadership Honors Program, an HPS Center for Financial Excellence Academy Scholar, and a Howard University Investment Group Investment Analyst. In addition to being on the Dean’s List, Zoë is an avid participant in a myriad of case competitions facilitated by Fortune 500 industry pioneers. Raised in Chevy Chase, Maryland, Zoë enjoys poetry, gastronomy, and yoga. Zoë’s intellectual fervor, problem-solving skills, dedication, and creativity continue to manifest in her pursuits. Long-term, Zoë plans to own a private equity firm to help fund prosperity within the black community, emphasizing underserved and underdeveloped regions.
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