2022 Otsuka Scholars

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Sponsored by Otsuka, this scholarship is awarded to high-achieving undergraduate and graduate 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 juniors and seniors. 

Camryn Williams

College/University: Loyola University Maryland
Major: Forensic Studies
2022 Scholarship Award: 2022 Otsuka Scholarship

Camryn Williams is a forensic studies major and a biology minor at Loyola University Maryland. Camryn is interested in community trauma and minority health through a public health lens. Alongside dean’s honors throughout her four years, Camryn also serves as a Haig Scholar, an academic recognition for high-achieving student leaders in STEM, and has been highly involved with increasing public health efforts on campus from establishing food drives and mental health symposiums. Raised in Prince George’s County, Maryland, Camryn enjoys spoken word, traditional west African dance, and creative writing. In the future, Camryn hopes to open a research institute which examines intergenerational trauma experienced by Black migrants as well as a mobile health resource clinic for underserved communities.

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Janerra Allen

College/University: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Major: Materials Science and Engineering
2022 Scholarship Award: 2022 Otsuka Scholarship

Janerra Allen graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in materials science and engineering. During her undergraduate career, her concentration was in structural materials and biomaterials, readily focusing on material properties and performance. This helped her develop a basis for understanding biomedical application. Bridging her interests in technology and health, she later worked as a support engineer for Health Recovery Solutions, a telehealth company based in New Jersey that focuses on patient care and health access, specifically targeting adherence and education for patients to prevent and reduce hospital readmission rates. Although this experience was very valuable, she found herself still wanting to do research. She returned to academia to obtain a PhD in electrical engineering at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Janerra is currently a third- year doctoral student interested in using brain imaging technologies, signal processing and machine learning tools to understand functional connectivity, structure, and regional differences in the brain.

Jason Nunley

College/University: Morgan State University
Major: Finance PhD
2022 Scholarship Award: 2022 Otsuka Scholarship

Jason Nunley is a second year Finance PhD student at Morgan State University, where he has research interests in investments and small business finance. Currently, Jason serves as an ambassador for Morgan State on the Student Advisory Council for the Maryland Higher Education Commission. In addition to serving as an ambassador, Jason served as fellow for the University Center of Economic Development and International Trade, commercial auditor for KPMG, and a business consultant in the advisory practices at Ernst and Young. Raised in Elkton, Maryland, Jason enjoys socializing with his fraternity brothers of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated, staying fit, and deeply involved in the revitalization of his community.

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Katlyn Havlin

College/University: Howard University
Major: Psychology
2022 Scholarship Award: 2022 Otsuka Scholarship

Katlyn Havlin is a psychology major at Howard University. Katlyn is interested in psychological research and the classics. She has consecutively earned Dean’s list honors and was accepted into the College of Arts and Sciences Honors Program. On campus, Katlyn is a member of Latin Club, Psychology Club, and inSTEM. She was recently awarded the Chesnutt Latin Award for her dedication to the study of classics. Raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, Katlyn enjoys crocheting, reading, cooking, and traveling in her free time. Katlyn dreams of leading her own research team in the future.

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Rachel Romaine

College/University: Rochester Institute of Technology
Major: Master of Business Administration
2022 Scholarship Award: 2022 Otsuka Scholarship

Rachel Romaine recently graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology with a double major in International Business and Management Information Systems with a minor in Digital Business. She is now pursuing a STEM-designated MBA at RIT. Rachel was a 2021 ELC Award for Excellence in Business Commentary Scholar. Rachel is heavily involved in her professional business fraternity, Delta Sigma Pi, where she is currently serving as the VP of Scholarship and Awards, and was previously the VP of Finance. Rachel was a student mentor through the Saunders College of Business Leadership Academy, a Junior International Consultant through RIT Dubai, and a Business Development Representative Intern with Helium Inc. Rachel is hard of hearing and was a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Research Assistant, where she focused on the experience of d/Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing students at RIT. She aims to help others like herself in the future. Rachel enjoys traveling and learning about different cultures. After graduating, Rachel aspires to work for a global company, tying in both business and technology.

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Seti Vega

College/University: Howard University
Major: Information Systems
2022 Scholarship Award: 2022 Otsuka Scholarship

Seti Vega is a senior honors computer information systems major, computer science minor at Howard University. He is currently enrolled in the School of Business Executive Leadership Honors program where he continues to learn and expand his network in the world of business. In recent years, Seti has participated in Howard University’s HBCU Battle of the Brains team where he and his team recently placed second in the hackathon case competition. He was also a part of Howard University’s National Black MBA Association. Outside of school, Seti is the co-founder of an organization called Parent Matterz, which provides resources and opportunities to students and parents to help them find their passions. After interning with Meta as a Facebook University Engineering intern in summer 2021, he was offered the opportunity to return to Meta as a Software Engineering Intern for summer 2022.

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