2022 Synchrony Scholars


Sponsored by Synchrony, this scholarship is awarded to high-achieving undergraduate Black students enrolled in an accredited four-year college.

This scholarship is open to rising juniors and seniors.

Adeola Adelekan

College/University: Emory University
Major: Human Health
2022 Scholarship Award: 2022 Synchrony Scholarship

Adeola Adelekan attends Emory University studying Human Health with a business concentration at the College of Arts and Sciences with a co-major in Visual Arts. Adeola is interested in the public health field with a focus on healthcare and health administration. At Emory, Adeola serves as the co-president of the African Student Association where she helps manage a budget of $25,000 to $35,000 annually and serves as the Social Action Committee Chair of the Omicron Xi Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated of which she is a Spring 2022 initiate. In addition to her career pursuits and extracurriculars, Adeola enjoys painting and studying Black history. She hopes to one day open a museum of her own after she has done significant work in the field of American and global healthcare.

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Alexis Tibbs

College/University: Drexel University
Major: Information Systems
2022 Scholarship Award: 2022 Synchrony Scholarship

Alexis Tibbs is studying information systems at Drexel University and is a member of the Drexel Pennoni Honors College. Alexis dreams to become a user experience designer and will be one step closer as she will intern with Oracle as a UX designer in the spring and summer of 2022. On campus Alexis is a member of the National Society of Black Engineers and the Women in Computing Society. In the community, she is a member of Wesley AME Zion church, where she coordinated blood drives with the Red Cross. As a recent graduate of Burlington County Institute of Technology, she participates in Program Advisory Committee Meetings where she meets with advertising and design teachers, former students and industry professionals to discuss changes in the curriculum to stay competitive in the industry. She looks forward to making an impact with her abilities.

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Brooke Williams

College/University: Spelman College
Major: Political Science
2022 Scholarship Award: 2022 Synchrony Scholarship

Brooke Williams attends Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia. Brooke is a political science major with an English minor, who hopes to attend law school after earning her undergraduate degree. She is involved in Girl Power, Inc, a mentor program that seeks to work with young girls in the Metro Atlanta area and is a member of the Morehouse-Spelman Pre-Law Society, an organization that provides resources to members in order to prepare students for future jobs. Brooke is an inductee of the National Society of Leadership and Success, which offers various leadership opportunities.

Chandler Bursey-Reece

College/University: Howard University
Major: Computer Science
2022 Scholarship Award: 2022 Synchrony Scholarship

Chandler Bursey-Reece is a computer science major at Howard University from Texarkana, Texas. His most recent work experience includes working as a Software Developer intern at GoDaddy during the Summer of 2022. He also was a mentor for EdLyft, a college computer science tutoring company, for the classes of Intro to Computer Science and Career Preparation. Chandler was also a participant of his school’s Google Tech Exchange Cohort for the Spring of 2021. Chandler is also very involved on the campus of Howard University as he was a member of Royal Court as Mr. College of Engineering and Architecture, an Executive Board Member for the Google Student Developer Club, a member of the National Society of Black Engineers, and a member of the Association for Computing Machinery. He is also very involved in his community as he is a member of Freshman Leadership academy and a volunteer at his church and local hospital.

Imanni Wright

College/University: University of Southern California
Major: Doctorate
2022 Scholarship Award: 2022 Synchrony Scholarship

Imanni Wright is an academically prepared journalist with a passion for creativity, innovation, and design of social good projects that elevate individuals. She is a web producer/summer intern at WDIV-Local 4 in Detroit, Michigan. Imanni has won multiple scholarships from organizations like the United Negro College Fund, Scholarship America and the National Association of Black Journalist. She currently is involved as a tour guide, resident advisor and student assistant at Chapman University. Following graduation, she plans to pursue her doctoral degree in journalism at the University of Southern California along with becoming a professor who mentors students to be successful after graduation. She is dedicated to her local and school communities and created Life and Basketball to provide athletic training, test preparation resources and community service opportunities to girls and hope to be impactful well into the future.

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Mahlet Tedla

College/University: University of Rochester
Major: Psychology and Film
2022 Scholarship Award: 2022 Synchrony Scholarship

Mahlet Tedla is psychology and film major at the University of Rochester. Mahlet has interned at her local urgent care, RIghttime Medical Care, and with Point Studio TV, a television broadcast company based in New York. At her university, Mahlet is a member of the Black Student Union and The Pact, a mentoring program with Rochester youth. Additionally, she is a recipient of the POSSE Scholarship for her extraordinary leadership potential. Born and raised in Silver Spring, Maryland, Mahlet enjoys playing soccer, listening to music, spending time with family, and photography. Mahlet plans to seize more opportunities in the film industry and use her platform to create more spaces for Black creators.