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.
Michael Adetunji is an information technology major enrolled at North Carolina A&T. Raised in Washington, DC, but born in Ondo, Nigeria; Michael has a deep passion for cybersecurity and is determined to make a difference in this critical field. As a member of the University's Honors Program, he is committed to academic excellence and continuous growth. Michael's primary focus after completing his undergraduate degree is to embark on a career in cybersecurity, where he can utilize his knowledge and skills to develop innovative solutions that protect individuals and organizations from cyber-attacks. In his free time, Michael finds relaxation and joy in playing the piano, which not only provides him with a creative outlet but also cultivates his appreciation for music. Additionally, he enjoys spending time with friends and indulging in binge-watching sessions on Netflix, which serve as a way to unwind and recharge.
Brittany Clark is a finance major at Howard University, originally from New Orleans, Louisiana. Brittany is a Howard University Founders Scholar and one of two Co-Presidents of Howard University’s Finance and Investment Club. Brittany plans to do investment banking after graduating in May of 2025; she then plans to pivot into a career within the finance industry. Last summer, she interned at HPS Partners within their Direct Lending and FX Hedging groups, where she gained exposure to some of the intricacies of cross-currency biases, interest rate differentials, and the capital structure of a fund. She thoroughly enjoyed her time at HPS and was able to develop market analysis and relationship management skills. Brittany is now an incoming Private Equity intern at Apollo Global Management and is looking forward to her Summer on the buy side.
Maurion Davis is a Business Management major at Howard University. Hailing from Cleveland, OH, Maurion has a clear vision of his career path, aiming to make an impact in the fields of Human Resources (HR) and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) within organizations. Currently serving as a Resident Assistant (RA) in Cook Hall, Maurion plays a crucial role in fostering communication between students and administration. During the summer, Maurion dedicates his time to working part-time at Walmart, a job he has held since his junior year of high school. Due to his exceptional work ethic and strong relationships with management, he has been entrusted with additional responsibilities, including crafting HR strategies. With his dedication, result-oriented work ethic, and ability to build relationships, Maurion is well-positioned to make a meaningful impact in the HR and DEI functions of organizations.
Alexis Faucette is a sophomore at the University of Maryland, pursuing a dual degree in Finance and Information Systems. She has been selected into the prestigious Public Leadership Scholars program and the Quest Honors program. This summer, Alexis will be interning as a Wealth Management Analyst at Goldman Sachs to gain valuable industry experience and insights. She has been chosen as the committee chair for Success Hour, the largest diversity networking event at UMD, which showcases her dedication to creating opportunities for underrepresented students. Alexis was selected as one of the top ten freshmen out of a class of 5,500 students, highlighting her outstanding academic performance and potential. Alexis has also been recognized as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the SSLC community organization and as the Most Valuable Leader in her role as Vice President of the Black Business Association.
Laila Jeffries-El is an Honors Finance Major, and Spanish Minor from Teaneck, New Jersey. Laila has been a part of a slew of community organizations including Jack and Jill of America and Junior Achievement Finance Park. Furthermore, she's had work and leadership experience in fields that catered to her interest and helped enhance her teamwork and communication skills. She aims to leverage her skills and experiences to enter financial spheres and positively impact her communities.
Iyanuayo Kuku is a finance major at Rutgers University. He is a part of the Honors college and a member of the Dean s List. Iyanuayo is interested in Investment Banking and Consulting. On campus, Iyanuayo serves as a finance intern for Twese, the school's African club. He is also a member of the Black Business Association (BBA) and Little Investment Bankers of Rutgers (LIBOR). Iyanuayo has recently become an Edge participant fellow with SEO Careers on the Alternative investments and Investment Banking track. Raised in Princeton, New Jersey, Iyanuayo enjoys working out, playing basketball, and socializing with friends and his brothers in his spare time.
Shelby is pursuing a major in marketing within the Phillips School of Business at High Point University. In the fall, Shelby plans to add a minor in either finance or sales, further complementing her marketing studies and broadening her understanding of different business areas. Shelby is an active member of the Black Student Union and the National Association for Black Accountants, demonstrating her commitment to community engagement and professional development. Prior to attending college, Shelby participated in an internship with Morgan Stanley through the LEAD program. This experience allowed her to gain exposure to the corporate world and interact with business professionals. She had the opportunity to explore various departments within Morgan Stanley, broadening her understanding of different facets of the industry.
Sariyah Willis is majoring in Finance at North Carolina A&T State University. At NCAT, Sariyah is a member of the NCAT Aggie Source, a student organization dedicated to volunteering and community service. In addition to her involvement with the NCAT Aggie Source, Sariyah is a member of the Georgia Aggies, a group that brings together North Carolina A&T State University students from Georgia. Sariyah is also a member of the Financial Management Association, demonstrating her interest in the field of finance and her desire to further her knowledge and skills in this area. Outside of her academic pursuits, Sariyah works in Guest Services at Target. She is a motivated student passionate about self-care, beauty, and travel.