Sponsored by Nationwide, this scholarship is awarded to high-achieving undergraduate Black students enrolled in an accredited four-year college pursuing a degree in busines, technology or related majors.
Kayla Farris is a Howard University communications major from Columbus, Ohio. During her time at Howard, she has joined multiple clubs and organizations to support her goal of becoming a communications professional. She serves as the Public Relations Director for Cover 2 Cover Magazine and Cathy Hughes School of Communications student council’s community service committee. Kayla works as an intern for the Howard University Student Association Senate where she makes informative graphics about campus activities and handles communication on the Senate website and social media channels. To serve her community Kayla is a member and mentor for B.E.S.T. You Programming, where she mentors fourth and fifth-grade girls weekly within marginalized DC communities.
Oralie Joseph-Gabriel is double majoring in Economics and French, with a concentration in finance, entrepreneurship, and innovation in the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. She works as a client-facing Project Lead within Black Wharton Consulting, managing her own team of consultants tasked with presenting implementable solutions to black-owned companies for customer retention, growth, and organizational challenges. Passionate about innovation, she is an events committee member for Wharton’s Entrepreneurship Club responsible for liaising with keynote speakers, outside organizations, and peer entrepreneurs in order to host the Penn Entrepreneurship Conference. As a recipient of numerous national and local awards for academics and athletics, she continues to challenge herself with a burgeoning interest in fintech. In her free time Oralie plays tennis with Penn s Club Tennis team, goes on runs around Philadelphia, and improves her Spanish through Duolingo.
Randi McBride is an Honors Marketing major from Houston, TX by way of New Orleans, Louisiana. She has worked at AT&T as an EDGE intern, as well as a head equipment manager for Howard University's athletics program. She frequently volunteers at the Houston Food Bank, MD Anderson, and Memorial Herman hospitals, as well as at the Junior Achievement program site. She is a team leader for the 21st Century Advantage Program at Howard University and has received team leader of the month multiple times. Randi is also a member of the Howard School of Business's School of Business Executive Leadership program and has remained a member of the Dean's List throughout all the semesters of her matriculation through college. Just recently Randi has been made a Fellow of the UTA + HBCU 20x20 Fellowship program. Randi identifies as an authentic, bold, servant leader, and hopes her experience reflects this.
Keyon is currently a student at Indiana University, where he is majoring in Management and International Business. This program will provide Keyon with the skills and knowledge he needs to become a successful business leader. Keyon is deeply committed to giving back to those in need. He volunteers his time and resources to help the homeless in his community and is always looking for new ways to make a positive impact. In addition to his studies and volunteer work, Keyon is also the President of the Atkins Living-Learning Center. In this role, he leads and oversees the center's operations, setting the strategic direction and managing the staff and resources. Finally, Keyon has been recognized as the Number Future Business Leader in FBLA. This is a testament to his hard work, dedication, and leadership skills, and is an accomplishment that he should be extremely proud of.
Aaron Williams is a driven and accomplished student-athlete currently majoring in business at Loyola Marymount University. Hailing from Chicago, Illinois, Aaron brings a strong academic background and a passion for basketball to his collegiate journey. Despite the demands of being a Division 1 student-athlete, Aaron maintained a strong academic standing during his first semester at Loyola Marymount University. He achieved a notable 3.67 GPA, demonstrating his ability to balance his basketball responsibilities with his dedication to his studies. Aaron has chosen to pursue a major in business, with aspirations of becoming a financial advisor. This career path showcases his interest in finance and his desire to help others make informed financial decisions. His business studies will equip him with the necessary skills and knowledge to excel in this field.