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Posted: Wednesday, September 12, 2012 12:05 am

The United Negro College Fund (UNCF) recently held their annual scholarship awards dinner  at Norwood Hills Country Club with Niecy Nash as the guest speaker and over 200 people in attendance.    

UNCF recognized 45 outstanding students from the St. Louis metropolitan area for their academic excellence. All of the students were required to meet academic criteria as well as show leadership qualities.

The school districts that were represented include the Archdiocese of St. Louis, Clayton, Confluence Academy, East St. Louis, Ferguson-Florissant, Fort Zumwalt, Hazelwood, Jennings, Kirkwood, Lutheran North, Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School, Normandy, Riverview Gardens, Special School District, St. Louis Public Schools, University City and Westminster Christian Academy. 

Of these students, 42 received local scholarships and three students received the Gates Millennium Scholarship.

The Gates Millennium Scholarship began in 1999 with a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation of over $1 billion. It is one of the most prestigious UNCF scholarships.  Each year, 1,000 students from across the country are selected. The scholarship provides funding for the student’s undergraduate and graduate studies at any four year accredited college or university. 

The local scholarships include Cedric the Entertainer,  McDonald’s Academic Excellence Award, Normandy and Ryan Howard. 

The event was sponsored by Fifth Third Bank, Wells Fargo Advisors and Southeast Missouri State University.

UNCF’s mission is to increase minority degree attainment by providing financial support to its 38 member institutions, reducing financial barriers to college and serving as a national advocate for minority education. UNCF institutions and other historically black colleges and universities are highly effective, awarding 18 percent of African American baccalaureate degrees. UNCF administers more than 400 programs, including scholarship, internship and fellowship, mentoring, summer enrichment, and curriculum and faculty development programs. Today, UNCF supports more than 60,000 students at over 900 colleges and universities across the country. For more information, go to or call (314) 241-5958.



Scholarship students

Aiceanna Baker (Gateway) – Benedict College

Jasmine Banks (Normandy) – Northwest Missouri State University

Luther Banner (Hazelwood Central) – Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Rheyana Branch (East St. Louis) – University of Kentucky

Benjamin Burnett (McCluer North) – Southeast Missouri State University

Jenee Chisholm (University City) – Missouri State University

Armani Cross (University City) – University of Missouri - Columbia

Seria Fields (Riverview Gardens) – University of Missouri - Columbia

Tyra Fondren (McCluer North) – Southeast Missouri State University

Tina Garrett (McCluer North) – Southeast Missouri State University

Remy Gates (Metro) – Williams College

Jermanaye Gray (McCluer North) – University of Missouri - Columbia

Audresha Grigsby (McCluer) – St. Louis University

Gregory Hardnett (Lutheran North) – Spring Hill College

Chantel Hardy (Beaumont) – Central Missouri State University

Alisha Harris (Hazelwood East) – Southeast Missouri State University

Ebone Harris (Normandy) – Tennessee State University

Keana Henderson (University City) – Southeast Missouri State University

Tiffany Hennings (Westminster Christian Academy) – Southeast Missouri State University

Lauren Hutton-Work(Mary Institute & St. Louis Country Day) – Northwestern University

Ghia Johnson (Gateway) – University of Missouri - Columbia

Masika Johnson (Gateway) – Southeast Missouri State University

Saraiya Kalu (Jennings) – Claflin University

Kim Thanh Le (Gateway) – St. Louis University

Brianna Ledbetter (Confluence Academy) – University of Missouri - Columbia

Nikkia Lomax (Central VPA) – Southeast Missouri State University

Tyler Morgan (Carnahan School of the Future) – Southeast Missouri State University

Kayla O’Neal (McCluer North) – Xavier University

Ebony Parks (East St. Louis) – Jackson State University

Marissa Price (Fort Zumwalt) – St. Louis University

Anissa Quilling (McCluer) – Murray State University

Wendy Reyes (Hazelwood Central) – Fontbonne College

Johnnie Rush (Carnahan School of the Future) – Morehouse College

Kristina Scott (North Technical) – Southern Missouri State University

Mariah Smith (Soldan) – University of Missouri – Kansas City

Shannon Smith (Clayton) – Xavier University

Rachel Turner (Confluence Academy) – Missouri State University

Mark Vassell (McCluer) – University of Missouri – Columbia

Devon Walker (McCluer North) – Murray State University

Chelse Williams (Hazelwood East) – Rockhurst University

Cierra Wallace (University City) – Southeast Missouri State University

Dajae Williams (Kirkwood) – Missouri University of Science and Technology

Jasmine Williams (Hazelwood Central) – Southeast Missouri State University

Nora Williamson (Rosati Kain) – University of Notre Dame

Misra Yassin (Roosevelt) – University of Missouri  - St. Louis


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