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 www.uncf.org or call (314) 241-5958.
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