Fatima Edwards

2015 Scholarship Recipient

Fatima Edwards

Fatima Edwards is the daughter of Roxann Edwards and Trinidadian Lance Edwards Sr.  She currently attends Delaware State University (DSU) majoring in biology and chemistry. She is classified a second semester freshman because she already had acquired 15 general education credits in high school through the DSU’s early bird program.  She is also a part of the Delaware State University Honors Program. Some of the benefits she acquired post graduating from Polytech High School is that she received her dental assistant certification and knowledge of running a successful business internship.

Fatima is not only rigorously involved in the classroom. She was a Lady Panther girls’ basketball player since her freshman year, and has participated on varsity since her sophomore year, where she was captain. At DSU, she is currently in the process of running for freshman class vice president and in the process of creating her own nonprofit empowerment organization on campus. She also has the wonderful opportunity to be working on a cure for sickle cell disease at DSU in the chemistry laboratories.

Fatima is also a major advocate in her community. Her service includes: the Delta Sigma Theta GEMS program, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Boys and Girls Club of Kent County Delaware Preventive Coalition, and the Teens in Perspective Youth Group. Fatima, most importantly, is a strong Christian woman who fellowships at Mount Zion AME church in Dover, Delaware. Post graduation, Fatima desires to attend Johns Hopkins Medical School to acquire her doctorate degree. Her long term goal is to become a general pathologist and work at the Center of Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia.

Jordan Shaw

2015 Scholarship Recipient

Jordan Shaw

Jordan Elijah Shaw is the son of Trinidadian Alyson Johnson-Shaw, and his American father, Eddie Shaw.  Jordan is a 2015 graduate of Brandywine High School where he was a consistent honor roll student for the duration of his high school career. He is the recipient of the SUNY Oswego Destination Scholarship award and was featured in the 2013 United State Achievement Academy Yearbook for achievements in Science. He was a participant in the World of Money Financial Literacy Program in New York as an attendee and volunteer and has also completed the 2015 Delaware Achievers Academy. Jordan is currently attending the University of Delaware and is pursuing a degree in computer engineering. Professionally, he plans on becoming a computer software engineer with a concentration in mobile applications. He hopes to own his own company that specializes in developing the latest and greatest in mobile technology.

Michael McDougal

2015 Scholarship Recipient

Michael McDougal

Michael , the son of Sarah and Keith McDougal of Guyana, was a 2015 graduate from Brandywine High School. While attending Brandywine he was a four year class officer, four year key club member, F.A.M.E student, and Leadership in Enrichment Arts Program student. Outside of school, he was the varsity lacrosse captain his senior year (obtaining honors of First Team All-Conference) and worked at Chick-Fil-A in the Concord Mall. In his spare time, Michael would volunteer at his neighborhood PAL, where he acted as an after school tutor for the youth of the community. Michael now attends King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania where he majors in Chemical Engineering. His goals are to stay in the 3+2 Dual Degree program where he completes his first three years at King’s College and obtains his chemistry degree, and then transfers to the University of Notre Dame to complete two more years and obtain his engineering degree.

 

Ashley Jean-Baptiste

2015 Scholarship Recipient

Ashley Jean-Baptiste

Ashley Jean-Baptiste is the daughter of Amos and Suzette Jean-Baptiste, both of Haitian descent. Ashley was born and raised in Sussex County, Delaware.  She graduated from Sussex Central High School in Georgetown, DE, and now attends Delaware State University, where she is majoring in Pre-Nursing. In high school, she was a member of National Honor Society, Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA),  and Talent Search. She obtained her Medical Assistant Certificate through SCHS.  Ashley challenged herself by taking honor and AP Courses. She loves GOD and faithfully attends the First Haitian Church of God in Blades, DE.  There, she is the leader of the praise dance ministry and actively participates in the youth and young adult ministry. Ashley aspires to become a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, and her long term goal is to open a facility in Haiti and care for infants and children. Her passion is helping others and working with children, and feels it would be a honor to give back to her home country.

Ashley Lawrence

2015 Scholarship Recipient

Ashley Lawrence
Ashley Lawrence

Ashley Lawrence is the daughter of Marlina Lawrence who is of Jamaican and Cuban descent.  Ashley graduated from the Charter School of Wilmington, and is currently a freshman at the University of Delaware. At Charter, she was very active in her classes and activities; she even took multiple honors and AP courses over the four years such as AP psychology and AP biology. She was the president of YELLSADD (youth eliminating the loss of life, students against destructive decisions), and was a four year member of URM (underrepresented minorities). In college, she is majoring in nursing and plans to minor in human development and family studies.

She is known by everyone as a very outgoing, bubbly person who loves to make new friends and experience all that life has to offer. She also enjoys helping those who are in need, which is why she is a frequent volunteer at Habitat for Humanity and A.I. DuPont Hospital for Children.

Ashley is a pediatric cancer survivor and her future has been greatly influenced by that. She plans to be a pediatric registered nurse in an oncology department so that she can take care of kids who are growing up similar to how she did; she wants to make sure that their time in the hospital is not completely a negative memory in their minds.