Category Archives: Scholarship Awards

Taylor Extravour

2018 Scholarship Recipient

Taylor is the daughter of Geoffrey & Tammy Extavour, who graduated from Appoquinimink High School and is enrolled at North-eastern University in Boston, majoring in Marine Biology and Political Science. She has benefited from two cultural back-grounds as her father is from Trinidad and her mother is from Virginia. Growing up, she fully embraced both her Trinidadian and Southern African-American heritage. One thing both cultures share and has greatly impacted her being is the value of education and hard work. Taylor has been interested in Marine Biology since childhood where she explored the waters of several Caribbean Islands, including Trinidad & Tobago. Upon graduation from university, Taylor intends to continue with marine and environmental research and to advocate for policies to make the world a more sustainable place to live.

Monique McDougal

2018 Scholarship Recipient

Monique is the daughter of Keith & Sarah McDougal, who was born and raised in Wilmington, Delaware but her parents hail from Berbice and Beterverwagting, Guyana. She graduated from Mount Pleasant High School and attends the University of Delaware, majoring in Environmental Engineering. Throughout high school, Monique has played field hockey, basketball, and participated in clubs such as “Kick Butt Generation” and Girls Empowered. She has also served as Vice President of for all four year of high school as well as participated in the FAME (Forum to Advance Minority in Engineering) and the LEAP (Leadership Enrichment Arts Program) program. Her hobbies include singing and praise dancing for her church. Monique has visited Guyana every summer until about the age of twelve. In Guyana, she would observe homeless people on the street living in squalid conditions. Seeing these conditions inspired her to become an environmental engineer in hopes of making living conditions better for people, not only in Guyana, but around the world.

Kevin White

2018 Scholarship Recipient

Kevin is the son of Julian & Karen White of Haitian descent. He is a freshman at Villanova University with a double major in Finance and Business Analytics and was named a St. Thomas of Villanova Scholar (STOVS). He graduated from Newark Charter High School with a cumulative GPA of 4.5. Among his many accolades, Kevin was an inaugural NCHS Student Ambassador, Treasurer of the NCS Chapter of the National Honor Society, a 3-time national qualifier in Business Professionals of America, a 3-time captain of the varsity basketball team, and a 2018 True Patriot Award winner.

Piper-Simone Casey

2018 Scholarship Recipient

Piper-Simone is the daughter of Patrick Casey & Paula Casey. Like her mother, a native Delawarean, Piper-Simone was born and raised in Dover, Delaware. Her father was born in Spanish Town, Jamaica and currently works in the Caesar Rodney School District where Piper –Simone graduated from high school, and became a member of the National Honor Society, played tennis, and won two state titles in doubles. She is a freshman at Spelman College, studying Political Science on the Pre-Law track. Her hobbies include reading, sleeping, and eating.

Ryan T. Singh

2018 Scholarship Recipient

Ryan is the son of Balwant & Liloutie Singh, who graduated from Middletown High School not only as the Class of 2018 Salutatorian, but also as a 2018 Secretary of State Scholar and United States Presidential Scholar Nominee. He currently attends the University of Delaware where he is majoring in Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in Aerospace Engineering. He is classified as a sophomore given that he acquired a 24 college credits through Delaware State University’s Early Bird Program and dual enrollment with Delaware Technical Community College. Aside from many academic accolades, Ryan has volunteered and gave back to both his American and Caribbean cultural communities, which include organizing a drive and distributing school supplies to orphanages in Guyana. Ryan intends to be able to give back more someday and he is determined in making his dream a reality.

Dominique A. Theodore

2017 Scholarship Recipient

Dominique TheodoreDominique A. Theodore is the daughter of Annite and David Theodore of Haiti. Dominique graduated from St. Georges Technical High School in Middletown, Delaware. During her last year in school she had the opportunity to work as an intern at A.I. DuPont Hospital. Last summer she spent a month with a youth group ministry that benefited the community. She is a freshman, Pre-Nursing Major at Delaware State University, and aspires to be a Physician Assistant. After graduation she would like to go to Haiti and help those in need of medical care. Dominique would also like to thank her mentors and extended family for encouragement and motivation over the years.

Indya Rennie

2017 Scholarship Recipient

Indya RennieIndya Rennie is the eldest daughter of the Honorable Sheldon and Lesley Afeni Rennie. Her parents gave her a strong appreciation for her rich Trinidadian heritage, and taught her to explore other Caribbean cultures. Indya has been traveling internationally from since before her first birthday, and has visited eight Caribbean countries thus far. Her goal is to visit all the Caribbean islands. Indya recently graduated from high school, and is majoring in Government Policy at Liberty University. She is a published author, a speaker, writer, and teacher. Her interests also include music and apologetics. In addition, she enjoys volunteering for organizations that serve disadvantaged populations. She has served at an orphanage in Grenada, taught at a school in Anguilla, and mentors children with Down Syndrome here in Delaware, to name a few. Indya resides with her father, mother, and three siblings in Middletown, Delaware.

Amber Fontenelle

2017 Scholarship Recipient

Amber FontenelleAmber Fontenelle is the daughter of Jacinta and Phillip Fontenelle of St. Lucia, who immigrated to the U.S. where they raised two older siblings (both college graduates). Amber was born in Newark, Delaware and is currently attending Cecil College in Maryland, majoring in Art and Design. She has a passion for animals, art and science. Most of her artwork incorporates animals. As an artist, she wants to use her artwork to share with the world the culture, traditions and beauty of the Caribbean islands; that one cannot see or know about from a resort or hotel. She dreams of the day when her artwork will assist in saving endangered species endemic to the islands. In her free time she enjoys playing video games, writing, drawing and listening to music.

 

Leanna Bahadur

2017 Scholarship Recipient

Leanna BahadurLeanna Bahadur is the daughter of Nathalia Charlemagne and Ramroop Bahadur. A first generation American of a St. Lucian mother and Trinidadian father, she graduated in the top 25 from Appoquinimink High School in 2017 and is now attending University of Delaware. She is a student in the Nursing Program and aspires to work in the anesthesia department. Thanks to the direction, support, motivation, and prayers from her mother, Nathalia she excelled in school and was an honor roll student since third grade. She has completed over 150 hours of volunteer work at Christiana Hospital and is prepared to take on the challenges of college head on, and hopes to continue to honor her parents.

Shanice Griffith

2008 Scholarship Recipient

Shanice GriffithShanice Griffith is a 2012 graduate of the University of Delaware where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology. She is also the recipient of a TTCAD Scholarship in 2008. Upon graduation, she began a ten-month service with the AmeriCorps program, Public Allies Delaware. During her term of service, she worked as the CHOICE Coach with Communities in Schools at EastSide Charter School. Communities In Schools is the nation’s leading drop-out prevention organization. While at EastSide, she developed and piloted an alternative to suspension program. Following her AmeriCorps service, she worked for the State of Delaware’s Division of Family Services. However, her time with the State was brief as she knew where her passion truly lied, within schools! In 2014, Shanice rejoined the Communities In Schools staff at William Penn High School. There she taught life skills, provided supportive guidance and developed meaningful programs for students. When the district decided to expand the program into a high needs middle school, Shanice was selected to be the Site Coordinator. In the past year and a half, the program at McCullough Middle School has grown tremendously! As the Site Coordinator, Shanice provides a number of services to the school community. She manages many programs to ensure that students’ basic needs are met. Also, she works with students one-on- one on educational and career goals. Most importantly, she builds relationships. Shanice has dedicated her career to supporting students on their path towards success. The value of education was instilled in her since childhood so it is only right that Shanice has found a special place to serve within the education system.