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Second Cohort of Cheatham-White Merit Scholars Announced

 

North Carolina Central University (NCCU) has selected 21 students to make up the second cohort of the incoming Cheatham-White Merit Scholars to receive the state-funded merit scholarship award. 

Established in 2017, the Cheatham-White Merit Scholarship Program was funded with $3.2 million authorized by the North Carolina General Assembly to create four-year scholarships at NCCU and North Carolina A&T State University. The awards cover tuition, room and board, student fees, books, a laptop computer, supplies and personal expenses, including four summer experiences that could include international studies.

The scholarships are named for Henry P. Cheatham and George Henry White, both African-Americans from North Carolina who served in Congress in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

The list of our second cohort of scholars for fall 2019 includes 12 students from North Carolina, three students from Virginia, two students from Maryland, and one student each from the following areas: Washington, D.C., Arkansas and Georgia. The cohort’s average academic profile is: 4.34 GPA, 1347 SAT and/or 29 ACT.

“We are delighted to welcome our newest scholarship recipients, who have demonstrated dedication to academics, while also excelling in other areas of life, through civic engagement leadership roles, on the sports field, through charitable work, and so much more,” said Monica Leach, Ed. D., senior associate provost and vice chancellor for Enrollment Management and Academic Affairs.

Recipients of the 2019 NCCU Cheatham-White Merit Scholarship Program are:

Hannah Boykin, daughter of Mikisa Thompson, is from Garner, N.C. She will graduate from Garner Magnet High School, where she was co-captain of the varsity basketball team. She has also been an active member of the National Beta Club for three years and a member of the North Carolina Math Science and Education Network for five years. Hannah plans to major in mathematics and computer science.

Janna Campbell, the youngest daughter of Andre and Vanetta Campbell, hails from Fayetteville, Ga. She will graduate from Sandy Creek High School, where she has been a member of National Honor Society, National BETA Club, Science National Honor Society and woodwind ensemble. She has been in various leadership positions, including treasurer of the Sandy Creek High School Math Team and president of Mu Alpha Theta Honor Society. Janna plans to major in chemistry.

Adia Drayton, daughter of Marcel and Madeline Drayton, is from Charlotte, N.C. She will graduate from Harper Middle College High School, where she served as vice president of the school’s multicultural club. She also volunteered at Novant Health and The Bulb Mobile Food Markets. Currently, she volunteers as a reading and math mentor at Sterling Elementary. Adia plans to major in biological sciences.

Nia Drayton, daughter of Marcel and Madeline Drayton, hails from Charlotte, N.C. Nia will graduate from Harper Middle College High School, where she served as vice president of the school’s multicultural club, secretary of the Model United Nations and varsity cheerleading captain. She volunteers at Sterling Elementary as a reading and math mentor. Nia plans to major in pharmaceutical sciences. 

Simone Edmundson, daughter of Scott and Stephanie Edmundson, is from Fort Washington, Md. She will graduate from Bishop O’Connell High School, where she is the co-captain of the varsity women’s basketball team and founder of the Knight Life Step Team. She is also a member of the African American Heritage Club, Rho Kappa History Honor Society, National English Honor Society and the National Honor Society. She is an active member of the Kiamsha Youth Empowerment Organization and volunteers with the Lott Carey Organization. Simone plans to major in both hospitality management and business administration.

Taylor Giattino, daughter of Joey and Kelly Giattino, hails from Durham, N.C. She will graduate from Josephine Dobbs Clement Early College High School, where she is a senior ambassador and member of the National Honor Society. She has also been a member of the J.D. Clement Community Service Club for the past three years and has held multiple leadership positions in the club, including secretary and vice president. Taylor plans to major in pre-nursing.

Jaschia Hall, daughter of Jason and Dena Hall, is from Beulaville, N.C. She will graduate from East Duplin High School, where she is a member the National Honor Society and vice president of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Club. She has also been a member of the concert band throughout high school. Jaschia plans to major in business.  

Kristen Hauser, daughter of Sharon and George Hauser, hails from Winston-Salem, N.C. Kristen will graduate from Simon G. Atkins Academic and Technology High School, where she is the founder of the women’s golf team. She is also a member of the National Honor Society, National Society of High School Scholars and the show choir team. Kristen plans to major in chemistry and become a forensic scientist.

Efhe Ikharo, daughter of Thomas and Grace Boyette, is from Raleigh, N.C. Efhe will graduate from Jesse O. Sanderson High School, where she is president of the speech and debate team, vice president of the Academy of Finance and co-founder of the SHS Student Equity Team. She is also a mentor and a tutor for children at Green Elementary School. Efhe plans to major in business.

Olesia Headen, daughter of Okema Kelly-Brown, Kevin Brown and Osby Headen Jr., hails from Randleman, N.C. She will graduate from Randolph Early College High School, where she serves as senior class vice president. She will also earn an associate’s degree in science from Randolph Community College. Olesia is a member of National Beta Club, Phi Theta Kappa, Junior Civitan International and the Armadillo Equality Club. Since her sophomore year, she has volunteered with organizations in her community that include Jim’s Kids, Easter’s Promise Therapeutic Equine Center, and the North Carolina Zoo. Olesia plans to major in chemistry with a concentration in forensic science.

Princess Jackson, daughter of Kevin and Sharon Jackson, is from Winston-Salem, N.C. She will graduate from Atkins High School, where she is a squad leader in the Junior ROTC program. She has been an active member of the marching band color guard and art showcase for the past three years. She also volunteers at her local Ronald McDonald House and the Sawtooth School of Visual Arts. Princess plans to major in social work and minor in art. 

Briana Lewis, daughter of Gloria Lewis, hails from Washington D.C. She will graduate from KIPP College Prep, where she is valedictorian of her class. She is an active member of the cheerleading team and National Honor Society. Briana plans to major in nursing.

Jordyn Arianna Martin, daughter of Ralph Martin and Aisha Tyus, is from Hughesville, Md. She will graduate from St. Mary’s Ryken High School, where she serves as the secretary of National Honor Society, treasurer of Future Business Leaders of America and manager of the varsity volleyball team. She also tutors other students in math. Jordyn plans to double major in political science and business administration. 

Marla McGhee, daughter of Angela and Willie McGhee, hails from Conway, Ark. She will graduate from Conway Senior High School, where she is the head of the marketing department in her entrepreneurship class. She loves traveling, sketching and reading, as well as participating in Future Business Leaders of America, band, Girl Scouts, King’s Daughters and Sisters of Hope. Driven by her passion for encouraging positive representations of women in fashion, Marla intends to major in marketing and minor in fashion design.

Aaron Morse, son of Mark and Ayumi Morse, is from Chesapeake, Va. He will graduate from Deep Creek High School, where he is the captain of the varsity baseball team. He is also a volunteer for the Chesapeake Humane Society. Aaron plans to major in biology.

Phineas Nyang’oro, son of Pendo Nyang’oro and Mariam Kalala, hails from Durham, N.C. Phineas will graduate from Josephine Dobbs Clement Early College High School, where he is a member of the music club and president of the media club. He is also the co-captain of the wrestling team at Southern High School of Energy and Sustainability, where he participates in the school’s clubs and organizations. For the past three years, he has been a member of and volunteered with the National Honor Society. Phineas plans to major in physics and electrical engineering.

NiDaria Powell, daughter of Nicole Allen and Darius Powell, is from Roseboro N.C. She will graduate from Lakewood High School, where she played volleyball for four years, ran indoor and outdoor track and played basketball. She is a member of the Science Club, Key Club, Future Business Leaders of America, Fellowship of Christian Students, Student Government Association and National Beta Club. She participated in various community service projects, such as volunteering with the Salemburg Food Bank and assisting with various activities at local elementary schools. NiDaria plans to major in pharmaceutical sciences.

Adrienne Stacy, daughter of Earl and Rosetta Stacy, hails from Chesapeake Va. She will graduate from Oscar F. Smith High School, where she is the 12th grade representative for the International Baccalaureate Leadership Committee. She is an active member of the National Honor Society, National BETA Club and DECA. She has volunteered at Union Mission Ministries for three years. Adrienne plans to major in political science.

Jamila Tate, daughter of Stella Shoffner, is from Burlington, N.C.  She will graduate from Alamance-Burlington Early College at Alamance Community College (ACC), where she is secretary of the ACC’s History Club and a member of the Honors Program. She is also president of the Burlington Youth Council and a member of the Kiwanis Key Club, National Honor Society, ACC’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter, as well as a volunteer with the American Red Cross. Jamila plans to major in business with a concentration in finance and a minor in sociology.

Cambria White, daughter of Lionel and Nanette White, hails from Arlington, Va. Cambria will graduate from Wakefield High School, where she is an active member of the STEM and Interact clubs. Cambria plans to major in environmental and geospatial sciences.

Zach Zedalis, son of Craig and Jenny Zedalis, is from Charlotte, N.C. He will graduate from Cox Mill High School, where he is the captain of the varsity baseball team and a member of the National Beta Club. He volunteers with Crisis Assistance Ministry and is an umpire and coach for the Mallard Creek Optimist Club. Zach plans to major in business administration and minor in political science. 

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