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Posted on November 5th, 2014 in Uncategorized

2014 Scholarship Recipients

L-R: Tatiana Jeudy, Derrick D. Scott, & Precious R. Johnson

L-R: Tatiana Jeudy, Derrick D. Scott, & Precious R. Johnson

The Florida State University (FSU) Black Alumni promotes and supports the academic achievement and excellence of Black students at FSU.  As part of its 2014 FSU Black Alumni Homecoming Reunion: “Fueling The Fire” the FSU Black Alumni is awarding $500 scholarships to three deserving students.  One of the scholarships is specifically designated for a student who is involved in the International Program or plans to study abroad, one will be awarded in honor of Maxwell Courtney (the first Black undergraduate student to attend and graduate from FSU), and one will be awarded in honor of Dr. William R. Jones (Founder and first Director of the FSU Black Studies Program).  This year’s award recipients are listed below.

  • Tatiana Jeudy is a sophomore from Hallandale Beach, Florida, majoring in Media Communication Studies. In an excerpt from her essay she wrote, “The challenges that I faced during high school in attaining a better education is why I fervently want to help others who are currently enduring the same challenges. After graduating from FSU I plan on pursuing a law degree so that I can advocate for better educational opportunities for immigrant children and those who have immigrant parents. Too often these ambitious youth are overlooked and not enough is done to ensure that they, too, are warranted a promising future… After my semester abroad in Spain I hope to improve my Spanish fluency so that I could also reach out to the Hispanic community that I saw was underrepresented in Miami’s education system.” Ms. Jeudy is the International Programs Scholarship Recipient.
  • Precious R. Johnson is a senior from Palm Beach, Florida, majoring in Political Science and Criminal Justice. In an excerpt from her essay she wrote, “As the first in my family to attend a major university, I am not only making my family proud but also breaking a cycle of a family lacking higher education. In college, I have continued to put my best foot forward by working part-time, being involved on campus, rigorously studying and taking courses year-round permitting me to graduate from Florida State University in less than four years as a well rounded individual… As a community service mentor at Bond Elementary with second grade students, I was able to gain firsthand knowledge about the challenges faced by students and staff in low-income areas… Struggle is deeply added to one’s life when an individual lacks basic educational skill such as reading, writing, and adding… In the distant future, I would like to practice law focusing on civil rights, estate planning, and/or juvenile law and start a non-profit organization that focuses on giving academic support and confidence to minority students.” Ms. Johnson is being awarded this scholarship in honor of Dr. William R. Jones.
  • Derrick D. Scott, II, is a junior from Jacksonville, Florida, majoring in Business Management and Finance. In an excerpt from his essay he wrote, “While I have experienced a lot in my short two years here, the greatest memories have been made serving my community… Reaching back and being able to give a feeling of hope and a chance to change .. life is the most powerful feeling in the world… Life has not always been so easy for me and I have faced some pretty hard challenges during my time here at FSU… Just recently I went on a trip to Germany through the Beyond Borders program with Florida State University. This cultural exchange program completely opened my eyes to an entire new world… I have been racially discriminated against before many times in America, but never did I think I would see so much hatred on the other side of the world… I took this as an opportunity to educate. I explained…that we were not primates, but were descendants from a continent of rich history and culture. I informed him that although our colors and origins may be different, we were all still humans underneath the flesh. He explained to me that he was just scared because of what he thought we were and that he actually was happy to see it was all a lie. That very moment was a life changing experience for the both of us, and I believe we (are) both better because of it.” Mr. Scott is being awarded this scholarship in honor of Mr. Maxwell Courtney.
L-R: Scott Atwell (Alumni Association), Eric Friall (FSUBA-VP), Jacque April (BSU-VP), Tatiana Jeudy, Precious R. Johnson, Derrick D. Scott II, John Thrasher (FSU President), and Connie E. Jenkins-Pye (FSUBA President)

L-R: Scott Atwell (Alumni Association), Eric Friall (FSUBA-VP), Jacque April (BSU-VP), Tatiana Jeudy, Precious R. Johnson, Derrick D. Scott II, John Thrasher (FSU President), and Connie E. Jenkins-Pye (FSUBA President)