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Posted on December 4th, 2015 in Uncategorized

2015-2016 Scholarship Recipients

L-R: •Kristin G. Sanders, Alesia T. Carter, President John Thrasher, and Isiah S. Parfait

L-R: • Kristin G. Sanders, Alesia T. Carter, President John Thrasher, and Isiah S. Parfait

L-R:  Rashard Johnson (BSU President), Charee Williams (FSUBA VP), Rikisha A. Collins, President John Thrasher, Kristen G. Sanders, Isiah S. Parfait, & Eric Friall (FSUBA President)

L-R: Rashard Johnson (BSU President), Charee Williams (FSUBA VP), Rikisha A. Collins, President John Thrasher, Kristen G. Sanders, Isiah S. Parfait, & Eric Friall (FSUBA President)

The Florida State University (FSU) Black Alumni promotes and supports the academic achievement and excellence of Black students at FSU.  As part of its 2015 FSU Black Alumni Homecoming Reunion: “A Garnet And Golden Age” 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).  A new procedure, designed to enable distribution of funds in the fall, was implemented in 2016.  These are the initial recipients who receive matching, and sometimes exceeding, distributions from the FSU Office of Financial Aid.This year’s award recipients are listed below.

  • Alesia T. Carter is a freshman from Jacksonville, Florida, majoring in Nursing.  In excerpts from her essay she wrote, “There have been many obstacles in my personal life that have tried to stop me from being the person I am today…(I was) involved in many activities, sports, and jobs that took hard work, dedication and the drive to do so…I was enrolled in Honors courses throughout high school, (which) showed me how I could be challenged and do great…Ever since I was fourteen years old I’ve always wanted to have a job with or without money.  I volunteered at a summer camp called “Daniel Organization” assisting younger kids between the ages 5-9 with disabilities…I will soon be inducted into the Minority Association of Pre-Medical Students.  It was an honor to be considered…I now see myself as a positive role model and leader to my peers.”  Ms. Carter is being awarded this scholarship in honor of Dr. William R. Jones.
  • Isiah S. Parfait is a sophomore from Tampa, Florida, majoring in International Business (Finance) and Spanish. In excerpts from his essay he wrote, “For a large portion of my high school career I was homeless…By the end of my senior year I graduated in the top ten percent of my class… I also got accepted into FSU and learned that I would be classified a sophomore, my freshman year…I had excelled despite circumstances when I was given the foundation I needed…During my junior year of high school, I saw a student with special needs crying and I asked him what was wrong. He told me that people were making fun of him…I learned that students with special needs were bullied quite frequently…As president of my school’s community club, I signed our club up for the Special Olympics. It was amazing seeing all the students work together regardless of their identities. This had been what I felt community was all about. Later that year I was named the 2014 Florida Holocaust Museum Anne Frank Humanitarian.”  Parfait is the International Programs Scholarship Recipient.
  • Kristin G. Sanders is a sophomore from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, majoring in International Affairs and Women’s Studies. In excerpts from her essay she wrote, “Although I understand the importance of hard work in the academic sphere, I also understand that being a well-rounded student extends beyond the classroom. During my freshman year at FSU I founded the organization VOX: Voices for Planned Parenthood, an organization centralized around mobilizing young people in the fight for women’s health and reproductive justice…Alongside Planned Parenthood I worked on the Broward County Youth Council, to co-draft, advocate for, and implement a comprehensive sexual education curriculum for Broward county public schools…After over a year…we finally achieved our goal of getting the curriculum passed…The curriculum is now available to over 260,000 students and we are collecting data to see how effective it has been.”   Sanders is being awarded this scholarship in honor of Mr. Maxwell Courtney.
  • Rikisha A. Collins is a freshman from Tallahassee, Florida, majoring in Political. She is currently involved in the Honors Program and Black Law Students Association (BLSA), in addition to volunteering in the local Tallahassee community.  Upon graduation, she plans to attend law school, attain a Masters of Law, and become either a law professor or open a law firm.   Collins is also a 2016 MLK Book Stipend awardee.