FSU Black Alumni Scholarship Fund Recipients

2015-2016

The following students, designated with “**”, were awarded FSU Black Alumni Scholarships during the 2015 Homecoming/Reunion.  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.

  • **Alesia T. Carter ($1,000) – a freshman from Jacksonville, Florida, majoring in Nursing.  She is the Dr. William R. Jones scholarship recipient.
  • **Kristin G. Sanders ($1,000) – a sophomore from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, majoring in International Affairs and Women’s Studies and Criminal Justice.  She is the Mr. Maxwell Courtney scholarship recipient.
  • **Isiah S. Parfait, ($1,000) – a sophomore from Tampa, Florida, majoring in International Business (Finance) and Spanish.   He is the International Programs scholarship recipient.
  • Rikisha A. Collins, ($1,000) – A freshman from Tallahassee, Florida, majoring in Political Science.  She is also a 2016 MLK Book Stipend awardee.

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2014

 The following students were awarded FSU Black Alumni Scholarships during the 2014 Homecoming/Reunion.

  • Tatiana Jeudy ($500) – a sophomore from Hallandale Beach, Florida, majoring in Media Communication Studies.  She is the International Programs scholarship recipient.
  • Precious R. Johnson ($500) – a senior from Palm Beach, Florida, majoring in Political Science and Criminal Justice.  She is the Dr. William R. Jones scholarship recipient.
  • Derrick D. Scott, II, ($500) – a junior from Jacksonville, Florida, majoring in Business Management and Finance.   He is the Mr. Maxwell Courtney scholarship recipient.

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2013

 The following students were awarded FSU Black Alumni Scholarships during the 2013 Homecoming/Reunion.

  • Mara E. Burnside ($500) – a freshman from Miami, Florida, majoring in Accounting.  She is the Dr. William R. Jones scholarship recipient.
  • Daphne R. Green ($500) – a sophomore from Pensacola, Florida, majoring in Environmental Studies, and minoring in Economics and Urban and Regional Planning.  She is the Mr. Maxwell Courtney scholarship recipient.
  • Van Simone A. Holder ($500) – a senior from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, majoring in Urban Planning and Political Science, with a secondary concentration in Public Administration.  She is the International Programs scholarship recipient.

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2013

The following students were awarded FSU Black Alumni Association Book Scholarships during the 2013 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration.

  • Nesha V. Drummond ($350) – A graduate student from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, who is seeking her Juris Doctorate degree from the College of Law.
  • Jasmyne D. Jackson ($350) – An undergraduate student from Lithonia, Georgia, majoring in International Business Management/Marketing.
  •  Marlon R. McPhatter ($350) – A graduate student from Laurinburg, North Carolina, who is seeking his Ph.D. in Sports Management.

2012

 The following students were awarded FSU Black Alumni Association Scholarships during the 2012 Homecoming/Reunion.

  • Samara Hicks ($500) – A graduate student from Sarasota, Florida, majoring in Social Work. International Programs recipient.
  • Jada L. Jones ($500) – A freshman from Titusville, Florida, majoring in Marketing.  Awarded scholarship in honor of Maxwell Courtney.
  • Delese White ($500) – A freshman from Hallandale, Florida, majoring in Health Sciences.

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 The following students were awarded scholarships by the FSU Black Alumni Association during the Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Integration at FSU, April 20, 2012.

  •  Jeanine C. Suah ($1,000) – A senior from Orlando, Florida, majoring in Spanish and Portuguese.  Ms. Suah was awarded her scholarship in honor of Maxwell Courtney.  She wrote an essay detailing how she took a stand and was courageous in the face of injustice or a challenging situation, and how she used this as an opportunity to build social solidarity, encourage understanding, and broaden her academic experiences.

 The “We’re All Garnet and Gold” Twitter Essay Contest was hosted as a way to generate discussion and engagement from students via social networks, and served as a unique opportunity to encourage the University community to reflect on the values of integrity and diversity as FSU celebrated the 50th Anniversary of Integration.

 The contest provided an opportunity for FSU students to answer prompts that deal with the themes of diversity, integration and adversity.  Responses had to be answered in 130 characters or less.  FSU’s Office of University Communication created three faux-Twitter accounts which were the recipient accounts for all entries.  Each winner received a $250 Book Scholarship.

  •  Lissette Calveiro ($250) – A Public Relations major from Hialeah, Florida.

Twitter Handle and Corresponding Prompt: Doby Flowers (@FSUDoby) – How have you stood proud in the face of adversity?

“I let myself fall, felt the ground and took the dirt up with me, then stood up firmly on two feet and proudly let my scars show.”

  •  Natalie Ruiz ($250) – A freshman from Miami, Florida, majoring in Marketing and Sports Management.

Twitter Handle and Corresponding Prompt: Fred Flowers (@FSUFred) – How has integration changed the way you play in the game of life?

“Integration taught me that life is not a game, but rather a journey of self-discovery and bettering yourself as well as humanity.” 

  • Madeline Rodnite ($250) – A Public Relations major from Dunedin, Florida.

Twitter Handle and Corresponding Prompt: Maxwell Courtney (@FSUMaxwell) – How do you think diversity has broadened your academic experience?

“Diversity has allowed me to not only learn to appreciate others, but to be proud of my own unique qualities.” 

 The following students were awarded FSU Black Alumni Association Book Scholarships during the 2012 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration.
  • Elizabeth Ogunrinde ($350) – An undergraduate student from Lagos, Nigeria, majoring in Biochemistry.
  • Shawna Patterson ($350) – A graduate student from Chicago, Illinois, who is seeking her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies.
  • Vanessa White ($350) – An undergraduate student from Miami, Florida, majoring in Psychology.

2011

  • Joshua J. Berrian ($500) – Tallahassee, Florida
  • Ulda Louis-Pierre ($500) – Kissimmee, Florida.  International Programs recipient.
  • Bryanna A. Campbell ($500) – Tampa, Florida
  • Ijen O. Imwensi ($500) – Tampa, Florida

2010

  • Ky’Eisha W. Penn ($500) – Miami, Florida
  • Vincella M. Smith ($500) – Miami, Florida. International Programs recipient.
  • April L. McCray ($500) – Tallahassee, Florida

2009

  • Nathasha N. Cole ($1,000) – Miami, Florida.  First International Programs recipient.
  • Stanley Wakefield, Jr. ($1,000) – Jacksonville, Florida

2008

  • Marvis Barnes ($500)
  • Sophia Harvey ($500)

2006 – 2007

  • Hegel Laurent ($350)
  • Nicole Williams ($350)
  • Maranda Sapp ($350)
  • Asha Brewer ($350)
  • Shari Campbell ($350)
  • Dana Ford ($350)

2005 – 2006

  • Micolette Perry ($350)
  • Kenneth Dickerson ($350)
  • Dawnette Banks ($350)