Past Scholarship Recipients
My bio: Shemayah Clemons also known as the ancient artery is an Inglewood native healing enthusiast with a passion for all things regarding wellness. Specializing in holistic living, she works closely with her community—via the platforms she’s developed—to stress the importance of approaching health from a wholeness perspective. Acting as a conduit of vital information that is often overlooked, she focuses on cleansing with ancient herbs, restoring with alkaline foods, and essentially developing practices that can be incorporated into everyday life.
Eno is a first-generation Nigerian American and a Houston native. She is a senior at the University of Houston with a major in public relations and a minor in marketing. She is the communications writer for the Hewlett Packard Enterprise Data Science Institute and the digital coordinator for @blackgirlsgraduate. At school, she is the public relations chair for the African Student Union, webmaster chair for the Nigerian Students Association, and a member of PRSSA.
Sierra Hill is a creative curator and the producer of Media Platform: Creative Process. While growing up in Louisville, KY, she quickly gained an interest in Chicago’s music, culture, and creative scene. Now a Music Business major at Columbia College Chicago, she began Creative Process in March of 2017 with the hopes of making an honest space designed to deliver access to creative culture, study and highlight up and coming artists of color, and provide opportunities for artistic growth in communities that need it. Once she has graduated, Sierra intends to continue expanding the platform through collaborations and partnerships with other Chicago creatives and brands.
Udochi Okorie is a Senior at Kalamazoo College where she is completing a major in Biology and Psychology. These two majors reflect her interest in the relationship between cognitive and biological processes in the brain. Motivated by advocacy for black women and hopes to have a greater impact in her community, she started a support group for Black women on her college campus. The events that she experienced developing and working with these women allowed her to better advocate for mental health resources for her community. Udochi aspires to enroll in a MD graduate program and study psychiatry. She hopes to continue to advocate for black women in STEM while performing ballet and playing the clarinet.
Amber Wynne (she/her/hers) is a senior health science policy administration major, criminal justice minor, attending the illustrious Hampton University in Hampton, VA. As a health science student, Amber’s passion for activism extends into the healthcare and social organizing fields. Amber has the privilege of serving as the President of Hampton University Generation Action (HUGA), where she strives to organize, advocate and educate through a reproductive justice lens. Her advocacy work includes voter education, LGBTQ+ advocacy, Black-centered health education, as well as founding “The Period Project'' which aims to distribute free menstrual products to students at Hampton University. As an organizer on a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) campus, she currently manages the Emergency Reproductive Hotline. Through this hotline Amber distributes free emergency
contraception, pregnancy tests, barrier methods, education resources, and menstrual products to students in need in the Hampton Roads
area and nationwide.
Vontarya McBride is a South Carolina native with a passion for writing, digital media, and the art medium overall. She is a senior majoring in Mass Communication at Winston-Salem State University (WSSU). She currently serves as the social media manager for The Artist Bloc, a venue that serves the local arts community in Greensboro, NC. Vontarya also serves as an executive board member for the Campus Life Marketing Committee at WSSU. In addition to being a scholar, Vontarya has taken the necessary steps to contribute to her professional development and growth through internships, film festivals, and workshops throughout her college career. She also creates short films and fun relatable content that covers everything from college readiness to lifestyle vlogs to share on her YouTube channel. Vontarya’s overall goal is to use her platform to share innovative ideas and amplify the voices of people who may not have a chance to share their stories otherwise.
Makayla Dawkins is a junior from the inner city of New Haven, CT. She is double majoring in
Human Development and Family Sciences and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies with a
minor in Psychology and Africana Studies at the University of Connecticut. When she isn't
studying, she is serving with USG Student Services as a Sexual Health and Education
Advocacy Coordinator where she has implemented a menstrual care package program and created legislation in solidarity of UConn’s queer community. She can also be found fulfilling her role as an RA in the Arts learning communities or working with LGBTQ folks at Rainbow Center. She hopes to become a Healthcare Administrator overseeing a health facility and researchingHIV and sexual behavior. She also hopes to serve families impacted by incarceration. In her free time, Makayla serves as an intern of Free All My Suns Inc., a nonprofit that connects families to the imprisoned and oversees their various programs. Additionally, she destigmatizes mental illness as an intern with the Holistic Huskies, a mental health podcast where she advocates for suicide prevention and mental health in communities of color.
Sierra Holmes is an Orlando,Florida native that attends the University of Central Florida (UCF). She is the founder of a college preparation, volunteer based, and cultural club called Black Leaders of Tomorrow at her former high school. She is now involved in SGA and Black Student Union as a freshman at UCF. As a recipient of the Princeton Prize of Race Relations Certificate, she continues to aim for educational equity and increase global and cultural awareness. In addition to this, social justice and advocacy are something she is dedicated to and passionate about. Sierra hopes to create change in her future career field as a lawyer, and later as a politician.