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Student Recipients

The Bridging the Gap Student Aid Campaign has already provided nearly $400,000 in immediate aid to more than 200 promising students in need.

Please take a moment to learn about a few of our students who are extremely grateful for the financial support they have received from the campaign‘s generous donors.

Vernika Leach

Vernika Leach

Afro-American Studies/African Studies

“As a self-supporting student, it is the benevolence of those more fortunate that has made my education possible. Thank you for your willingness to support a student in need.”

Prior to receiving a donor-based scholarship award, Vernika Leach was on the verge of withdrawing from Howard due to financial hardship. As a student who spent her teen years moving from home-to-home after her mother died, Vernika knew that she would have to work hard to achieve her dream of obtaining her college degree.

Now in her senior year at Howard, largely due to the scholarship assistance she received, this self-supporting Austel, Georgia native is still working hard. She has an on-campus job at Cramton Auditorium to help pay for her studies and living expenses. She is on the College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s List, serves as a volunteer at the Umoja House Community Center, and leads the Ivan Van Sertima Study Circle.

After she graduates, Vernika would like to attend law school to become a civil rights litigator and later earn a Ph.D. in African American studies to examine the legislative and judicial nature of prejudice against African Americans.

Wilburt Carpenter

Wilburt Carpenter

International Business

“It is an honor to receive a Howard University donor scholarship. You have helped ease my financial challenges so that I can diligently work towards fulfilling my career goals.”

Wilbert Carpenter, a native of Petersburg, Virginia, is well on his way to reaching his dream to become an international business executive. A junior in the Howard University School of Business Leadership Honors Program, he expects to complete his bachelor‘s degree with close to a 4.0 grade point average.

Wilbert has completed an internship for Google in Mountain View, California and participated in a study abroad program in Paris, France.

Caleb Davis

Caleb Davis

Electrical Engineering

“Howard has helped me establish myself as a confident and capable servant-leader by giving me a larger network and, more importantly, a strong support system. Howard has also given me an appreciation for the struggles of my ancestors and a greater respect for the giants that came before me.”

Caleb Davis, is a junior electrical engineering , president of the College of Engineering, Architecture and Computer Sciences Student Council and was a member of the Freshman Leadership Academy in 2010. Caleb interned with Jones-Heroy & Associates Inc., where he assisted professional engineers with planning, management and administrative services on water utility projects in the Texas area.

He also spends countless hours volunteering in the community. The Austin, Texas native would not be a student at Howard without the financial aid that he receives from the University. Caleb receives a University need-based grant that matches his annual federal Pell Grant and additional assistance from donor scholarships.

Malick M. Diop

Malick M. Diop

Finance

“I am honored to have been awarded this treasured scholarship, I want you to also know that your donation is a worthy investment.”

Malick M. Diop represents excellence at Howard University. As a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, an HU Finance Club member, and participates in the 21st Century Advantage Program and a Ginga for Life trainee, he celebrates a number of victories for Howard University‘s School of Business.

During his freshman year, his 21st Century Advantage Program team was named “Team of the Year” and received first-place awards for outstanding team performance in several categories including Talent, Presentation, Best Commercial, and Company Expo. Also fluent in French, Malick has spent two summers working for the United States Embassy in Haiti.

Sasha–Kay Harriott

Sasha Harriott

Psychology

“Howard University has always been a dream of mine and with [financial] help I am able to see that dream continue to be a reality. The impact that this scholarship will have on my future is immense. I am able to continue on to my senior year and graduate.”

Sasha–Kay M. Harriott, a junior in the Howard University College of Arts and Sciences, serves as President of the Psychology Club, Vice President of the College of Arts and Sciences Honors Association, mentor for America‘s Promise, student researcher for Career Opportunities in Research and member of Black Professionals in International Affairs.

Her energy and commitment have driven her to volunteer for numerous organizations including DC Central Kitchen, Food Bank, Howard University Election Campaign 2011, and Chief Volunteer in 2010 for the Howard University Student Association.

He also spends countless hours volunteering in the community. The Austin, Texas native would not be a student at Howard without the financial aid that he receives from the University. Caleb receives a University need-based grant that matches his annual federal Pell Grant and additional assistance from donor scholarships.

Serena Morris

Serena Morris

Public Relations

“This has been a tough year financially for my family and this scholarship, to say the least, has been a blessing.”

After earning a 4.0 GPA her in first semester at Howard, Serena Morris was ecstatic when she learned she would receive an award from the Bridging the Gap Student Aid Campaign. This California native is pursuing a career in entertainment or fashion industry. ing in public relations, she plans to take full use of Howard‘s resources and influences to land a job in the public relations industry.

On campus, Serena is a member of the Endustry Power Players and she is also a fashion blogger.

Alfred Narh

Alfred Nrah

Finance

“This award is a financial relief to me and my family. I look forward to the time that I can help others as you have helped me.”

Alfred Narh, a finance from Accra, Ghana, dreams of having a successful career in the financial services industry. Now in his senior year, Alfred is one step closer to achieving his dream because of the scholarship assistance that he received which will enable him to complete his business studies and graduate.

Alfred, a determined and hard working student, has made the most of his time at Howard. He is the Vice President of the Finance and Investment Club, participated in the USB Voyagers Program, and has held summer internships with USB Investment Bank, Northwestern Mutual and Goldman Sachs.

Andre D. Rosario

Andre D. Rosario

College of Medicine (2nd Year)

“I am immensely grateful for the gift of your support of my career. I can worry less about finances and focus more on my studies. Studying medicine has been a dream of mine for a very long time and now it has become a reality, thanks to you.”

Andre D. Rosario, a Washingtonian and freshman medical school student, plans to wage a war against cancer through his professional career in medicine. Since losing his mother and grandfather to the disease, Andre has set his sights on training in the field of Oncology to help find solutions to ease the pain and suffering of cancer patients.

Andre earned a B.S. in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from Howard in 2009 and expects to complete his M.D. by 2016. As an undergraduate, he served as a post baccalaureate research fellow at the National Institutes of Health‘s National Cancer Institute.

Tiffanye Threadcraft

Tiffanye Threadcraft

School of Law (3rd Year)

“[These] scholarships are important to me as a resource to offset the rising costs of graduate school, especially in my final year as I prepare to finance my impending bar study.”

Tiffanye Threadcraft, a third-year law student, earned her B.A. degree in History and Literature from Harvard University where she was honored as a recipient of the Harvard College Research Program Grant. Her career goal is to become a private funds account lawyer.

She is a Howard University School of Law merit scholarship recipient, a NAACP Legal Defense Fund Earl Warren Scholar, and the 2011 recipient of the James M. Nabrit, Jr. Scholarship.

Alicia Van Doren

Alicia Van Doren

College of Medicine (1st Year)

“There are no words to express my gratitude for the regard you have taken in support of my well being.”

Alicia Van Doren is working toward becoming an Interventional Radiologist specializing in treating hepatobiliary, pancreatic, and gastrointestinal cancers. In 2010, Ms. Van Doren graduated summa cum laude earning the Master of Science degree in Biology-Medical Science from Mississippi College. Growing up financially disadvantaged, this California native is passionate about providing care to the medically underserved community.

Van Doren currently holds leadership positions in a number of outreach organizations including New Freedman‘s Clinic Subcommittee for Community Outreach, Student National Medical Association Community Service Representative, Emergency Medical Student Interest Group, and Radiology Student Interest Group.