One unique feature of the scholarship application was the requirement that students provide a “brand identity package” that best communicated who they were. Stringer said students were very creative with the packages – some provided YouTube videos; others, PowerPoint slide show presentations.
“I feel that branding is so important in selling yourself and understanding who you are,” Stringer said. “If you get that at an early age, that can carry you pretty far. That was a critical piece for me.”
The Casey Stringer Leadership Scholarship provided six scholarships in 2012 for a total of $28,000. Among the criteria were a 3.0 GPA, and backgrounds in community service and participation in campus organizations.
Adeshile Allinson, a senior in supply chain management, won the scholarship this year. Allinson, who has born in Nigeria where her family still lives, moved to the United States to attend Howard University. As an international student, she often doesn’t qualify for scholarships that require U.S. citizenship.
Allinson has accepted a full-time position at Alcoa Inc., the Pittsburgh-based aluminum manufacturer, where she interned over the summer.
“It takes a lot of money to pay out of pocket every single year,” she said. “The scholarship helped a great deal. It helped take the burden off of the entire family.”