What leadership roles or volunteer experiences have been important to you during your time at Maryland?
During my time at the University thus far, I have been an advisor to incoming students through the Maryland Ascent Program which is geared to assist in college preparation and application assistance. I have also been a repeating host for the Universitiy's EDGE program which is an overnight program for admitted students that allows them to shadow and stay with a current student overnight. Through the Incentive Awards Program, I have taken on a leadership role as representative for my cohort. I encourage inner and outer cohort bonding and make sure my peers have all the information they need regarding the program and anything else going on around campus. In IAP, I have also been able to participate in community service by planting trees, picking weeds, and cleaning up trash to keep UMD clean and presentable.
What has your scholarship meant to you and how has it enabled you to pursue new and exciting opportunities?
This scholarship has meant everything to me, because of the generous donation to my future, I am able to carry out my journey to my dream of becoming an attorney with no financial burden. I have found my footing on this very large campus with the guidance of my donor through the Incentive Awards program.
It was always instilled in me to never forget where I come from and to always remember the people who helped me get here. As a result, I am a University of Maryland Student Ambassador for incoming students who may need a little guidance in the college process. I know that I wasn’t always confident in myself and I was scared to go to college because of the many differences, so if I can help one person overcome their fears and reach for their dreams, I am more than willing! As a student, my workload is very intense, but still I manage through study and prayer. Because of my efforts, last semester I made the Dean’s List, earning a 3.66 GPA. As a result, I have been inducted into both the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and the Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society for my academic accomplishments thus far.
The Willard Hackerman Scholarship Fund has helped with the financial burden of College and adjusting to my new, independent life. Without the support or constant encouragement, my transition to this new stage of my life would not have been as smooth. I encourage other people to go to college and continue their studies by ensuring them that all their hard work will pay off. When times are hard, it is important to stay focused on your goals and always see past tomorrow. It is because of Willard Hackerman that I am allowed the opportunity to reach my full potential without financial burden and the security of knowing that there is always someone there who supports and believes in me. For that I am forever grateful and I will make him proud for believing in me before I believed in myself!
What is your major, minor, class and graduation year?
I am a Criminology/Criminal Justice Major at the University of Maryland, College Park with an expected graduation date of May 2020.
What is your Hometown?
I was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland where I attended Baltimore Polytechnic Institute for High School.
Tell us about your favorite class, extracurricular activity, academic opportunity, community involvement or another unique experience.
My favorite class is Criminology. As a student with the hopes of becoming an attorney, Criminology classes allow me to see the different aspects of criminal law, psychology, court systems, research, and so much more. When presented with court cases and cases briefs, I feel like I am already an attorney on the job looking for hard evidence and proof. I am excited to go to Criminology everyday because I know it is preparing me for my future through knowledge and bringing me one step closer to my dreams.