What leadership roles or volunteer experiences have been important to you during your time at Maryland?
High School Visits, Juvenile Delinquency Centers, Kingdom Worship Center Outreach Ministry, Work in Low Income communities
What has your scholarship meant to you and how has it enabled you to pursue new and exciting opportunities?
Culture, Diversity, Transition, Freedom, Expression, Experience, Challenge, transformation, Individuality, Character, Professional Will, Resilience Inspiration and Exploration! Words lack the power to describe my transformational experience at Maryland. Words cannot express how thankful I am for the University of Maryland Incentive Awards Program. Coming from an underprivileged urban community, and being a first generation college student, this program has been the catalyst for my psychological and social development. Inspired by the leaders of the program, I plan to obtain a Ph.D. in the far future. In pursuit of my future endeavors, the University of Maryland Incentive Awards Program serves as the pipeline between my current state and impending vision. The contagious energy exerted through the leaders of IAP and the students' insatiable thirst for knowledge, education and diversity, my confidence in this program is truly reaffirmed. This program successfully aids me by providing boundless resources, financial support and life changing opportunities. The Incentive Awards Program provides me with an opportunity to enrich, revive and empower myself through Education. I believe that opportunities such as these will accelerate our community's development. The Incentive Awards Program encourages its students to go back and empower our families and communities. Throughout the course of a semester, we are required to visit various High Schools, influence our neighborhood peers, and devote hours to innumerable community service projects. The experience at the University of Maryland will enable me to return back to my community providing a message of hope. Furthermore, this will cause me to encourage youth to seek education, stimulating a desire to pursue a life beyond their cultural norm.
Why did you choose to attend the University of Maryland, what makes this place special to you and what is your favorite part of being a Terp?
The University of Maryland is a reputable institution that provides students with excellent cultural and social opportunities endowing students with a life changing educational experience. Because of my desire to be challenged academically and socially, I knew that University of Maryland would be an excellent resource to mold my impending vision.