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NSF Awards Scholarships to 24 ASU Students

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Author: Stacy Massey, student writer

Release Date: Sep 12, 2013

Since 2012, a total of 43 ASU students have received scholarships through a major grant the University received from the National Science Foundation.

For the second consecutive year, Alabama State University will provide scholarships to undergraduate students as part of a grant the University received in 2012 from the National Science Foundation.

The nearly $400,000 grant is being used to provide four-year scholarships to ASU students enrolled in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. Nineteen students received the scholarship in 2012. This year, 24 students were awarded scholarships.

“This grant will help in increasing the graduation and retention rate at ASU in STEM disciplines such as biology, mathematics, chemistry, physics and computer science,” said Dr. Manoj K. Mishra, assistant professor of biology at ASU.

Shantalay Williams, a senior biology major from Decatur, Ga., is one of this year’s scholarship recipients. She said the award will help open doors and provide her with opportunities in the future.

“This scholarship will provide a gateway of opportunities to network and get to know other scholars who are a part of the organization,” Williams said. “We are all blessed to be recipients.”

Mishra said the students were required to complete an application package that included grade verification, research interests and career goals. Students’ eligibility for the scholarship also was based on individual student needs and family contributions, as determined by ASU’s financial aid administrator.

“A selection committee was convened to select eligible students based on the criteria,” Mishra said. “As long as a student maintains their academic performance GPA of 3.0 and above, they will receive the scholarship.”

2013 Scholarship Recipients

  • Jenice, Craig (senior, computer science)
  • LaChanee, Davis (junior, chemistry)
  • Kourtni Bradely (senior, biology)
  • Shantalay, Williams (senior, biology)
  • Ryeneshia, Hutchinson (senior, chemistry)
  • Athea, Stewart (sophomore, biology)
  • Amel,Mohammed (senior, biology)
  • Shavail,Smith(senior/CIS)
  • Chantai, Harris (junior/biology)
  • Devin, King (junior/biology)
  • Kristal, Hooks (junior/biology)
  • Courtney, Oliver(junior, chemistry)
  • Kaneisha, Gaston (sophomore/biology)
  • John Paul, Akwuba (junior/chemistry)
  • Danchel Boone (junior/biology)
  • Jadacia, Ponder (sophomore, biology)
  • Anterria, Nealy (sophomore/chemistry)
  • Maria, Jones (sophomore/biology)
  • Kingsley, Benson(freshman/chemistry)
  • Sadaf  Gul (sophomore/biology)
  • Nia Perkins (sophomore/math)
  • Courtney, Moore(senior/biology)
  • Dia Dealney(sophomore,math)
  • Raya, Ward(sophomore/biology)
  • Kevin Jones(senior/chemistry)

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