North Carolina A&T Announces Inaugural Class of Cheatham-White Scholars

North Carolina A&T Announces Inaugural Class of Cheatham-White Scholars

GREENSBORO, N.C. (April 2, 2018) – North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University has awarded the prestigious Cheatham-White Scholarship to 20 of its most academically talented, incoming freshmen.

The inaugural class of Cheatham-White Scholars average in the top 15 percent of their graduating high school classes and boast an average GPA of 4.51, SAT score of 1,364 and ACT score of 30. Fifteen scholars hail from North Carolina with the remaining five from Florida, Maryland, Michigan, South Carolina and Texas.

“We are excited to welcome this group of bright and talented students to the Aggie family,” said Chancellor Harold L. Martin Sr. “These scholars were chosen from an exceptional pool of 226 nominees, and we have high expectations for each of them.”

Named in honor of Henry P. Cheatham – born a slave – and George H. White – the son of a slave – the scholarship is a fully funded four-year award that covers the costs of: tuition, student fees, housing, meals, textbooks, a laptop computer, supplies, travel and personal expenses.

Scholarships also provides four summers of fully funded enrichment and networking opportunities that may include international travel and study. It is truly a complete award, meant to recognize academic achievement and potential at the highest levels.

Members of the Cheatham-White Scholars Class of 2022 are listed below in alphabetical order:

  • Madison Bevan, daughter of Jean Bevan, is from Greer, South Carolina. She will graduate from Riverside High School and plans to major in laboratory animal science.
  • Santiara Churchwell, daughter of Tremika Massey and Stacey Churchwell, is from San Antonio, Texas. She will graduate from Louis D. Brandeis High School and plans to major in bioengineering with a minor in management (entrepreneurship). Her career objective is to become a patent lawyer in the field of bioinstrumentation. Through studying both bioengineering and entrepreneurship, Santiara plans to establish a non-profit organization that will uplift urban communities through art and STEM education.
  • Cameron Croom, son of Claudia and Craig Croom, is from Raleigh, North Carolina. He will graduate from Enloe High School with plans to major in bioengineering and minor in psychology. Cameron would like to explore the applications of engineering to improve the lives of others, and possibly pursue medical school.
  • Naya Davis, daughter of Angela Davis is from Greensboro, North Carolina. She will graduate from Dudley High School and plans to major in accounting. Naya intends to use her accounting degree to begin a career as an accountant. She has no doubt that the opportunities provided through the College of Business and Economics will give her the chance to explore a number of career options and decide which accounting industry to pursue.
  • Kamille Graham, daughter of Thomas and Angela Graham, is from Winston Salem, North Carolina. She will graduate from Parkland Magnet High School and plans to major in industrial & systems engineering with a minor in biology. Upon graduation, she would like to enter the healthcare field as an industrial and systems engineer, optimizing technology specifically as it relates to prenatal and neonatal care.
  • Myles Greer, son of Daryl and JeNeena Greer, is from Cary, North Carolina. He will graduate from Enloe High School and plans to major in civil engineering. Myles career objective is to become a civil engineer concentrating in environmental engineering. He wants to find better ways to provide people with less polluted places to live and work with cleaner energy and water, especially in neighborhoods and communities that may not have the resources or means. Eventually, Myles wants to establish his own engineering firm.
  • Malkam Hawkins, son of Louis and Desiree Hawkins, is from Charlotte, North Carolina. He will graduate from Providence Day School and plans to major in electrical engineering. Malkam’s ultimate goal is to work in the field of engineering management.
  • Jared Jackson, son of Elford and Jewel Jackson, is from Perry Hall, Maryland. He will graduate from Perry Hall High School and plans to major in liberal studies with a focus in pre-law. His objective is to become a strategic, urban planner. Jared would like to improve the living environments of neighborhoods and cities, especially in high poverty areas. He is specifically interested in urban renewal, without gentrification, that improves the lives of residents and makes neighborhoods and communities the places where generational home ownership and residency is sustainable and desirable.
  • Malcolm Jones, son of Carl and Deborah Jones, is from Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He will graduate from North Forsyth High School and plans to major in computer science. Early in his career he envisions himself working with a software development company with innovative technology in the internet, artificial intelligence, and big data. In terms of research he hopes to study the issues and development regarding artificial intelligence. Malcolm also plans to start his own venture based on technology. His company will use technology to solve problems in education and sustainability.
  • Terrill Jones, son of Almeta Jones and Anthony Martin, is from Greensboro, North Carolina. He will graduate from Southeast Guilford High School with plans to major in chemical engineering and minor in criminal justice. Terrill plans to become a petroleum engineer and develop a method of hydrocarbon extraction that is less harmful to the environment as well as find a more efficient way to use fossil fuels.
  • Anjali Kumari, daughter of Rajesh Kumari, is from Arden, North Carolina. She will graduate from TC Roberson High School and plans to major in biology (pre-med). Anjali hopes to utilize biology as pathway to research. Research will enable her to discover and design objects which will help others.
  • Maijah Levert, daughter of Lynn and Cedric Levert, is from Jacksonville, Florida. She will graduate from Paxon School for Advanced Studies and plans to major in chemical engineering. Maijah’s overall career goal is to become a part of the small percentage of African American female engineers and use her platform to encourage other women that would like to join the STEM field to follow through with it.
  • Ian Livengood, child of Thomas and Ann Marie Livengood, is from Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Ian will graduate from the Early College of Forsyth and plans to major in applied mathematics and economics with a minor in Spanish. Ian hopes to use the skills he gains from studying applied mathematics and economics to influence economic policy and affect social change.
  • Akinlabi Mason-Hogans, son of Cory Hogans and Danita Mason-Hogans, is from Durham, North Carolina. He will graduate from J.D. Clement Early College High School and plans to major in Computer Science with a minor in History. By coming to North Carolina A&T State University, Akinlabi’s career objective is to specialize in software development and help children across the country by developing educational software to assist with Mathematics.
  • Kiara McKenzie-Perry, daughter of Vincent and Candia Perry, is from Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina. She will graduate from Southeast Raleigh Magnet High School and plans to major in agricultural and environmental systems. She hopes to one day work for the Environmental Protection Agency as an attorney.
  • Medinah Rashid, daughter of Jamilah and Kofi Rashid, is from Decatur, Georgia. She will graduate from Decatur High School and plans to major in architectural engineering. In the future Medinah wants to create her own “tiny house” company that provides people reliable and sustainable homes, not only for full-time living, but for temporary use as well. She also aspires to travel around the world to help develop communities by designing and building sustainable yet affordable houses. Being able to sustain nature and people’s needs, no matter their circumstances, would allow her to fulfill her goal of providing as many people in the world as she can with a home.
  • Rachel Richards, daughter of Bruce and Glenner Richards, is from Davidson, North Carolina, by way of Kingston, Jamaica. She will graduate from William A. Hough High School and plans to major in biology with a minor in sociology or French. After earning a master’s in public health, Rachel would like to spend a few years working in hospitals around the South, focusing on improving preventative measures toward the goal of decreasing the number of healthcare-associated infections. She then hopes to work as an epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, Georgia. At some point, she would like to return home to Jamaica and take part in improving the quality of life through direct work with the community with preventative health education, as well as enhancing the government’s ability to be able to provide for its citizens.
  • Carrington Rodgers, daughter of Timothy and Latitia Rodgers, is from Garner, North Carolina. She will graduate from the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics and plans to major in industrial engineering with a minor in Spanish. It is her desire to become an industrial engineer for a Fortune 500 company and work in a field where she can contribute her knowledge and expertise towards improving production processes that will make difficult jobs flow smoother.
  • Mariah Shobande, daughter of Olujide and Myra Shobande, is from Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She will graduate from Northwood High School and major in bioengineering. She hopes to one day be involved in clinical research surrounding stem cells. With these studies, Mariah wants to learn if stem cells can be used to regenerate brain cells in order to improve treatment and rehabilitation methods for patients who have suffered from brain deterioration due to strokes, Alzheimer's disease, dementia or even schizophrenia. She also wants to be involved in pharmaceuticals and help develop non-addictive opioids.
  • Randolph Williams, son of Randolph and Angela Williams, is from Fayetteville, North Carolina. He will graduate from E. E. Smith High School and plans to major in bioengineering. Randolph would like to become a biomedical engineer and work at either a hospital or a company where he can help improve prosthetic limbs.