North Carolina A&T Announces New Class of Prestigious Dowdy Scholars

GREENSBORO, N.C. (April 26, 2018) – North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University has announced its newest class of Lewis and Elizabeth Dowdy Scholars. The 20 bright and talented freshmen will join the Aggie family on campus this fall.

This year’s Dowdy scholars boast an average GPA of 4.38, SAT score of 1,293 and ACT score of 28 and average in the top 12 percent of their graduating high school classes. Half of the scholars hail from North Carolina with the others from Georgia, Illinois, Maryland and Mississippi.

“We look forward to having this group of outstanding students join thousands of their academically motivated peers in August,” said Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Beryl McEwen. “Expectations are high that this group will utilize the tools and opportunities afforded to them to meet the challenges that lie ahead.” 

The scholarship is named in honor of the late Dr. Lewis C. Dowdy, N.C. A&T’s sixth president and first chancellor, and his wife, Elizabeth. He served the university for more than 21 years. The administration building was named in his honor in 1981, the year after he stepped down as chancellor.

Scholars receive tuition and related fees as well as housing for up to four years. This year’s scholars are listed below in alphabetical order:

  • Lia Artis, daughter of Michael Artis and Pamela Artis, is from Chester, Virginia. She will graduate from Lloyd C. Bird High School and plans to major in food and nutritional science and minor in Spanish. She aspires to become a physician and specialize in endocrinology.
  • Jaylah Autry, daughter of Phillip Autry, is from Bayboro, North Carolina. She will graduate from New Bern High School and plans to major in animal science with a minor in psychology. Jaylah’s goal is to help as many people and animals as possible through her education. That is her driving force. Jaylah says she has been shown extraordinary kindness and hospitality by many people and she hopes to one day return the favor to those in need, whether man or beast.
  • India Bolton, daughter of Tim and Maxine Bolton, is from Marietta, Georgia. She will graduate from Campbell High School and plans to major in information technology. Her career objective is to acquire an occupation that allows her to be versatile. Since there are numerous jobs underneath the general area of technology, she says she is hoping to take a liking to a certain aspect of this field and grow from there.
  • Deja Bradford, daughter of Etonne and Donnie Bradford, is from Jackson, Mississippi. She will graduate from Jackson Academy with plans to major in finance with a minor in Criminal Justice. Deja would like to use her finance degree to pursue law school. Her overall objective is to become a prosecutor, bringing peace and justice for the betterment of citizens' lives.
  • Natalie Davis, daughter of Kara and Lance Davis, is from Chicago, Illinois. She will graduate from Homewood Flossmoor High School and plans to major in bioengineering. Natalie’s goal is to create solutions to both neurological and mental diseases to provide comfort for those who are suffering.
  • Sydney Ferguson, daughter of Milicent Ferguson, is from Atlanta, Georgia. She will graduate from Pope High School with plans to major in chemistry and minor in Spanish. Sydney’s career objective is to become an anesthesiologist.
  • Brandon Flowers, son of Herman and Luchrisha Flowers, is from Leonardtown, Maryland. He will graduate from Leonardtown High School and major in marketing. By studying business, Brandon hopes to gain the skill set to construct a business model that will funnel revenue to struggling communities.
  • Chrisean Hardy, son of Leslie Hardy, is from Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He will graduate from Simon G. Atkins High School with plans to major in civil engineering and minor in African American studies. His career objective is to work for a civil engineering firm (most likely traffic engineering) and then go back to school to obtain his Master’s degree.
  • Summer Lauder, daughter of Geneal Darden-Lauder and Richard Lauder, is from Wake Forest, North Carolina. She will graduate from Wake Forest High School, and although she does not know exactly what she wants to major in, she knows that she wants to take the knowledge that is acquired during her college career and use it to change the world. With an interest in history, Summer can see herself as a museum curator, working with ancient artifacts and setting up museum exhibits to interest and to teach people about history.
  • Quincey Lee, daughter of Patrica Middleton, Hazel Middleton Sr., Edward Lee, and Kim Riley, is from Holly Hill, South Carolina. She will graduate from Lake Marion High School and Technology Center with plans to major in animal science. Quincey’s career objective is to become a large animal veterinarian.
  • Chanell Mangum, daughter of Darrell and Chantae Mangum, is from Durham, North Carolina. She will graduate from the Durham School of the Arts and major in bioengineering with a minor in History. Her career objective is to specialize in becoming a genetic engineer and work with drug therapy for chronic illnesses.
  • Alise Matherson, daughter of Akua Matherson, is from Greensboro, North Carolina. She will graduate from the STEM Early College at North Carolina A&T State University with plans to major in chemistry. After obtaining a bachelor’s in chemistry, she plans to get a master's degree and then go to pharmacy school. While a practicing pharmacist, she will go back to school to get a doctoral degree in Chemistry. Alise’s ultimate career goal is to be a research chemist, studying how to engineer medications to cure incurable diseases, specifically Type 1 Diabetes, Alzheimer's and cancer.
  • Melanie McLellan, daughter of Leonard and Leka McLellan, is from Columbus, Georgia. She will graduate from Columbus High School and plans to major in bioengineering. After obtaining a bachelor's degree in bioengineering and a master's degree in biomedical engineering, Melanie hopes to either participate in genetic research or travel the world to help create prosthetics for people in need.
  • Briana Paris, daughter of Brandon and Kelley Paris, is from Durham, North Carolina. She will graduate from the North Carolina School of Science and Math with plans to major in chemistry and minor in Biology. Briana hopes to become a dermatologist and focus on darker skin issues. During her undergraduate matriculation and medical school, she plans to do research to create natural hair products and skin care lines.
  • Correggio Peagler, son of Correggio and Desiree Peagler, is from Lithonia, Georgia. He will graduate from Greater Atlanta Christian with plans to major in Biology and minor in chemistry. Correggio’s career objective is to attend medical school to become an orthopedic surgeon.
  • Travis Thorpe Jr., son of Travis Thorpe Sr. and Tessa Thorpe, is from Raleigh, North Carolina. He will graduate from William G. Enloe High School with plans to major in criminal justice and pursue a forensic science certificate. Travis hopes to become a lawyer in order to help his community become free from injustice. This dream of becoming a lawyer stems from his hope to one day help people find justice in courts of law.
  • Stella Vanne, daughter of Noelle Mckay, is from Hendersonville, North Carolina. She will graduate from Hendersonville High School with plans to major in mechanical engineering. Stella’s end game is to become a mechanical engineer at a company that fulfills her desire to create change and help people.
  • Kayla Walker, daughter of Cheryl Walker, is from Columbus, Georgia. She will graduate from Columbus High School with plans to major in sports science and fitness management (pre-physical therapy). Kayla’s career objective is to become a pediatric physical therapist and open her own pediatric rehabilitation clinic.
  • Joy Weaver, daughter of Mickey and Monica Weaver, is from Charlotte, North Carolina. She will graduate from Cox Mill High School with plans to major in biology (pre-med). Following college, Joy would like to attend medical school and become a pediatric orthopedic physician with a focus in sports medicine.
  • Mikayla Williams, daughter of Jessica Patterson, is from Raeford, North Carolina. She will graduate from Hoke County High School and major in mechanical engineering. Her career objective is simply to build the wave of black excellence and female prosperity in the field of engineering through outstanding innovation and other work.