Since 1968 about 2,200 American college students have been awarded Thomas J. Watson Fellowships. The program, begun by the founder of IBM, offers graduating college seniors at 49 leading colleges $25,000 to travel the world on independent study projects. This year it appears that three of the 40 Watson fellows are of African descent.
Elias Aba Milki
is a senior at Amherst College. Next year he will travel to South Africa, Brazil, and Uganda to conduct research on how artists have used hip-hop music as a holistic tool for improving healthcare, such as using music to raise AIDS awareness. Milki was born in New York but was raised in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He hopes to become a physician.
is a senior anthropology major at Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas. He will use his Watson award to investigate cultural education in four metropolitan primary schools in Australia, Finland, South Africa, and India. Thomas, a native of Fayetteville, Arkansas, states that the four schools have established an educational philosophy that broadens their academic focus and each is renowned for capitalizing on its educational culture.
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Cheyenne Boyce, of Detroit, MI, is the 2010 winner of the Tom Joyner Foundation “Full Ride Scholarship” that will cover full tuition, room and board (on-campus only) and books up to 10 semesters. Tom Joyner, the Foundation’s chairman and founder, called Boyce this morning during the “Tom Joyner Morning Show,” which airs in 115 markets and reaches more than eight million listeners every week. Boyce was selected from more than 500 applicants for the scholarship.
“I was totally in shock when I got the call,” said Boyce, the oldest of three daughters. “In fact, when I hung up, my sister asked me if it was an April Fool’s joke! .. I’ve worked so hard in junior high and in high school, and now all this work is paying off. This [scholarship] is so important to me because the financially burden isn’t on my family, and I can focus on my studies.”
Boyce, who is the third Tom Joyner Foundation Full Ride Scholar, said she is undecided about which black college to attend in the fall, but plans on doing some research over the next week. Joyner, who was among the judges, said he was impressed with Boyce’s overall academic record, poise and determination. “Cheyenne is an outstanding student who has worked hard to become the No. 1 student at one of Detroit’s most competitive schools,” Joyner said. “I’m so proud of what she’s accomplished, and that she’ll represent the Foundation as one of our Full Ride scholars.” Other judges included Thomas Joyner, Jr., the Foundation’s president and CEO, Oscar Joyner, president and COO of Reach Media Inc. and Executive Producer of the Tom Joyner Morning Show, Myra J., writer for Tyler Perry Studios and several members of the media.
Boyce is ranked No. 1 at Detroit’s highly competitive Cass Technical High School where she is interested in international relations, the environment and music. She’s graduating with a 4.0 grade point average and has studied Japanese throughout high school, including traveling to the country last summer where she lived with a family. She plays the cello and is headed to New York to perform. “I want everyone in Detroit to look at me and say, ‘I can do it, I can succeed if I work hard,'” Boyce said. “You can get good grades, have a social life and go to college.”
Brian Diskin, a teacher in Cass Technical’s Social Studies Department, said in his recommendation that Boyce “is among the very best students I have taught over my nineteen year career.” “Cheyenne has a multitude of academic skills that she uses to greatest effect,” he said. Sophia Sims, guidance counselor at the high school, wrote, “When I think of Cheyenne Boyce, three words come to mind – intelligent, focused and talented. “Miss Boyce has always taken the most challenging classes available and these efforts have given her a strong and competitive foundation.” The two previous Tom Joyner Full Ride Scholars – Britney Wilson of Brooklyn, NY and Blaine Robertson of Reserve, LA – both attend Howard University in Washington, DC.
To retain the scholarship, students had to meet the required academic standards each semester. Graduating high school seniors applied for the scholarship by going to BlackAmericaWeb.com.
To be eligible, students had to meet the following criteria: 1.) Be a United States citizen; 2.) Be a current high school senior attending school in the United States. Each applicant must complete high school in the spring of 2010; 3.) Have a minimum high school grade point average of 3.5 (on a 4.0 grade scale, excluding home school studies) and minimum SAT score of 1300 (math and verbal only) or ACT score of 28; 4.) Applicants had to apply and be accepted to an HBCU by July 1, 2010; 5.) Applicants must have demonstrated leadership abilities through participation in community service and extracurricular activities.
Founded in 1998, the Tom Joyner Foundation has raised more than $55 million to help keep students enrolled in black colleges. It has assisted more than 14,000 students and worked with more than 100 HBCUs. For more information about the Foundation go toBlackAmericaWeb.com/Foundation.
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Mr. Obama, appearing in the Rose Garden at the White House, recounted some steps his administration has already taken to restrain the growth of annual deficits. But he said, “This alone will not make up for the years in which those in Washington refused to make hard choices and live within their means. “And it will not make up for the failure to level with the American people about the costs of the services that they value,” he added. “This is going to require people of both parties to come together and take a hard look at the growing gap between what the government spends and what the government raises in revenue. And it will require that we put politics aside, and that we think more about the next generation than the next election.”
The president was flanked by his choices to chair the commission: Alan K. Simpson, the former Republican senator from Wyoming, and Erskine Bowles, a Democrat and former White House chief of staff. With a grin, Mr. Obama saluted them for their courage in accepting the assignment — a nod to the low expectations that many in Washington have for the commission, given the polarization between the parties, especially in an election year. Mr. Obama then left for Iowa for the next stop on his “Main Street Tour,” and the commission members walked across the street to an executive conference center for their three-hour inaugural meeting.
They were scheduled to hear from Ben S. Bernanke, chairman of the Federal Reserve, who lately has said that elected officials must make “difficult choices” on taxes and spending as the economy recovers. Others who are scheduled to address the commission include Peter R. Orszag, the president’s budget director, and two former directors of the Congressional Budget Office, Robert Reischauer and Rudy Penner.
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