Current Scholarship Recipeints

We are bursting with pride to share the names of this year’s scholarship recipients. We have no doubt they will go on to do great things!

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RON HERNDON SCHOLARSHIP
Sterling Akles attended La Salle Catholic College Preparatory school and held a GPA of 3.44. He loves to run track, volunteer for Salvation Army and Blazers Boys and Girls Club. Sterling will be attending a four year university to study pre-law and psychology. Scholarship made possible by Oregon Lottery.

Keyesa Greenwas a student at St. Mary's Academy and held a GPA of 3.68. Her interests include reading novels, swimming, baking, listening to music, and getting to know people. Keyesa plans to attend DePaul University in the fall to study business. Scholarship made possible by Portland Development Commission.

Victor Covingtonwas a student at Central Catholic High School and held a GPA of 3.05. He is a member of the African American Student United Club, in the drumline, peer mediator and robotics club. In the fall, Victor plans to attend Virginia Commonwealth to study computer engineering. Scholarship made possible by NW Natural.

Baredu Wotcha graduated from Madison High School and held a 3.94 GPA. She volunteers for various organizations and is the president of the National Honors Society and Black Student Union at her school. In the fall, she will attend a four year university to study pre-med and later become a doctor. Scholarship made possible by Providence Health & Services.

Kiah Bacon attended St. Mary's Academy and held a 3.30 GPA. Her hobbies include tap dancing, writing, dragon boating, reading and reciting poetry. Kiah will attend a four year college to major in communications. Scholarship made possible by Oregon Health & Science University.

Melaku Areaga attended De La Salle North Catholic H.S. and held a GPA of 3.98. He enjoys reading books, playing and watching soccer in his spare time. Melaku plans to study pre-me and attend Johns Hopkins University in Maryland. Scholarship made possible by Portland General Electric.

INSPIRING HOPE SCHOLARSHIP
Desarae Henderson attended Benson High School and held a GPA of 3.41. Her activities included swimming, track, volleyball, photography and cosmetic design. Desarae will be attending Arizona State University in the fall to study biological sciences.

Elicea Manners was a student at De La Salle North Catholic High School and held a 3.56 GPA. She was a three sport athlete and a member of the National Honor Society. Elicea will be attending University of Oregon to major in sociology.

Damari Smith was a student at De La Salle North Catholic High School and held a GPA of 3.17. She played on the varsity softball team and was an active member in constitutional club at her school. Damari plans to go to a Historically Black College and University to study in sociology and sports medicine.

Stefani Evers attended Banks High School and held a 3.98 GPA. Her activities included public speaking competitions and assisting her family with their dairy farm. Stefani will be attending Colorado State University to major in animal science.

Zarinah Mustafa is currently a freshman at Spelman College studying political science and holds a 3.52 GPA. Her hobbies include public speaking, writing, performing poetry and spoken word. Zarinah will graduate from Spelman in 2016 and pursue law school.

Caitlin Bartelds was a student at South Albany High School and held a GPA of 4.0. She is an officer and member of the National Honor Society and has a passion for theatre, creative writing and film production. Caitlin plans to attend George Fox University to major in film production.

BLACK UNITED FUND COLLEGE FAIR SCHOLARSHIPS
Deniesha Washington will be a senior at Central Catholic High School. As a junior she held a GPA of 3.55. She is a member of the varsity track team and sends a lot of time volunteering with her church. When Deniesha graduates she plans to apply to Howard, Spelman and University of South Carolina in hopes to study criminal science.

Enat Arega will be a senior at De La Salle North Catholic High School and in her junior year she held a 4.0 GPA. In school, Enat participates in several clubs and is the co-president of the African Youth Council and the President of the The Good Shepard club. Enat plans to attend college on the East Coast and major in biology.

FUTURE CONNECT CITY OF PORTLAND
Abel Gebrezgi was a student at Reynolds High School and holds a GPA of 3.00. He enjoys playing soccer, writing poetry and volunteering with youth group at his church. Abel would like to major in engineering and architecture at an Oregon state school.

Haja Koroma attended Benson High School and held a 3.18 GPA. Her hobbies included braiding hair, playing soccer, shopping and reading. Haja plans to attend Western Oregon University to major in biology.

Aminah Kariye was a student at Estacade Early College and held a 3.7 GPA. She loves to read, volunteer for Markham Elementary School and taking care of her siblings. She plans to attend Portland State University to major in biology.

Nathalie Mmuhongelwa graduated from Roosevelt High school and holds a GPA of 3.7. She played soccer, active member in the Optimist Tree Club and volunteering for her church. Nathalie plans to append Portland Community College to study electrical engineering.

Adeline Ndayishimiye attended Gresham High School and held a 3.23 GPA. Her activities included track and field, cross country, and soccer. Adeline will attend Portland State University to study accounting.

CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY/JOHNSON SCHOLAR
Umu Tullah graduated from Benson high school and held a GPA of a 2.71. Activities include reading, cooking, dancing and knitting. Umu will study biology and then go to medial school.

PACIFIC UNIVERSITY OREGON
Christopher Johnson was a student at Grant High School and held a 3.31 GPA. He enjoys writing, reading, drawing and theater. Chris plans to major in biology and participate in theater.

REED COLLEGE
Paris Gresham attended Franklin High School and held a GPA of 3.43. Her activities included volunteering for local marathons, mock trial, track and field, dance and the French Club. Paris plans to attend Reed to become a teacher.

UNIVERSITY OF PORTLAND
Zachary Cross was a student at Central Catholic High School and held a 3.53 GPA. His activities included playing basketball, writing poetry, drawing, taking pictures and reading. Zach plans to study business.

Sheala Williams graduated from Cleveland High School and held a 3.0 GPA. In her spare time, she enjoyed playing soccer, playing piano, and ceramics. She volunteers with various organizations and was the president of the Black Student Union. She plans to study biology and later become a surgeon.

Sabrina Mohammed attended Benson High School and held a 3.94 GPA. Her activities included soccer, cooking, volunteering, reading, writing and looking after her siblings. She plans to study biology.

LINFIELD SCHOOL OF NURSING
Heather Lloyd is currently a student at Linfield College of Nursing. She had completed her undergraduate studies at Oregon State University in exercise and sports science. Currently she is working on her second bachelors in Nursing. After school she hopes to working pediatrics and work with autistic youth. Heather spends time working as a nanny and volunteering at Doernbecher Children's Hospital.