ETS Celebrates 2019-2020 Presidential Scholarship Winners

Sometimes obstacles get in the way on one’s journey to academic success.  Providing resources to help students push through those obstacles and move forward on their journey is one way we act on our mission of advancing equity in education.

“I’m working hard to create a legacy for my nephew,” said Briana Robinson, a senior studying special education at Norfolk State University. “I will be the first woman in my family to graduate from college and I want him to see that having higher education is something that’s attainable for people in this family.”

Robinson was one of eight Historically Black College and University (HBCU) students to receive ETS’s annual Presidential Scholarship for HBCU Students. The scholarship covers tuition costs for one academic year.

Over the past 12 years, the Presidential Scholarship has empowered more than 88 HBCU students to continue their educational journeys. The recipients of the 2019-2020 ETS Presidential Scholarship for HBCU Students are pursuing degrees in fields including psychology, criminal justice and electrical engineering, and have aspirations that extend far beyond graduation and into their careers.

These outstanding students are juniors and seniors at HBCUs, who have a record of academic excellence, are leaders on their campuses, have a minimum GPA of at least 3.5 and have been recommended by the president of their respective college or university.

“ETS is proud to award the ETS Presidential Scholarship to these talented students,” said Lenora Green, Executive Director of ETS’s Center for Advocacy & Philanthropy. “It is our pleasure to help lift their financial burden so their focus can remain on pursuing academic excellence.”

The possibilities presented by the Presidential Scholarship align with ETS’s commitment to expand educational opportunities for all learners. The Presidential Scholarship is one of a suite of ETS scholarships that aim to provide greater access to higher education for more diverse student populations.

ETS is proud to be part of these students’ journeys and we look forward to seeing the difference they make in the world.

The 2019-2020 ETS Presidential Scholarships for HBCU Students winners:

Khalil D. Brooks, junior, Virginia State University, criminal justice and law enforcement major

Oluchi Chukwunyere, junior, North Carolina A&T State University, computer and information sciences major

Carmen E. Crusoe, senior, Howard University, afro-american/black studies major

Chad M. Jones, junior, Southern University and A&M College, electrical engineering major

Briana L. Robinson, senior, Norfolk State University, special education major

Bria R. Savoy, junior, Fisk University, psychology major

Thulani A. Vereen, senior, Spelman College, computer and information sciences major

Jatelyn B. Wallace, junior, Jarvis Christian College, criminal justice major