AKOMA, Rochester’s African American Women’s Gospel Choir joyfully declares, “Still I Rise!” (Micah 7:8b) as we present this year’s NPC scholarship recipients. These young ladies have demonstrated patience, endurance, consistency and faithfulness in the face of a worldwide pandemic and racial injustice. We are confident that they will each have a tremendous impact on the world for God’s glory. Eight of the ten recipients are Rochester Urban League Black Scholars.
Jada Blackmon is the daughter of Earl and Tracy Blackmon. Miss Blackmon desires to become a Physical Therapist and will attend Hampton University majoring in Kinesiology (the mechanics of body movement). Miss Blackmon graduated from The Charles Finney School.
Keniya Burrows is the daughter of Kenneth and Mary Burrows. Miss Burrows will be attending Xavier University of Louisiana with Biology (Pre-medicine) as her major. She intends to become a Physician in Dermatology or Plastic Surgery. Miss Burrows graduated from Rush Henrietta Senior High School.
Nasia Crawford is the daughter of Christina Crawford. She hopes to one day help young girls of color break away from the stigmas of our current world. Miss Crawford will attend Hampton University majoring in Entrepreneurship. She graduated from Greece Olympia High School.
Anaya Dees is the daughter of Jack and Mae Dees. She will attend The University of Cincinnati majoring in Psychology. She graduated from Hilton Central High School. Miss Dees is an AKOMA Honorable Mention Scholar at her own request. Her selfless willingness to ensure others received scholarship funding is commendable and extremely refreshing.
Raven Drummond is the daughter of Michael and Leslie Drummond. Miss Drummond desires to become a Nurse Practitioner. She will attend St. John Fisher College majoring in Nursing. Miss Drummond graduated from Pittsford Sutherland High School.
Zaria Gibson-Stevenson is the daughter of Jonathan and Romanda Stevenson. Miss Gibson-Stevenson will attend the University of Buffalo majoring in Animation and Graphic Design. She graduated from Our Lady of Mercy High School.
Moriah Mills is the daughter of Pastor Mark and Theresa Mills. She will attend Roberts Wesleyan College where she will major in Psychology. Miss Mills graduated from Northstar Christian Academy.
Aaliyah Pennie is the daughter of Anthony and Lynie. Miss Pennie will attend Monroe Community College majoring in Business Management with aspirations of owning her own business. She graduated from Northstar Christian Academy.
Kayla Wilder is the daughter of Bruce and Marisha Wilder. Miss Wilder will attend Daemen College majoring in Health Promoting on a Pre-Medicine track with aspirations to become an OB/GYN or Pediatrician. She graduated from Brighton High School.
J’Anna Worth is the daughter of William and Jada Worth. Miss Worth will attend North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University majoring in Architectural Engineering. She graduated from World of Inquiry, School #58. Congratulations to each of our 2020 AKOMA Nona Patterson Chambers Scholars.
We are so very proud of each of you and we send you forth enveloped in prayer. Go Forth and Rise!