Congratulations to Natalie Morales, our new student scholarship award recipient! Natalie is a freshman at the University of New Haven and studying to be a forensic scientist. She hopes to join a local, state, or federal law enforcement organization as her future profession. While in high school, Natalie worked at the National Charity League, organizing and distributing food items at the food pantry while maintaining a 4.87/5.0 GPA. We are excited to see what the future holds for Natalie and hope that the scholarship will assist in her academic endeavors.
Continuing Student Scholarship Recipient 2020
Congratulations to our 2020 continuing American university scholarship recipient! Yaneke Robinson is a Senior Biology major at the New Jersey City University (NJCU) with hopes of pursuing a career in Allopathic or Osteopathic medicine. She currently holds an impressive GPA of 3.8 while working part-time as a medical scribe, volunteering at a local hospice facility, and periodically as a lab assistant with Students2Science, an organization that works with underprivileged students in elementary, middle, and high schools. Although extremely busy academically and professionally, Yaneke also serves as a Supplemental Instruction leader of General Chemistry and Genetics and Vice President of the Biochemistry Club at NJCU.
New Student Scholarship Recipient 2019
Congratulations to our 2019 'new student' scholarship winner!!! Out of over 30 applicants, Christian Johnson was selected by the board to receive the $1000 scholarship to assist with his expenses to begin his academic tenure at Michigan Technological University. Christian plans to study biological sciences and environmental studies to become a physician specializing in pathology. The board was impressed with Christian's scholarship in high school, community service and extracurricular activities, and his athletic excellence.
Continuing Student Scholarship Recipient 2019
The scholarship committee was impressed with Germain's desire to succeed academically, as he graduated from high school with a 4.17 (out of 4.0) average, attended UC Davis (a 4-yr U.S. university) briefly and excelled with a 4.0 average, but due to finances, he had to transfer to Cabrillo College (a 2-yr college).
Germain is not deterred from striving to achieve his career goal of becoming a nurse to serve his community of Aptos, California in the future, which is rare for a student his age to be determined to continue his studies, even with obstacles.
The Fund is excited to give this scholarship to Germain, and we wish the best for him in his continued studies. We want Germain to know that his academics were stellar, but the committee was more impressed with the time and attention that he put into the application with his essay that was heartfelt and numerous recommendations from high school teachers and college/university professors.
New Student Scholarship Recipient 2018
Ashley is from Honduras and immigrated to the United States in 2015 after fleeing from economic and political strife in her homeland. Despite all the barriers she faced in her country and learning how to excel in a new country, she graduated with honors and is attending Bloomfield College in New Jersey.
Ashley plans on pursuing a career in Biomedical Engineering and hopes to design prosthetics for people with disabilities. We are excited about her future and especially loved when she said in her personal statement, "In looking back, all the difficulties that I have faced have forged in me to be perseverant and committed. Once I read a proverb that said, “the past is your lesson, the present your gift and the future your motivation.” I have faith in myself and in the opportunities that are given to me here in the United States."
Continuing Student Scholarship Recipient 2018
Marissa, a Senior Biology major attending Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia was recently awarded a scholarship from the Donald White/Mandla A. Ndwanya Memorial Fund. Out of all the candidates for the scholarship, Marissa stood out because of her dedication to achieving at the highest academic level at Hampton, while also participating in various honor societies, and to community service as a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Marissa plans on going to medical school to become a pediatrician in the future. We are excited to support her in her academic pursuits and believe that in the future, she will give back to her community as a prominent physician.
Lia M. Sumner
U.S. Scholarship Recipient 2016
In the Fall of 2016, I was awarded the Donald White Memorial Fund Scholarship.
The Donald White Memorial Fund Scholarship assisted me abundantly during my academic year. This scholarship allowed me to focus on my academics and less on how I will be able to afford my tuition. As the president of an organization and entering my last year of undergraduate education, it became difficult balancing extracurricular commitments, work, and my academic schedule. Through prayers, dedication and this scholarship I was able to achieve a 3.75-grade point average for the fall 2016 semester, one of my highest in my academic journey.
After graduating in May 2018, I will continue my education by pursuing of Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing with focuses in Maternal health and Geriatrics. In six years I desire to partner with a nonprofit organization that focuses on health education in underserved communities.
The advice I would give students who aspire to study beyond high school is never to give up. Higher education may seem out of reach academically or financially, but never let that be a burden. Some days will be more difficult than others. Take all the doubts that appear and use them as fuel to achieve all the academic goals possible. Never stop dreaming and believing!
(In this picture I am at the Daughter of the King Retreat July 2017, as I spent the weekend as a chaperone to young girls, who are eager are learn more about God.)
USA STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS
Because of Donald's desire to help others and Mandla's love for Business studies in South Africa, the scholarships are designed according to the following criteria:
Acceptance into or currently attending an accredited U.S. college or university
Cumulative 3.5 grade point average (GPA)
Priority is based on financial need
Preference given to first generation students attending an accredited higher learning institution
Majors or certifications for the following areas of study: education, science, engineering, mathematics, healthcare, medicine, or social work
Incomplete submissions will not be considered. Please complete and submit the form below. The following must be submitted as attachments via one email to Secretary@whitendwanyamemorialfund.org:
Unofficial transcript that includes previous Fall semester's/quarter's grades
A completed FAFSA application and results
Any college/university acceptance letters received
Application submissions for the 2020 academic year is now closed. Thank you for applying and congratulations to the award winners this year. We look forward to the continuing student applications beginning in November 2020. The deadline for continuing student applications is January 15, 2021 and for new students is April 15, 2021.
Scholarships will be awarded based on organizational funds available. Award amount for the 2021 academic year is $1000, which can be used towards tuition, registration fees, textbooks, and/or technology fees. If selected, students will be expected to maintain communication with the Fund during the funded semester/quarter to report academic progress.