On April 24th, CFSFC threw a party in honor of this year’s six outstanding Keener Financial Education Scholarship winners. Over 120 community members, educators, families, and friends came out to celebrate the event, enjoying raffle prizes, a budgeting game, food and drinks, and great company. Board of Commissioner and former Superintendent Dr. Don Martin presented the scholarship awards and other supporters and special guests of the event included: Shuggart Homes, Dress for Success, H.O.P.E. of Winston-Salem, Habitat for Humanity, and Bookmarks. Another special thanks to Foothills Brewery’s Footnote Cafe for hosting the event. In case you missed it, check out the winners below and be sure to join us next year!
$1000 Youth Award – Devontae Harrison Devontae Harrison attends East Forsyth High School and is described by his math teacher as “an impressive young man with a charming personality, great academic promise and maturity beyond his years.” The selection committee was particularly impressed by Devontae’s journey of growth as a student and leader, proving that he can work hard to reach a goal and overcome obstacles. He has maintained an unweighted GPA of 3.7 while also being an active member of his school’s marching band as drum line captain, serving in leadership roles with Crosby Scholars and working part-time. Devontae plans to study Accounting this fall at Winston-Salem State University.
$1000 Youth Award – Evelyn Marin-Sanchez The second youth scholarship award went to Evelyn Marin-Sanchez from North Forsyth High School. Ranked number three in her entire senior class, this young woman not only excels academically, but has also shown a commitment to service through her long involvement with Key Club and her desire to work in the mental health field. The selection committee had no doubt that she would thrive in the college environment, using her education to continue serving others and improving herself.
$1000 Youth Award – Ricardo Barahona Impressed by his long-held goal for further education and his diligence in pursuing that dream, the committee chose Ricardo Barahona from Mt. Tabor High School for the third youth award. Ricardo has shown sincere interest in educating himself about real needs in the community and what he can do to help. His enthusiasm for learning, particularly in the areas of history, current events and political science, made him an easy choice for this scholarship. He has maintained an unweighted GPA of 3.55 and has served in leadership positions with his school’s Crosby Scholars program and Red Cross club.
$1000 Youth Award – Kianna Jackson Kianna Jackson attends Atkins Academic and Technology High School where she has managed to play three varsity sports, volunteer over 330 hours with Crosby Scholars, participate in choir and yearbook, and keep a GPA well over 3.0. The committee was impressed with her multi-dimensional talents and desire to go into the medical field where she can continue to help others.
$2000 Hispanic/Latino Award – Alondra Ramirez Described by the selection committee as the “complete package”, Alondra Ramirez is a young woman from Reagan High School with sky-high ambitions. More importantly, she has proven the determination and common sense to make those ambitions a reality. Driven by her personal mantra of “where there’s a will, there’s a way”, she has already started pursuing a career in law by serving as an intern with the Law Office of Terrence S. Hines over this last year, maintaining an unweighted GPA of 4.0, and serving as president of Reagan’s FCCLA club and its Crosby Scholars program. We truly hope that receiving this award will help take her one step forward in realizing her full potential as she attends Wake Forest University this fall.
$2000 Adult Award – Amber Romero Amber Romero is a current Winston-Salem State accounting major whose passion for financial education extends far beyond the classroom. Through her record of community and campus involvement with NABA (National Association of Black Accountants) and with the Center for Smart Financial Choices, the selection committee recognized right away that this young woman earnestly cares about helping people. As stated in her application essay, she hopes to use her accounting degree to “advise those in need of financial literacy and organization.” She has maintained a 3.8 GPA while working throughout college and plans to be the first college graduate in her family by spring of 2019.
Best of luck to these inspiring young men and women!