Cliff T. Wofford STEM Scholarship

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Clifford Wofford
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1 winner
Application Deadline
Jan 1, 2022
Winners Announced
Feb 1, 2022
Education Level
High School, Undergraduate
Recent scholarship winners
Eligibility Requirements
Must be a High School Senior or Current Undergrad
Must be Black/African-American
Must have a 3.0 GPA or higher
Must be a High School Senior or Current Undergrad
Must be Black/African-American
Must have a 3.0 GPA or higher

In order to diversify STEM fields, it is extremely important that Black scientists get the resources and support they need.

In a competitive field like STEM, Black students can often be left behind. In 2018, Black students earned only 7% of STEM bachelor degrees. This is an issue across the US, largely caused by a lack of support for Black students.

In order to combat this problem, the Cliff T. Wofford scholarship offers support to a student who wishes to pursue a degree in a STEM-related field.

Any Black high school senior or undergraduate student in STEM with a 3.0 GPA or higher may apply for this $1,500 award.

To apply, tell us about yourself, why you're interested in STEM, and how you hope to benefit the world

Selection Criteria:
Essay, Impact, Drive
Published September 20, 2021
1 winner
Application Deadline
Jan 1, 2022
Winners Announced
Feb 1, 2022
Education Level
High School, Undergraduate
Recent scholarship winners
Essay Topic

Please tell us a bit about yourself, why you're interested in a STEM degree, and how you plan to make a positive impact on the world.

400–600 words

Winners and Finalists

February 2022

Chy-Amari Finley
Chippewa Valley High School
Sterling Heights, MI
Iyana Adams
Germanna Community College
Spotsylvania Courthouse, VA
Markeisia Malone
Georgia Southern University
Peachtree City, GA
Layla Seaton
Fort Walton Beach High School
Shalimar, FL
Raelyn Evans
Georgia Southern University
Sylvania, GA
Samuel Mutia
Lafayette High School
Lexington, KY
Deora Inniss
University of Illinois at Springfield
Knoxville, IL
Kennie Rascoe
Old Dominion University
Chesapeake, VA
Jerry Noel
Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus
Philadelphia, PA
Athena Davis
Homewood-Flossmoor High School
Flossmoor, IL
Chisom Nnam
Excelsior Preparatorty High School
Queens, NY
Hannah Coleman
Howard University
Spring, TX
Zachariah Jones
Prince George's Community College
Clinton, MD
Joshua Chisolm
University of Southern California
Irvine, CA
Taylor Brown
Savannah State University
Savannah, GA
Taliya Maddox
Lucy Ragsdale High
Greensboro, NC
Ryan King
Reservoir High
Laurel, MD
Jeleasa Grayned
Kennesaw State University
Eatonton, GA
Rahaf Hamour
University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus
Denver, CO
deja wooten
Ogden International School of Chicago
Chicago, IL
Samuel Kalu
Obra D Tompkins High School
Katy, TX
Isabella Wynter
Crenshaw School - Georgia
Loganville, GA
Russell Simington
Cameron University
Lawton, OK
Keandrea Jacobs
Texas Southern University
Missouri City, TX
Christina Drummings
Huntington High School
Huntington Station, NY
Pierre Ingram
University of Houston
Houston, TX
Jayden Mason
Matoaca High
Chester, VA
Courtney Norwood
Belmont University
Columbia, TN
Jonathan Russell
Westlake High School
Atlanta, GA
Mariah Foster
The College of Saint Rose
Utica, NY
Alexi Williams
Fairleigh Dickinson University-Metropolitan Campus
Dumont, NJ
Yvonne Robinson
Millennium Brooklyn High School
Brooklyn, NY
Keaton Lawson
Park Center Ib World School
Minneapolis, MN
Deja Hadley
St. Thomas University
Miramar, FL
Parfait Siala Pezo
Georgia State University
Duluth, GA
Nickayla Myers
Georgia Southern University
Pooler, GA
Nada Dualeh
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
Saint Paul, MN
Telia Blue
Michigan State University
Kalamazoo, MI
Kennedy Smith
North Carolina A & T State University
Houston, TX
Shelby Stringer
Collin County Community College District
The Colony, TX
Giovanni Smith
Northstar Academy Lincoln Park Highschool
Newark, NJ
Quentin Crumbey II
Southfield Christian High School
Taylor, MI
Samantha Wood
George Washington University
Washington, DC
Ian Atkins
Tarrant County College District
Fort Worth, TX
Ogebe Udenyi
George Mason University
Vienna, VA
Teralyn Johnson
University of Minnesota-Morris
Morris, MN
Brandon Austin
North Paulding High School
Dallas, GA
toryn myles
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY
Hanif Wilson
Jack Britt High School
Fayetteville, NC
Jonathan Davis
Mount St. Mary's University
Baltimore, MD
Alexandra Salem
Danbury High School
Danbury, CT
Jackson Phadah
University of Nevada-Las Vegas
Las Vegas, NV
Aaliyah Deaton
Belmont Abbey College
Conover, NC
Ashley Oliver
Hoffman Estates High School
Hoffman Estates, IL
Alesia Dodson
Fayetteville State University
Fayetteville, NC
Dewitt High School
Bronx, NY
Nikki Scott
Heritage High School
Vancouver, WA
Brittany Smith
Southern New Hampshire University- Online
Greensboro, NC
Hariette Diarra
Edmond North High School
Edmond, OK
Makayla Dawkins
University of Connecticut
East Haven, CT
Anika Forde
Howard University
Durham, NC
Udemeobong Umoh
St. Joseph's College-New York
Bronx, NY
George Mochama
James Bowie H S
Arlington, TX
Reese Manley
Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus
Stockbridge, GA
Michael candio
Kennesaw State University
Jonesboro, GA
Ayanna Cole
Georgia Southern University
McDonough, GA
Laurence Price-webb
North Carolina A & T State University
Greensboro, NC
David Ferguson
East Lansing High School
East Lansing, MI
Morgan Tingle
University of West Georgia
Carrollton, GA
Atira Aidarous
Rice University
Houston, TX
Kenneth Rogers
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI
Evelise Guenda
Siena Heights University
Adrian, MI
Angelica Ihim
Hazelwood Central High
Florissant, MO
Shakiela Boothe Rodney
Liberty High School
Kissimmee, FL
Gary Long
Dillard University
Oklahoma City, OK
Lilah Hoffert
Northern Kentucky University
Highland Heights, KY
Tanesha Sullins
California State University-Sacramento
Sacramento, CA
Ayo Overton
Rowan University
Willingboro, NJ
Davin Ratliff
Brandon High School
Brandon, MS
Nia Brown
American University
Decatur, GA
Destiney Hollimon
Savannah State University
Newnan, GA
Faith Folorunso
The University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX
Smeralda Charles
Miami Dade College
North Miami Beach, FL
Bifuh Ngongalah
University of St Thomas (MN)
Saint Paul, MN
Sarah Asres
University of Georgia
Clarkston, GA
Jordan Hemmerly
University of Hawaii at Hilo
Hilo, HI
Layke Jones
St Margarets School
Durham, NC
Amanda York
Wayne State University
Phoenix, AZ
J’Kai Walker
Dickinson H S
Dickinson, TX
John Jackson
Mars Hill University
Kernersville, NC
Kellee Palmer
Parkside High
Salisbury, MD
Deshaun jackson
University of Michigan-Flint
Davison, MI

Winning Application

Kiara Fletcher
North Carolina A & T State UniversityRichardson, TX
I am a sophomore Dean’s list, out of state student studying Biomedical engineering at North Carolina A&T State University. I want to improve medical devices, supplying nurses and doctors with nothing less than the best equipment. After completion of my undergraduate journey, I aspire to obtain a graduate degree. I am a member of 4 clubs at North Carolina A&T State University: National Society of Black Engineers, Biomedical Engineering Society, Deep South Aggies, and Natural and Proud Sistas. Moreover, I have always been captivated with robots and how they could impact and improve the daily works of society. Since the beginning of my junior year of high school I have been trying to build on my engineering knowledge. I participated in The Young Women In Science Investigation Program partnered with The University of Texas at Dallas for two consecutive years, specifically my junior and senior years of high school. During my junior year of high school in YWISE, I worked amongst a team to contribute to the building of a submersible drone that could maneuver from various underwater locations. The objective of the drone benefits research in underwater locations that are not feasible to physically be present in or could not be seen by the human eye. I was astonished at the outcome and checkpoints of the project, I came to realize that this is what my career will be composed of and I love it. During my senior year, I worked with another team to experiment with the elastocaloric effect, the expanding and contracting of rubber bands to cool down objects through conduction. A small prototype refrigerator was developed with this effect to display an alternative refrigeration system without the use of pollutants present in modern day refrigerators. Correspondingly, this past summer I interned with the University of California Irvine-Alabama A&M University Pathways to Accelerating and Computing Engineering(UCI-AAMU PACE) program. I researched the effects of the Picasso method, blindly unmixing overlapping fluorophore proteins. I used mixed images to determine the outcome of separate individual images. This research is beneficial in Biomedical Engineering research when determining cell identification. In conclusion, due to my previous experience in the STEM academy, YWISE program, and UCI-AAMU PACE program has made me more confident in pursuing an engineering degree and aided in the incline of my presentation skills. My research in STEM, YWISE, and UCI-AAMU PACE has assisted in my preparation for graduate school, but there is still a lot for me to learn. I hope I will be honored with the Cliff T. Wofford STEM Scholarship, so that I can continue my undergraduate studies and accomplish my career aspirations.


When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is Jan 1, 2022. Winners will be announced on Feb 1, 2022.

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