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Hello, my name is Michel Warren and I currently attend Fisk University as a double major in Mathematics and Physics. I selected Fisk University to inspire other minorities to not give up on your dreams of obtaining a college degree. I would like to pursue a career in mechanical engineering or aerospace engineering. I am passionate about these fields because of my family’s background in maintaining vehicles. My grandmother worked for the U.S. Air Force as a mechanic working on fighter jets and military vehicles. My mother and father both worked as auto shop mechanics maintaining diesel trucks. Pursuing mechanical or aerospace engineering would grant me the opportunity to help our transportation sector by fixing and modifying how vehicles are made to protect the environment from harmful Carbon emissions and increase the safety of drivers and passengers within vehicles. I would like to obtain a graduate degree in physics. Having a doctoral degree in physics as a minority means that I can bring a different experience to my field and be able to convince other minorities to obtain STEM degrees. I will be able to enter the teaching field with a doctoral degree in physics and that would provide me with the opportunity to share my knowledge with underprivileged students. If selected for a scholarship, my dream of hosting science fairs in underserved communities would be one step closer to becoming a reality. Having Autism did not stop me from pursuing my life and educational goals. Being a successful example of perseverance with a mental disability inspires me to stay motivated.

Education

Fisk University

Bachelor's degree program
2023 - 2025
  • Majors:
    • Mathematics
    • Physics

Nashville State Community College

Associate's degree program
2021 - 2023
  • Majors:
    • Physics

Lead Academy High School

High School
2015 - 2019

Miscellaneous

  • Desired degree level:

    Doctoral degree program (PhD, MD, JD, etc.)

  • Graduate schools of interest:

  • Transfer schools of interest:

  • Majors of interest:

    • Mathematics
    • Physics
    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Aerospace, Aeronautical, and Astronautical/Space Engineering
    • Physics and Astronomy
    • Astronomy and Astrophysics
    • Mathematics and Statistics, Other
    • Applied Mathematics
    • Biomathematics, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology
  • Not planning to go to medical school
  • Career

    • Dream career field:

      Mechanical or Industrial Engineering

    • Dream career goals:

      Working for a motorsports company.

    • Office Assistant Intern

      Jazzy 88 WFSK Radio Station
      2023 – 20241 year

    Sports

    Baseball

    Junior Varsity
    2013 – 2013

    Research

    • Physics and Astronomy

      NASA Marshall Space Flight Center — Intern
      2024 – 2024

    Arts

    • Watkins College of Art and Design at Belmont University

      Acting
      2019 – 2019

    Public services

    • Volunteering

      Jazzy 88 WFSK Radio Station — Office Assistant Intern
      2023 – 2024

    Future Interests

    Volunteering

    Philanthropy

    Entrepreneurship

    Christina Taylese Singh Memorial Scholarship
    Autism and ADHD are the two mental disabilities that I have dealt with throughout my life. I was diagnosed with these disabilities at the age of two, but it hasn’t stopped me from pursuing a college degree. Currently, I am a senior at Fisk University with a double major in Mathematics and Physics. I received my associate degree in physics at Nashville State Community College before transferring to Fisk University. I completed my first semester at Fisk as a junior with a 4.0 GPA and this was a proud achievement for me because I felt that it was a difficult task to obtain due to my Autism and ADHD diagnosis. The daily challenge of living with Autism and ADHD is having increased anxiety about my future. Being an autistic person of color to me means that I can break barriers I once thought was impossible. My mother is a motivating factor in my life because she constantly encouraged me to be myself and ignore all the struggles of being an autistic person, and her hard work is paying off. I would like to obtain a graduate degree in physics. I’m currently a math and physics major at Fisk University. Fisk University has a great graduate degree transfer program with Vanderbilt University to increase minority involvement in science, and I plan on using that opportunity to obtain a doctoral degree in physics. Having a doctoral degree in physics as a minority means that I can bring a different experience to my field and be able to convince other minorities to obtain STEM degrees. I also will be able to enter the teaching field with a doctoral degree in physics and that would provide me with the opportunity to share my knowledge with underprivileged students. Before attending Fisk University, I had never had an African American physics professor. My current Fisk physics professor, Dr. Bryan Wallace encouraged me to pursue teaching as a potential career path. I used his advice as motivation to pursue other African Americans like me to obtain a college degree. The lessons learned from my educational experience will grant me the ability to conduct science fairs in underserved communities. Having a doctoral degree in physics and pursuing a career in mechanical or aerospace engineering is great for my individual success, but I would not feel any accomplishment unless I helped other people join the STEM field. I had minimal interest in joining the STEM field until I had a high school instructor that highlighted the benefits of science in our community, and I gained the confidence that I could have a successful life within STEM. If I am selected for this scholarship, I would be very grateful to know that my dream of hosting science fairs in underserved communities would be one step closer to becoming a reality. Being a student with autism means that I had to break barriers and learning that I can accomplish many things in life with hard work gives me the motivation to continue my family’s legacy of fixing vehicles.
    Mental Health Importance Scholarship
    Autism and ADHD are the two mental disabilities that I have dealt with throughout my life. I was diagnosed with these disabilities at the age of two, but it hasn’t stopped me from pursuing a college degree. Currently, I am a senior at Fisk University with a double major in Mathematics and Physics. I received my associate degree in physics at Nashville State Community College before transferring to Fisk University. I completed my first semester at Fisk as a junior with a 4.0 GPA and this was a proud achievement for me because I felt that it was a difficult task to obtain due to my Autism and ADHD diagnosis. The daily challenge of living with Autism and ADHD is having increased anxiety about my future. Being an autistic person of color to me means that I can break barriers I once thought was impossible. My mother is a motivating factor in my life because she constantly encouraged me to be myself and ignore all the struggles of being an autistic person, and her hard work is paying off. I would like to obtain a graduate degree in physics. I’m currently a math and physics major at Fisk University. Fisk University has a great graduate degree transfer program with Vanderbilt University to increase minority involvement in science, and I plan on using that opportunity to obtain a doctoral degree in physics. Having a doctoral degree in physics as a minority means that I can bring a different experience to my field and be able to convince other minorities to obtain STEM degrees. I also will be able to enter the teaching field with a doctoral degree in physics and that would provide me with the opportunity to share my knowledge with underprivileged students. Before attending Fisk University, I had never had an African American physics professor. My current Fisk physics professor, Dr. Bryan Wallace encouraged me to pursue teaching as a potential career path. I used his advice as motivation to pursue other African Americans like me to obtain a college degree. The lessons learned from my educational experience will grant me the ability to conduct science fairs in underserved communities. Having a doctoral degree in physics and pursuing a career in mechanical or aerospace engineering is great for my individual success, but I would not feel any accomplishment unless I helped other people join the STEM field. I had minimal interest in joining the STEM field until I had a high school instructor that highlighted the benefits of science in our community, and I gained the confidence that I could have a successful life within STEM. If I am selected for this scholarship, I would be very grateful to know that my dream of hosting science fairs in underserved communities would be one step closer to becoming a reality. Being a student with autism means that I had to break barriers and learning that I can accomplish many things in life with hard work gives me the motivation to continue my family’s legacy of fixing vehicles.
    Nyadollie Scholarship
    Autism and ADHD are the two mental disabilities that I have dealt with throughout my life. I was diagnosed with these disabilities at the age of two, but it hasn’t stopped me from pursuing a college degree. Currently, I am a senior at Fisk University with a double major in Mathematics and Physics. I received my associate degree in physics at Nashville State Community College before transferring to Fisk University. I completed my first semester at Fisk as a junior with a 4.0 GPA and this was a proud achievement for me because I felt that it was a difficult task to obtain due to my Autism and ADHD diagnosis. The daily challenge of living with Autism and ADHD is having increased anxiety about my future. Being an autistic person of color to me means that I can break barriers I once thought was impossible. My mother is a motivating factor in my life because she constantly encouraged me to be myself and ignore all the struggles of being an autistic person, and her hard work is paying off. I would like to obtain a graduate degree in physics. I’m currently a math and physics major at Fisk University. Fisk University has a great graduate degree transfer program with Vanderbilt University to increase minority involvement in science, and I plan on using that opportunity to obtain a doctoral degree in physics. Having a doctoral degree in physics as a minority means that I can bring a different experience to my field and be able to convince other minorities to obtain STEM degrees. I also will be able to enter the teaching field with a doctoral degree in physics and that would provide me with the opportunity to share my knowledge with underprivileged students. Before attending Fisk University, I had never had an African American physics professor. My current Fisk physics professor, Dr. Bryan Wallace encouraged me to pursue teaching as a potential career path. I used his advice as motivation to pursue other African Americans like me to obtain a college degree. The lessons learned from my educational experience will grant me the ability to conduct science fairs in underserved communities. Having a doctoral degree in physics and pursuing a career in mechanical or aerospace engineering is great for my individual success, but I would not feel any accomplishment unless I helped other people join the STEM field. I had minimal interest in joining the STEM field until I had a high school instructor that highlighted the benefits of science in our community, and I gained the confidence that I could have a successful life within STEM. If I am selected for this scholarship, I would be very grateful to know that my dream of hosting science fairs in underserved communities would be one step closer to becoming a reality. Being a student with autism means that I had to break barriers and learning that I can accomplish many things in life with hard work gives me the motivation to continue my family’s legacy of fixing vehicles.
    Mohamed Magdi Taha Memorial Scholarship
    Autism and ADHD are the two mental disabilities that I have dealt with throughout my life. I was diagnosed with these disabilities at the age of two, but it hasn’t stopped me from pursuing a college degree. Currently, I am a senior at Fisk University with a double major in Mathematics and Physics. I received my associate degree in physics at Nashville State Community College before transferring to Fisk University. I completed my first semester at Fisk as a junior with a 4.0 GPA and this was a proud achievement for me because I felt that it was a difficult task to obtain due to my Autism and ADHD diagnosis. The daily challenge of living with Autism and ADHD is having increased anxiety about my future. Being an autistic person of color to me means that I can break barriers I once thought was impossible. My mother is a motivating factor in my life because she constantly encouraged me to be myself and ignore all the struggles of being an autistic person, and her hard work is paying off. I would like to obtain a graduate degree in physics. I’m currently a math and physics major at Fisk University. Fisk University has a great graduate degree transfer program with Vanderbilt University to increase minority involvement in science, and I plan on using that opportunity to obtain a doctoral degree in physics. Having a doctoral degree in physics as a minority means that I can bring a different experience to my field and be able to convince other minorities to obtain STEM degrees. I also will be able to enter the teaching field with a doctoral degree in physics and that would provide me with the opportunity to share my knowledge with underprivileged students. Before attending Fisk University, I had never had an African American physics professor. My current Fisk physics professor, Dr. Bryan Wallace encouraged me to pursue teaching as a potential career path. I used his advice as motivation to pursue other African Americans like me to obtain a college degree. The lessons learned from my educational experience will grant me the ability to conduct science fairs in underserved communities. Having a doctoral degree in physics and pursuing a career in mechanical or aerospace engineering is great for my individual success, but I would not feel any accomplishment unless I helped other people join the STEM field. I had minimal interest in joining the STEM field until I had a high school instructor that highlighted the benefits of science in our community, and I gained the confidence that I could have a successful life within STEM. If I am selected for this scholarship, I would be very grateful to know that my dream of hosting science fairs in underserved communities would be one step closer to becoming a reality. Being a student with autism means that I had to break barriers and learning that I can accomplish many things in life with hard work gives me the motivation to continue my family’s legacy of fixing vehicles.
    Leave A Legacy Always Scholarship
    Hello, my name is Michel Warren and I currently attend Fisk University as a double major in Mathematics and Physics. I chose to attend an HBCU to inspire other minorities to not give up on your dreams of obtaining a college degree. I would like to pursue mechanical engineering or aerospace engineering. I am passionate about these fields because of my family’s background in maintaining vehicles. My grandmother worked for the U.S. Air Force as a mechanic working on fighter jets and military vehicles. My mother and father both worked as auto shop mechanics maintaining diesel trucks. From the exposure of being around hard-working mechanics, I have a passion for maintaining vehicles. Pursuing mechanical or aerospace engineering would grant me the opportunity to help our transportation sector by fixing and modifying how vehicles are made to protect the environment from harmful Carbon emissions and increase the safety of drivers and passengers within vehicles. I see myself becoming a carbon emission tester or working with electric vehicles in a large manufacturing company like General Motors. During my time at Fisk University, I have grown in maturity and gained a clearer understanding of my educational goals. In 2019, I graduated from high school and enrolled at Trevecca Nazarene University. At Trevecca, I had failed courses due to anxiety about being in an unfamiliar place and my father was dying from cancer. I became greatly depressed and unrolled from Trevecca in 2020 and decided to take a gap year to focus on my mental health. On November 6th, 2020, my father passed away from cancer and his last dying wish was for me to obtain a college education and earn my degree. On January 6th, 2021, I began my first day at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology, or TCAT. TCAT is a technical college that focuses on developing students for the workforce through different job training classes. I enrolled in the office assisting program at TCAT and learned valuable skills like using Microsoft Excel and learning better time management skills. TCAT not only provided me with job skills, but it also gave me back my motivation to succeed and earn a proper college degree. I graduated from TCAT on August 1st, 2021, with three diplomas in Administrative Assisting, Accounting Assisting, and Medical Assisting. On August 15th, 2021, I began my first day at Nashville State Community College, or NSCC. At NSCC, I pursued my associate degree in physics with plans to transfer after graduation. Fisk University was the school I set my sights on for two years until I obtained my associate degree in physics on August 3rd, 2023. On August 10th, 2023, I began my first day at Fisk University as a double major in Mathematics and Physics. During my two semesters at Fisk, I have met plenty of positive people that want to see minorities like me succeed and thrive. I currently have a 3.8 GPA and I will be graduating from Fisk University during the 2025 spring semester. Gaining a second chance at my education will allow me to keep my father’s dying wish of obtaining a college degree and prove to myself that having autism does not prevent you from reaching your dreams. I would like to obtain a graduate degree in physics. Fisk University has a great graduate degree transfer program with Vanderbilt University to increase minority involvement in science, and I plan on using that opportunity to obtain a doctoral degree in physics. Having a doctoral degree in physics as a minority means that I can bring a different experience to my field and be able to convince other minorities to obtain STEM degrees. I also will be able to enter the teaching field with a doctoral degree in physics and that would provide me with the opportunity to share my knowledge with underprivileged students. Before attending Fisk University, I had never had an African American physics professor. My current Fisk physics professor, Dr. Bryan Wallace, encouraged me to pursue teaching as a potential career path. I used his advice as motivation to pursue other African Americans like me to obtain a college degree. The lessons learned from my educational experience will grant me the ability to conduct science fairs in underserved communities. Having a doctoral degree in physics and pursuing a career in mechanical or aerospace engineering is great for my individual success, but I would not feel any accomplishment unless I helped other people join the STEM field. I had minimal interest in joining the STEM field until I had a high school instructor that highlighted the benefits of science in our community, and I gained the confidence that STEM is a great career path. If I am selected for this scholarship, I would be very grateful to know that my dream of hosting science fairs in underserved communities would be one step closer to becoming a reality. Being a student with autism means that I had to break barriers and learning that I can accomplish many things in life with hard work gives me the motivation to continue my family’s legacy of fixing vehicles.
    William A. Lewis Scholarship
    Autism and ADHD are the two mental disabilities that I have dealt with throughout my life. I was diagnosed with these disabilities at the age of two, but it hasn’t stopped me from pursuing a college degree. Currently, I am a senior at Fisk University with a double major in Mathematics and Physics. I received my associate degree in physics at Nashville State Community College before transferring to Fisk University. I completed my first semester at Fisk as a junior with a 4.0 GPA and this was a proud achievement for me because I felt that it was a difficult task to obtain due to my Autism and ADHD diagnosis. The daily challenge of living with Autism and ADHD is having increased anxiety about my future. Being an autistic person of color to me means that I can break barriers I once thought was impossible. My mother is a motivating factor in my life because she constantly encouraged me to be myself and ignore all the struggles of being an autistic person, and her hard work is paying off. I would like to obtain a graduate degree in physics. I’m currently a math and physics major at Fisk University. Fisk University has a great graduate degree transfer program with Vanderbilt University to increase minority involvement in science, and I plan on using that opportunity to obtain a doctoral degree in physics. Having a doctoral degree in physics as a minority means that I can bring a different experience to my field and be able to convince other minorities to obtain STEM degrees. I also will be able to enter the teaching field with a doctoral degree in physics and that would provide me with the opportunity to share my knowledge with underprivileged students. Before attending Fisk University, I had never had an African American physics professor. My current Fisk physics professor, Dr. Bryan Wallace encouraged me to pursue teaching as a potential career path. I used his advice as motivation to pursue other African Americans like me to obtain a college degree. The lessons learned from my educational experience will grant me the ability to conduct science fairs in underserved communities. Having a doctoral degree in physics and pursuing a career in mechanical or aerospace engineering is great for my individual success, but I would not feel any accomplishment unless I helped other people join the STEM field. I had minimal interest in joining the STEM field until I had a high school instructor that highlighted the benefits of science in our community, and I gained the confidence that I could have a successful life within STEM. If I am selected for this scholarship, I would be very grateful to know that my dream of hosting science fairs in underserved communities would be one step closer to becoming a reality. Being a student with autism means that I had to break barriers and learning that I can accomplish many things in life with hard work gives me the motivation to continue my family’s legacy of fixing vehicles.
    Elevate Mental Health Awareness Scholarship
    Autism and ADHD are the two mental disabilities that I have dealt with throughout my life. I was diagnosed with these disabilities at the age of two, but it hasn’t stopped me from pursuing a college degree. Currently, I am a senior at Fisk University with a double major in Mathematics and Physics. I received my associate degree in physics at Nashville State Community College before transferring to Fisk University. I completed my first semester at Fisk as a junior with a 4.0 GPA and this was a proud achievement for me because I felt that it was a difficult task to obtain due to my Autism and ADHD diagnosis. The daily challenge of living with Autism and ADHD is having increased anxiety about my future. Being an autistic person of color to me means that I can break barriers I once thought was impossible. My mother is a motivating factor in my life because she constantly encouraged me to be myself and ignore all the struggles of being an autistic person, and her hard work is paying off. I would like to obtain a graduate degree in physics. I’m currently a math and physics major at Fisk University. Fisk University has a great graduate degree transfer program with Vanderbilt University to increase minority involvement in science, and I plan on using that opportunity to obtain a doctoral degree in physics. Having a doctoral degree in physics as a minority means that I can bring a different experience to my field and be able to convince other minorities to obtain STEM degrees. I also will be able to enter the teaching field with a doctoral degree in physics and that would provide me with the opportunity to share my knowledge with underprivileged students. Before attending Fisk University, I had never had an African American physics professor. My current Fisk physics professor, Dr. Bryan Wallace encouraged me to pursue teaching as a potential career path. I used his advice as motivation to pursue other African Americans like me to obtain a college degree. The lessons learned from my educational experience will grant me the ability to conduct science fairs in underserved communities. Having a doctoral degree in physics and pursuing a career in mechanical or aerospace engineering is great for my individual success, but I would not feel any accomplishment unless I helped other people join the STEM field. I had minimal interest in joining the STEM field until I had a high school instructor that highlighted the benefits of science in our community, and I gained the confidence that I could have a successful life within STEM. If I am selected for this scholarship, I would be very grateful to know that my dream of hosting science fairs in underserved communities would be one step closer to becoming a reality. Being a student with autism means that I had to break barriers and learning that I can accomplish many things in life with hard work gives me the motivation to continue my family’s legacy of fixing vehicles.
    Kalia D. Davis Memorial Scholarship
    Autism and ADHD are the two mental disabilities that I have dealt with throughout my life. I was diagnosed with these disabilities at the age of two, but it hasn’t stopped me from pursuing a college degree. Currently, I am a senior at Fisk University with a double major in Mathematics and Physics. I received my associate degree in physics at Nashville State Community College before transferring to Fisk University. I completed my first semester at Fisk as a junior with a 4.0 GPA and this was a proud achievement for me because I felt that it was a difficult task to obtain due to my Autism and ADHD diagnosis. The daily challenge of living with Autism and ADHD is having increased anxiety about my future. Being an autistic person of color to me means that I can break barriers I once thought was impossible. My mother is a motivating factor in my life because she constantly encouraged me to be myself and ignore all the struggles of being an autistic person, and her hard work is paying off. I would like to obtain a graduate degree in physics. I’m currently a math and physics major at Fisk University. Fisk University has a great graduate degree transfer program with Vanderbilt University to increase minority involvement in science, and I plan on using that opportunity to obtain a doctoral degree in physics. Having a doctoral degree in physics as a minority means that I can bring a different experience to my field and be able to convince other minorities to obtain STEM degrees. I also will be able to enter the teaching field with a doctoral degree in physics and that would provide me with the opportunity to share my knowledge with underprivileged students. Before attending Fisk University, I had never had an African American physics professor. My current Fisk physics professor, Dr. Bryan Wallace encouraged me to pursue teaching as a potential career path. I used his advice as motivation to pursue other African Americans like me to obtain a college degree. The lessons learned from my educational experience will grant me the ability to conduct science fairs in underserved communities. Having a doctoral degree in physics and pursuing a career in mechanical or aerospace engineering is great for my individual success, but I would not feel any accomplishment unless I helped other people join the STEM field. I had minimal interest in joining the STEM field until I had a high school instructor that highlighted the benefits of science in our community, and I gained the confidence that I could have a successful life within STEM. If I am selected for this scholarship, I would be very grateful to know that my dream of hosting science fairs in underserved communities would be one step closer to becoming a reality. Being a student with autism means that I had to break barriers and learning that I can accomplish many things in life with hard work gives me the motivation to continue my family’s legacy of fixing vehicles.
    Strong Leaders of Tomorrow Scholarship
    What makes me a leader is my determination to want better for myself and overcoming my mental disabilities. Autism and ADHD are the two mental disabilities that I have dealt with throughout my life. I was diagnosed with these disabilities at the age of two, but it hasn’t stopped me from pursuing a college degree. Currently, I am a senior at Fisk University with a double major in Mathematics and Physics. I received my associate degree in physics at Nashville State Community College before transferring to Fisk University. I completed my first semester at Fisk as a junior with a 4.0 GPA and this was a proud achievement for me because I felt that it was a difficult task to obtain due to my Autism and ADHD diagnosis. The daily challenge of living with Autism and ADHD is having increased anxiety about my future. Being an autistic person of color to me means that I can break barriers I once thought was impossible. My mother is a motivating factor in my life because she constantly encouraged me to be myself and ignore all the struggles of being an autistic person, and her hard work is paying off. I would like to obtain a graduate degree in physics. I’m currently a math and physics major at Fisk University. Fisk University has a great graduate degree transfer program with Vanderbilt University to increase minority involvement in science, and I plan on using that opportunity to obtain a doctoral degree in physics. Having a doctoral degree in physics as a minority means that I can bring a different experience to my field and be able to convince other minorities to obtain STEM degrees. I also will be able to enter the teaching field with a doctoral degree in physics and that would provide me with the opportunity to share my knowledge with underprivileged students. Before attending Fisk University, I had never had an African American physics professor. My current Fisk physics professor, Dr. Bryan Wallace encouraged me to pursue teaching as a potential career path. I used his advice as motivation to pursue other African Americans like me to obtain a college degree. The lessons learned from my educational experience will grant me the ability to conduct science fairs in underserved communities. Having a doctoral degree in physics and pursuing a career in mechanical or aerospace engineering is great for my individual success, but I would not feel any accomplishment unless I helped other people join the STEM field. I had minimal interest in joining the STEM field until I had a high school instructor that highlighted the benefits of science in our community, and I gained the confidence that I could have a successful life within STEM. If I am selected for this scholarship, I would be very grateful to know that my dream of hosting science fairs in underserved communities would be one step closer to becoming a reality. Being a student with autism means that I had to break barriers and learning that I can accomplish many things in life with hard work gives me the motivation to continue my family’s legacy of fixing vehicles.
    Candi L. Oree Leadership Scholarship
    Autism and ADHD are the two mental disabilities that I have dealt with throughout my life. I was diagnosed with these disabilities at the age of two, but it hasn’t stopped me from pursuing a college degree. Currently, I am a senior at Fisk University with a double major in Mathematics and Physics. I received my associate degree in physics at Nashville State Community College before transferring to Fisk University. I completed my first semester at Fisk as a junior with a 4.0 GPA and this was a proud achievement for me because I felt that it was a difficult task to obtain due to my Autism and ADHD diagnosis. The daily challenge of living with Autism and ADHD is having increased anxiety about my future. Being an autistic person of color to me means that I can break barriers I once thought was impossible. My mother is a motivating factor in my life because she constantly encouraged me to be myself and ignore all the struggles of being an autistic person, and her hard work is paying off. I would like to obtain a graduate degree in physics. I’m currently a math and physics major at Fisk University. Fisk University has a great graduate degree transfer program with Vanderbilt University to increase minority involvement in science, and I plan on using that opportunity to obtain a doctoral degree in physics. Having a doctoral degree in physics as a minority means that I can bring a different experience to my field and be able to convince other minorities to obtain STEM degrees. I also will be able to enter the teaching field with a doctoral degree in physics and that would provide me with the opportunity to share my knowledge with underprivileged students. Before attending Fisk University, I had never had an African American physics professor. My current Fisk physics professor, Dr. Bryan Wallace encouraged me to pursue teaching as a potential career path. I used his advice as motivation to pursue other African Americans like me to obtain a college degree. The lessons learned from my educational experience will grant me the ability to conduct science fairs in underserved communities. Having a doctoral degree in physics and pursuing a career in mechanical or aerospace engineering is great for my individual success, but I would not feel any accomplishment unless I helped other people join the STEM field. I had minimal interest in joining the STEM field until I had a high school instructor that highlighted the benefits of science in our community, and I gained the confidence that I could have a successful life within STEM. If I am selected for this scholarship, I would be very grateful to know that my dream of hosting science fairs in underserved communities would be one step closer to becoming a reality. Being a student with autism means that I had to break barriers and learning that I can accomplish many things in life with hard work gives me the motivation to continue my family’s legacy of fixing vehicles.
    Henry Bynum, Jr. Memorial Scholarship
    Hello, my name is Michel Warren and I have been overcoming the obstacle of being an autistic African American male in today's society while pursuing a college education to promote change for my community with hosting science fairs. Autism and ADHD are the two mental disabilities that I have dealt with throughout my life. I was diagnosed with these disabilities at the age of two, but it hasn’t stopped me from pursuing a college degree. Currently, I am a senior at Fisk University with a double major in Mathematics and Physics. I received my associate degree in physics at Nashville State Community College before transferring to Fisk University. I completed my first semester at Fisk as a junior with a 4.0 GPA and this was a proud achievement for me because I felt that it was a difficult task to obtain due to my Autism and ADHD diagnosis. The daily challenge of living with Autism and ADHD is having increased anxiety about my future. Being an autistic person of color to me means that I can break barriers I once thought was impossible. My mother is a motivating factor in my life because she constantly encouraged me to be myself and ignore all the struggles of being an autistic person, and her hard work is paying off. I would like to obtain a graduate degree in physics. I’m currently a math and physics major at Fisk University. Fisk University has a great graduate degree transfer program with Vanderbilt University to increase minority involvement in science, and I plan on using that opportunity to obtain a doctoral degree in physics. Having a doctoral degree in physics as a minority means that I can bring a different experience to my field and be able to convince other minorities to obtain STEM degrees. I also will be able to enter the teaching field with a doctoral degree in physics and that would provide me with the opportunity to share my knowledge with underprivileged students. Before attending Fisk University, I had never had an African American physics professor. My current Fisk physics professor, Dr. Bryan Wallace encouraged me to pursue teaching as a potential career path. I used his advice as motivation to pursue other African Americans like me to obtain a college degree. The lessons learned from my educational experience will grant me the ability to conduct science fairs in underserved communities. Having a doctoral degree in physics and pursuing a career in mechanical or aerospace engineering is great for my individual success, but I would not feel any accomplishment unless I helped other people join the STEM field. I had minimal interest in joining the STEM field until I had a high school instructor that highlighted the benefits of science in our community, and I gained the confidence that I could have a successful life within STEM. If I am selected for this scholarship, I would be very grateful to know that my dream of hosting science fairs in underserved communities would be one step closer to becoming a reality. Being a student with autism means that I had to break barriers and learning that I can accomplish many things in life with hard work gives me the motivation to continue my family’s legacy of fixing vehicles.
    Willie Louis Pegues Science Scholarship
    Hello, my name is Michel Warren and I have been overcoming the obstacle of being an autistic African American male in today's society while pursuing a college education to promote change for my community with hosting science fairs. Autism and ADHD are the two mental disabilities that I have dealt with throughout my life. I was diagnosed with these disabilities at the age of two, but it hasn’t stopped me from pursuing a college degree. Currently, I am a senior at Fisk University with a double major in Mathematics and Physics. I received my associate degree in physics at Nashville State Community College before transferring to Fisk University. I completed my first semester at Fisk as a junior with a 4.0 GPA and this was a proud achievement for me because I felt that it was a difficult task to obtain due to my Autism and ADHD diagnosis. The daily challenge of living with Autism and ADHD is having increased anxiety about my future. Being an autistic person of color to me means that I can break barriers I once thought was impossible. My mother is a motivating factor in my life because she constantly encouraged me to be myself and ignore all the struggles of being an autistic person, and her hard work is paying off. I would like to obtain a graduate degree in physics. I’m currently a math and physics major at Fisk University. Fisk University has a great graduate degree transfer program with Vanderbilt University to increase minority involvement in science, and I plan on using that opportunity to obtain a doctoral degree in physics. Having a doctoral degree in physics as a minority means that I can bring a different experience to my field and be able to convince other minorities to obtain STEM degrees. I also will be able to enter the teaching field with a doctoral degree in physics and that would provide me with the opportunity to share my knowledge with underprivileged students. Before attending Fisk University, I had never had an African American physics professor. My current Fisk physics professor, Dr. Bryan Wallace encouraged me to pursue teaching as a potential career path. I used his advice as motivation to pursue other African Americans like me to obtain a college degree. The lessons learned from my educational experience will grant me the ability to conduct science fairs in underserved communities. Having a doctoral degree in physics and pursuing a career in mechanical or aerospace engineering is great for my individual success, but I would not feel any accomplishment unless I helped other people join the STEM field. I had minimal interest in joining the STEM field until I had a high school instructor that highlighted the benefits of science in our community, and I gained the confidence that I could have a successful life within STEM. If I am selected for this scholarship, I would be very grateful to know that my dream of hosting science fairs in underserved communities would be one step closer to becoming a reality. Being a student with autism means that I had to break barriers and learning that I can accomplish many things in life with hard work gives me the motivation to continue my family’s legacy of fixing vehicles.
    Hines Scholarship
    Hello, my name is Michel Warren and I have been overcoming the obstacle of being an autistic African American male in today's society while pursuing a college education to promote change for my community with hosting science fairs. Autism and ADHD are the two mental disabilities that I have dealt with throughout my life. I was diagnosed with these disabilities at the age of two, but it hasn’t stopped me from pursuing a college degree. Currently, I am a senior at Fisk University with a double major in Mathematics and Physics. I received my associate degree in physics at Nashville State Community College before transferring to Fisk University. I completed my first semester at Fisk as a junior with a 4.0 GPA and this was a proud achievement for me because I felt that it was a difficult task to obtain due to my Autism and ADHD diagnosis. The daily challenge of living with Autism and ADHD is having increased anxiety about my future. Being an autistic person of color to me means that I can break barriers I once thought was impossible. My mother is a motivating factor in my life because she constantly encouraged me to be myself and ignore all the struggles of being an autistic person, and her hard work is paying off. I would like to obtain a graduate degree in physics. I’m currently a math and physics major at Fisk University. Fisk University has a great graduate degree transfer program with Vanderbilt University to increase minority involvement in science, and I plan on using that opportunity to obtain a doctoral degree in physics. Having a doctoral degree in physics as a minority means that I can bring a different experience to my field and be able to convince other minorities to obtain STEM degrees. I also will be able to enter the teaching field with a doctoral degree in physics and that would provide me with the opportunity to share my knowledge with underprivileged students. Before attending Fisk University, I had never had an African American physics professor. My current Fisk physics professor, Dr. Bryan Wallace encouraged me to pursue teaching as a potential career path. I used his advice as motivation to pursue other African Americans like me to obtain a college degree. The lessons learned from my educational experience will grant me the ability to conduct science fairs in underserved communities. Having a doctoral degree in physics and pursuing a career in mechanical or aerospace engineering is great for my individual success, but I would not feel any accomplishment unless I helped other people join the STEM field. I had minimal interest in joining the STEM field until I had a high school instructor that highlighted the benefits of science in our community, and I gained the confidence that I could have a successful life within STEM. If I am selected for this scholarship, I would be very grateful to know that my dream of hosting science fairs in underserved communities would be one step closer to becoming a reality. Being a student with autism means that I had to break barriers and learning that I can accomplish many things in life with hard work gives me the motivation to continue my family’s legacy of fixing vehicles.
    Hilliard L. "Tack" Gibbs Jr. Memorial Scholarship
    Hello, my name is Michel Warren and I have been overcoming the obstacle of being an autistic African American male in today's society while pursuing a college education to promote change for my community with hosting science fairs. Autism and ADHD are the two mental disabilities that I have dealt with throughout my life. I was diagnosed with these disabilities at the age of two, but it hasn’t stopped me from pursuing a college degree. Currently, I am a senior at Fisk University with a double major in Mathematics and Physics. I received my associate degree in physics at Nashville State Community College before transferring to Fisk University. I completed my first semester at Fisk as a junior with a 4.0 GPA and this was a proud achievement for me because I felt that it was a difficult task to obtain due to my Autism and ADHD diagnosis. The daily challenge of living with Autism and ADHD is having increased anxiety about my future. Being an autistic person of color to me means that I can break barriers I once thought was impossible. My mother is a motivating factor in my life because she constantly encouraged me to be myself and ignore all the struggles of being an autistic person, and her hard work is paying off. I would like to obtain a graduate degree in physics. I’m currently a math and physics major at Fisk University. Fisk University has a great graduate degree transfer program with Vanderbilt University to increase minority involvement in science, and I plan on using that opportunity to obtain a doctoral degree in physics. Having a doctoral degree in physics as a minority means that I can bring a different experience to my field and be able to convince other minorities to obtain STEM degrees. I also will be able to enter the teaching field with a doctoral degree in physics and that would provide me with the opportunity to share my knowledge with underprivileged students. Before attending Fisk University, I had never had an African American physics professor. My current Fisk physics professor, Dr. Bryan Wallace encouraged me to pursue teaching as a potential career path. I used his advice as motivation to pursue other African Americans like me to obtain a college degree. The lessons learned from my educational experience will grant me the ability to conduct science fairs in underserved communities. Having a doctoral degree in physics and pursuing a career in mechanical or aerospace engineering is great for my individual success, but I would not feel any accomplishment unless I helped other people join the STEM field. I had minimal interest in joining the STEM field until I had a high school instructor that highlighted the benefits of science in our community, and I gained the confidence that I could have a successful life within STEM. If I am selected for this scholarship, I would be very grateful to know that my dream of hosting science fairs in underserved communities would be one step closer to becoming a reality. Being a student with autism means that I had to break barriers and learning that I can accomplish many things in life with hard work gives me the motivation to continue my family’s legacy of fixing vehicles.
    Grandmaster Nam K Hyong Scholarship
    Hello, my name is Michel Warren and I currently attend Fisk University as a double major in Mathematics and Physics. I chose to attend an HBCU to inspire other minorities to not give up on your dreams of obtaining a college degree. I would like to pursue mechanical engineering or aerospace engineering. I am passionate about these fields because of my family’s background in maintaining vehicles. My grandmother worked for the U.S. Air Force as a mechanic working on fighter jets and military vehicles. My mother and father both worked as auto shop mechanics maintaining diesel trucks. From the exposure of being around hard-working mechanics, I have a passion for maintaining vehicles. Pursuing mechanical or aerospace engineering would grant me the opportunity to help our transportation sector by fixing and modifying how vehicles are made to protect the environment from harmful Carbon emissions and increase the safety of drivers and passengers within vehicles. I see myself becoming a carbon emission tester or working with electric vehicles in a large manufacturing company like General Motors. During my time at Fisk University, I have grown in maturity and gained a clearer understanding of my educational goals. In 2019, I graduated from high school and enrolled at Trevecca Nazarene University. At Trevecca, I had failed courses due to anxiety about being in an unfamiliar place and my father was dying from cancer. I became greatly depressed and unrolled from Trevecca in 2020 and decided to take a gap year to focus on my mental health. On November 6th, 2020, my father passed away from cancer and his last dying wish was for me to obtain a college education and earn my degree. On January 6th, 2021, I began my first day at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology, or TCAT. TCAT is a technical college that focuses on developing students for the workforce through different job training classes. I enrolled in the office assisting program at TCAT and learned valuable skills like using Microsoft Excel and learning better time management skills. TCAT not only provided me with job skills, but it also gave me back my motivation to succeed and earn a proper college degree. I graduated from TCAT on August 1st, 2021, with three diplomas in Administrative Assisting, Accounting Assisting, and Medical Assisting. On August 15th, 2021, I began my first day at Nashville State Community College, or NSCC. At NSCC, I pursued my associate degree in physics with plans to transfer after graduation. Fisk University was the school I set my sights on for two years until I obtained my associate degree in physics on August 3rd, 2023. On August 10th, 2023, I began my first day at Fisk University as a double major in Mathematics and Physics. During my two semesters at Fisk, I have met plenty of positive people that want to see minorities like me succeed and thrive. I currently have a 3.8 GPA and I will be graduating from Fisk University during the 2025 spring semester. Gaining a second chance at my education will allow me to keep my father’s dying wish of obtaining a college degree and prove to myself that having autism does not prevent you from reaching your dreams. I would like to obtain a graduate degree in physics. Fisk University has a great graduate degree transfer program with Vanderbilt University to increase minority involvement in science, and I plan on using that opportunity to obtain a doctoral degree in physics. Having a doctoral degree in physics as a minority means that I can bring a different experience to my field and be able to convince other minorities to obtain STEM degrees. I also will be able to enter the teaching field with a doctoral degree in physics and that would provide me with the opportunity to share my knowledge with underprivileged students. Before attending Fisk University, I had never had an African American physics professor. My current Fisk physics professor, Dr. Bryan Wallace, encouraged me to pursue teaching as a potential career path. I used his advice as motivation to pursue other African Americans like me to obtain a college degree. The lessons learned from my educational experience will grant me the ability to conduct science fairs in underserved communities. Having a doctoral degree in physics and pursuing a career in mechanical or aerospace engineering is great for my individual success, but I would not feel any accomplishment unless I helped other people join the STEM field. I had minimal interest in joining the STEM field until I had a high school instructor that highlighted the benefits of science in our community, and I gained the confidence that STEM is a great career path. If I am selected for this scholarship, I would be very grateful to know that my dream of hosting science fairs in underserved communities would be one step closer to becoming a reality. Being a student with autism means that I had to break barriers and learning that I can accomplish many things in life with hard work gives me the motivation to continue my family’s legacy of fixing vehicles.
    Cat Zingano Overcoming Loss Scholarship
    Hello, my name is Michel Warren and I currently attend Fisk University as a double major in Mathematics and Physics. I chose to attend an HBCU to inspire other minorities to not give up on your dreams of obtaining a college degree. I would like to pursue mechanical engineering or aerospace engineering. I am passionate about these fields because of my family’s background in maintaining vehicles. My grandmother worked for the U.S. Air Force as a mechanic working on fighter jets and military vehicles. My mother and father both worked as auto shop mechanics maintaining diesel trucks. From the exposure of being around hard-working mechanics, I have a passion for maintaining vehicles. Pursuing mechanical or aerospace engineering would grant me the opportunity to help our transportation sector by fixing and modifying how vehicles are made to protect the environment from harmful Carbon emissions and increase the safety of drivers and passengers within vehicles. I see myself becoming a carbon emission tester or working with electric vehicles in a large manufacturing company like General Motors. During my time at Fisk University, I have grown in maturity and gained a clearer understanding of my educational goals. In 2019, I graduated from high school and enrolled at Trevecca Nazarene University. At Trevecca, I had failed courses due to anxiety about being in an unfamiliar place and my father was dying from cancer. I became greatly depressed and unrolled from Trevecca in 2020 and decided to take a gap year to focus on my mental health. On November 6th, 2020, my father passed away from cancer and his last dying wish was for me to obtain a college education and earn my degree. On January 6th, 2021, I began my first day at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology, or TCAT. TCAT is a technical college that focuses on developing students for the workforce through different job training classes. I enrolled in the office assisting program at TCAT and learned valuable skills like using Microsoft Excel and learning better time management skills. TCAT not only provided me with job skills, but it also gave me back my motivation to succeed and earn a proper college degree. I graduated from TCAT on August 1st, 2021, with three diplomas in Administrative Assisting, Accounting Assisting, and Medical Assisting. On August 15th, 2021, I began my first day at Nashville State Community College, or NSCC. At NSCC, I pursued my associate degree in physics with plans to transfer after graduation. Fisk University was the school I set my sights on for two years until I obtained my associate degree in physics on August 3rd, 2023. On August 10th, 2023, I began my first day at Fisk University as a double major in Mathematics and Physics. During my two semesters at Fisk, I have met plenty of positive people that want to see minorities like me succeed and thrive. I currently have a 3.8 GPA and I will be graduating from Fisk University during the 2025 spring semester. Gaining a second chance at my education will allow me to keep my father’s dying wish of obtaining a college degree and prove to myself that having autism does not prevent you from reaching your dreams. I would like to obtain a graduate degree in physics. Having a doctoral degree in physics as a minority means that I can bring a different experience to my field and be able to convince other minorities to obtain STEM degrees. I also will be able to enter the teaching field with a doctoral degree in physics and that would provide me with the opportunity to share my knowledge with underprivileged students. Before attending Fisk University, I had never had an African American physics professor. My current Fisk physics professor, Dr. Bryan Wallace, encouraged me to pursue teaching as a potential career path. I used his advice as motivation to pursue other African Americans like me to obtain a college degree. The lessons learned from my educational experience will grant me the ability to conduct science fairs in underserved communities. I had minimal interest in joining the STEM field until I had a high school instructor that highlighted the benefits of science in our community, and I gained the confidence that STEM is a great career path. If I am selected for this scholarship, I would be very grateful to know that my dream of hosting science fairs in underserved communities would be one step closer to becoming a reality. Being a student with autism means that I had to break barriers and learning that I can accomplish many things in life with hard work gives me the motivation to continue my family’s legacy of fixing vehicles.
    Elijah's Helping Hand Scholarship Award
    Autism and ADHD are the two mental disabilities that I have dealt with throughout my life. I was diagnosed with these disabilities at the age of two, but it hasn’t stopped me from pursuing a college degree. Currently, I am a senior at Fisk University with a double major in Mathematics and Physics. I received my associate degree in physics at Nashville State Community College before transferring to Fisk University. I completed my first semester at Fisk as a junior with a 4.0 GPA and this was a proud achievement for me because I felt that it was a difficult task to obtain due to my Autism and ADHD diagnosis. The daily challenge of living with Autism and ADHD is having increased anxiety about my future. Being an autistic person of color to me means that I can break barriers I once thought was impossible. My mother is a motivating factor in my life because she constantly encouraged me to be myself and ignore all the struggles of being an autistic person, and her hard work is paying off. I would like to obtain a graduate degree in physics. I’m currently a math and physics major at Fisk University. Fisk University has a great graduate degree transfer program with Vanderbilt University to increase minority involvement in science, and I plan on using that opportunity to obtain a doctoral degree in physics. Having a doctoral degree in physics as a minority means that I can bring a different experience to my field and be able to convince other minorities to obtain STEM degrees. I also will be able to enter the teaching field with a doctoral degree in physics and that would provide me with the opportunity to share my knowledge with underprivileged students. Before attending Fisk University, I had never had an African American physics professor. My current Fisk physics professor, Dr. Bryan Wallace encouraged me to pursue teaching as a potential career path. I used his advice as motivation to pursue other African Americans like me to obtain a college degree. The lessons learned from my educational experience will grant me the ability to conduct science fairs in underserved communities. Having a doctoral degree in physics and pursuing a career in mechanical or aerospace engineering is great for my individual success, but I would not feel any accomplishment unless I helped other people join the STEM field. I had minimal interest in joining the STEM field until I had a high school instructor that highlighted the benefits of science in our community, and I gained the confidence that I could have a successful life within STEM. If I am selected for this scholarship, I would be very grateful to know that my dream of hosting science fairs in underserved communities would be one step closer to becoming a reality. Being a student with autism means that I had to break barriers and learning that I can accomplish many things in life with hard work gives me the motivation to continue my family’s legacy of fixing vehicles.
    Redefining Victory Scholarship
    Autism and ADHD are the two mental disabilities that I have dealt with throughout my life. I was diagnosed with these disabilities at the age of two, but it hasn’t stopped me from pursuing a college degree. Currently, I am a senior at Fisk University with a double major in Mathematics and Physics. I received my associate degree in physics at Nashville State Community College before transferring to Fisk University. I completed my first semester at Fisk as a junior with a 4.0 GPA and this was a proud achievement for me because I felt that it was a difficult task to obtain due to my Autism and ADHD diagnosis. The daily challenge of living with Autism and ADHD is having increased anxiety about my future. Being an autistic person of color to me means that I can break barriers I once thought was impossible. My mother is a motivating factor in my life because she constantly encouraged me to be myself and ignore all the struggles of being an autistic person, and her hard work is paying off. I would like to obtain a graduate degree in physics. I’m currently a math and physics major at Fisk University. Fisk University has a great graduate degree transfer program with Vanderbilt University to increase minority involvement in science, and I plan on using that opportunity to obtain a doctoral degree in physics. Having a doctoral degree in physics as a minority means that I can bring a different experience to my field and be able to convince other minorities to obtain STEM degrees. I also will be able to enter the teaching field with a doctoral degree in physics and that would provide me with the opportunity to share my knowledge with underprivileged students. Before attending Fisk University, I had never had an African American physics professor. My current Fisk physics professor, Dr. Bryan Wallace encouraged me to pursue teaching as a potential career path. I used his advice as motivation to pursue other African Americans like me to obtain a college degree. The lessons learned from my educational experience will grant me the ability to conduct science fairs in underserved communities. Having a doctoral degree in physics and pursuing a career in mechanical or aerospace engineering is great for my individual success, but I would not feel any accomplishment unless I helped other people join the STEM field. I had minimal interest in joining the STEM field until I had a high school instructor that highlighted the benefits of science in our community, and I gained the confidence that I could have a successful life within STEM. If I am selected for this scholarship, I would be very grateful to know that my dream of hosting science fairs in underserved communities would be one step closer to becoming a reality. Being a student with autism means that I had to break barriers and learning that I can accomplish many things in life with hard work gives me the motivation to continue my family’s legacy of fixing vehicles.
    Kim Moon Bae Underrepresented Students Scholarship
    Autism and ADHD are the two mental disabilities that I have dealt with throughout my life. I was diagnosed with these disabilities at the age of two, but it hasn’t stopped me from pursuing a college degree. Currently, I am a senior at Fisk University with a double major in Mathematics and Physics. I received my associate degree in physics at Nashville State Community College before transferring to Fisk University. I completed my first semester at Fisk as a junior with a 4.0 GPA and this was a proud achievement for me because I felt that it was a difficult task to obtain due to my Autism and ADHD diagnosis. The daily challenge of living with Autism and ADHD is having increased anxiety about my future. Being an autistic person of color to me means that I can break barriers I once thought was impossible. My mother is a motivating factor in my life because she constantly encouraged me to be myself and ignore all the struggles of being an autistic person, and her hard work is paying off. I would like to obtain a graduate degree in physics. I’m currently a math and physics major at Fisk University. Fisk University has a great graduate degree transfer program with Vanderbilt University to increase minority involvement in science, and I plan on using that opportunity to obtain a doctoral degree in physics. Having a doctoral degree in physics as a minority means that I can bring a different experience to my field and be able to convince other minorities to obtain STEM degrees. I also will be able to enter the teaching field with a doctoral degree in physics and that would provide me with the opportunity to share my knowledge with underprivileged students. Before attending Fisk University, I had never had an African American physics professor. My current Fisk physics professor, Dr. Bryan Wallace encouraged me to pursue teaching as a potential career path. I used his advice as motivation to pursue other African Americans like me to obtain a college degree. The lessons learned from my educational experience will grant me the ability to conduct science fairs in underserved communities. Having a doctoral degree in physics and pursuing a career in mechanical or aerospace engineering is great for my individual success, but I would not feel any accomplishment unless I helped other people join the STEM field. I had minimal interest in joining the STEM field until I had a high school instructor that highlighted the benefits of science in our community, and I gained the confidence that I could have a successful life within STEM. If I am selected for this scholarship, I would be very grateful to know that my dream of hosting science fairs in underserved communities would be one step closer to becoming a reality. Being a student with autism means that I had to break barriers and learning that I can accomplish many things in life with hard work gives me the motivation to continue my family’s legacy of fixing vehicles.
    Dr. G. Yvette Pegues Disability Scholarship
    Autism and ADHD are the two mental disabilities that I have dealt with throughout my life. I was diagnosed with these disabilities at the age of two, but it hasn’t stopped me from pursuing a college degree. Currently, I am a senior at Fisk University with a double major in Mathematics and Physics. I received my associate degree in physics at Nashville State Community College before transferring to Fisk University. I completed my first semester at Fisk as a junior with a 4.0 GPA and this was a proud achievement for me because I felt that it was a difficult task to obtain due to my Autism and ADHD diagnosis. The daily challenge of living with Autism and ADHD is having increased anxiety about my future. Being an autistic person of color to me means that I can break barriers I once thought was impossible. My mother is a motivating factor in my life because she constantly encouraged me to be myself and ignore all the struggles of being an autistic person, and her hard work is paying off. I would like to obtain a graduate degree in physics. I’m currently a math and physics major at Fisk University. Fisk University has a great graduate degree transfer program with Vanderbilt University to increase minority involvement in science, and I plan on using that opportunity to obtain a doctoral degree in physics. Having a doctoral degree in physics as a minority means that I can bring a different experience to my field and be able to convince other minorities to obtain STEM degrees. I also will be able to enter the teaching field with a doctoral degree in physics and that would provide me with the opportunity to share my knowledge with underprivileged students. Before attending Fisk University, I had never had an African American physics professor. My current Fisk physics professor, Dr. Bryan Wallace encouraged me to pursue teaching as a potential career path. I used his advice as motivation to pursue other African Americans like me to obtain a college degree. The lessons learned from my educational experience will grant me the ability to conduct science fairs in underserved communities. Having a doctoral degree in physics and pursuing a career in mechanical or aerospace engineering is great for my individual success, but I would not feel any accomplishment unless I helped other people join the STEM field. I had minimal interest in joining the STEM field until I had a high school instructor that highlighted the benefits of science in our community, and I gained the confidence that I could have a successful life within STEM. If I am selected for this scholarship, I would be very grateful to know that my dream of hosting science fairs in underserved communities would be one step closer to becoming a reality. Being a student with autism means that I had to break barriers and learning that I can accomplish many things in life with hard work gives me the motivation to continue my family’s legacy of fixing vehicles.
    John Young 'Pursue Your Passion' Scholarship
    Hello, my name is Michel Warren and I have been overcoming the obstacle of being an autistic African American male in today's society while pursuing a college education to promote change for my community with hosting science fairs. Autism and ADHD are the two mental disabilities that I have dealt with throughout my life. I was diagnosed with these disabilities at the age of two, but it hasn’t stopped me from pursuing a college degree. Currently, I am a senior at Fisk University with a double major in Mathematics and Physics. I received my associate degree in physics at Nashville State Community College before transferring to Fisk University. I completed my first semester at Fisk as a junior with a 4.0 GPA and this was a proud achievement for me because I felt that it was a difficult task to obtain due to my Autism and ADHD diagnosis. The daily challenge of living with Autism and ADHD is having increased anxiety about my future. Being an autistic person of color to me means that I can break barriers I once thought was impossible. My mother is a motivating factor in my life because she constantly encouraged me to be myself and ignore all the struggles of being an autistic person, and her hard work is paying off. I would like to obtain a graduate degree in physics. Fisk University has a great graduate degree transfer program with Vanderbilt University to increase minority involvement in science, and I plan on using that opportunity to obtain a doctoral degree in physics. Having a doctoral degree in physics as a minority means that I can bring a different experience to my field and be able to convince other minorities to obtain STEM degrees. I also will be able to enter the teaching field with a doctoral degree in physics and that would provide me with the opportunity to share my knowledge with underprivileged students. Before attending Fisk University, I had never had an African American physics professor. My current Fisk physics professor, Dr. Bryan Wallace encouraged me to pursue teaching as a potential career path. I used his advice as motivation to pursue other African Americans like me to obtain a college degree. The lessons learned from my educational experience will grant me the ability to conduct science fairs in underserved communities. Having a doctoral degree in physics and pursuing a career in mechanical or aerospace engineering is great for my individual success, but I would not feel any accomplishment unless I helped other people join the STEM field. If I am selected for this scholarship, I would be very grateful to know that my dream of hosting science fairs in underserved communities would be one step closer to becoming a reality. Being a student with autism means that I had to break barriers and learning that I can accomplish many things in life with hard work gives me the motivation to continue my family’s legacy of fixing vehicles.
    Walking In Authority International Ministry Scholarship
    Hello, my name is Michel Warren and I have been overcoming the obstacle of being an autistic African American male in today's society while pursuing a college education to promote change for my community with hosting science fairs. Autism and ADHD are the two mental disabilities that I have dealt with throughout my life. I was diagnosed with these disabilities at the age of two, but it hasn’t stopped me from pursuing a college degree. Currently, I am a senior at Fisk University with a double major in Mathematics and Physics. I received my associate degree in physics at Nashville State Community College before transferring to Fisk University. I completed my first semester at Fisk as a junior with a 4.0 GPA and this was a proud achievement for me because I felt that it was a difficult task to obtain due to my Autism and ADHD diagnosis. The daily challenge of living with Autism and ADHD is having increased anxiety about my future. Being an autistic person of color to me means that I can break barriers I once thought was impossible. My mother is a motivating factor in my life because she constantly encouraged me to be myself and ignore all the struggles of being an autistic person, and her hard work is paying off. I would like to obtain a graduate degree in physics. I’m currently a math and physics major at Fisk University. Fisk University has a great graduate degree transfer program with Vanderbilt University to increase minority involvement in science, and I plan on using that opportunity to obtain a doctoral degree in physics. Having a doctoral degree in physics as a minority means that I can bring a different experience to my field and be able to convince other minorities to obtain STEM degrees. I also will be able to enter the teaching field with a doctoral degree in physics and that would provide me with the opportunity to share my knowledge with underprivileged students. Before attending Fisk University, I had never had an African American physics professor. My current Fisk physics professor, Dr. Bryan Wallace encouraged me to pursue teaching as a potential career path. I used his advice as motivation to pursue other African Americans like me to obtain a college degree. The lessons learned from my educational experience will grant me the ability to conduct science fairs in underserved communities. Having a doctoral degree in physics and pursuing a career in mechanical or aerospace engineering is great for my individual success, but I would not feel any accomplishment unless I helped other people join the STEM field. I had minimal interest in joining the STEM field until I had a high school instructor that highlighted the benefits of science in our community, and I gained the confidence that I could have a successful life within STEM. If I am selected for this scholarship, I would be very grateful to know that my dream of hosting science fairs in underserved communities would be one step closer to becoming a reality. Being a student with autism means that I had to break barriers and learning that I can accomplish many things in life with hard work gives me the motivation to continue my family’s legacy of fixing vehicles.
    Elizabeth Schalk Memorial Scholarship
    Hello, my name is Michel Warren and I have been overcoming the obstacle of being an autistic African American male in today's society while pursuing a college education to promote change for my community with hosting science fairs. Autism and ADHD are the two mental disabilities that I have dealt with throughout my life. I was diagnosed with these disabilities at the age of two, but it hasn’t stopped me from pursuing a college degree. Currently, I am a senior at Fisk University with a double major in Mathematics and Physics. I received my associate degree in physics at Nashville State Community College before transferring to Fisk University. I completed my first semester at Fisk as a junior with a 4.0 GPA and this was a proud achievement for me because I felt that it was a difficult task to obtain due to my Autism and ADHD diagnosis. The daily challenge of living with Autism and ADHD is having increased anxiety about my future. Being an autistic person of color to me means that I can break barriers I once thought was impossible. My mother is a motivating factor in my life because she constantly encouraged me to be myself and ignore all the struggles of being an autistic person, and her hard work is paying off. I would like to obtain a graduate degree in physics. I’m currently a math and physics major at Fisk University. Fisk University has a great graduate degree transfer program with Vanderbilt University to increase minority involvement in science, and I plan on using that opportunity to obtain a doctoral degree in physics. Having a doctoral degree in physics as a minority means that I can bring a different experience to my field and be able to convince other minorities to obtain STEM degrees. I also will be able to enter the teaching field with a doctoral degree in physics and that would provide me with the opportunity to share my knowledge with underprivileged students. Before attending Fisk University, I had never had an African American physics professor. My current Fisk physics professor, Dr. Bryan Wallace encouraged me to pursue teaching as a potential career path. I used his advice as motivation to pursue other African Americans like me to obtain a college degree. The lessons learned from my educational experience will grant me the ability to conduct science fairs in underserved communities. Having a doctoral degree in physics and pursuing a career in mechanical or aerospace engineering is great for my individual success, but I would not feel any accomplishment unless I helped other people join the STEM field. I had minimal interest in joining the STEM field until I had a high school instructor that highlighted the benefits of science in our community, and I gained the confidence that I could have a successful life within STEM. If I am selected for this scholarship, I would be very grateful to know that my dream of hosting science fairs in underserved communities would be one step closer to becoming a reality. Being a student with autism means that I had to break barriers and learning that I can accomplish many things in life with hard work gives me the motivation to continue my family’s legacy of fixing vehicles.
    Bright Lights Scholarship
    Hello, my name is Michel Warren and I have been overcoming the obstacle of being an autistic African American male in today's society while pursuing a college education to promote change for my community with hosting science fairs. Autism and ADHD are the two mental disabilities that I have dealt with throughout my life. I was diagnosed with these disabilities at the age of two, but it hasn’t stopped me from pursuing a college degree. Currently, I am a senior at Fisk University with a double major in Mathematics and Physics. I received my associate degree in physics at Nashville State Community College before transferring to Fisk University. I completed my first semester at Fisk as a junior with a 4.0 GPA and this was a proud achievement for me because I felt that it was a difficult task to obtain due to my Autism and ADHD diagnosis. The daily challenge of living with Autism and ADHD is having increased anxiety about my future. Being an autistic person of color to me means that I can break barriers I once thought was impossible. My mother is a motivating factor in my life because she constantly encouraged me to be myself and ignore all the struggles of being an autistic person, and her hard work is paying off. I would like to obtain a graduate degree in physics. I’m currently a math and physics major at Fisk University. Fisk University has a great graduate degree transfer program with Vanderbilt University to increase minority involvement in science, and I plan on using that opportunity to obtain a doctoral degree in physics. Having a doctoral degree in physics as a minority means that I can bring a different experience to my field and be able to convince other minorities to obtain STEM degrees. I also will be able to enter the teaching field with a doctoral degree in physics and that would provide me with the opportunity to share my knowledge with underprivileged students. Before attending Fisk University, I had never had an African American physics professor. My current Fisk physics professor, Dr. Bryan Wallace encouraged me to pursue teaching as a potential career path. I used his advice as motivation to pursue other African Americans like me to obtain a college degree. The lessons learned from my educational experience will grant me the ability to conduct science fairs in underserved communities. Having a doctoral degree in physics and pursuing a career in mechanical or aerospace engineering is great for my individual success, but I would not feel any accomplishment unless I helped other people join the STEM field. I had minimal interest in joining the STEM field until I had a high school instructor that highlighted the benefits of science in our community, and I gained the confidence that I could have a successful life within STEM. If I am selected for this scholarship, I would be very grateful to know that my dream of hosting science fairs in underserved communities would be one step closer to becoming a reality. Being a student with autism means that I had to break barriers and learning that I can accomplish many things in life with hard work gives me the motivation to continue my family’s legacy of fixing vehicles.
    Adrin Ohaekwe Memorial Scholarship
    Hello, my name is Michel Warren and I have been overcoming the obstacle of being an autistic African American male in today's society while pursuing a college education to promote change for my community with hosting science fairs. Autism and ADHD are the two mental disabilities that I have dealt with throughout my life. I was diagnosed with these disabilities at the age of two, but it hasn’t stopped me from pursuing a college degree. Currently, I am a senior at Fisk University with a double major in Mathematics and Physics. I received my associate degree in physics at Nashville State Community College before transferring to Fisk University. I completed my first semester at Fisk as a junior with a 4.0 GPA and this was a proud achievement for me because I felt that it was a difficult task to obtain due to my Autism and ADHD diagnosis. The daily challenge of living with Autism and ADHD is having increased anxiety about my future. Being an autistic person of color to me means that I can break barriers I once thought was impossible. My mother is a motivating factor in my life because she constantly encouraged me to be myself and ignore all the struggles of being an autistic person, and her hard work is paying off. I would like to obtain a graduate degree in physics. I’m currently a math and physics major at Fisk University. Fisk University has a great graduate degree transfer program with Vanderbilt University to increase minority involvement in science, and I plan on using that opportunity to obtain a doctoral degree in physics. Having a doctoral degree in physics as a minority means that I can bring a different experience to my field and be able to convince other minorities to obtain STEM degrees. I also will be able to enter the teaching field with a doctoral degree in physics and that would provide me with the opportunity to share my knowledge with underprivileged students. Before attending Fisk University, I had never had an African American physics professor. My current Fisk physics professor, Dr. Bryan Wallace encouraged me to pursue teaching as a potential career path. I used his advice as motivation to pursue other African Americans like me to obtain a college degree. The lessons learned from my educational experience will grant me the ability to conduct science fairs in underserved communities. Having a doctoral degree in physics and pursuing a career in mechanical or aerospace engineering is great for my individual success, but I would not feel any accomplishment unless I helped other people join the STEM field. I had minimal interest in joining the STEM field until I had a high school instructor that highlighted the benefits of science in our community, and I gained the confidence that I could have a successful life within STEM. If I am selected for this scholarship, I would be very grateful to know that my dream of hosting science fairs in underserved communities would be one step closer to becoming a reality. Being a student with autism means that I had to break barriers and learning that I can accomplish many things in life with hard work gives me the motivation to continue my family’s legacy of fixing vehicles.
    William R. Godfrey Scholarship
    Hello, my name is Michel Warren and I have been overcoming the obstacle of being an autistic African American male in today's society while pursuing a college education to promote change for my community with hosting science fairs. Autism and ADHD are the two mental disabilities that I have dealt with throughout my life. I was diagnosed with these disabilities at the age of two, but it hasn’t stopped me from pursuing a college degree. Currently, I am a senior at Fisk University with a double major in Mathematics and Physics. I received my associate degree in physics at Nashville State Community College before transferring to Fisk University. I completed my first semester at Fisk as a junior with a 4.0 GPA and this was a proud achievement for me because I felt that it was a difficult task to obtain due to my Autism and ADHD diagnosis. The daily challenge of living with Autism and ADHD is having increased anxiety about my future. Being an autistic person of color to me means that I can break barriers I once thought was impossible. My mother is a motivating factor in my life because she constantly encouraged me to be myself and ignore all the struggles of being an autistic person, and her hard work is paying off. I would like to obtain a graduate degree in physics. I’m currently a math and physics major at Fisk University. Fisk University has a great graduate degree transfer program with Vanderbilt University to increase minority involvement in science, and I plan on using that opportunity to obtain a doctoral degree in physics. Having a doctoral degree in physics as a minority means that I can bring a different experience to my field and be able to convince other minorities to obtain STEM degrees. I also will be able to enter the teaching field with a doctoral degree in physics and that would provide me with the opportunity to share my knowledge with underprivileged students. Before attending Fisk University, I had never had an African American physics professor. My current Fisk physics professor, Dr. Bryan Wallace encouraged me to pursue teaching as a potential career path. I used his advice as motivation to pursue other African Americans like me to obtain a college degree. The lessons learned from my educational experience will grant me the ability to conduct science fairs in underserved communities. Having a doctoral degree in physics and pursuing a career in mechanical or aerospace engineering is great for my individual success, but I would not feel any accomplishment unless I helped other people join the STEM field. I had minimal interest in joining the STEM field until I had a high school instructor that highlighted the benefits of science in our community, and I gained the confidence that I could have a successful life within STEM. If I am selected for this scholarship, I would be very grateful to know that my dream of hosting science fairs in underserved communities would be one step closer to becoming a reality. Being a student with autism means that I had to break barriers and learning that I can accomplish many things in life with hard work gives me the motivation to continue my family’s legacy of fixing vehicles.
    Johnny Douglas Conner Memorial Scholarship
    Hello, my name is Michel Warren and I have been overcoming the obstacle of being an autistic African American male in today's society while pursuing a college education to promote change for my community with hosting science fairs. Autism and ADHD are the two mental disabilities that I have dealt with throughout my life. I was diagnosed with these disabilities at the age of two, but it hasn’t stopped me from pursuing a college degree. Currently, I am a senior at Fisk University with a double major in Mathematics and Physics. I received my associate degree in physics at Nashville State Community College before transferring to Fisk University. I completed my first semester at Fisk as a junior with a 4.0 GPA and this was a proud achievement for me because I felt that it was a difficult task to obtain due to my Autism and ADHD diagnosis. The daily challenge of living with Autism and ADHD is having increased anxiety about my future. Being an autistic person of color to me means that I can break barriers I once thought was impossible. My mother is a motivating factor in my life because she constantly encouraged me to be myself and ignore all the struggles of being an autistic person, and her hard work is paying off. I would like to obtain a graduate degree in physics. I’m currently a math and physics major at Fisk University. Fisk University has a great graduate degree transfer program with Vanderbilt University to increase minority involvement in science, and I plan on using that opportunity to obtain a doctoral degree in physics. Having a doctoral degree in physics as a minority means that I can bring a different experience to my field and be able to convince other minorities to obtain STEM degrees. I also will be able to enter the teaching field with a doctoral degree in physics and that would provide me with the opportunity to share my knowledge with underprivileged students. Before attending Fisk University, I had never had an African American physics professor. My current Fisk physics professor, Dr. Bryan Wallace encouraged me to pursue teaching as a potential career path. I used his advice as motivation to pursue other African Americans like me to obtain a college degree. The lessons learned from my educational experience will grant me the ability to conduct science fairs in underserved communities. Having a doctoral degree in physics and pursuing a career in mechanical or aerospace engineering is great for my individual success, but I would not feel any accomplishment unless I helped other people join the STEM field. I had minimal interest in joining the STEM field until I had a high school instructor that highlighted the benefits of science in our community, and I gained the confidence that I could have a successful life within STEM. If I am selected for this scholarship, I would be very grateful to know that my dream of hosting science fairs in underserved communities would be one step closer to becoming a reality. Being a student with autism means that I had to break barriers and learning that I can accomplish many things in life with hard work gives me the motivation to continue my family’s legacy of fixing vehicles.
    Schmid Memorial Scholarship
    Hello, my name is Michel Warren and I have been overcoming the obstacle of being an autistic African American male in today's society while pursuing a college education to promote change for my community with hosting science fairs. Autism and ADHD are the two mental disabilities that I have dealt with throughout my life. I was diagnosed with these disabilities at the age of two, but it hasn’t stopped me from pursuing a college degree. Currently, I am a senior at Fisk University with a double major in Mathematics and Physics. I received my associate degree in physics at Nashville State Community College before transferring to Fisk University. I completed my first semester at Fisk as a junior with a 4.0 GPA and this was a proud achievement for me because I felt that it was a difficult task to obtain due to my Autism and ADHD diagnosis. The daily challenge of living with Autism and ADHD is having increased anxiety about my future. Being an autistic person of color to me means that I can break barriers I once thought was impossible. My mother is a motivating factor in my life because she constantly encouraged me to be myself and ignore all the struggles of being an autistic person, and her hard work is paying off. I would like to obtain a graduate degree in physics. I’m currently a math and physics major at Fisk University. Having a doctoral degree in physics as a minority means that I can bring a different experience to my field and be able to convince other minorities to obtain STEM degrees. I also will be able to enter the teaching field with a doctoral degree in physics and that would provide me with the opportunity to share my knowledge with underprivileged students. Before attending Fisk University, I had never had an African American physics professor. My current Fisk physics professor, Dr. Bryan Wallace encouraged me to pursue teaching as a potential career path. I used his advice as motivation to pursue other African Americans like me to obtain a college degree. The lessons learned from my educational experience will grant me the ability to conduct science fairs in underserved communities. Having a doctoral degree in physics and pursuing a career in mechanical or aerospace engineering is great for my individual success, but I would not feel any accomplishment unless I helped other people join the STEM field. I had minimal interest in joining the STEM field until I had a high school instructor that highlighted the benefits of science in our community, and I gained the confidence that I could have a successful life within STEM. If I am selected for this scholarship, I would be very grateful to know that my dream of hosting science fairs in underserved communities would be one step closer to becoming a reality.
    Joy Of Life Inspire’s AAA Scholarship
    Hello, my name is Michel Warren and I have been overcoming the obstacle of being an autistic African American male in today's society while pursuing a college education to promote change for my community with hosting science fairs. Autism and ADHD are the two mental disabilities that I have dealt with throughout my life. I was diagnosed with these disabilities at the age of two, but it hasn’t stopped me from pursuing a college degree. Currently, I am a senior at Fisk University with a double major in Mathematics and Physics. I received my associate degree in physics at Nashville State Community College before transferring to Fisk University. I completed my first semester at Fisk as a junior with a 4.0 GPA and this was a proud achievement for me because I felt that it was a difficult task to obtain due to my Autism and ADHD diagnosis. The daily challenge of living with Autism and ADHD is having increased anxiety about my future. Being an autistic person of color to me means that I can break barriers I once thought was impossible. My mother is a motivating factor in my life because she constantly encouraged me to be myself and ignore all the struggles of being an autistic person, and her hard work is paying off. I would like to obtain a graduate degree in physics. I’m currently a math and physics major at Fisk University. Fisk University has a great graduate degree transfer program with Vanderbilt University to increase minority involvement in science, and I plan on using that opportunity to obtain a doctoral degree in physics. Having a doctoral degree in physics as a minority means that I can bring a different experience to my field and be able to convince other minorities to obtain STEM degrees. I also will be able to enter the teaching field with a doctoral degree in physics and that would provide me with the opportunity to share my knowledge with underprivileged students. Before attending Fisk University, I had never had an African American physics professor. My current Fisk physics professor, Dr. Bryan Wallace encouraged me to pursue teaching as a potential career path. I used his advice as motivation to pursue other African Americans like me to obtain a college degree. The lessons learned from my educational experience will grant me the ability to conduct science fairs in underserved communities. Having a doctoral degree in physics and pursuing a career in mechanical or aerospace engineering is great for my individual success, but I would not feel any accomplishment unless I helped other people join the STEM field. I had minimal interest in joining the STEM field until I had a high school instructor that highlighted the benefits of science in our community, and I gained the confidence that I could have a successful life within STEM. If I am selected for this scholarship, I would be very grateful to know that my dream of hosting science fairs in underserved communities would be one step closer to becoming a reality. Being a student with autism means that I had to break barriers and learning that I can accomplish many things in life with hard work gives me the motivation to continue my family’s legacy of fixing vehicles.
    Marie Jean Baptiste Memorial Scholarship
    Hello, my name is Michel Warren and I have been overcoming the obstacle of being an autistic African American male in today's society while pursuing a college education to promote change for my community with hosting science fairs. Autism and ADHD are the two mental disabilities that I have dealt with throughout my life. I was diagnosed with these disabilities at the age of two, but it hasn’t stopped me from pursuing a college degree. Currently, I am a senior at Fisk University with a double major in Mathematics and Physics. I received my associate degree in physics at Nashville State Community College before transferring to Fisk University. I completed my first semester at Fisk as a junior with a 4.0 GPA and this was a proud achievement for me because I felt that it was a difficult task to obtain due to my Autism and ADHD diagnosis. The daily challenge of living with Autism and ADHD is having increased anxiety about my future. Being an autistic person of color to me means that I can break barriers I once thought was impossible. My mother is a motivating factor in my life because she constantly encouraged me to be myself and ignore all the struggles of being an autistic person, and her hard work is paying off. I would like to obtain a graduate degree in physics. I’m currently a math and physics major at Fisk University. Having a doctoral degree in physics as a minority means that I can bring a different experience to my field and be able to convince other minorities to obtain STEM degrees. I also will be able to enter the teaching field with a doctoral degree in physics and that would provide me with the opportunity to share my knowledge with underprivileged students. Before attending Fisk University, I had never had an African American physics professor. My current Fisk physics professor, Dr. Bryan Wallace encouraged me to pursue teaching as a potential career path. I used his advice as motivation to pursue other African Americans like me to obtain a college degree. The lessons learned from my educational experience will grant me the ability to conduct science fairs in underserved communities. Having a doctoral degree in physics and pursuing a career in mechanical or aerospace engineering is great for my individual success, but I would not feel any accomplishment unless I helped other people join the STEM field. I had minimal interest in joining the STEM field until I had a high school instructor that highlighted the benefits of science in our community, and I gained the confidence that I could have a successful life within STEM. If I am selected for this scholarship, I would be very grateful to know that my dream of hosting science fairs in underserved communities would be one step closer to becoming a reality.
    Sloane Stephens Doc & Glo Scholarship
    Hello, my name is Michel Warren and I have been overcoming the obstacle of being an autistic African American male in today's society while pursuing a college education to promote change for my community with hosting science fairs. Autism and ADHD are the two mental disabilities that I have dealt with throughout my life. I was diagnosed with these disabilities at the age of two, but it hasn’t stopped me from pursuing a college degree. Currently, I am a senior at Fisk University with a double major in Mathematics and Physics. I received my associate degree in physics at Nashville State Community College before transferring to Fisk University. I completed my first semester at Fisk as a junior with a 4.0 GPA and this was a proud achievement for me because I felt that it was a difficult task to obtain due to my Autism and ADHD diagnosis. The daily challenge of living with Autism and ADHD is having increased anxiety about my future. Being an autistic person of color to me means that I can break barriers I once thought was impossible. My mother is a motivating factor in my life because she constantly encouraged me to be myself and ignore all the struggles of being an autistic person, and her hard work is paying off. I would like to obtain a graduate degree in physics. I’m currently a math and physics major at Fisk University. Fisk University has a great graduate degree transfer program with Vanderbilt University to increase minority involvement in science, and I plan on using that opportunity to obtain a doctoral degree in physics. Having a doctoral degree in physics as a minority means that I can bring a different experience to my field and be able to convince other minorities to obtain STEM degrees. I also will be able to enter the teaching field with a doctoral degree in physics and that would provide me with the opportunity to share my knowledge with underprivileged students. Before attending Fisk University, I had never had an African American physics professor. My current Fisk physics professor, Dr. Bryan Wallace encouraged me to pursue teaching as a potential career path. I used his advice as motivation to pursue other African Americans like me to obtain a college degree. The lessons learned from my educational experience will grant me the ability to conduct science fairs in underserved communities. Having a doctoral degree in physics and pursuing a career in mechanical or aerospace engineering is great for my individual success, but I would not feel any accomplishment unless I helped other people join the STEM field. I had minimal interest in joining the STEM field until I had a high school instructor that highlighted the benefits of science in our community, and I gained the confidence that I could have a successful life within STEM. If I am selected for this scholarship, I would be very grateful to know that my dream of hosting science fairs in underserved communities would be one step closer to becoming a reality. Being a student with autism means that I had to break barriers and learning that I can accomplish many things in life with hard work gives me the motivation to continue my family’s legacy of fixing vehicles.
    Dimon A. Williams Memorial Scholarship
    Hello, my name is Michel Warren and I have been overcoming the obstacle of being an autistic African American male in today's society while pursuing a college education to promote change for my community with hosting science fairs. Autism and ADHD are the two mental disabilities that I have dealt with throughout my life. I was diagnosed with these disabilities at the age of two, but it hasn’t stopped me from pursuing a college degree. Currently, I am a senior at Fisk University with a double major in Mathematics and Physics. I received my associate degree in physics at Nashville State Community College before transferring to Fisk University. I completed my first semester at Fisk as a junior with a 4.0 GPA and this was a proud achievement for me because I felt that it was a difficult task to obtain due to my Autism and ADHD diagnosis. The daily challenge of living with Autism and ADHD is having increased anxiety about my future. Being an autistic person of color to me means that I can break barriers I once thought was impossible. My mother is a motivating factor in my life because she constantly encouraged me to be myself and ignore all the struggles of being an autistic person, and her hard work is paying off. I would like to obtain a graduate degree in physics. I’m currently a math and physics major at Fisk University. Fisk University has a great graduate degree transfer program with Vanderbilt University to increase minority involvement in science, and I plan on using that opportunity to obtain a doctoral degree in physics. Having a doctoral degree in physics as a minority means that I can bring a different experience to my field and be able to convince other minorities to obtain STEM degrees. I also will be able to enter the teaching field with a doctoral degree in physics and that would provide me with the opportunity to share my knowledge with underprivileged students. Before attending Fisk University, I had never had an African American physics professor. My current Fisk physics professor, Dr. Bryan Wallace encouraged me to pursue teaching as a potential career path. I used his advice as motivation to pursue other African Americans like me to obtain a college degree. The lessons learned from my educational experience will grant me the ability to conduct science fairs in underserved communities. Having a doctoral degree in physics and pursuing a career in mechanical or aerospace engineering is great for my individual success, but I would not feel any accomplishment unless I helped other people join the STEM field. I had minimal interest in joining the STEM field until I had a high school instructor that highlighted the benefits of science in our community, and I gained the confidence that I could have a successful life within STEM. If I am selected for this scholarship, I would be very grateful to know that my dream of hosting science fairs in underserved communities would be one step closer to becoming a reality. Being a student with autism means that I had to break barriers and learning that I can accomplish many things in life with hard work gives me the motivation to continue my family’s legacy of fixing vehicles.
    Priscilla Shireen Luke Scholarship
    Hello, my name is Michel Warren and I have been overcoming the obstacle of being an autistic African American male in today's society while pursuing a college education to promote change for my community with hosting science fairs. Autism and ADHD are the two mental disabilities that I have dealt with throughout my life. I was diagnosed with these disabilities at the age of two, but it hasn’t stopped me from pursuing a college degree. Currently, I am a senior at Fisk University with a double major in Mathematics and Physics. I received my associate degree in physics at Nashville State Community College before transferring to Fisk University. I completed my first semester at Fisk as a junior with a 4.0 GPA and this was a proud achievement for me because I felt that it was a difficult task to obtain due to my Autism and ADHD diagnosis. The daily challenge of living with Autism and ADHD is having increased anxiety about my future. Being an autistic person of color to me means that I can break barriers I once thought was impossible. My mother is a motivating factor in my life because she constantly encouraged me to be myself and ignore all the struggles of being an autistic person, and her hard work is paying off. I would like to obtain a graduate degree in physics. I’m currently a math and physics major at Fisk University. Fisk University has a great graduate degree transfer program with Vanderbilt University to increase minority involvement in science, and I plan on using that opportunity to obtain a doctoral degree in physics. Having a doctoral degree in physics as a minority means that I can bring a different experience to my field and be able to convince other minorities to obtain STEM degrees. I also will be able to enter the teaching field with a doctoral degree in physics and that would provide me with the opportunity to share my knowledge with underprivileged students. Before attending Fisk University, I had never had an African American physics professor. My current Fisk physics professor, Dr. Bryan Wallace encouraged me to pursue teaching as a potential career path. I used his advice as motivation to pursue other African Americans like me to obtain a college degree. The lessons learned from my educational experience will grant me the ability to conduct science fairs in underserved communities. Having a doctoral degree in physics and pursuing a career in mechanical or aerospace engineering is great for my individual success, but I would not feel any accomplishment unless I helped other people join the STEM field. I had minimal interest in joining the STEM field until I had a high school instructor that highlighted the benefits of science in our community, and I gained the confidence that I could have a successful life within STEM. If I am selected for this scholarship, I would be very grateful to know that my dream of hosting science fairs in underserved communities would be one step closer to becoming a reality. Being a student with autism means that I had to break barriers and learning that I can accomplish many things in life with hard work gives me the motivation to continue my family’s legacy of fixing vehicles.
    Treye Knorr Memorial Scholarship
    Hello, my name is Michel Warren and I have been overcoming the obstacle of being an autistic African American male in today's society while pursuing a college education to promote change for my community with hosting science fairs. Autism and ADHD are the two mental disabilities that I have dealt with throughout my life. I was diagnosed with these disabilities at the age of two, but it hasn’t stopped me from pursuing a college degree. Currently, I am a senior at Fisk University with a double major in Mathematics and Physics. I received my associate degree in physics at Nashville State Community College before transferring to Fisk University. I completed my first semester at Fisk as a junior with a 4.0 GPA and this was a proud achievement for me because I felt that it was a difficult task to obtain due to my Autism and ADHD diagnosis. The daily challenge of living with Autism and ADHD is having increased anxiety about my future. Being an autistic person of color to me means that I can break barriers I once thought was impossible. My mother is a motivating factor in my life because she constantly encouraged me to be myself and ignore all the struggles of being an autistic person, and her hard work is paying off. I would like to obtain a graduate degree in physics. I’m currently a math and physics major at Fisk University. Fisk University has a great graduate degree transfer program with Vanderbilt University to increase minority involvement in science, and I plan on using that opportunity to obtain a doctoral degree in physics. Having a doctoral degree in physics as a minority means that I can bring a different experience to my field and be able to convince other minorities to obtain STEM degrees. I also will be able to enter the teaching field with a doctoral degree in physics and that would provide me with the opportunity to share my knowledge with underprivileged students. Before attending Fisk University, I had never had an African American physics professor. My current Fisk physics professor, Dr. Bryan Wallace encouraged me to pursue teaching as a potential career path. I used his advice as motivation to pursue other African Americans like me to obtain a college degree. The lessons learned from my educational experience will grant me the ability to conduct science fairs in underserved communities. Having a doctoral degree in physics and pursuing a career in mechanical or aerospace engineering is great for my individual success, but I would not feel any accomplishment unless I helped other people join the STEM field. I had minimal interest in joining the STEM field until I had a high school instructor that highlighted the benefits of science in our community, and I gained the confidence that I could have a successful life within STEM. If I am selected for this scholarship, I would be very grateful to know that my dream of hosting science fairs in underserved communities would be one step closer to becoming a reality. Being a student with autism means that I had to break barriers and learning that I can accomplish many things in life with hard work gives me the motivation to continue my family’s legacy of fixing vehicles.
    Reginald Kelley Scholarship
    Hello, my name is Michel Warren and I have been overcoming the obstacle of being an autistic African American male in today's society while pursuing a college education to promote change for my community with hosting science fairs. Autism and ADHD are the two mental disabilities that I have dealt with throughout my life. I was diagnosed with these disabilities at the age of two, but it hasn’t stopped me from pursuing a college degree. Currently, I am a senior at Fisk University with a double major in Mathematics and Physics. I received my associate degree in physics at Nashville State Community College before transferring to Fisk University. I completed my first semester at Fisk as a junior with a 4.0 GPA and this was a proud achievement for me because I felt that it was a difficult task to obtain due to my Autism and ADHD diagnosis. The daily challenge of living with Autism and ADHD is having increased anxiety about my future. Being an autistic person of color to me means that I can break barriers I once thought was impossible. My mother is a motivating factor in my life because she constantly encouraged me to be myself and ignore all the struggles of being an autistic person, and her hard work is paying off. I would like to obtain a graduate degree in physics. I’m currently a math and physics major at Fisk University. Fisk University has a great graduate degree transfer program with Vanderbilt University to increase minority involvement in science, and I plan on using that opportunity to obtain a doctoral degree in physics. Having a doctoral degree in physics as a minority means that I can bring a different experience to my field and be able to convince other minorities to obtain STEM degrees. I also will be able to enter the teaching field with a doctoral degree in physics and that would provide me with the opportunity to share my knowledge with underprivileged students. Before attending Fisk University, I had never had an African American physics professor. My current Fisk physics professor, Dr. Bryan Wallace encouraged me to pursue teaching as a potential career path. I used his advice as motivation to pursue other African Americans like me to obtain a college degree. The lessons learned from my educational experience will grant me the ability to conduct science fairs in underserved communities. Having a doctoral degree in physics and pursuing a career in mechanical or aerospace engineering is great for my individual success, but I would not feel any accomplishment unless I helped other people join the STEM field. I had minimal interest in joining the STEM field until I had a high school instructor that highlighted the benefits of science in our community, and I gained the confidence that I could have a successful life within STEM. If I am selected for this scholarship, I would be very grateful to know that my dream of hosting science fairs in underserved communities would be one step closer to becoming a reality. Being a student with autism means that I had to break barriers and learning that I can accomplish many things in life with hard work gives me the motivation to continue my family’s legacy of fixing vehicles.
    Our Destiny Our Future Scholarship
    Hello, my name is Michel Warren and I have been overcoming the obstacle of being an autistic African American male in today's society while pursuing a college education to promote change for my community with hosting science fairs. Autism and ADHD are the two mental disabilities that I have dealt with throughout my life. I was diagnosed with these disabilities at the age of two, but it hasn’t stopped me from pursuing a college degree. Currently, I am a senior at Fisk University with a double major in Mathematics and Physics. I received my associate degree in physics at Nashville State Community College before transferring to Fisk University. I completed my first semester at Fisk as a junior with a 4.0 GPA and this was a proud achievement for me because I felt that it was a difficult task to obtain due to my Autism and ADHD diagnosis. The daily challenge of living with Autism and ADHD is having increased anxiety about my future. Being an autistic person of color to me means that I can break barriers I once thought was impossible. My mother is a motivating factor in my life because she constantly encouraged me to be myself and ignore all the struggles of being an autistic person, and her hard work is paying off. I would like to obtain a graduate degree in physics. I’m currently a math and physics major at Fisk University. Fisk University has a great graduate degree transfer program with Vanderbilt University to increase minority involvement in science, and I plan on using that opportunity to obtain a doctoral degree in physics. Having a doctoral degree in physics as a minority means that I can bring a different experience to my field and be able to convince other minorities to obtain STEM degrees. I also will be able to enter the teaching field with a doctoral degree in physics and that would provide me with the opportunity to share my knowledge with underprivileged students. Before attending Fisk University, I had never had an African American physics professor. My current Fisk physics professor, Dr. Bryan Wallace encouraged me to pursue teaching as a potential career path. I used his advice as motivation to pursue other African Americans like me to obtain a college degree. The lessons learned from my educational experience will grant me the ability to conduct science fairs in underserved communities. Having a doctoral degree in physics and pursuing a career in mechanical or aerospace engineering is great for my individual success, but I would not feel any accomplishment unless I helped other people join the STEM field. I had minimal interest in joining the STEM field until I had a high school instructor that highlighted the benefits of science in our community, and I gained the confidence that I could have a successful life within STEM. If I am selected for this scholarship, I would be very grateful to know that my dream of hosting science fairs in underserved communities would be one step closer to becoming a reality. Being a student with autism means that I had to break barriers and learning that I can accomplish many things in life with hard work gives me the motivation to continue my family’s legacy of fixing vehicles.
    CATALYSTS Scholarship
    Hello, my name is Michel Warren and I have been overcoming the obstacle of being an autistic African American male in today's society while pursuing a college education to promote change for my community with hosting science fairs. Autism and ADHD are the two mental disabilities that I have dealt with throughout my life. I was diagnosed with these disabilities at the age of two, but it hasn’t stopped me from pursuing a college degree. Currently, I am a senior at Fisk University with a double major in Mathematics and Physics. I received my associate degree in physics at Nashville State Community College before transferring to Fisk University. I completed my first semester at Fisk as a junior with a 4.0 GPA and this was a proud achievement for me because I felt that it was a difficult task to obtain due to my Autism and ADHD diagnosis. The daily challenge of living with Autism and ADHD is having increased anxiety about my future. Being an autistic person of color to me means that I can break barriers I once thought was impossible. My mother is a motivating factor in my life because she constantly encouraged me to be myself and ignore all the struggles of being an autistic person, and her hard work is paying off. I would like to obtain a graduate degree in physics. I’m currently a math and physics major at Fisk University. Fisk University has a great graduate degree transfer program with Vanderbilt University to increase minority involvement in science, and I plan on using that opportunity to obtain a doctoral degree in physics. Having a doctoral degree in physics as a minority means that I can bring a different experience to my field and be able to convince other minorities to obtain STEM degrees. I also will be able to enter the teaching field with a doctoral degree in physics and that would provide me with the opportunity to share my knowledge with underprivileged students. Before attending Fisk University, I had never had an African American physics professor. My current Fisk physics professor, Dr. Bryan Wallace encouraged me to pursue teaching as a potential career path. I used his advice as motivation to pursue other African Americans like me to obtain a college degree. The lessons learned from my educational experience will grant me the ability to conduct science fairs in underserved communities. Having a doctoral degree in physics and pursuing a career in mechanical or aerospace engineering is great for my individual success, but I would not feel any accomplishment unless I helped other people join the STEM field. I had minimal interest in joining the STEM field until I had a high school instructor that highlighted the benefits of science in our community, and I gained the confidence that I could have a successful life within STEM. If I am selected for this scholarship, I would be very grateful to know that my dream of hosting science fairs in underserved communities would be one step closer to becoming a reality. Being a student with autism means that I had to break barriers and learning that I can accomplish many things in life with hard work gives me the motivation to continue my family’s legacy of fixing vehicles.
    Eleanor Anderson-Miles Foundation Scholarship
    Hello, my name is Michel Warren and I have been overcoming the obstacle of being an autistic African American male in today's society while pursuing a college education to promote change for my community with hosting science fairs. Autism and ADHD are the two mental disabilities that I have dealt with throughout my life. I was diagnosed with these disabilities at the age of two, but it hasn’t stopped me from pursuing a college degree. Currently, I am a senior at Fisk University with a double major in Mathematics and Physics. I received my associate degree in physics at Nashville State Community College before transferring to Fisk University. I completed my first semester at Fisk as a junior with a 4.0 GPA and this was a proud achievement for me because I felt that it was a difficult task to obtain due to my Autism and ADHD diagnosis. The daily challenge of living with Autism and ADHD is having increased anxiety about my future. Being an autistic person of color to me means that I can break barriers I once thought was impossible. My mother is a motivating factor in my life because she constantly encouraged me to be myself and ignore all the struggles of being an autistic person, and her hard work is paying off. I would like to obtain a graduate degree in physics. I’m currently a math and physics major at Fisk University. Fisk University has a great graduate degree transfer program with Vanderbilt University to increase minority involvement in science, and I plan on using that opportunity to obtain a doctoral degree in physics. Having a doctoral degree in physics as a minority means that I can bring a different experience to my field and be able to convince other minorities to obtain STEM degrees. I also will be able to enter the teaching field with a doctoral degree in physics and that would provide me with the opportunity to share my knowledge with underprivileged students. Before attending Fisk University, I had never had an African American physics professor. My current Fisk physics professor, Dr. Bryan Wallace encouraged me to pursue teaching as a potential career path. I used his advice as motivation to pursue other African Americans like me to obtain a college degree. The lessons learned from my educational experience will grant me the ability to conduct science fairs in underserved communities. Having a doctoral degree in physics and pursuing a career in mechanical or aerospace engineering is great for my individual success, but I would not feel any accomplishment unless I helped other people join the STEM field. I had minimal interest in joining the STEM field until I had a high school instructor that highlighted the benefits of science in our community, and I gained the confidence that I could have a successful life within STEM. If I am selected for this scholarship, I would be very grateful to know that my dream of hosting science fairs in underserved communities would be one step closer to becoming a reality. Being a student with autism means that I had to break barriers and learning that I can accomplish many things in life with hard work gives me the motivation to continue my family’s legacy of fixing vehicles.
    Emma Jane Hastie Scholarship
    Hello, my name is Michel Warren and I have been overcoming the obstacle of being an autistic African American male in today's society while pursuing a college education to promote change for my community with hosting science fairs. Autism and ADHD are the two mental disabilities that I have dealt with throughout my life. I was diagnosed with these disabilities at the age of two, but it hasn’t stopped me from pursuing a college degree. Currently, I am a senior at Fisk University with a double major in Mathematics and Physics. I received my associate degree in physics at Nashville State Community College before transferring to Fisk University. I completed my first semester at Fisk as a junior with a 4.0 GPA and this was a proud achievement for me because I felt that it was a difficult task to obtain due to my Autism and ADHD diagnosis. The daily challenge of living with Autism and ADHD is having increased anxiety about my future. Being an autistic person of color to me means that I can break barriers I once thought was impossible. My mother is a motivating factor in my life because she constantly encouraged me to be myself and ignore all the struggles of being an autistic person, and her hard work is paying off. I would like to obtain a graduate degree in physics. I’m currently a math and physics major at Fisk University. Fisk University has a great graduate degree transfer program with Vanderbilt University to increase minority involvement in science, and I plan on using that opportunity to obtain a doctoral degree in physics. Having a doctoral degree in physics as a minority means that I can bring a different experience to my field and be able to convince other minorities to obtain STEM degrees. I also will be able to enter the teaching field with a doctoral degree in physics and that would provide me with the opportunity to share my knowledge with underprivileged students. Before attending Fisk University, I had never had an African American physics professor. My current Fisk physics professor, Dr. Bryan Wallace encouraged me to pursue teaching as a potential career path. I used his advice as motivation to pursue other African Americans like me to obtain a college degree. The lessons learned from my educational experience will grant me the ability to conduct science fairs in underserved communities. Having a doctoral degree in physics and pursuing a career in mechanical or aerospace engineering is great for my individual success, but I would not feel any accomplishment unless I helped other people join the STEM field. I had minimal interest in joining the STEM field until I had a high school instructor that highlighted the benefits of science in our community, and I gained the confidence that I could have a successful life within STEM. If I am selected for this scholarship, I would be very grateful to know that my dream of hosting science fairs in underserved communities would be one step closer to becoming a reality. Being a student with autism means that I had to break barriers and learning that I can accomplish many things in life with hard work gives me the motivation to continue my family’s legacy of fixing vehicles.
    Justin Moeller Memorial Scholarship
    Hello, my name is Michel Warren and I have been overcoming the obstacle of being an autistic African American male in today's society while pursuing a college education to promote change for my community with hosting science fairs. Autism and ADHD are the two mental disabilities that I have dealt with throughout my life. I was diagnosed with these disabilities at the age of two, but it hasn’t stopped me from pursuing a college degree. Currently, I am a senior at Fisk University with a double major in Mathematics and Physics. I received my associate degree in physics at Nashville State Community College before transferring to Fisk University. I completed my first semester at Fisk as a junior with a 4.0 GPA and this was a proud achievement for me because I felt that it was a difficult task to obtain due to my Autism and ADHD diagnosis. The daily challenge of living with Autism and ADHD is having increased anxiety about my future. Being an autistic person of color to me means that I can break barriers I once thought was impossible. My mother is a motivating factor in my life because she constantly encouraged me to be myself and ignore all the struggles of being an autistic person, and her hard work is paying off. I would like to obtain a graduate degree in physics. I’m currently a math and physics major at Fisk University. Fisk University has a great graduate degree transfer program with Vanderbilt University to increase minority involvement in science, and I plan on using that opportunity to obtain a doctoral degree in physics. Having a doctoral degree in physics as a minority means that I can bring a different experience to my field and be able to convince other minorities to obtain STEM degrees. I also will be able to enter the teaching field with a doctoral degree in physics and that would provide me with the opportunity to share my knowledge with underprivileged students. Before attending Fisk University, I had never had an African American physics professor. My current Fisk physics professor, Dr. Bryan Wallace encouraged me to pursue teaching as a potential career path. I used his advice as motivation to pursue other African Americans like me to obtain a college degree. The lessons learned from my educational experience will grant me the ability to conduct science fairs in underserved communities. Having a doctoral degree in physics and pursuing a career in mechanical or aerospace engineering is great for my individual success, but I would not feel any accomplishment unless I helped other people join the STEM field. I had minimal interest in joining the STEM field until I had a high school instructor that highlighted the benefits of science in our community, and I gained the confidence that I could have a successful life within STEM. If I am selected for this scholarship, I would be very grateful to know that my dream of hosting science fairs in underserved communities would be one step closer to becoming a reality. Being a student with autism means that I had to break barriers and learning that I can accomplish many things in life with hard work gives me the motivation to continue my family’s legacy of fixing vehicles.
    Rogers Family Award for Grit
    Hello, my name is Michel Warren and I have been overcoming the obstacle of being an autistic African American male in today's society while pursuing a college education to promote change for my community with hosting science fairs. Autism and ADHD are the two mental disabilities that I have dealt with throughout my life. I was diagnosed with these disabilities at the age of two, but it hasn’t stopped me from pursuing a college degree. Currently, I am a senior at Fisk University with a double major in Mathematics and Physics. I received my associate degree in physics at Nashville State Community College before transferring to Fisk University. I completed my first semester at Fisk as a junior with a 4.0 GPA and this was a proud achievement for me because I felt that it was a difficult task to obtain due to my Autism and ADHD diagnosis. The daily challenge of living with Autism and ADHD is having increased anxiety about my future. Being an autistic person of color to me means that I can break barriers I once thought was impossible. My mother is a motivating factor in my life because she constantly encouraged me to be myself and ignore all the struggles of being an autistic person, and her hard work is paying off. I would like to obtain a graduate degree in physics. I’m currently a math and physics major at Fisk University. Fisk University has a great graduate degree transfer program with Vanderbilt University to increase minority involvement in science, and I plan on using that opportunity to obtain a doctoral degree in physics. Having a doctoral degree in physics as a minority means that I can bring a different experience to my field and be able to convince other minorities to obtain STEM degrees. I also will be able to enter the teaching field with a doctoral degree in physics and that would provide me with the opportunity to share my knowledge with underprivileged students. Before attending Fisk University, I had never had an African American physics professor. My current Fisk physics professor, Dr. Bryan Wallace encouraged me to pursue teaching as a potential career path. I used his advice as motivation to pursue other African Americans like me to obtain a college degree. The lessons learned from my educational experience will grant me the ability to conduct science fairs in underserved communities. Having a doctoral degree in physics and pursuing a career in mechanical or aerospace engineering is great for my individual success, but I would not feel any accomplishment unless I helped other people join the STEM field. I had minimal interest in joining the STEM field until I had a high school instructor that highlighted the benefits of science in our community, and I gained the confidence that I could have a successful life within STEM. If I am selected for this scholarship, I would be very grateful to know that my dream of hosting science fairs in underserved communities would be one step closer to becoming a reality. Being a student with autism means that I had to break barriers and learning that I can accomplish many things in life with hard work gives me the motivation to continue my family’s legacy of fixing vehicles.
    Social Anxiety Step Forward Scholarship
    Hello, my name is Michel Warren and I have been overcoming the obstacle of being an autistic African American male in today's society while pursuing a college education to promote change for my community with hosting science fairs. Autism and ADHD are the two mental disabilities that I have dealt with throughout my life. I was diagnosed with these disabilities at the age of two, but it hasn’t stopped me from pursuing a college degree. Currently, I am a senior at Fisk University with a double major in Mathematics and Physics. I received my associate degree in physics at Nashville State Community College before transferring to Fisk University. I completed my first semester at Fisk as a junior with a 4.0 GPA and this was a proud achievement for me because I felt that it was a difficult task to obtain due to my Autism and ADHD diagnosis. The daily challenge of living with Autism and ADHD is having increased anxiety about my future. Being an autistic person of color to me means that I can break barriers I once thought was impossible. My mother is a motivating factor in my life because she constantly encouraged me to be myself and ignore all the struggles of being an autistic person, and her hard work is paying off. I would like to obtain a graduate degree in physics. I’m currently a math and physics major at Fisk University. Fisk University has a great graduate degree transfer program with Vanderbilt University to increase minority involvement in science, and I plan on using that opportunity to obtain a doctoral degree in physics. Having a doctoral degree in physics as a minority means that I can bring a different experience to my field and be able to convince other minorities to obtain STEM degrees. I also will be able to enter the teaching field with a doctoral degree in physics and that would provide me with the opportunity to share my knowledge with underprivileged students. Before attending Fisk University, I had never had an African American physics professor. My current Fisk physics professor, Dr. Bryan Wallace encouraged me to pursue teaching as a potential career path. I used his advice as motivation to pursue other African Americans like me to obtain a college degree. The lessons learned from my educational experience will grant me the ability to conduct science fairs in underserved communities. Having a doctoral degree in physics and pursuing a career in mechanical or aerospace engineering is great for my individual success, but I would not feel any accomplishment unless I helped other people join the STEM field. I had minimal interest in joining the STEM field until I had a high school instructor that highlighted the benefits of science in our community, and I gained the confidence that I could have a successful life within STEM. If I am selected for this scholarship, I would be very grateful to know that my dream of hosting science fairs in underserved communities would be one step closer to becoming a reality. Being a student with autism means that I had to break barriers and learning that I can accomplish many things in life with hard work gives me the motivation to continue my family’s legacy of fixing vehicles.
    Building a Better World Scholarship
    Hello, my name is Michel Warren and I have been overcoming the obstacle of being an autistic African American male in today's society while pursuing a college education to promote change for my community with hosting science fairs. Autism and ADHD are the two mental disabilities that I have dealt with throughout my life. I was diagnosed with these disabilities at the age of two, but it hasn’t stopped me from pursuing a college degree. Currently, I am a senior at Fisk University with a double major in Mathematics and Physics. I received my associate degree in physics at Nashville State Community College before transferring to Fisk University. I completed my first semester at Fisk as a junior with a 4.0 GPA and this was a proud achievement for me because I felt that it was a difficult task to obtain due to my Autism and ADHD diagnosis. The daily challenge of living with Autism and ADHD is having increased anxiety about my future. Being an autistic person of color to me means that I can break barriers I once thought was impossible. My mother is a motivating factor in my life because she constantly encouraged me to be myself and ignore all the struggles of being an autistic person, and her hard work is paying off. I would like to obtain a graduate degree in physics. I’m currently a math and physics major at Fisk University. Fisk University has a great graduate degree transfer program with Vanderbilt University to increase minority involvement in science, and I plan on using that opportunity to obtain a doctoral degree in physics. Having a doctoral degree in physics as a minority means that I can bring a different experience to my field and be able to convince other minorities to obtain STEM degrees. I also will be able to enter the teaching field with a doctoral degree in physics and that would provide me with the opportunity to share my knowledge with underprivileged students. Before attending Fisk University, I had never had an African American physics professor. My current Fisk physics professor, Dr. Bryan Wallace encouraged me to pursue teaching as a potential career path. I used his advice as motivation to pursue other African Americans like me to obtain a college degree. The lessons learned from my educational experience will grant me the ability to conduct science fairs in underserved communities. Having a doctoral degree in physics and pursuing a career in mechanical or aerospace engineering is great for my individual success, but I would not feel any accomplishment unless I helped other people join the STEM field. I had minimal interest in joining the STEM field until I had a high school instructor that highlighted the benefits of science in our community, and I gained the confidence that I could have a successful life within STEM. If I am selected for this scholarship, I would be very grateful to know that my dream of hosting science fairs in underserved communities would be one step closer to becoming a reality. Being a student with autism means that I had to break barriers and learning that I can accomplish many things in life with hard work gives me the motivation to continue my family’s legacy of fixing vehicles.
    Veerappan Memorial Scholarship
    Hello, my name is Michel Warren and I have been overcoming the obstacle of being an autistic African American male in today's society while pursuing a college education to promote change for my community with hosting science fairs. Autism and ADHD are the two mental disabilities that I have dealt with throughout my life. I was diagnosed with these disabilities at the age of two, but it hasn’t stopped me from pursuing a college degree. Currently, I am a senior at Fisk University with a double major in Mathematics and Physics. I received my associate degree in physics at Nashville State Community College before transferring to Fisk University. I completed my first semester at Fisk as a junior with a 4.0 GPA and this was a proud achievement for me because I felt that it was a difficult task to obtain due to my Autism and ADHD diagnosis. The daily challenge of living with Autism and ADHD is having increased anxiety about my future. Being an autistic person of color to me means that I can break barriers I once thought was impossible. My mother is a motivating factor in my life because she constantly encouraged me to be myself and ignore all the struggles of being an autistic person, and her hard work is paying off. I would like to obtain a graduate degree in physics. I’m currently a math and physics major at Fisk University. Fisk University has a great graduate degree transfer program with Vanderbilt University to increase minority involvement in science, and I plan on using that opportunity to obtain a doctoral degree in physics. Having a doctoral degree in physics as a minority means that I can bring a different experience to my field and be able to convince other minorities to obtain STEM degrees. I also will be able to enter the teaching field with a doctoral degree in physics and that would provide me with the opportunity to share my knowledge with underprivileged students. Before attending Fisk University, I had never had an African American physics professor. My current Fisk physics professor, Dr. Bryan Wallace encouraged me to pursue teaching as a potential career path. I used his advice as motivation to pursue other African Americans like me to obtain a college degree. The lessons learned from my educational experience will grant me the ability to conduct science fairs in underserved communities. Having a doctoral degree in physics and pursuing a career in mechanical or aerospace engineering is great for my individual success, but I would not feel any accomplishment unless I helped other people join the STEM field. I had minimal interest in joining the STEM field until I had a high school instructor that highlighted the benefits of science in our community, and I gained the confidence that I could have a successful life within STEM. If I am selected for this scholarship, I would be very grateful to know that my dream of hosting science fairs in underserved communities would be one step closer to becoming a reality. Being a student with autism means that I had to break barriers and learning that I can accomplish many things in life with hard work gives me the motivation to continue my family’s legacy of fixing vehicles.
    Brotherhood Bows Scholarship
    Hello, my name is Michel Warren and I have been overcoming the obstacle of being an autistic African American male in today's society while pursuing a college education to promote change for my community with hosting science fairs. Autism and ADHD are the two mental disabilities that I have dealt with throughout my life. I was diagnosed with these disabilities at the age of two, but it hasn’t stopped me from pursuing a college degree. Currently, I am a senior at Fisk University with a double major in Mathematics and Physics. I received my associate degree in physics at Nashville State Community College before transferring to Fisk University. I completed my first semester at Fisk as a junior with a 4.0 GPA and this was a proud achievement for me because I felt that it was a difficult task to obtain due to my Autism and ADHD diagnosis. The daily challenge of living with Autism and ADHD is having increased anxiety about my future. Being an autistic person of color to me means that I can break barriers I once thought was impossible. My mother is a motivating factor in my life because she constantly encouraged me to be myself and ignore all the struggles of being an autistic person, and her hard work is paying off. I would like to obtain a graduate degree in physics. I’m currently a math and physics major at Fisk University. Fisk University has a great graduate degree transfer program with Vanderbilt University to increase minority involvement in science, and I plan on using that opportunity to obtain a doctoral degree in physics. Having a doctoral degree in physics as a minority means that I can bring a different experience to my field and be able to convince other minorities to obtain STEM degrees. I also will be able to enter the teaching field with a doctoral degree in physics and that would provide me with the opportunity to share my knowledge with underprivileged students. Before attending Fisk University, I had never had an African American physics professor. My current Fisk physics professor, Dr. Bryan Wallace encouraged me to pursue teaching as a potential career path. I used his advice as motivation to pursue other African Americans like me to obtain a college degree. The lessons learned from my educational experience will grant me the ability to conduct science fairs in underserved communities. Having a doctoral degree in physics and pursuing a career in mechanical or aerospace engineering is great for my individual success, but I would not feel any accomplishment unless I helped other people join the STEM field. I had minimal interest in joining the STEM field until I had a high school instructor that highlighted the benefits of science in our community, and I gained the confidence that I could have a successful life within STEM. If I am selected for this scholarship, I would be very grateful to know that my dream of hosting science fairs in underserved communities would be one step closer to becoming a reality. Being a student with autism means that I had to break barriers and learning that I can accomplish many things in life with hard work gives me the motivation to continue my family’s legacy of fixing vehicles.
    James T. Godwin Memorial Scholarship
    Hello, my name is Michel Warren and I have been overcoming the obstacle of being an autistic African American male in today's society while pursuing a college education to promote change for my community with hosting science fairs. Autism and ADHD are the two mental disabilities that I have dealt with throughout my life. I was diagnosed with these disabilities at the age of two, but it hasn’t stopped me from pursuing a college degree. Currently, I am a senior at Fisk University with a double major in Mathematics and Physics. I received my associate degree in physics at Nashville State Community College before transferring to Fisk University. I completed my first semester at Fisk as a junior with a 4.0 GPA and this was a proud achievement for me because I felt that it was a difficult task to obtain due to my Autism and ADHD diagnosis. The daily challenge of living with Autism and ADHD is having increased anxiety about my future. Being an autistic person of color to me means that I can break barriers I once thought was impossible. My mother is a motivating factor in my life because she constantly encouraged me to be myself and ignore all the struggles of being an autistic person, and her hard work is paying off. I would like to obtain a graduate degree in physics. I’m currently a math and physics major at Fisk University. Fisk University has a great graduate degree transfer program with Vanderbilt University to increase minority involvement in science, and I plan on using that opportunity to obtain a doctoral degree in physics. Having a doctoral degree in physics as a minority means that I can bring a different experience to my field and be able to convince other minorities to obtain STEM degrees. I also will be able to enter the teaching field with a doctoral degree in physics and that would provide me with the opportunity to share my knowledge with underprivileged students. Before attending Fisk University, I had never had an African American physics professor. My current Fisk physics professor, Dr. Bryan Wallace encouraged me to pursue teaching as a potential career path. I used his advice as motivation to pursue other African Americans like me to obtain a college degree. The lessons learned from my educational experience will grant me the ability to conduct science fairs in underserved communities. Having a doctoral degree in physics and pursuing a career in mechanical or aerospace engineering is great for my individual success, but I would not feel any accomplishment unless I helped other people join the STEM field. I had minimal interest in joining the STEM field until I had a high school instructor that highlighted the benefits of science in our community, and I gained the confidence that I could have a successful life within STEM. If I am selected for this scholarship, I would be very grateful to know that my dream of hosting science fairs in underserved communities would be one step closer to becoming a reality. Being a student with autism means that I had to break barriers and learning that I can accomplish many things in life with hard work gives me the motivation to continue my family’s legacy of fixing vehicles.
    WCEJ Thornton Foundation Low-Income Scholarship
    Hello, my name is Michel Warren and I have been overcoming the obstacle of being an autistic African American male in today's society while pursuing a college education to promote change for my community with hosting science fairs. Autism and ADHD are the two mental disabilities that I have dealt with throughout my life. I was diagnosed with these disabilities at the age of two, but it hasn’t stopped me from pursuing a college degree. Currently, I am a senior at Fisk University with a double major in Mathematics and Physics. I received my associate degree in physics at Nashville State Community College before transferring to Fisk University. I completed my first semester at Fisk as a junior with a 4.0 GPA and this was a proud achievement for me because I felt that it was a difficult task to obtain due to my Autism and ADHD diagnosis. The daily challenge of living with Autism and ADHD is having increased anxiety about my future. Being an autistic person of color to me means that I can break barriers I once thought was impossible. My mother is a motivating factor in my life because she constantly encouraged me to be myself and ignore all the struggles of being an autistic person, and her hard work is paying off. I would like to obtain a graduate degree in physics. I’m currently a math and physics major at Fisk University. Fisk University has a great graduate degree transfer program with Vanderbilt University to increase minority involvement in science, and I plan on using that opportunity to obtain a doctoral degree in physics. Having a doctoral degree in physics as a minority means that I can bring a different experience to my field and be able to convince other minorities to obtain STEM degrees. I also will be able to enter the teaching field with a doctoral degree in physics and that would provide me with the opportunity to share my knowledge with underprivileged students. Before attending Fisk University, I had never had an African American physics professor. My current Fisk physics professor, Dr. Bryan Wallace encouraged me to pursue teaching as a potential career path. I used his advice as motivation to pursue other African Americans like me to obtain a college degree. The lessons learned from my educational experience will grant me the ability to conduct science fairs in underserved communities. Having a doctoral degree in physics and pursuing a career in mechanical or aerospace engineering is great for my individual success, but I would not feel any accomplishment unless I helped other people join the STEM field. I had minimal interest in joining the STEM field until I had a high school instructor that highlighted the benefits of science in our community, and I gained the confidence that I could have a successful life within STEM. If I am selected for this scholarship, I would be very grateful to know that my dream of hosting science fairs in underserved communities would be one step closer to becoming a reality. Being a student with autism means that I had to break barriers and learning that I can accomplish many things in life with hard work gives me the motivation to continue my family’s legacy of fixing vehicles.
    Imm Astronomy Scholarship
    Hello, my name is Michel Warren and I have been overcoming the obstacle of being an autistic African American male in today's society while pursuing a college education to promote change for my community with hosting science fairs. Autism and ADHD are the two mental disabilities that I have dealt with throughout my life. I was diagnosed with these disabilities at the age of two, but it hasn’t stopped me from pursuing a college degree. Currently, I am a senior at Fisk University with a double major in Mathematics and Physics. I received my associate degree in physics at Nashville State Community College before transferring to Fisk University. I completed my first semester at Fisk as a junior with a 4.0 GPA and this was a proud achievement for me because I felt that it was a difficult task to obtain due to my Autism and ADHD diagnosis. The daily challenge of living with Autism and ADHD is having increased anxiety about my future. Being an autistic person of color to me means that I can break barriers I once thought was impossible. My mother is a motivating factor in my life because she constantly encouraged me to be myself and ignore all the struggles of being an autistic person, and her hard work is paying off. I would like to obtain a graduate degree in physics. I’m currently a math and physics major at Fisk University. Fisk University has a great graduate degree transfer program with Vanderbilt University to increase minority involvement in science, and I plan on using that opportunity to obtain a doctoral degree in physics. Having a doctoral degree in physics as a minority means that I can bring a different experience to my field and be able to convince other minorities to obtain STEM degrees. I also will be able to enter the teaching field with a doctoral degree in physics and that would provide me with the opportunity to share my knowledge with underprivileged students. Before attending Fisk University, I had never had an African American physics professor. My current Fisk physics professor, Dr. Bryan Wallace encouraged me to pursue teaching as a potential career path. I used his advice as motivation to pursue other African Americans like me to obtain a college degree. The lessons learned from my educational experience will grant me the ability to conduct science fairs in underserved communities. Having a doctoral degree in physics and pursuing a career in mechanical or aerospace engineering is great for my individual success, but I would not feel any accomplishment unless I helped other people join the STEM field. I had minimal interest in joining the STEM field until I had a high school instructor that highlighted the benefits of science in our community, and I gained the confidence that I could have a successful life within STEM. If I am selected for this scholarship, I would be very grateful to know that my dream of hosting science fairs in underserved communities would be one step closer to becoming a reality. Being a student with autism means that I had to break barriers and learning that I can accomplish many things in life with hard work gives me the motivation to continue my family’s legacy of fixing vehicles.
    Anderson Engineering Scholarship
    Hello, my name is Michel Warren and I have been overcoming the obstacle of being an autistic African American male in today's society while pursuing a college education to promote change for my community with hosting science fairs. Autism and ADHD are the two mental disabilities that I have dealt with throughout my life. I was diagnosed with these disabilities at the age of two, but it hasn’t stopped me from pursuing a college degree. Currently, I am a senior at Fisk University with a double major in Mathematics and Physics. I received my associate degree in physics at Nashville State Community College before transferring to Fisk University. I completed my first semester at Fisk as a junior with a 4.0 GPA and this was a proud achievement for me because I felt that it was a difficult task to obtain due to my Autism and ADHD diagnosis. The daily challenge of living with Autism and ADHD is having increased anxiety about my future. Being an autistic person of color to me means that I can break barriers I once thought was impossible. My mother is a motivating factor in my life because she constantly encouraged me to be myself and ignore all the struggles of being an autistic person, and her hard work is paying off. I would like to obtain a graduate degree in physics. I’m currently a math and physics major at Fisk University. Fisk University has a great graduate degree transfer program with Vanderbilt University to increase minority involvement in science, and I plan on using that opportunity to obtain a doctoral degree in physics. Having a doctoral degree in physics as a minority means that I can bring a different experience to my field and be able to convince other minorities to obtain STEM degrees. I also will be able to enter the teaching field with a doctoral degree in physics and that would provide me with the opportunity to share my knowledge with underprivileged students. Before attending Fisk University, I had never had an African American physics professor. My current Fisk physics professor, Dr. Bryan Wallace encouraged me to pursue teaching as a potential career path. I used his advice as motivation to pursue other African Americans like me to obtain a college degree. The lessons learned from my educational experience will grant me the ability to conduct science fairs in underserved communities. Having a doctoral degree in physics and pursuing a career in mechanical or aerospace engineering is great for my individual success, but I would not feel any accomplishment unless I helped other people join the STEM field. I had minimal interest in joining the STEM field until I had a high school instructor that highlighted the benefits of science in our community, and I gained the confidence that I could have a successful life within STEM. If I am selected for this scholarship, I would be very grateful to know that my dream of hosting science fairs in underserved communities would be one step closer to becoming a reality. Being a student with autism means that I had to break barriers and learning that I can accomplish many things in life with hard work gives me the motivation to continue my family’s legacy of fixing vehicles.
    Simon Strong Scholarship
    Hello, my name is Michel Warren and I have been overcoming the obstacle of being an autistic African American male in today's society while pursuing a college education to promote change for my community with hosting science fairs. Autism and ADHD are the two mental disabilities that I have dealt with throughout my life. I was diagnosed with these disabilities at the age of two, but it hasn’t stopped me from pursuing a college degree. Currently, I am a senior at Fisk University with a double major in Mathematics and Physics. I received my associate degree in physics at Nashville State Community College before transferring to Fisk University. I completed my first semester at Fisk as a junior with a 4.0 GPA and this was a proud achievement for me because I felt that it was a difficult task to obtain due to my Autism and ADHD diagnosis. The daily challenge of living with Autism and ADHD is having increased anxiety about my future. Being an autistic person of color to me means that I can break barriers I once thought was impossible. My mother is a motivating factor in my life because she constantly encouraged me to be myself and ignore all the struggles of being an autistic person, and her hard work is paying off. I would like to obtain a graduate degree in physics. I’m currently a math and physics major at Fisk University. Fisk University has a great graduate degree transfer program with Vanderbilt University to increase minority involvement in science, and I plan on using that opportunity to obtain a doctoral degree in physics. Having a doctoral degree in physics as a minority means that I can bring a different experience to my field and be able to convince other minorities to obtain STEM degrees. I also will be able to enter the teaching field with a doctoral degree in physics and that would provide me with the opportunity to share my knowledge with underprivileged students. Before attending Fisk University, I had never had an African American physics professor. My current Fisk physics professor, Dr. Bryan Wallace encouraged me to pursue teaching as a potential career path. I used his advice as motivation to pursue other African Americans like me to obtain a college degree. The lessons learned from my educational experience will grant me the ability to conduct science fairs in underserved communities. Having a doctoral degree in physics and pursuing a career in mechanical or aerospace engineering is great for my individual success, but I would not feel any accomplishment unless I helped other people join the STEM field. I had minimal interest in joining the STEM field until I had a high school instructor that highlighted the benefits of science in our community, and I gained the confidence that I could have a successful life within STEM. If I am selected for this scholarship, I would be very grateful to know that my dream of hosting science fairs in underserved communities would be one step closer to becoming a reality. Being a student with autism means that I had to break barriers and learning that I can accomplish many things in life with hard work gives me the motivation to continue my family’s legacy of fixing vehicles.
    CEW IV Foundation Scholarship Program
    Hello, my name is Michel Warren and I have been overcoming the obstacle of being an autistic African American male in today's society while pursuing a college education to promote change for my community with hosting science fairs. Autism and ADHD are the two mental disabilities that I have dealt with throughout my life. I was diagnosed with these disabilities at the age of two, but it hasn’t stopped me from pursuing a college degree. Currently, I am a senior at Fisk University with a double major in Mathematics and Physics. I received my associate degree in physics at Nashville State Community College before transferring to Fisk University. I completed my first semester at Fisk as a junior with a 4.0 GPA and this was a proud achievement for me because I felt that it was a difficult task to obtain due to my Autism and ADHD diagnosis. The daily challenge of living with Autism and ADHD is having increased anxiety about my future. Being an autistic person of color to me means that I can break barriers I once thought was impossible. My mother is a motivating factor in my life because she constantly encouraged me to be myself and ignore all the struggles of being an autistic person, and her hard work is paying off. I would like to obtain a graduate degree in physics. I’m currently a math and physics major at Fisk University. Fisk University has a great graduate degree transfer program with Vanderbilt University to increase minority involvement in science, and I plan on using that opportunity to obtain a doctoral degree in physics. Having a doctoral degree in physics as a minority means that I can bring a different experience to my field and be able to convince other minorities to obtain STEM degrees. I also will be able to enter the teaching field with a doctoral degree in physics and that would provide me with the opportunity to share my knowledge with underprivileged students. Before attending Fisk University, I had never had an African American physics professor. My current Fisk physics professor, Dr. Bryan Wallace encouraged me to pursue teaching as a potential career path. I used his advice as motivation to pursue other African Americans like me to obtain a college degree. The lessons learned from my educational experience will grant me the ability to conduct science fairs in underserved communities. Having a doctoral degree in physics and pursuing a career in mechanical or aerospace engineering is great for my individual success, but I would not feel any accomplishment unless I helped other people join the STEM field. I had minimal interest in joining the STEM field until I had a high school instructor that highlighted the benefits of science in our community, and I gained the confidence that I could have a successful life within STEM. If I am selected for this scholarship, I would be very grateful to know that my dream of hosting science fairs in underserved communities would be one step closer to becoming a reality. Being a student with autism means that I had to break barriers and learning that I can accomplish many things in life with hard work gives me the motivation to continue my family’s legacy of fixing vehicles.
    West Family Scholarship
    Hello, my name is Michel Warren and I have been overcoming the obstacle of being an autistic African American male in today's society while pursuing a college education to promote change for my community with hosting science fairs. Autism and ADHD are the two mental disabilities that I have dealt with throughout my life. I was diagnosed with these disabilities at the age of two, but it hasn’t stopped me from pursuing a college degree. Currently, I am a senior at Fisk University with a double major in Mathematics and Physics. I received my associate degree in physics at Nashville State Community College before transferring to Fisk University. I completed my first semester at Fisk as a junior with a 4.0 GPA and this was a proud achievement for me because I felt that it was a difficult task to obtain due to my Autism and ADHD diagnosis. The daily challenge of living with Autism and ADHD is having increased anxiety about my future. Being an autistic person of color to me means that I can break barriers I once thought was impossible. My mother is a motivating factor in my life because she constantly encouraged me to be myself and ignore all the struggles of being an autistic person, and her hard work is paying off. I would like to obtain a graduate degree in physics. I’m currently a math and physics major at Fisk University. Fisk University has a great graduate degree transfer program with Vanderbilt University to increase minority involvement in science, and I plan on using that opportunity to obtain a doctoral degree in physics. Having a doctoral degree in physics as a minority means that I can bring a different experience to my field and be able to convince other minorities to obtain STEM degrees. I also will be able to enter the teaching field with a doctoral degree in physics and that would provide me with the opportunity to share my knowledge with underprivileged students. Before attending Fisk University, I had never had an African American physics professor. My current Fisk physics professor, Dr. Bryan Wallace encouraged me to pursue teaching as a potential career path. I used his advice as motivation to pursue other African Americans like me to obtain a college degree. The lessons learned from my educational experience will grant me the ability to conduct science fairs in underserved communities. Having a doctoral degree in physics and pursuing a career in mechanical or aerospace engineering is great for my individual success, but I would not feel any accomplishment unless I helped other people join the STEM field. I had minimal interest in joining the STEM field until I had a high school instructor that highlighted the benefits of science in our community, and I gained the confidence that I could have a successful life within STEM. If I am selected for this scholarship, I would be very grateful to know that my dream of hosting science fairs in underserved communities would be one step closer to becoming a reality. Being a student with autism means that I had to break barriers and learning that I can accomplish many things in life with hard work gives me the motivation to continue my family’s legacy of fixing vehicles.
    Jerzee Foundation Scholarship
    Hello, my name is Michel Warren and I have been overcoming the obstacle of being an autistic African American male in today's society while pursuing a college education to promote change for my community with hosting science fairs. Autism and ADHD are the two mental disabilities that I have dealt with throughout my life. I was diagnosed with these disabilities at the age of two, but it hasn’t stopped me from pursuing a college degree. Currently, I am a senior at Fisk University with a double major in Mathematics and Physics. I received my associate degree in physics at Nashville State Community College before transferring to Fisk University. I completed my first semester at Fisk as a junior with a 4.0 GPA and this was a proud achievement for me because I felt that it was a difficult task to obtain due to my Autism and ADHD diagnosis. The daily challenge of living with Autism and ADHD is having increased anxiety about my future. Being an autistic person of color to me means that I can break barriers I once thought was impossible. My mother is a motivating factor in my life because she constantly encouraged me to be myself and ignore all the struggles of being an autistic person, and her hard work is paying off. I would like to obtain a graduate degree in physics. I’m currently a math and physics major at Fisk University. Fisk University has a great graduate degree transfer program with Vanderbilt University to increase minority involvement in science, and I plan on using that opportunity to obtain a doctoral degree in physics. Having a doctoral degree in physics as a minority means that I can bring a different experience to my field and be able to convince other minorities to obtain STEM degrees. I also will be able to enter the teaching field with a doctoral degree in physics and that would provide me with the opportunity to share my knowledge with underprivileged students. Before attending Fisk University, I had never had an African American physics professor. My current Fisk physics professor, Dr. Bryan Wallace encouraged me to pursue teaching as a potential career path. I used his advice as motivation to pursue other African Americans like me to obtain a college degree. The lessons learned from my educational experience will grant me the ability to conduct science fairs in underserved communities. Having a doctoral degree in physics and pursuing a career in mechanical or aerospace engineering is great for my individual success, but I would not feel any accomplishment unless I helped other people join the STEM field. I had minimal interest in joining the STEM field until I had a high school instructor that highlighted the benefits of science in our community, and I gained the confidence that I could have a successful life within STEM. If I am selected for this scholarship, I would be very grateful to know that my dream of hosting science fairs in underserved communities would be one step closer to becoming a reality. Being a student with autism means that I had to break barriers and learning that I can accomplish many things in life with hard work gives me the motivation to continue my family’s legacy of fixing vehicles.
    FLIK Hospitality Group’s Entrepreneurial Council Scholarship
    Hello, my name is Michel Warren and I have been overcoming the obstacle of being an autistic African American male in today's society while pursuing a college education to promote change for my community with hosting science fairs. Autism and ADHD are the two mental disabilities that I have dealt with throughout my life. I was diagnosed with these disabilities at the age of two, but it hasn’t stopped me from pursuing a college degree. Currently, I am a senior at Fisk University with a double major in Mathematics and Physics. I received my associate degree in physics at Nashville State Community College before transferring to Fisk University. I completed my first semester at Fisk as a junior with a 4.0 GPA and this was a proud achievement for me because I felt that it was a difficult task to obtain due to my Autism and ADHD diagnosis. The daily challenge of living with Autism and ADHD is having increased anxiety about my future. Being an autistic person of color to me means that I can break barriers I once thought was impossible. My mother is a motivating factor in my life because she constantly encouraged me to be myself and ignore all the struggles of being an autistic person, and her hard work is paying off. I would like to obtain a graduate degree in physics. I’m currently a math and physics major at Fisk University. Fisk University has a great graduate degree transfer program with Vanderbilt University to increase minority involvement in science, and I plan on using that opportunity to obtain a doctoral degree in physics. Having a doctoral degree in physics as a minority means that I can bring a different experience to my field and be able to convince other minorities to obtain STEM degrees. I also will be able to enter the teaching field with a doctoral degree in physics and that would provide me with the opportunity to share my knowledge with underprivileged students. Before attending Fisk University, I had never had an African American physics professor. My current Fisk physics professor, Dr. Bryan Wallace encouraged me to pursue teaching as a potential career path. I used his advice as motivation to pursue other African Americans like me to obtain a college degree. The lessons learned from my educational experience will grant me the ability to conduct science fairs in underserved communities. Having a doctoral degree in physics and pursuing a career in mechanical or aerospace engineering is great for my individual success, but I would not feel any accomplishment unless I helped other people join the STEM field. I had minimal interest in joining the STEM field until I had a high school instructor that highlighted the benefits of science in our community, and I gained the confidence that I could have a successful life within STEM. If I am selected for this scholarship, I would be very grateful to know that my dream of hosting science fairs in underserved communities would be one step closer to becoming a reality. Being a student with autism means that I had to break barriers and learning that I can accomplish many things in life with hard work gives me the motivation to continue my family’s legacy of fixing vehicles.
    Delon Hampton & Associates African Americans in STEM Scholarship
    Hello, my name is Michel Warren and I have been overcoming the obstacle of being an autistic African American male in today's society while pursuing a college education to promote change for my community with hosting science fairs. Autism and ADHD are the two mental disabilities that I have dealt with throughout my life. I was diagnosed with these disabilities at the age of two, but it hasn’t stopped me from pursuing a college degree. Currently, I am a senior at Fisk University with a double major in Mathematics and Physics. I received my associate degree in physics at Nashville State Community College before transferring to Fisk University. I completed my first semester at Fisk as a junior with a 4.0 GPA and this was a proud achievement for me because I felt that it was a difficult task to obtain due to my Autism and ADHD diagnosis. The daily challenge of living with Autism and ADHD is having increased anxiety about my future. Being an autistic person of color to me means that I can break barriers I once thought was impossible. My mother is a motivating factor in my life because she constantly encouraged me to be myself and ignore all the struggles of being an autistic person, and her hard work is paying off. I would like to obtain a graduate degree in physics. I’m currently a math and physics major at Fisk University. Fisk University has a great graduate degree transfer program with Vanderbilt University to increase minority involvement in science, and I plan on using that opportunity to obtain a doctoral degree in physics. Having a doctoral degree in physics as a minority means that I can bring a different experience to my field and be able to convince other minorities to obtain STEM degrees. I also will be able to enter the teaching field with a doctoral degree in physics and that would provide me with the opportunity to share my knowledge with underprivileged students. Before attending Fisk University, I had never had an African American physics professor. My current Fisk physics professor, Dr. Bryan Wallace encouraged me to pursue teaching as a potential career path. I used his advice as motivation to pursue other African Americans like me to obtain a college degree. The lessons learned from my educational experience will grant me the ability to conduct science fairs in underserved communities. Having a doctoral degree in physics and pursuing a career in mechanical or aerospace engineering is great for my individual success, but I would not feel any accomplishment unless I helped other people join the STEM field. I had minimal interest in joining the STEM field until I had a high school instructor that highlighted the benefits of science in our community, and I gained the confidence that I could have a successful life within STEM. If I am selected for this scholarship, I would be very grateful to know that my dream of hosting science fairs in underserved communities would be one step closer to becoming a reality. Being a student with autism means that I had to break barriers and learning that I can accomplish many things in life with hard work gives me the motivation to continue my family’s legacy of fixing vehicles.
    Powering The Future - Whiddon Memorial Scholarship
    Hello, my name is Michel Warren and I have been overcoming the obstacle of being an autistic African American male in today's society while pursuing a college education to promote change for my community with hosting science fairs. Autism and ADHD are the two mental disabilities that I have dealt with throughout my life. I was diagnosed with these disabilities at the age of two, but it hasn’t stopped me from pursuing a college degree. Currently, I am a senior at Fisk University with a double major in Mathematics and Physics. I received my associate degree in physics at Nashville State Community College before transferring to Fisk University. I completed my first semester at Fisk as a junior with a 4.0 GPA and this was a proud achievement for me because I felt that it was a difficult task to obtain due to my Autism and ADHD diagnosis. The daily challenge of living with Autism and ADHD is having increased anxiety about my future. Being an autistic person of color to me means that I can break barriers I once thought was impossible. My mother is a motivating factor in my life because she constantly encouraged me to be myself and ignore all the struggles of being an autistic person, and her hard work is paying off. I would like to obtain a graduate degree in physics. I’m currently a math and physics major at Fisk University. Fisk University has a great graduate degree transfer program with Vanderbilt University to increase minority involvement in science, and I plan on using that opportunity to obtain a doctoral degree in physics. Having a doctoral degree in physics as a minority means that I can bring a different experience to my field and be able to convince other minorities to obtain STEM degrees. I also will be able to enter the teaching field with a doctoral degree in physics and that would provide me with the opportunity to share my knowledge with underprivileged students. Before attending Fisk University, I had never had an African American physics professor. My current Fisk physics professor, Dr. Bryan Wallace encouraged me to pursue teaching as a potential career path. I used his advice as motivation to pursue other African Americans like me to obtain a college degree. The lessons learned from my educational experience will grant me the ability to conduct science fairs in underserved communities. Having a doctoral degree in physics and pursuing a career in mechanical or aerospace engineering is great for my individual success, but I would not feel any accomplishment unless I helped other people join the STEM field. I had minimal interest in joining the STEM field until I had a high school instructor that highlighted the benefits of science in our community, and I gained the confidence that I could have a successful life within STEM. If I am selected for this scholarship, I would be very grateful to know that my dream of hosting science fairs in underserved communities would be one step closer to becoming a reality. Being a student with autism means that I had to break barriers and learning that I can accomplish many things in life with hard work gives me the motivation to continue my family’s legacy of fixing vehicles.
    SigaLa Education Scholarship
    Hello, my name is Michel Warren and I have been overcoming the obstacle of being an autistic African American male in today's society while pursuing a college education to promote change for my community with hosting science fairs. Autism and ADHD are the two mental disabilities that I have dealt with throughout my life. I was diagnosed with these disabilities at the age of two, but it hasn’t stopped me from pursuing a college degree. Currently, I am a senior at Fisk University with a double major in Mathematics and Physics. I received my associate degree in physics at Nashville State Community College before transferring to Fisk University. I completed my first semester at Fisk as a junior with a 4.0 GPA and this was a proud achievement for me because I felt that it was a difficult task to obtain due to my Autism and ADHD diagnosis. The daily challenge of living with Autism and ADHD is having increased anxiety about my future. Being an autistic person of color to me means that I can break barriers I once thought was impossible. My mother is a motivating factor in my life because she constantly encouraged me to be myself and ignore all the struggles of being an autistic person, and her hard work is paying off. I would like to obtain a graduate degree in physics. I’m currently a math and physics major at Fisk University. Fisk University has a great graduate degree transfer program with Vanderbilt University to increase minority involvement in science, and I plan on using that opportunity to obtain a doctoral degree in physics. Having a doctoral degree in physics as a minority means that I can bring a different experience to my field and be able to convince other minorities to obtain STEM degrees. I also will be able to enter the teaching field with a doctoral degree in physics and that would provide me with the opportunity to share my knowledge with underprivileged students. Before attending Fisk University, I had never had an African American physics professor. My current Fisk physics professor, Dr. Bryan Wallace encouraged me to pursue teaching as a potential career path. I used his advice as motivation to pursue other African Americans like me to obtain a college degree. The lessons learned from my educational experience will grant me the ability to conduct science fairs in underserved communities. Having a doctoral degree in physics and pursuing a career in mechanical or aerospace engineering is great for my individual success, but I would not feel any accomplishment unless I helped other people join the STEM field. I had minimal interest in joining the STEM field until I had a high school instructor that highlighted the benefits of science in our community, and I gained the confidence that I could have a successful life within STEM. If I am selected for this scholarship, I would be very grateful to know that my dream of hosting science fairs in underserved communities would be one step closer to becoming a reality. Being a student with autism means that I had to break barriers and learning that I can accomplish many things in life with hard work gives me the motivation to continue my family’s legacy of fixing vehicles.
    Innovators of Color in STEM Scholarship
    Hello, my name is Michel Warren and I have been overcoming the obstacle of being an autistic African American male in today's society while pursuing a college education to promote change for my community with hosting science fairs. Autism and ADHD are the two mental disabilities that I have dealt with throughout my life. I was diagnosed with these disabilities at the age of two, but it hasn’t stopped me from pursuing a college degree. Currently, I am a senior at Fisk University with a double major in Mathematics and Physics. I received my associate degree in physics at Nashville State Community College before transferring to Fisk University. I completed my first semester at Fisk as a junior with a 4.0 GPA and this was a proud achievement for me because I felt that it was a difficult task to obtain due to my Autism and ADHD diagnosis. The daily challenge of living with Autism and ADHD is having increased anxiety about my future. Being an autistic person of color to me means that I can break barriers I once thought was impossible. My mother is a motivating factor in my life because she constantly encouraged me to be myself and ignore all the struggles of being an autistic person, and her hard work is paying off. I would like to obtain a graduate degree in physics. I’m currently a math and physics major at Fisk University. Fisk University has a great graduate degree transfer program with Vanderbilt University to increase minority involvement in science, and I plan on using that opportunity to obtain a doctoral degree in physics. Having a doctoral degree in physics as a minority means that I can bring a different experience to my field and be able to convince other minorities to obtain STEM degrees. I also will be able to enter the teaching field with a doctoral degree in physics and that would provide me with the opportunity to share my knowledge with underprivileged students. Before attending Fisk University, I had never had an African American physics professor. My current Fisk physics professor, Dr. Bryan Wallace encouraged me to pursue teaching as a potential career path. I used his advice as motivation to pursue other African Americans like me to obtain a college degree. The lessons learned from my educational experience will grant me the ability to conduct science fairs in underserved communities. Having a doctoral degree in physics and pursuing a career in mechanical or aerospace engineering is great for my individual success, but I would not feel any accomplishment unless I helped other people join the STEM field. I had minimal interest in joining the STEM field until I had a high school instructor that highlighted the benefits of science in our community, and I gained the confidence that I could have a successful life within STEM. If I am selected for this scholarship, I would be very grateful to know that my dream of hosting science fairs in underserved communities would be one step closer to becoming a reality. Being a student with autism means that I had to break barriers and learning that I can accomplish many things in life with hard work gives me the motivation to continue my family’s legacy of fixing vehicles.
    Stephen LeCornu Routh Memorial Scholarship
    Hello, my name is Michel Warren and I have been overcoming the obstacle of being an autistic African American male in today's society while pursuing a college education to promote change for my community with hosting science fairs. Autism and ADHD are the two mental disabilities that I have dealt with throughout my life. I was diagnosed with these disabilities at the age of two, but it hasn’t stopped me from pursuing a college degree. Currently, I am a senior at Fisk University with a double major in Mathematics and Physics. I received my associate degree in physics at Nashville State Community College before transferring to Fisk University. I completed my first semester at Fisk as a junior with a 4.0 GPA and this was a proud achievement for me because I felt that it was a difficult task to obtain due to my Autism and ADHD diagnosis. The daily challenge of living with Autism and ADHD is having increased anxiety about my future. Being an autistic person of color to me means that I can break barriers I once thought was impossible. My mother is a motivating factor in my life because she constantly encouraged me to be myself and ignore all the struggles of being an autistic person, and her hard work is paying off. I would like to obtain a graduate degree in physics. I’m currently a math and physics major at Fisk University. Fisk University has a great graduate degree transfer program with Vanderbilt University to increase minority involvement in science, and I plan on using that opportunity to obtain a doctoral degree in physics. Having a doctoral degree in physics as a minority means that I can bring a different experience to my field and be able to convince other minorities to obtain STEM degrees. I also will be able to enter the teaching field with a doctoral degree in physics and that would provide me with the opportunity to share my knowledge with underprivileged students. Before attending Fisk University, I had never had an African American physics professor. My current Fisk physics professor, Dr. Bryan Wallace encouraged me to pursue teaching as a potential career path. I used his advice as motivation to pursue other African Americans like me to obtain a college degree. The lessons learned from my educational experience will grant me the ability to conduct science fairs in underserved communities. Having a doctoral degree in physics and pursuing a career in mechanical or aerospace engineering is great for my individual success, but I would not feel any accomplishment unless I helped other people join the STEM field. I had minimal interest in joining the STEM field until I had a high school instructor that highlighted the benefits of science in our community, and I gained the confidence that I could have a successful life within STEM. If I am selected for this scholarship, I would be very grateful to know that my dream of hosting science fairs in underserved communities would be one step closer to becoming a reality. Being a student with autism means that I had to break barriers and learning that I can accomplish many things in life with hard work gives me the motivation to continue my family’s legacy of fixing vehicles.
    Dylan's Journey Memorial Scholarship
    Hello, my name is Michel Warren and I have been overcoming the obstacle of being an autistic African American male in today's society while pursuing a college education to promote change for my community with hosting science fairs. Autism and ADHD are the two mental disabilities that I have dealt with throughout my life. I was diagnosed with these disabilities at the age of two, but it hasn’t stopped me from pursuing a college degree. Currently, I am a senior at Fisk University with a double major in Mathematics and Physics. I received my associate degree in physics at Nashville State Community College before transferring to Fisk University. I completed my first semester at Fisk as a junior with a 4.0 GPA and this was a proud achievement for me because I felt that it was a difficult task to obtain due to my Autism and ADHD diagnosis. The daily challenge of living with Autism and ADHD is having increased anxiety about my future. Being an autistic person of color to me means that I can break barriers I once thought was impossible. My mother is a motivating factor in my life because she constantly encouraged me to be myself and ignore all the struggles of being an autistic person, and her hard work is paying off. I would like to obtain a graduate degree in physics. I’m currently a math and physics major at Fisk University. Fisk University has a great graduate degree transfer program with Vanderbilt University to increase minority involvement in science, and I plan on using that opportunity to obtain a doctoral degree in physics. Having a doctoral degree in physics as a minority means that I can bring a different experience to my field and be able to convince other minorities to obtain STEM degrees. I also will be able to enter the teaching field with a doctoral degree in physics and that would provide me with the opportunity to share my knowledge with underprivileged students. Before attending Fisk University, I had never had an African American physics professor. My current Fisk physics professor, Dr. Bryan Wallace encouraged me to pursue teaching as a potential career path. I used his advice as motivation to pursue other African Americans like me to obtain a college degree. The lessons learned from my educational experience will grant me the ability to conduct science fairs in underserved communities. Having a doctoral degree in physics and pursuing a career in mechanical or aerospace engineering is great for my individual success, but I would not feel any accomplishment unless I helped other people join the STEM field. I had minimal interest in joining the STEM field until I had a high school instructor that highlighted the benefits of science in our community, and I gained the confidence that I could have a successful life within STEM. If I am selected for this scholarship, I would be very grateful to know that my dream of hosting science fairs in underserved communities would be one step closer to becoming a reality. Being a student with autism means that I had to break barriers and learning that I can accomplish many things in life with hard work gives me the motivation to continue my family’s legacy of fixing vehicles.
    Dwight "The Professor" Baldwin Scholarship
    Hello, my name is Michel Warren and I have been overcoming the obstacle of being an autistic African American male in today's society while pursuing a college education to promote change for my community with hosting science fairs. Autism and ADHD are the two mental disabilities that I have dealt with throughout my life. I was diagnosed with these disabilities at the age of two, but it hasn’t stopped me from pursuing a college degree. Currently, I am a senior at Fisk University with a double major in Mathematics and Physics. I received my associate degree in physics at Nashville State Community College before transferring to Fisk University. I completed my first semester at Fisk as a junior with a 4.0 GPA and this was a proud achievement for me because I felt that it was a difficult task to obtain due to my Autism and ADHD diagnosis. The daily challenge of living with Autism and ADHD is having increased anxiety about my future. Being an autistic person of color to me means that I can break barriers I once thought was impossible. My mother is a motivating factor in my life because she constantly encouraged me to be myself and ignore all the struggles of being an autistic person, and her hard work is paying off. I would like to obtain a graduate degree in physics. I’m currently a math and physics major at Fisk University. Fisk University has a great graduate degree transfer program with Vanderbilt University to increase minority involvement in science, and I plan on using that opportunity to obtain a doctoral degree in physics. Having a doctoral degree in physics as a minority means that I can bring a different experience to my field and be able to convince other minorities to obtain STEM degrees. I also will be able to enter the teaching field with a doctoral degree in physics and that would provide me with the opportunity to share my knowledge with underprivileged students. Before attending Fisk University, I had never had an African American physics professor. My current Fisk physics professor, Dr. Bryan Wallace encouraged me to pursue teaching as a potential career path. I used his advice as motivation to pursue other African Americans like me to obtain a college degree. The lessons learned from my educational experience will grant me the ability to conduct science fairs in underserved communities. Having a doctoral degree in physics and pursuing a career in mechanical or aerospace engineering is great for my individual success, but I would not feel any accomplishment unless I helped other people join the STEM field. I had minimal interest in joining the STEM field until I had a high school instructor that highlighted the benefits of science in our community, and I gained the confidence that I could have a successful life within STEM. If I am selected for this scholarship, I would be very grateful to know that my dream of hosting science fairs in underserved communities would be one step closer to becoming a reality. Being a student with autism means that I had to break barriers and learning that I can accomplish many things in life with hard work gives me the motivation to continue my family’s legacy of fixing vehicles.
    Robert and Suzi DeGennaro Scholarship for Disabled Students
    Hello, my name is Michel Warren and I have been overcoming the obstacle of being an autistic African American male in today's society while pursuing a college education to promote change for my community with hosting science fairs. Autism and ADHD are the two mental disabilities that I have dealt with throughout my life. I was diagnosed with these disabilities at the age of two, but it hasn’t stopped me from pursuing a college degree. Currently, I am a senior at Fisk University with a double major in Mathematics and Physics. I received my associate degree in physics at Nashville State Community College before transferring to Fisk University. I completed my first semester at Fisk as a junior with a 4.0 GPA and this was a proud achievement for me because I felt that it was a difficult task to obtain due to my Autism and ADHD diagnosis. The daily challenge of living with Autism and ADHD is having increased anxiety about my future. Being an autistic person of color to me means that I can break barriers I once thought was impossible. My mother is a motivating factor in my life because she constantly encouraged me to be myself and ignore all the struggles of being an autistic person, and her hard work is paying off. I would like to obtain a graduate degree in physics. I’m currently a math and physics major at Fisk University. Fisk University has a great graduate degree transfer program with Vanderbilt University to increase minority involvement in science, and I plan on using that opportunity to obtain a doctoral degree in physics. Having a doctoral degree in physics as a minority means that I can bring a different experience to my field and be able to convince other minorities to obtain STEM degrees. I also will be able to enter the teaching field with a doctoral degree in physics and that would provide me with the opportunity to share my knowledge with underprivileged students. Before attending Fisk University, I had never had an African American physics professor. My current Fisk physics professor, Dr. Bryan Wallace encouraged me to pursue teaching as a potential career path. I used his advice as motivation to pursue other African Americans like me to obtain a college degree. The lessons learned from my educational experience will grant me the ability to conduct science fairs in underserved communities. Having a doctoral degree in physics and pursuing a career in mechanical or aerospace engineering is great for my individual success, but I would not feel any accomplishment unless I helped other people join the STEM field. I had minimal interest in joining the STEM field until I had a high school instructor that highlighted the benefits of science in our community, and I gained the confidence that I could have a successful life within STEM. If I am selected for this scholarship, I would be very grateful to know that my dream of hosting science fairs in underserved communities would be one step closer to becoming a reality. Being a student with autism means that I had to break barriers and learning that I can accomplish many things in life with hard work gives me the motivation to continue my family’s legacy of fixing vehicles.
    John Young 'Pursue Your Passion' Scholarship
    Hello, my name is Michel Warren and I have been overcoming the obstacle of being an autistic African American male in today's society while pursuing a college education to promote change for my community with hosting science fairs. Autism and ADHD are the two mental disabilities that I have dealt with throughout my life. I was diagnosed with these disabilities at the age of two, but it hasn’t stopped me from pursuing a college degree. Currently, I am a senior at Fisk University with a double major in Mathematics and Physics. I received my associate degree in physics at Nashville State Community College before transferring to Fisk University. I completed my first semester at Fisk as a junior with a 4.0 GPA and this was a proud achievement for me because I felt that it was a difficult task to obtain due to my Autism and ADHD diagnosis. The daily challenge of living with Autism and ADHD is having increased anxiety about my future. Being an autistic person of color to me means that I can break barriers I once thought was impossible. My mother is a motivating factor in my life because she constantly encouraged me to be myself and ignore all the struggles of being an autistic person, and her hard work is paying off. I would like to obtain a graduate degree in physics. I’m currently a math and physics major at Fisk University. Having a doctoral degree in physics as a minority means that I can bring a different experience to my field and be able to convince other minorities to obtain STEM degrees. I also will be able to enter the teaching field with a doctoral degree in physics and that would provide me with the opportunity to share my knowledge with underprivileged students. Before attending Fisk University, I had never had an African American physics professor. My current Fisk physics professor, Dr. Bryan Wallace encouraged me to pursue teaching as a potential career path. I used his advice as motivation to pursue other African Americans like me to obtain a college degree. The lessons learned from my educational experience will grant me the ability to conduct science fairs in underserved communities. Having a doctoral degree in physics and pursuing a career in mechanical or aerospace engineering is great for my individual success, but I would not feel any accomplishment unless I helped other people join the STEM field. I had minimal interest in joining the STEM field until I had a high school instructor that highlighted the benefits of science in our community, and I gained the confidence that I could have a successful life within STEM. If I am selected for this scholarship, I would be very grateful to know that my dream of hosting science fairs in underserved communities would be one step closer to becoming a reality.
    Let Your Light Shine Scholarship
    Hello, my name is Michel Warren and I have been overcoming the obstacle of being an autistic African American male in today's society while pursuing a college education to promote change for my community with hosting science fairs. Autism and ADHD are the two mental disabilities that I have dealt with throughout my life. I was diagnosed with these disabilities at the age of two, but it hasn’t stopped me from pursuing a college degree. Currently, I am a senior at Fisk University with a double major in Mathematics and Physics. I received my associate degree in physics at Nashville State Community College before transferring to Fisk University. I completed my first semester at Fisk as a junior with a 4.0 GPA and this was a proud achievement for me because I felt that it was a difficult task to obtain due to my Autism and ADHD diagnosis. The daily challenge of living with Autism and ADHD is having increased anxiety about my future. Being an autistic person of color to me means that I can break barriers I once thought was impossible. My mother is a motivating factor in my life because she constantly encouraged me to be myself and ignore all the struggles of being an autistic person, and her hard work is paying off. I would like to obtain a graduate degree in physics. I’m currently a math and physics major at Fisk University. Fisk University has a great graduate degree transfer program with Vanderbilt University to increase minority involvement in science, and I plan on using that opportunity to obtain a doctoral degree in physics. Having a doctoral degree in physics as a minority means that I can bring a different experience to my field and be able to convince other minorities to obtain STEM degrees. I also will be able to enter the teaching field with a doctoral degree in physics and that would provide me with the opportunity to share my knowledge with underprivileged students. Before attending Fisk University, I had never had an African American physics professor. My current Fisk physics professor, Dr. Bryan Wallace encouraged me to pursue teaching as a potential career path. I used his advice as motivation to pursue other African Americans like me to obtain a college degree. The lessons learned from my educational experience will grant me the ability to conduct science fairs in underserved communities. Having a doctoral degree in physics and pursuing a career in mechanical or aerospace engineering is great for my individual success, but I would not feel any accomplishment unless I helped other people join the STEM field. I had minimal interest in joining the STEM field until I had a high school instructor that highlighted the benefits of science in our community, and I gained the confidence that I could have a successful life within STEM. If I am selected for this scholarship, I would be very grateful to know that my dream of hosting science fairs in underserved communities would be one step closer to becoming a reality. Being a student with autism means that I had to break barriers and learning that I can accomplish many things in life with hard work gives me the motivation to continue my family’s legacy of fixing vehicles.
    Zamora Borose Goodwill Scholarship
    Hello, my name is Michel Warren and I have been overcoming the obstacle of being an autistic African American male in today's society while pursuing a college education to promote change for my community with hosting science fairs. Autism and ADHD are the two mental disabilities that I have dealt with throughout my life. I was diagnosed with these disabilities at the age of two, but it hasn’t stopped me from pursuing a college degree. Currently, I am a senior at Fisk University with a double major in Mathematics and Physics. I received my associate degree in physics at Nashville State Community College before transferring to Fisk University. I completed my first semester at Fisk as a junior with a 4.0 GPA and this was a proud achievement for me because I felt that it was a difficult task to obtain due to my Autism and ADHD diagnosis. The daily challenge of living with Autism and ADHD is having increased anxiety about my future. Being an autistic person of color to me means that I can break barriers I once thought was impossible. My mother is a motivating factor in my life because she constantly encouraged me to be myself and ignore all the struggles of being an autistic person, and her hard work is paying off. I would like to obtain a graduate degree in physics. I’m currently a math and physics major at Fisk University. Fisk University has a great graduate degree transfer program with Vanderbilt University to increase minority involvement in science, and I plan on using that opportunity to obtain a doctoral degree in physics. Having a doctoral degree in physics as a minority means that I can bring a different experience to my field and be able to convince other minorities to obtain STEM degrees. I also will be able to enter the teaching field with a doctoral degree in physics and that would provide me with the opportunity to share my knowledge with underprivileged students. Before attending Fisk University, I had never had an African American physics professor. My current Fisk physics professor, Dr. Bryan Wallace encouraged me to pursue teaching as a potential career path. I used his advice as motivation to pursue other African Americans like me to obtain a college degree. The lessons learned from my educational experience will grant me the ability to conduct science fairs in underserved communities. Having a doctoral degree in physics and pursuing a career in mechanical or aerospace engineering is great for my individual success, but I would not feel any accomplishment unless I helped other people join the STEM field. I had minimal interest in joining the STEM field until I had a high school instructor that highlighted the benefits of science in our community, and I gained the confidence that I could have a successful life within STEM. If I am selected for this scholarship, I would be very grateful to know that my dream of hosting science fairs in underserved communities would be one step closer to becoming a reality. Being a student with autism means that I had to break barriers and learning that I can accomplish many things in life with hard work gives me the motivation to continue my family’s legacy of fixing vehicles.
    Kennard C. Brown Memorial Scholarship
    Hello, my name is Michel Warren and I have been overcoming the obstacle of being an autistic African American male in today's society while pursuing a college education to promote change for my community with hosting science fairs. Autism and ADHD are the two mental disabilities that I have dealt with throughout my life. I was diagnosed with these disabilities at the age of two, but it hasn’t stopped me from pursuing a college degree. Currently, I am a senior at Fisk University with a double major in Mathematics and Physics. I received my associate degree in physics at Nashville State Community College before transferring to Fisk University. I completed my first semester at Fisk as a junior with a 4.0 GPA and this was a proud achievement for me because I felt that it was a difficult task to obtain due to my Autism and ADHD diagnosis. The daily challenge of living with Autism and ADHD is having increased anxiety about my future. Being an autistic person of color to me means that I can break barriers I once thought was impossible. My mother is a motivating factor in my life because she constantly encouraged me to be myself and ignore all the struggles of being an autistic person, and her hard work is paying off. I would like to obtain a graduate degree in physics. I’m currently a math and physics major at Fisk University. Fisk University has a great graduate degree transfer program with Vanderbilt University to increase minority involvement in science, and I plan on using that opportunity to obtain a doctoral degree in physics. Having a doctoral degree in physics as a minority means that I can bring a different experience to my field and be able to convince other minorities to obtain STEM degrees. I also will be able to enter the teaching field with a doctoral degree in physics and that would provide me with the opportunity to share my knowledge with underprivileged students. Before attending Fisk University, I had never had an African American physics professor. My current Fisk physics professor, Dr. Bryan Wallace encouraged me to pursue teaching as a potential career path. I used his advice as motivation to pursue other African Americans like me to obtain a college degree. The lessons learned from my educational experience will grant me the ability to conduct science fairs in underserved communities. Having a doctoral degree in physics and pursuing a career in mechanical or aerospace engineering is great for my individual success, but I would not feel any accomplishment unless I helped other people join the STEM field. I had minimal interest in joining the STEM field until I had a high school instructor that highlighted the benefits of science in our community, and I gained the confidence that I could have a successful life within STEM. If I am selected for this scholarship, I would be very grateful to know that my dream of hosting science fairs in underserved communities would be one step closer to becoming a reality. Being a student with autism means that I had to break barriers and learning that I can accomplish many things in life with hard work gives me the motivation to continue my family’s legacy of fixing vehicles.
    Ethel Hayes Destigmatization of Mental Health Scholarship
    Hello, my name is Michel Warren and I currently attend Fisk University as a double major in Mathematics and Physics. I chose to attend an HBCU to inspire other minorities to not give up on your dreams of obtaining a college degree. I would like to pursue mechanical engineering or aerospace engineering. I am passionate about these fields because of my family’s background in maintaining vehicles. My grandmother worked for the U.S. Air Force as a mechanic working on fighter jets and military vehicles. My mother and father both worked as auto shop mechanics maintaining diesel trucks. From the exposure of being around hard-working mechanics, I have a passion for maintaining vehicles. Pursuing mechanical or aerospace engineering would grant me the opportunity to help our transportation sector by fixing and modifying how vehicles are made to protect the environment from harmful Carbon emissions and increase the safety of drivers and passengers within vehicles. I see myself becoming a carbon emission tester or working with electric vehicles in a large manufacturing company like General Motors. During my time at Fisk University, I have grown in maturity and gained a clearer understanding of my educational goals. In 2019, I graduated from high school and enrolled at Trevecca Nazarene University. At Trevecca, I had failed courses due to anxiety about being in an unfamiliar place and my father was dying from cancer. I became greatly depressed and unrolled from Trevecca in 2020 and decided to take a gap year to focus on my mental health. On November 6th, 2020, my father passed away from cancer and his last dying wish was for me to obtain a college education and earn my degree. On January 6th, 2021, I began my first day at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology, or TCAT. TCAT is a technical college that focuses on developing students for the workforce through different job training classes. I enrolled in the office assisting program at TCAT and learned valuable skills like using Microsoft Excel and learning better time management skills. TCAT not only provided me with job skills, but it also gave me back my motivation to succeed and earn a proper college degree. I graduated from TCAT on August 1st, 2021, with three diplomas in Administrative Assisting, Accounting Assisting, and Medical Assisting. On August 15th, 2021, I began my first day at Nashville State Community College, or NSCC. At NSCC, I pursued my associate degree in physics with plans to transfer after graduation. Fisk University was the school I set my sights on for two years until I obtained my associate degree in physics on August 3rd, 2023. On August 10th, 2023, I began my first day at Fisk University as a double major in Mathematics and Physics. During my two semesters at Fisk, I have met plenty of positive people that want to see minorities like me succeed and thrive. I currently have a 3.8 GPA and I will be graduating from Fisk University during the 2025 spring semester. Gaining a second chance at my education will allow me to keep my father’s dying wish of obtaining a college degree and prove to myself that having autism does not prevent you from reaching your dreams. I would like to obtain a graduate degree in physics. Fisk University has a great graduate degree transfer program with Vanderbilt University to increase minority involvement in science, and I plan on using that opportunity to obtain a doctoral degree in physics. Having a doctoral degree in physics as a minority means that I can bring a different experience to my field and be able to convince other minorities to obtain STEM degrees. I also will be able to enter the teaching field with a doctoral degree in physics and that would provide me with the opportunity to share my knowledge with underprivileged students. Before attending Fisk University, I had never had an African American physics professor. My current Fisk physics professor, Dr. Bryan Wallace, encouraged me to pursue teaching as a potential career path. I used his advice as motivation to pursue other African Americans like me to obtain a college degree. The lessons learned from my educational experience will grant me the ability to conduct science fairs in underserved communities. Having a doctoral degree in physics and pursuing a career in mechanical or aerospace engineering is great for my individual success, but I would not feel any accomplishment unless I helped other people join the STEM field. I had minimal interest in joining the STEM field until I had a high school instructor that highlighted the benefits of science in our community, and I gained the confidence that STEM is a great career path. If I am selected for this scholarship, I would be very grateful to know that my dream of hosting science fairs in underserved communities would be one step closer to becoming a reality. Being a student with autism means that I had to break barriers and learning that I can accomplish many things in life with hard work gives me the motivation to continue my family’s legacy of fixing vehicles.
    Riegle Family Scholarship
    Hello, my name is Michel Reed Warren and I plan on paying for college with academic scholarships and student loans. The main difficulties that I face with meeting my financial needs are maintaining satisfactory grades and rising costs of tuition. Currently I have an academic scholarship to attend Fisk University, but it does not cover my full tuition costs to attend. Their academic scholarship requires me to maintain a 2.7 GPA, and complete 50 hours of community service in an academic year. For the Fall 2024 semester, the tuition costs are increasing at Fisk University, and it puts extra pressure on me to find more money to pay for classes. Each semester, I have a great deal of stress managing my course load, community service hours, and applying for outside scholarships to maintain my dream of graduating from Fisk University with two degrees in Math and Physics. Looking for extra financial help to pay for college is difficult, but it gives me motivation to continue to pursue my goals and one day inspire the youth to not give up on their dreams. Pursuing a career in the tech industry will allow me to change my community and leave a legacy behind for others to follow. The lessons learned from my educational experience will grant me the ability to conduct science fairs in underserved communities. Having a doctoral degree in physics and pursuing a career in mechanical or aerospace engineering is great for my individual success, but I would not feel any accomplishment unless I helped other people join the STEM field. I had minimal interest in joining the STEM field until I had a high school instructor that highlighted the benefits of science in our community, and I gained the confidence that STEM is a great career path. If I am selected for this scholarship, I would be very grateful to know that my dream of hosting science fairs in underserved communities would be one step closer to becoming a reality. Being a student with autism means that I had to break barriers and learning that I can accomplish many things in life with hard work gives me the motivation to continue my family’s legacy of fixing vehicles. I would greatly benefit from receiving this scholarship by allowing me to continue my education and pursue a career in mechanical engineering. To attend Fisk University, I had to sacrifice receiving a meal plan just to afford my courses. The financial burden of paying for courses did not allow my family to pay for a meal plan. This scholarship will allow me to obtain a meal plan and feel like my sacrifices were not in vain. I see this scholarship as a pathway to success. If one person provides me with an opportunity to receive this scholarship, then I will show them that their investment in me was a great choice.
    Delories Thompson Scholarship
    Hello, my name is Michel Warren and I’m currently a junior at Fisk University with a double major in mathematics and physics. I was diagnosed with Autism at the age of two, but it has not prevented me from pursuing a college degree. Attending Fisk University has motivated me to pursue new career goals that I believed were impossible. My passion is to become the first black autistic person on the moon, and I will achieve this goal by earning my doctorate in physics. Being an African American male with a mental disability to me means that I can break barriers and inspire others to achieve success. Continuing my education will help me to achieve black excellence by providing me the ability to start a non-profit that hosts science fairs in underserved communities. The science fairs will be used to increase minority participation in STEM careers and to showcase future career opportunities to the youth. I come from a lower-class community that believes that having an education is pointless and would not improve your social status in life. My goal is to change that narrative and inspire the youth and encourage others to not give up on your dreams no matter your background. The non-profit would be in memory of my father who passed away from cancer in 2020. My father’s dying wish was for me to receive a college degree and become a productive citizen. This scholarship will help alleviate the burden of paying for college.
    Jorian Kuran Harris (Shugg) Helping Heart Foundation Scholarship
    Hello, my name is Michel Warren and I currently attend Fisk University as a double major in Mathematics and Physics. I chose to attend an HBCU to inspire other minorities to not give up on your dreams of obtaining a college degree. I would like to pursue mechanical engineering or aerospace engineering. I am passionate about these fields because of my family’s background in maintaining vehicles. My grandmother worked for the U.S. Air Force as a mechanic working on fighter jets and military vehicles. My mother and father both worked as auto shop mechanics maintaining diesel trucks. From the exposure of being around hard-working mechanics, I have a passion for maintaining vehicles. Pursuing mechanical or aerospace engineering would grant me the opportunity to help our transportation sector by fixing and modifying how vehicles are made to protect the environment from harmful Carbon emissions and increase the safety of drivers and passengers within vehicles. I see myself becoming a carbon emission tester or working with electric vehicles in a large manufacturing company like General Motors. During my time at Fisk University, I have grown in maturity and gained a clearer understanding of my educational goals. In 2019, I graduated from high school and enrolled at Trevecca Nazarene University. At Trevecca, I had failed courses due to anxiety about being in an unfamiliar place and my father was dying from cancer. I became greatly depressed and unrolled from Trevecca in 2020 and decided to take a gap year to focus on my mental health. On November 6th, 2020, my father passed away from cancer and his last dying wish was for me to obtain a college education and earn my degree. On January 6th, 2021, I began my first day at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology, or TCAT. TCAT is a technical college that focuses on developing students for the workforce through different job training classes. I enrolled in the office assisting program at TCAT and learned valuable skills like using Microsoft Excel and learning better time management skills. TCAT not only provided me with job skills, but it also gave me back my motivation to succeed and earn a proper college degree. I graduated from TCAT on August 1st, 2021, with three diplomas in Administrative Assisting, Accounting Assisting, and Medical Assisting. On August 15th, 2021, I began my first day at Nashville State Community College, or NSCC. At NSCC, I pursued my associate degree in physics with plans to transfer after graduation. Fisk University was the school I set my sights on for two years until I obtained my associate degree in physics on August 3rd, 2023. On August 10th, 2023, I began my first day at Fisk University as a double major in Mathematics and Physics. During my two semesters at Fisk, I have met plenty of positive people that want to see minorities like me succeed and thrive. I currently have a 3.8 GPA and I will be graduating from Fisk University during the 2025 spring semester. Gaining a second chance at my education will allow me to keep my father’s dying wish of obtaining a college degree and prove to myself that having autism does not prevent you from reaching your dreams.
    Outstanding Indians at Orchards at Monroe Scholarship
    Hello, my name is Michel Reed Warren and I plan on paying for college with academic scholarships and student loans. The main difficulties that I face with meeting my financial needs are maintaining satisfactory grades and rising costs of tuition. Currently I have an academic scholarship to attend Fisk University, but it does not cover my full tuition costs to attend. Their academic scholarship requires me to maintain a 2.7 GPA, and complete 50 hours of community service in an academic year. For the Fall 2024 semester, the tuition costs are increasing at Fisk University, and it puts extra pressure on me to find more money to pay for classes. Each semester, I have a great deal of stress managing my course load, community service hours, and applying for outside scholarships to maintain my dream of graduating from Fisk University with two degrees in Math and Physics. Looking for extra financial help to pay for college is difficult, but it gives me motivation to continue to pursue my goals and one day inspire the youth to not give up on their dreams. I would like to obtain a graduate degree in physics. Fisk University has a great graduate degree transfer program with Vanderbilt University to increase minority involvement in science, and I plan on using that opportunity to obtain a doctoral degree in physics. Having a doctoral degree in physics as a minority means that I can bring a different experience to my field and be able to convince other minorities to obtain STEM degrees. I also will be able to enter the teaching field with a doctoral degree in physics and that would provide me with the opportunity to share my knowledge with underprivileged students. Before attending Fisk University, I had never had an African American physics professor. My current Fisk physics professor, Dr. Bryan Wallace, encouraged me to pursue teaching as a potential career path. I used his advice as motivation to pursue other African Americans like me to obtain a college degree. The lessons learned from my educational experience will grant me the ability to conduct science fairs in underserved communities. Having a doctoral degree in physics and pursuing a career in mechanical or aerospace engineering is great for my individual success, but I would not feel any accomplishment unless I helped other people join the STEM field. I had minimal interest in joining the STEM field until I had a high school instructor that highlighted the benefits of science in our community, and I gained the confidence that STEM is a great career path. If I am selected for this scholarship, I would be very grateful to know that my dream of hosting science fairs in underserved communities would be one step closer to becoming a reality. Being a student with autism means that I had to break barriers and learning that I can accomplish many things in life with hard work gives me the motivation to continue my family’s legacy of fixing vehicles. I would greatly benefit from receiving this scholarship by allowing me to continue my education and pursue a career in mechanical engineering. To attend Fisk University, I had to sacrifice receiving a meal plan just to afford my courses. The financial burden of paying for courses did not allow my family to pay for a meal plan. This scholarship will allow me to obtain a meal plan and feel like my sacrifices were not in vain. I see this scholarship as a pathway to success.
    Laurette Scholarship
    Winner
    Autism and ADHD are the two mental disabilities that I have dealt with throughout my life. I was diagnosed with these disabilities at the age of two, but it hasn’t stopped me from pursuing a college degree. Currently, I am a senior at Fisk University with a double major in Mathematics and Physics. I received my associate degree in physics at Nashville State Community College before transferring to Fisk University. I completed my first semester at Fisk as a junior with a 4.0 GPA and this was a proud achievement for me because I felt that it was a difficult task to obtain due to my Autism and ADHD diagnosis. The daily challenge of living with Autism and ADHD is having increased anxiety about my future. Being an autistic person of color to me means that I can break barriers I once thought was impossible. My mother is a motivating factor in my life because she constantly encouraged me to be myself and ignore all the struggles of being an autistic person, and her hard work is paying off. I would like to obtain a graduate degree in physics. I’m currently a math and physics major at Fisk University. Fisk University has a great graduate degree transfer program with Vanderbilt University to increase minority involvement in science, and I plan on using that opportunity to obtain a doctoral degree in physics. Having a doctoral degree in physics as a minority means that I can bring a different experience to my field and be able to convince other minorities to obtain STEM degrees. I also will be able to enter the teaching field with a doctoral degree in physics and that would provide me with the opportunity to share my knowledge with underprivileged students. Before attending Fisk University, I had never had an African American physics professor. My current Fisk physics professor, Dr. Bryan Wallace encouraged me to pursue teaching as a potential career path. I used his advice as motivation to pursue other African Americans like me to obtain a college degree. The lessons learned from my educational experience will grant me the ability to conduct science fairs in underserved communities. Having a doctoral degree in physics and pursuing a career in mechanical or aerospace engineering is great for my individual success, but I would not feel any accomplishment unless I helped other people join the STEM field. I had minimal interest in joining the STEM field until I had a high school instructor that highlighted the benefits of science in our community, and I gained the confidence that I could have a successful life within STEM. If I am selected for this scholarship, I would be very grateful to know that my dream of hosting science fairs in underserved communities would be one step closer to becoming a reality. Being a student with autism means that I had to break barriers and learning that I can accomplish many things in life with hard work gives me the motivation to continue my family’s legacy of fixing vehicles.
    Hicks Scholarship Award
    Hello, my name is Michel Warren and I currently attend Fisk University as a double major in mathematics and physics. I was diagnosed with Autism at the age of two, but it has not prevented me from pursuing a college degree. Attending Fisk University has greatly motivated me to pursue new career goals that I believed were impossible and the staff helps all students to reach their dreams. My passion is to become the first black autistic person on the moon, and I will achieve this goal by earning my doctorate in physics. Being an African American male with a mental disability to me means that I can break barriers and inspire others to achieve success. Continuing my education will help me to achieve black excellence by providing me the ability to start a non-profit that hosts science fairs in underserved communities. The main goal of having science fairs in underserved communities will be to increase minority participation in STEM careers and to showcase future career opportunities to the youth. I come from a lower-class community that believes that having an education is pointless and would not improve your social status in life. My goal is to change that narrative and inspire the youth and encourage others to not give up on your dreams no matter your background. The non-profit would be in memory of my father who passed away from cancer in 2020. My father liked to smoke cigarettes and eventually knew his time was coming to an end, but he didn't want me to worry about him, instead he told me to pursue to college degree and become a productive citizen. I would like to obtain a graduate degree in physics. Fisk University has a great graduate degree transfer program with Vanderbilt University to increase minority involvement in science, and I plan on using that opportunity to obtain a doctoral degree in physics. Having a doctoral degree in physics as a minority means that I can bring a different experience to my field and be able to convince other minorities to obtain STEM degrees. I also will be able to enter the teaching field with a doctoral degree in physics and that would provide me with the opportunity to share my knowledge with underprivileged students. Before attending Fisk University, I had never had an African American physics professor. My current Fisk physics professor, Dr. Bryan Wallace, encouraged me to pursue teaching as a potential career path. I used his advice as motivation to pursue other African Americans like me to obtain a college degree. The lessons learned from my educational experience will grant me the ability to conduct science fairs in underserved communities. Having a doctoral degree in physics and pursuing a career in mechanical or aerospace engineering is great for my individual success, but I would not feel any accomplishment unless I helped other people join the STEM field. I had minimal interest in joining the STEM field until I had a high school instructor that highlighted the benefits of science in our community, and I gained the confidence that STEM is a great career path. If I am selected for this scholarship, I would be very grateful to know that my dream of hosting science fairs in underserved communities would be one step closer to becoming a reality. Being a student with autism means that I had to break barriers and learning that I can accomplish many things in life with hard work gives me the motivation to continue my family’s legacy of fixing vehicles.
    TEAM ROX Scholarship
    Hello, my name is Michel Warren and I currently attend Fisk University as a double major in mathematics and physics. I was diagnosed with Autism at the age of two, but it has not prevented me from pursuing a college degree. Attending Fisk University has greatly motivated me to pursue new career goals that I believed were impossible and the staff helps all students to reach their dreams. My passion is to become the first black autistic person on the moon, and I will achieve this goal by earning my doctorate in physics. Being an African American male with a mental disability to me means that I can break barriers and inspire others to achieve success. Continuing my education will help me to achieve black excellence by providing me the ability to start a non-profit that hosts science fairs in underserved communities. The main goal of having science fairs in underserved communities will be to increase minority participation in STEM careers and to showcase future career opportunities to the youth. I come from a lower-class community that believes that having an education is pointless and would not improve your social status in life. My goal is to change that narrative and inspire the youth and encourage others to not give up on your dreams no matter your background. The non-profit would be in memory of my father who passed away from cancer in 2020. My father’s dying wish was for me to receive a college degree and become a productive citizen. I would like to obtain a graduate degree in physics. Fisk University has a great graduate degree transfer program with Vanderbilt University to increase minority involvement in science, and I plan on using that opportunity to obtain a doctoral degree in physics. Having a doctoral degree in physics as a minority means that I can bring a different experience to my field and be able to convince other minorities to obtain STEM degrees. I also will be able to enter the teaching field with a doctoral degree in physics and that would provide me with the opportunity to share my knowledge with underprivileged students. Before attending Fisk University, I had never had an African American physics professor. My current Fisk physics professor, Dr. Bryan Wallace, encouraged me to pursue teaching as a potential career path. I used his advice as motivation to pursue other African Americans like me to obtain a college degree. The lessons learned from my educational experience will grant me the ability to conduct science fairs in underserved communities. Having a doctoral degree in physics and pursuing a career in mechanical or aerospace engineering is great for my individual success, but I would not feel any accomplishment unless I helped other people join the STEM field. I had minimal interest in joining the STEM field until I had a high school instructor that highlighted the benefits of science in our community, and I gained the confidence that STEM is a great career path. If I am selected for this scholarship, I would be very grateful to know that my dream of hosting science fairs in underserved communities would be one step closer to becoming a reality. Being a student with autism means that I had to break barriers and learning that I can accomplish many things in life with hard work gives me the motivation to continue my family’s legacy of fixing vehicles.
    Francis E. Moore Prime Time Ministries Scholarship
    Hello, my name is Michel Warren and I currently attend Fisk University as a double major in mathematics and physics. I was diagnosed with Autism at the age of two, but it has not prevented me from pursuing a college degree. Attending Fisk University has greatly motivated me to pursue new career goals that I believed were impossible and the staff helps all students to reach their dreams. My passion is to become the first black autistic person on the moon, and I will achieve this goal by earning my doctorate in physics. Being an African American male with a mental disability to me means that I can break barriers and inspire others to achieve success. Continuing my education will help me to achieve black excellence by providing me the ability to start a non-profit that hosts science fairs in underserved communities. The main goal of having science fairs in underserved communities will be to increase minority participation in STEM careers and to showcase future career opportunities to the youth. I come from a lower-class community that believes that having an education is pointless and would not improve your social status in life. My goal is to change that narrative and inspire the youth and encourage others to not give up on your dreams no matter your background. The non-profit would be in memory of my father who passed away from cancer in 2020. My father’s dying wish was for me to receive a college degree and become a productive citizen. I would like to obtain a graduate degree in physics. Fisk University has a great graduate degree transfer program with Vanderbilt University to increase minority involvement in science, and I plan on using that opportunity to obtain a doctoral degree in physics. Having a doctoral degree in physics as a minority means that I can bring a different experience to my field and be able to convince other minorities to obtain STEM degrees. I also will be able to enter the teaching field with a doctoral degree in physics and that would provide me with the opportunity to share my knowledge with underprivileged students. Before attending Fisk University, I had never had an African American physics professor. My current Fisk physics professor, Dr. Bryan Wallace, encouraged me to pursue teaching as a potential career path. I used his advice as motivation to pursue other African Americans like me to obtain a college degree. The lessons learned from my educational experience will grant me the ability to conduct science fairs in underserved communities. Having a doctoral degree in physics and pursuing a career in mechanical or aerospace engineering is great for my individual success, but I would not feel any accomplishment unless I helped other people join the STEM field. I had minimal interest in joining the STEM field until I had a high school instructor that highlighted the benefits of science in our community, and I gained the confidence that STEM is a great career path. If I am selected for this scholarship, I would be very grateful to know that my dream of hosting science fairs in underserved communities would be one step closer to becoming a reality. Being a student with autism means that I had to break barriers and learning that I can accomplish many things in life with hard work gives me the motivation to continue my family’s legacy of fixing vehicles.
    Curtis Holloway Memorial Scholarship
    Hello, my name is Michel Warren, and my mother has positively impacted my life by encouraging me to never give up on my dreams because of a mental disability. I was diagnosed with autism at two years old in 2002, and multiple mental health doctors told my mother that I wouldn’t have a normal productive life and that I should be institutionalized in a group home. My mother may not have understood what autism was in 2002, but she knew that her son had the potential to beat this disease and overcome the odds. My mother would always tell me to view my autism as a blessing and to not be ashamed of who I am. Her words of wisdom motivated me to perform well in school and to pursue a college education. Autism spectrum disorder is a neurological condition that affects social interaction and communication and causes limited and repetitive behaviors. The spectrum of autism can range from mild symptoms to severe symptoms. The main challenge that my mother faced with raising a child with autism was the social interactions with other people due to my mild symptoms of autism. During the mid to late 2000’s having a child with a mental disability made a person look inferior to someone that has a normal child. My mother overcame this social guilt by informing people about my mental condition and she gained a sense of confidence that her son would be fine due to sharing the information about autism in children. My mother has been instrumental in helping me become the person I am today by allowing me to learn and grow from mistakes I have made in my life. In 2019, I graduated from high school and enrolled at Trevecca Nazarene University. At Trevecca, I had failed courses due to anxiety about being in an unfamiliar place and my father was dying from cancer. I became greatly depressed and unrolled from Trevecca in 2020 and decided to take a gap year to focus on my mental health. This was a difficult time for me because I felt like a failure to not only my mother but to my father as well. My mother encouraged me to seek mental health help with Centerstone and I learn proper coping skills with managing grief of a loved one. In 2021, I enrolled at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology. TCAT is a technical college that focuses on developing students for the workforce through different job training classes. TCAT not only provided me with job skills, but it also gave me back my motivation to succeed and earn a proper college degree. I graduated from TCAT with three diplomas in Administrative Assisting, Accounting Assisting, and Medical Assisting. On August 15th, 2021, I began my first day at Nashville State Community College. At NSCC, I pursued my associate degree in physics with plans to transfer after graduation. Fisk University was the school I pursued for two years until I obtained my associate degree in physics on August 3rd, 2023. On August 10th, 2023, I enrolled at Fisk University as a double major in Mathematics and Physics. During my two semesters at Fisk, I have met plenty of positive people that want to see minorities like me succeed and thrive. I currently have a 3.8 GPA and will be graduating during the 2025 spring semester. Gaining a second chance at my education will allow me to keep my father’s dying wish of obtaining a college degree and prove to myself that having autism does not prevent you from reaching your dreams.
    Stephan L. Daniels Lift As We Climb Scholarship
    Hello, my name is Michel Warren and I currently attend Fisk University as a double major in Mathematics and Physics. I chose to attend an HBCU to inspire other minorities to not give up on your dreams of obtaining a college degree. I would like to pursue mechanical engineering or aerospace engineering. I am passionate about these fields because of my family’s background in maintaining vehicles. My grandmother worked for the U.S. Air Force as a mechanic working on fighter jets and military vehicles. My mother and father both worked as auto shop mechanics maintaining diesel trucks. From the exposure of being around hard-working mechanics, I have a passion for maintaining vehicles. Pursuing mechanical or aerospace engineering would grant me the opportunity to help our transportation sector by fixing and modifying how vehicles are made to protect the environment from harmful Carbon emissions and increase the safety of drivers and passengers within vehicles. I see myself becoming a carbon emission tester or working with electric vehicles in a large manufacturing company like General Motors. I would like to obtain a graduate degree in physics. Fisk University has a great graduate degree transfer program with Vanderbilt University to increase minority involvement in science, and I plan on using that opportunity to obtain a doctoral degree in physics. Having a doctoral degree in physics as a minority means that I can bring a different experience to my field and be able to convince other minorities to obtain STEM degrees. I also will be able to enter the teaching field with a doctoral degree in physics and that would provide me with the opportunity to share my knowledge with underprivileged students. Before attending Fisk University, I had never had an African American physics professor. My current Fisk physics professor, Dr. Bryan Wallace, encouraged me to pursue teaching as a potential career path. I used his advice as motivation to pursue other African Americans like me to obtain a college degree. The lessons learned from my educational experience will grant me the ability to conduct science fairs in underserved communities. Having a doctoral degree in physics and pursuing a career in mechanical or aerospace engineering is great for my individual success, but I would not feel any accomplishment unless I helped other people join the STEM field. I had minimal interest in joining the STEM field until I had a high school instructor that highlighted the benefits of science in our community, and I gained the confidence that STEM is a great career path. If I am selected for this scholarship, I would be very grateful to know that my dream of hosting science fairs in underserved communities would be one step closer to becoming a reality. Being a student with autism means that I had to break barriers and learning that I can accomplish many things in life with hard work gives me the motivation to continue my family’s legacy of fixing vehicles.
    Shays Scholarship
    Hello, my name is Michel Warren and I currently attend Fisk University as a double major in Mathematics and Physics. I chose to attend an HBCU to inspire other minorities to not give up on your dreams of obtaining a college degree. I would like to pursue mechanical engineering or aerospace engineering. I am passionate about these fields because of my family’s background in maintaining vehicles. My grandmother worked for the U.S. Air Force as a mechanic working on fighter jets and military vehicles. My mother and father both worked as auto shop mechanics maintaining diesel trucks. From the exposure of being around hard-working mechanics, I have a passion for maintaining vehicles. Pursuing mechanical or aerospace engineering would grant me the opportunity to help our transportation sector by fixing and modifying how vehicles are made to protect the environment from harmful Carbon emissions and increase the safety of drivers and passengers within vehicles. I see myself becoming a carbon emission tester or working with electric vehicles in a large manufacturing company like General Motors. I would like to obtain a graduate degree in physics. Fisk University has a great graduate degree transfer program with Vanderbilt University to increase minority involvement in science, and I plan on using that opportunity to obtain a doctoral degree in physics. Having a doctoral degree in physics as a minority means that I can bring a different experience to my field and be able to convince other minorities to obtain STEM degrees. I also will be able to enter the teaching field with a doctoral degree in physics and that would provide me with the opportunity to share my knowledge with underprivileged students. Before attending Fisk University, I had never had an African American physics professor. My current Fisk physics professor, Dr. Bryan Wallace, encouraged me to pursue teaching as a potential career path. I used his advice as motivation to pursue other African Americans like me to obtain a college degree. The lessons learned from my educational experience will grant me the ability to conduct science fairs in underserved communities. Having a doctoral degree in physics and pursuing a career in mechanical or aerospace engineering is great for my individual success, but I would not feel any accomplishment unless I helped other people join the STEM field. I had minimal interest in joining the STEM field until I had a high school instructor that highlighted the benefits of science in our community, and I gained the confidence that STEM is a great career path. If I am selected for this scholarship, I would be very grateful to know that my dream of hosting science fairs in underserved communities would be one step closer to becoming a reality. Being a student with autism means that I had to break barriers and learning that I can accomplish many things in life with hard work gives me the motivation to continue my family’s legacy of fixing vehicles.
    Elijah's Helping Hand Scholarship Award
    Hello, my name is Michel Warren, and my mother has positively impacted my life by encouraging me to never give up on my dreams because of a mental disability. I was diagnosed with autism at two years old in 2002, and multiple mental health doctors told my mother that I wouldn’t have a normal productive life and that I should be institutionalized in a group home. My mother may not have understood what autism was in 2002, but she knew that her son had the potential to beat this disease and overcome the odds. My mother would always tell me to view my autism as a blessing and to not be ashamed of who I am. Her words of wisdom motivated me to perform well in school and to pursue a college education. Autism spectrum disorder is a neurological condition that affects social interaction and communication and causes limited and repetitive behaviors. The spectrum of autism can range from mild symptoms to severe symptoms. The main challenge that my mother faced with raising a child with autism was the social interactions with other people due to my mild symptoms of autism. During the mid to late 2000’s having a child with a mental disability made a person look inferior to someone that has a normal child. My mother overcame this social guilt by informing people about my mental condition and she gained a sense of confidence that her son would be fine due to sharing the information about autism in children. My mother has been instrumental in helping me become the person I am today by allowing me to learn and grow from mistakes I have made in my life. In 2019, I graduated from high school and enrolled at Trevecca Nazarene University. At Trevecca, I had failed courses due to anxiety about being in an unfamiliar place and my father was dying from cancer. I became greatly depressed and unrolled from Trevecca in 2020 and decided to take a gap year to focus on my mental health. This was a difficult time for me because I felt like a failure to not only my mother but to my father as well. My mother encouraged me to seek mental health help with Centerstone and I learn proper coping skills with managing grief of a loved one. In 2021, I enrolled at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology. TCAT is a technical college that focuses on developing students for the workforce through different job training classes. TCAT not only provided me with job skills, but it also gave me back my motivation to succeed and earn a proper college degree. I graduated from TCAT with three diplomas in Administrative Assisting, Accounting Assisting, and Medical Assisting. On August 15th, 2021, I began my first day at Nashville State Community College. At NSCC, I pursued my associate degree in physics with plans to transfer after graduation. Fisk University was the school I pursued for two years until I obtained my associate degree in physics on August 3rd, 2023. On August 10th, 2023, I enrolled at Fisk University as a double major in Mathematics and Physics. During my two semesters at Fisk, I have met plenty of positive people that want to see minorities like me succeed and thrive. I currently have a 3.8 GPA and will be graduating during the 2025 spring semester. Gaining a second chance at my education will allow me to keep my father’s dying wish of obtaining a college degree and prove to myself that having autism does not prevent you from reaching your dreams.
    Ginny Biada Memorial Scholarship
    Hello, my name is Michel Warren, and my mother has positively impacted my life by encouraging me to never give up on my dreams because of a mental disability. I was diagnosed with autism at two years old in 2002, and multiple mental health doctors told my mother that I wouldn’t have a normal productive life and that I should be institutionalized in a group home. My mother may not have understood what autism was in 2002, but she knew that her son had the potential to beat this disease and overcome the odds. My mother would always tell me to view my autism as a blessing and to not be ashamed of who I am. Her words of wisdom motivated me to perform well in school and to pursue a college education. Autism spectrum disorder is a neurological condition that affects social interaction and communication and causes limited and repetitive behaviors. The spectrum of autism can range from mild symptoms to severe symptoms. The main challenge that my mother faced with raising a child with autism was the social interactions with other people due to my mild symptoms of autism. During the mid to late 2000’s having a child with a mental disability made a person look inferior to someone that has a normal child. My mother overcame this social guilt by informing people about my mental condition and she gained a sense of confidence that her son would be fine due to sharing the information about autism in children. My mother has been instrumental in helping me become the person I am today by allowing me to learn and grow from mistakes I have made in my life. In 2019, I graduated from high school and enrolled at Trevecca Nazarene University. At Trevecca, I had failed courses due to anxiety about being in an unfamiliar place and my father was dying from cancer. I became greatly depressed and unrolled from Trevecca in 2020 and decided to take a gap year to focus on my mental health. This was a difficult time for me because I felt like a failure to not only my mother but to my father as well. My mother encouraged me to seek mental health help with Centerstone and I learn proper coping skills with managing grief of a loved one. In 2021, I enrolled at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology. TCAT is a technical college that focuses on developing students for the workforce through different job training classes. TCAT not only provided me with job skills, but it also gave me back my motivation to succeed and earn a proper college degree. I graduated from TCAT with three diplomas in Administrative Assisting, Accounting Assisting, and Medical Assisting. On August 15th, 2021, I began my first day at Nashville State Community College. At NSCC, I pursued my associate degree in physics with plans to transfer after graduation. Fisk University was the school I pursued for two years until I obtained my associate degree in physics on August 3rd, 2023. On August 10th, 2023, I enrolled at Fisk University as a double major in Mathematics and Physics. During my two semesters at Fisk, I have met plenty of positive people that want to see minorities like me succeed and thrive. I currently have a 3.8 GPA and will be graduating during the 2025 spring semester. Gaining a second chance at my education will allow me to keep my father’s dying wish of obtaining a college degree and prove to myself that having autism does not prevent you from reaching your dreams.