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Nia James

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Winner

Bio

Hi everyone! Thank you for viewing my Bold.org profile! I am Nia James. A first-generation Jamaican-American, Sport Management (Communications) scholar at Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) During my time here at WSSU I had made it a duty of mine to stay involved on my campus. I am the AVP of HBCU & MSI Relations for the UNC Association of Student Governments, I serve on the executive board of two organizations at my university and have been involved in various pre-professional development programs including those related to the sports industry. As a first-generation college student, scholarships have been my main source of paying for school. I am a dedicated student hoping to set a precedent for and change the narrative for my family. It is my hope to one day create a scholarship fund to pay forward what has blessed my family and me over the last (almost) 4 years of my life. Thank you so much for your consideration. "If they don't give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair" -Shirley Chisolm

Education

Winston-Salem State University

Bachelor's degree program
2022 - 2025
  • Majors:
    • Communication, General
    • Sports, Kinesiology, and Physical Education/Fitness

Battlefield High

High School
2017 - 2021

Miscellaneous

  • Desired degree level:

    Bachelor's degree program

  • Graduate schools of interest:

  • Transfer schools of interest:

  • Majors of interest:

    • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other
  • Not planning to go to medical school
  • Test scores:

    • 22
      ACT

    Career

    • Dream career field:

      Sports managament

    • Dream career goals:

      Establish a safe space for impoverished youth to enjoy their childhood through sports, work place readiness, and extracurricular activites

    • Team Member

      Chick Fil A
      2021 – Present3 years
    • Cashier

      Panera Bread
      2019 – 20201 year
    • Cashier

      Chick Fil A
      2017 – 20181 year
    • Cashier

      Lifetime Athletic
      2019 – 20201 year
    • Nanny

      independent
      2020 – Present4 years

    Finances

    Finance Snapshot

    • Current tuition:

      36,000

      per year
    • I’m paying:

      per year
    • Paid by family/friends:

      per year
    • Paid by grants:

      per year
    • Covered by student loans:

      5,000

      per year

    Loans

      Sports

      Volleyball

      Varsity
      2018 – 20213 years

      Volleyball

      Club
      2017 – Present7 years

      Track & Field

      Varsity
      2017 – 20181 year

      Arts

      • Band

        Music
        Area Honor Band, Concert Band, Symphonic Band
        2016 – 2018

      Public services

      • Volunteering

        Haymarket Food Pantry — Food organizer
        2020 – Present
      • Volunteering

        South Western Youth Association — Volunteer Coach
        2021 – Present
      • Advocacy

        Black Student Union — Member
        2017 – 2021
      • Volunteering

        Haymarket Food Pantry — Food dispatcher
        2020 – Present
      • Volunteering

        Fairfax County Volunteer Program — Volunteer
        2017 – 2018
      • Volunteering

        A Wider Circle — Volunteer
        2017 – 2018

      Future Interests

      Advocacy

      Politics

      Volunteering

      Philanthropy

      Entrepreneurship

      Private (PVT) Henry Walker Minority Scholarship
      “When you learn, teach, when you get, give.” -Maya Angelou As a first-generation college student at a Historically Black College and University (HBCU), the importance of community and legacy profoundly impacts me. My path to higher education has been built on the sacrifices and dreams of those who came before me. To give back, I aim to establish a scholarship fund supporting students from underrepresented backgrounds. Growing up, I saw many talented students unable to pursue higher education due to financial constraints. By creating this scholarship fund, I want to ease that burden for future students, especially those who, like me, are first-generation college attendees. Education is a powerful tool for social mobility and empowerment. This fund will help ensure that all students, regardless of socioeconomic status, can access quality education. It will cover tuition and other essential expenses such as books and living costs, crucial for student success. A key aspect of the scholarship fund will be a mentorship program. Recipients will be paired with mentors in their fields of interest, providing guidance, support, and networking opportunities. Mentorship profoundly impacts a student's academic and professional journey, fostering a sense of community and support. This program will cultivate graduates who are not only successful in their careers but also committed to giving back. Attending an HBCU has instilled in me pride in my cultural heritage and my ancestors' legacy. The scholarship fund will honor this heritage by supporting students dedicated to community service and cultural enrichment. Investing in these students means investing in future leaders who will uplift our community. Additionally, I manage an Instagram page that shares resources for HBCU students, including scholarship postings, tips, and opportunities. This online presence complements the scholarship fund, creating a comprehensive support system for students. The long-term vision for the scholarship fund is to create a self-sustaining model through partnerships with local businesses, alumni, and philanthropic organizations. By building a robust network of supporters, we can ensure the fund's longevity and expand its reach. This initiative is vital to me because it embodies the values of resilience, determination, and community that have guided my journey. Establishing this scholarship fund is a meaningful way to give back, honor my ancestors, and create lasting, positive change in my community. I believe we have a duty to pay it forward, and I have a duty to fulfill. Thank you so much for your consideration for this scholarship.
      Jennifer Hartwig Scholarship
      I am elated to be applying for The Jennifer Hartwig Scholarship for the 2024-2025 academic year. I am a rising senior Sport Management student with a 3.52 GPA, honored to share my vision for impacting the world. Currently serving as the President-elect of the Sport Management Major's Club, I am deeply committed to leveraging my leadership role to foster growth and innovation within the field. My journey in sport management has been enriched by diverse experiences, including participation in the NFL HBCU Experienceship and various volunteer opportunities within the sports industry, such as the NFL Draft, Carolina Panthers game day, and The Las Vegas Golden Knights. These experiences have not only broadened my perspective but also equipped me with valuable skills and insights that I am eager to apply in my future endeavors. With a GPA of 3.52, I have demonstrated a strong academic record and a dedication to excellence in my studies. This academic achievement reflects my commitment to continuous learning and personal development, qualities that I believe are essential for success in the sport management industry. As the President-elect of the Sport Management Major's Club, I am poised to make a meaningful impact on my peers and the broader sport management community. I am passionate about creating opportunities for students to connect, learn, and grow, and I am excited to lead initiatives that will enhance the educational experience for all members of our program. My participation in the NFL HBCU Experienceship has provided me with invaluable hands-on experience and networking opportunities within the sports industry. Through this program, I gained insight into the inner workings of a professional sports organization and developed skills that will serve me well in my future career. In addition to my experiences with the NFL HBCU Experienceship, I have been actively involved in volunteer opportunities within the sports industry. These experiences have allowed me to give back to my community while gaining practical experience and building relationships with industry professionals. My most recent experience working as a game day intern with the Las Vegas Golden Knights exposed me to a sport that I was not familiar with and introduced me to some of their community initiatives. This experience opened my eyes to a new sport and taught me so much about the organization as well as the Las Vegas community. My future career aspirations include working within the community relations and foundation field. I have a passion for the intersectionality of sports and community. I hope to secure a future career working within this field and make an impact on the community by way of sports. I would love to create more opportunities for students living in the inner city to maintain a healthy lifestyle through affordable programs and increase their access to educational resources. The Jennifer Hartwig Scholarship will play a vital role in supporting my academic and professional goals, allowing me to further my education and pursue opportunities for growth and advancement within the industry. I am committed to making a meaningful impact in the sports industry. Through my leadership, academic achievements, and hands-on experiences, I am confident that I can contribute to the advancement of the field and inspire positive change within the communities it serves. If awarded this scholarship, it will assist in alleviating some of the financial burden associated with attending college out of state. Thank you so much for your consideration of my application.
      Delories Thompson Scholarship
      As I pursue a career in sports, my vision extends beyond personal success on the field. I aim to leverage my platform to drive significant impact through corporate social responsibility. I am passionate about using sports as a catalyst for positive change, addressing social issues, and fostering community development. My goal is to work with sports organizations to implement CSR initiatives that promote education, and social justice. I hope to create programs that provide youth with access to quality education, promote healthy lifestyles, and advocate for equality and inclusion. Being Black is a profound part of my identity. It signifies resilience, strength, and a rich history. It is a reminder of the triumphs of those who came before me, and it fuels my determination to succeed. Choosing to attend an HBCU was a deliberate decision to honor the legacy of my ancestors and immerse myself in an environment that celebrates Black excellence, culture, and education. HBCUs have historically been beacons of opportunity and empowerment for Black students, and being a part of this tradition is both a privilege and a responsibility. I am surrounded by a supportive community that understands and nurtures my unique experiences as a Black individual. I am committed to doing what those before me could not, breaking barriers, and creating a brighter future for the next generation. This scholarship will enable me to further these aspirations, ensuring I can make meaningful contributions to the sports industry, the HBCU community, and my family.
      Valiyah Young Scholarship
      Winner
      I am a junior Sport Management student at Winston-Salem State University, concentrating on sport communication. I am a 3x Dean's list recipient and Spring 2023 initiate of the Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society. During my undergraduate years, I will work towards earning a spot in the National Football League's (NFL) Internship Program. This would allow me to gain experience in my chosen career field, and work alongside experienced sports professionals. Upon completing my bachelor's degree, I plan to obtain my master's degree in communications. I was a Fall 2022 Black Sports Business Academy (BSBA) initiate. I met virtually with other aspiring HBCU sports professionals and executives. As a student in BSBA, I had the opportunity to job shadow the NFL Carolina Panthers community relations team on game day. Here I got hands-on experience in community relations and gained insight from experienced sports professionals. I would love to work in the sports industry as I have a passion for sports and will enjoy a career in this field. My ultimate career goal is to combine my experiences over the next five years to become a sports agency entrepreneur. I would love to work in one of the NFL's front office teams and start a precedent of black women working in executive roles within the sports industry. My educational goals consist of being a first-generation magna cum laude college graduate. If chosen as a recipient, this scholarship program will assist me in achieving my goal of graduating college debt-free and obtaining financial freedom. This Scholarship will allow me to continue my dream of obtaining higher education, in a field (sports management) that I am very passionate about. Any amount I might receive will decrease the financial burden that the costs associated with attending college will have on my family. The scholarship would also leverage me toward my ultimate life goal of graduating college debt-free. The majority of my family members have been unable to complete their undergraduate degrees, due to lack of funds. With the help of this scholarship, I will be able to take one step closer to achieving this goal and changing my family’s narrative. During the 2023-2024 academic school year I was the community outreach coordinator for the Caribbean Student Association. I assemble a canned food drive and was able to collect over 100 non-perishable food items. I was able to donate these items to the Winston-Salem Rescue Mission and meet some of the individuals who help run the organization. Being able to talk with them, gave me a new perspective on food insecurity. Food insecurity in the triad area of North Carolina was something I was not well educated on. Today, I can continue to do my part in the areas surrounding my university, and continue to help alleviate the struggles of food insecurity in my school and home communities.
      Cocoa Diaries Scholarship
      I am a first-generation Jamaican-American woman, (future) college student, and the daughter of a single Black mother. Oftentimes, I have seen how the world has treated my mother. While also being the child of a Jamaican immigrant herself, she raised me on her own with no college degree. I have witnessed how she has pushed through, no matter the obstacle. She puts on a façade to succeed in her male-dominated field, while also attending school part-time, and juggling both her activities and mine. She has shown me what perseverance is. Throughout high school being a part of multiple extracurriculars, and working part-time, has given me insight into a fraction of what many black women like my mom's face. Witnessing the sacrifices my mother has made, they’ve shown me that even when the odds are stacked against you every goal you set for yourself is attainable. These sacrifices push me to accomplish every goal I have set for myself. Although a college education will not define me, my Jamaican heritage does. It represents my hard work throughout the years. It represents the ultimate threat in America; an educated black woman represents the hardships that come with being a black woman in America. With the help of this scholarship, my identity will someday become a precedent for other little black girls in America who may not have it all figured out yet. But still, dream of attending college. This scholarship will help fund my college education, allow me to collaborate with other Black women in higher education. I will also be able to engage in extracurriculars that revolve around the black community such as Black Student Union. Being apart of this organization will allow me to amplify my voice on campus, give back to my community, and potentially create life-long relationships with other black women.
      Little Bundle Supermom Scholarship — High School Award
      I am a first-generation Jamaican-American woman, (future) college student, and the daughter of a single Black mother. Oftentimes, I have seen how the world has treated my mother. While also being the child of a Jamaican immigrant herself, she raised me on her own with no college degree. I have witnessed how she has pushed through, no matter the obstacle. She puts on a façade to succeed in her male-dominated field, while also attending school part-time, and juggling both her activities and mine. She has shown me what perseverance is. Throughout high school being a part of multiple extracurriculars, and working part-time, has given me insight into a fraction of what many black women like my mom's face. Witnessing the sacrifices my mother has made, they’ve shown me that even when the odds are stacked against you every goal you set for yourself is attainable. These sacrifices push me to accomplish every goal I have set for myself. Although a college education will not define me, my Jamaican heritage does. It represents my hard work throughout the years. It is the ultimate threat in America; an educated black woman represents the hardships that come with being a black woman in America. With the help of this scholarship, my identity will someday become a precedent for other little black girls in America who may not have it all figured out yet. My mom and I practically grew up together, being that she had me at the age of 21. We have both taught each other many things along the way. I have learned to become more independent as an only child, how to cook myself dinner when she works late hours, and best of all how to treat others kindly because you never know what they may be going through. My mom has given me her very last, even when she didn't have it. She made sure I had a normal childhood unlike hers, went to the best schools, and kept me well-rounded throughout elementary, middle, and high school. In college, I plan to major in Business Administration, with a minor in sports management. I will be in the 2-in-4 program, meaning I will obtain both my Bachelors and Masters of Business Administration. In the future, I see myself as a successful businesswoman who can give back to my community at all times, help my mom out financially, and obtain financial freedom. My ultimate career goal is to become an entrepreneur, owning a sports agency, and investing in both commercial and residential real estate. I hope that in the future I can give back everything my mom has ever done for me and more. I would love to buy her dream house, dream car, and cover all of her needs; because she deserves it. To accomplish these goals, I have begun building my financial portfolio and applied to various college scholarship programs. This scholarship will help me towards my goal of a debt-free college education. My mom is also working towards her college degree and has already accumulated student loans of her own. This scholarship will help alleviate some of the financial burdens that come with paying for college tuition. If selected to receive this scholarship, I plan to make my mom proud and show her that all of the sacrifices were worth it.
      WiseGeek Diversity in Law No-Essay Scholarship