First Place Awardee: SHENITA D. $5,000 Cash Award

Shenita will receive her Bachelor of Science in Genetics from NC State University this spring. Her goal is to work in research and ultimately to attain a future dual degree in law and medicine. 

Shenita has overcome many barriers – abuse, teen parenting, and homelessness – while pursuing her education. The eldest of eight children with parents who struggled with drug addiction, Shenita faced responsibilities beyond her years. Later, as a single mother of six, she earned an Associate of Arts degree while working multiple jobs to support her family.

Shenita shares her stories of hardship, not to garner sympathy, but to inspire resilience in others.