SCHOLAR UPDATES

OUR SCHOLARS ARE AMAZING AND THANKS TO OUR WONDERFUL SUPPORTERS, THEY ARE IN AN EVEN BETTER POSITION TO SHARE THEIR LIGHT WITH THE WORLD.

 

 

SEE WHAT THEY'VE BEEN UP TO!

Solomon '18

I’m Solomon Gonzalez and I am one of 2018's BAC Scholarship recipients. I am currently at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut where I plan to pursue a major in the field of STEM (although I am not sure about which major, I am interested in biomedical engineering).

 

I have loved my time here so far. I have been given the opportunity to try many new things and meet many interesting people from around the world who I have learned a lot from. I am a member of the Hispanic and Afro-American communities at Yale. They have welcomed me with open arms to help me feel comfortable here and they have taught me what it means to have family whenever I need a shoulder to lean on.

 

Coming up here to the New England area, I have noticed the increased prices of many things compared to how much things were in North Carolina. Thus, this is why I am more grateful for Kevin Jones and all the donors who contributed. I was able to purchase everything that I needed for classes using the amount that I was gifted. I was well prepared, making my overall transition into college that much easier.

 

Thanks again to all of those who helped make it possible!

Emma '18

In 2018's graduating class, there were 14 BAC Scholars --- but only 13 went off to college in the fall.

 

Just days away from her high school graduation and months away from attending Meredith College, Emma Bailey was in a terrible car accident. She escaped the crash with only a few scratches but sustained injuries that left her paralyzed from the chest area, down.

 

Through it all, Emma has not allowed the events of that day to keep her from her goals. Armed with her supportive family and her unwavering faith in God, Emma has been a relentless warrior in physical therapy and has made miraculous progress over the past year.

 

Despite the brief detour, Emma will be attending Meredith College, as originally planned --- in August 2019!

Congratulations Emma!

#EmmaStrong

Naudia '18

My name is Naudia Brown and I am a first-year at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  I am currently undecided about my major but that hasn't taken anything away from my college experience.  Carolina has been great.  I am a member of Kamikazi Hip Hop Dance Team, V.I.P Praise Dance Team, and Every Nation Campus (ENC),  which is a non-denominational church group.

 

Thank you from the bottom of my heart to all of the donors who selflessly made contributions towards my college education and the educations of the other BAC Scholarship recipients. My family and I greatly appreciate your investment towards my future since I am a first generation college student and college is very expensive.

 

Your donations ensured that I could afford my books, which helped me earn a spot on the Dean's List with a 3.74 GPA.  I also received the Renwick Award for having a 3.2 or higher GPA.

 

Thank you once again!  I hope that you all will continue making donations to BAC and spreading the word to your family and friends to make donations as well.  

Anna Shaye '18

Hello everyone, my name is Anna Shaye Thompson and I was a 2018 recipient of the BAC Scholarship. I am currently attending Charleston Southern University and pursuing a degree in Early Childhood Education.

Thank you so much to the donors of the organization for being gracious enough to provide a way to help me pursue my dreams. Your generous donations helped me to buy books for my whole freshman year!

I am involved with many things on campus such as the women's soccer team where we have participated in community service activities such as serving breakfast to pastors at the North Charleston Coliseum and working the gate at football games. I am also involved with a student ministry group called Elevate and participate in athlete's Bible study. 

I have fallen in love with the Charleston, South Carolina area and my school. Thank you so much again for providing your donations so that students like me can go to college with less of a financial burden.

Anna Shaye,

Charleston Southern University c/o 2022

Joseph '18

Hello, My name is Joseph Brake and I would like to thank all of the donors for helping me attend Fayetteville State University, where I have been able to further my education and get one step closer to my goal of being able to take care of my family.

Fayetteville State University is a great campus with some pretty amazing people. In addition to making the Dean's List, I have made a lot of new friends, learned a ton of new things and have really enjoyed the sense of family that comes along with the HBCU experience.

Again I want to thank the donors who make this possible every year as well as Kevin Jones for his commitment to opportunity through education.

Go Broncos!

-Joseph

Brooke '18

Hello everyone, my name is Brooke Bryant and I was honored to be chosen as a BAC Scholarship recipient in 2018. Currently, I am a Mountaineer at Appalachian State and I am loving every minute in the "High Country". At Appalachian, I have formed many close bonds and already learned so much.

One of my favorite experiences so far has been becoming a news reporter for Appalachian's student newspaper, "The Appalachian". I have written several stories that have been published either in paper, online or both. I am also a member of App Educators and the Student Yosef Club.

I am so blessed to be able to officially start my journey to becoming a high school English teacher and I only hope that I can impact a student in the way that my teachers, Kevin Jones and EVERY SUPPORTER of this scholarship has. Thank you again!

-Brooke

Tatyana '18

Greetings to all! My name is Tatyana Dunn and I was lucky enough to receive the BAC Scholarship. I am currently a freshman attending North Carolina Central University (NCCU) in Durham, NC.

 

First, I would like to thank Mr. Kevin Jones for being the founder of this organization and making my transition into college much easier. I would also like to give a BIG THANK YOU to each and every donor for supporting this scholarship fund and helping send kids like myself to college. I was accepted into the Aspiring Eagles Academy at NCCU which allowed me to begin my college career in the summer. The program allowed me to earn 8 credit hours, take team bonding trips, experience new religious opportunities and most importantly, begin my college career with a 4.0 GPA.

 

All of my classes are going extremely well. I have joined other organizations on campus this year including the Biology Society, STEM Promise and the WPI Gospel Choir. I am very excited what the future holds for me and thanks once again to all of the supporters. You are truly making a difference so please keep this scholarship going! 

-Tatyana

Bailey '17

Hello everyone! My name is Bailey Lamm and I was awarded the BAC Scholarship Fund's CHEMO Scholarship in 2017. I am currently attending Nash Community College for prerequisite classes in pursuit of my degree in Medical Sonography. College is going extremely well so far!

I am so thankful for the generous donors that made it possible for me to receive this scholarship. It has helped me pay for tuition and the books that I need. College can be stressful but this scholarship helped to eliminate that stress because I did not have to worry about how to pay for college.

 

Thank you again to all of the donors for their generosity. Also thank you to Kevin Jones for always encouraging students to do the best they can do and to always give back.

-Bailey

Hello everyone! My name is Karina Garcia and I am truly blessed to have received BAC's CHEMO Scholarship in 2017. I am currently attending Nash Community College working on the pre-requisites required for my Bachelor of Science in Nursing. 

I feel that this scholarship was sent from GOD because it came at a very tough time for my family as my mom had just been diagnosed with breast cancer.

Karina '17

Being the first in my family to attend college, I thought that paying my college tuition would be difficult but thanks to the BAC Scholarship Fund, my first year has been stress free and all I've had to focus on was my work since my college tuition was covered.

 

I give thanks to all of the kindhearted donors who make it possible not only for me but for many others to attend college.

 

Thank you for helping us out. 

-Karina

Ariel '17

As one of the recipients of the 2017 BAC Scholarship, I would like to say how thankful and extremely appreciative I am to Kevin Jones and all of the donors who cared enough to invest in my education. College can get very expensive and it is the people who support these types of scholarships that really make a difference. With the help of this scholarship I was able to attend Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) without having to worry about financial issues.

During my first year at WSSU I have thoroughly enjoyed myself and I am getting the chance to gain more knowledge & insight into my career path. In addition to joining the WSSU Psychology Club, I have also joined the University Choir and the WSSU Singing Divas. I love being a part of these organizations because they give me the opportunity to get out of my comfort zone while meeting and connecting with new & different people.

The BAC Scholarship made a big financial impact and I wouldn't have been able to transition from high school to college so easily without it. I cannot thank everyone enough for making this scholarship possible.

 

-Ariel

Rodolfo '17

Thank you so much to everyone who has donated to the BAC Scholarship Fund. My name is Rodolfo Salazar and I received one of the many 2017 BAC Scholarships. I am currently half way through my first year at Stanford University and because of the BAC Scholarship, I am able to work less hours which gives me the opportunity to explore as many majors and campus organizations as possible.

I have explored organizations focused on community service, poverty, ethnic studies and issues faced by the LGBT community --- all of which have become central to my understanding of myself and my passions. 

 

I have decided to major in either "Political Science" or "Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity" in order to help improve our education systems and open up more opportunities to low-income and first generation students.

 

The BAC Scholarship has helped me so much in deciding how I can most effectively help others in our community. I want to thank everyone again for donating and encourage y'all to continue donating so that others like me can continue to explore and maximize their opportunities.

 

-Rodolfo

Myia '17

Hello everyone! My name is Myia Spivey and I am at Appalachian State where I am majoring in Communications with a minor in Sustainable Development. I am also a member of the women's track & field team where I participate in the high jump. 

 

I am very thankful for all of the support that I have been receiving as I continue my college journey. The scholarship helped me cover my tuition which allowed me to focus on school and track.

 

I would like to thank the donors who so graciously fund the BAC Scholarship so that students like me are able to attend college. I would also like to thank Kevin Jones for constantly checking in and encouraging me.  

-Myia S.

Sarah '17

Hi, my name is Sarah Marlowe and I am currently attending Nash Community College where I just finished my first semester! I'm taking prerequisites for the nursing program, which I'll hopefully start next fall. This scholarship has given me the opportunity to take the classes needed for this program and has made me stress free because I haven't had to take out loans.

 

I don't know what I would've done without this scholarship and the donors who contributed to it. I am so thankful and blessed to have received it! 

-Sarah

My name is Halie Huffman. I am attending UNC-Chapel Hill and so far my experience here has been AMAZING! I am on in intramural soccer team and I have become a part of the "Passport To Go" program that helps undergraduates get a passport to travel internationally during the summer.​ 

I am very grateful for the donors who funded my 2017 BAC Scholarship! Donating to this organization changes the lives of recipients like me because it helps us pursue a more advanced education without financial limitations. It has been an honor to be a recipient of this scholarship! Thank you!

Halie Huffman, UNC Class of 2021.

Halie '17

Macon '17

​Hi, my name is Macon Rollans and I was privileged enough to be awarded the BAC Scholarship Fund's Combined Healthcare Effor to Maximize Opportunity (CHEMO) Scholarship.

I was able to turn my dream into a reality and enroll into Pitt Community College where I am taking college transfer classes in order to transfer to East Carolina University. Once at ECU, I will major in Exercise Physiology and pursue a Doctorate in Physical Therapy.

During my time at Pitt CC, this scholarship has helped me tremendously. I am so very thankful for all of the BAC Scholarship Fund donors. You have allowed me to transition into college and overcome the financial burden that college is for so many of my peers. You all mean more to me than you know. 

 

I am loving college and I am grateful for the opportunity!

-Macon

DaBria '17

​Hello everyone! My first year at Fayetteville State has been one filled with so many opportunities. I am in the Student Government Association, I won Miss Freshman, and I have been given the wonderful opportunity to study abroad in Spain next summer!

None of this would be possible if it weren't for the gracious donors and sponsors of the BAC Scholarship Fund.

 

The BAC Scholarship has helped me have a smooth transition into the college life. One day I will return the favor and donate so that someone can have the same --- or an even better college experience than me.

 

Once again thank you so much to Kevin Jones and those who donated to make the 2017 BAC Scholarships possible!

-DaBria

My name is Thomas "TJ" Green and I was awarded a scholarship from this awesome organization. Words cannot begin to express how much this scholarship means to me. I am truly thankful for the founder, Kevin Jones and all of the sponsors.

Finding someone like Mr. Jones is pretty hard but I'm glad that we met. Because of all who supported, I am currently enrolled at North Carolina A&T State University majoring in Social Work. I won't let you down.

Again, thank you!

-TJ

TJ '16

MAGAN '16

Hey y'all! I am beyond blessed to have received the BAC Scholarship in 2016! I am at UNC Chapel Hill and I am involved in several organizations including Rams Club, Super Cooper's College Buddies, and CRU. Without the help of all of the donors, I would not have been able to afford college necessities such as a meal plan and books. The BAC Scholarship Fund makes a HUGE impact on college finances and I encourage everyone to make a donation to help seniors achieve their dream of going to college. Thank you again and GO HEELS!

-Magan

As a recipient of the BAC Scholarship, I would like to sincerely thank this extraordinary organization for investing in my education and college experience.

 

Had it not been for you all, I would not be here at Wake Forest working toward a career in dentistry. I truly appreciate you helping me continue my education.

 

So far, my college experience has been challenging, yet rewarding. I have taken some of the hardest courses offered to freshmen while also being involved in extracurricular activities such as the Pre-Dental Student Association and Wake Forest Cheerleading.

 

Thank you so much for affording me the opportunity to attend this great school. Your donation made all the difference in the world!

-Kayla

KAYLA '16

AMARI '16

My name is Amari Hagans and I was awarded the BAC Scholarship in 2016. I am currently attending East Carolina University to pursue a major in Recreational Therapy with a minor in African-American Studies. I finished my first semester with all A's and I'll continue to strive for the best.

I am truly thankful to have received this blessing which covered the rest of my tuition and I am also thankful for the opportunity to gain a mentor. Freshman year can be tough but having a mentor in your corner to lean on for motivation and advice really helps a lot. 

I appreciate Kevin Jones and every sponsor for making this scholarship and mentorship possible. I am forever grateful. Thanks Again!

-Amari

KATIE '16

I would like to thank all of the donors of the BAC Scholarship Fund for allowing me to continue my education at Davidson College! I am loving it here and can't wait to be here for 3 more years. I am hoping to major in history and attend Law School in the future.

To any potential donor, I would highly encourage you to consider donating to the BAC Scholarship Fund. There are so many kids who deserve the opportunity to attend college and if you can help them in any way, it will be completely worth it!

Thanks again!

-Katie

SAMIA '16

Hello everyone, I was the first recipient of the Combined Healthcare Effort to Maximize Opportunity (CHEMO) Scholarship, created for those pursuing careers in healthcare at community colleges and universities. I am currently enjoying my first year at Nash Community College where I am majoring in Nursing. I would like to thank the BAC Scholarship Fund and all of those who contributed to my journey of becoming a nurse. This scholarship not only provided me with the means to attend college but it motivated me to become the best nurse I can possibly be.

I will never forget this scholarship and the people behind it. I am truly thankful.

-Samia

Hello everyone! I had the honor of receiving a BAC Scholarship in 2016. My experience so far at NC State has been absolutely amazing. Not only have I been able to keep a good academic standing but I have also been able to meet so many different people from all over the state and the nation. I enjoy being able to participate in the Scholars Program and in clubs such as the Wolfwings Aviation Club. Every experience here has taught me something new and I know that I will continue to have the time of my life while I am here.

I would definitely like to say THANK YOU to all of the donors who support this scholarship. Having a scholarship really does help to make college less stressful and more enjoyable. I would really love to see this scholarship continue to grow and help everyone in our community fulfill their aspirations.

-Blake

BLAKE '16

JUSTIN '16

My name is Justin Hines and I was awarded the BAC Scholarship in 2016. This scholarship means so much to me because it allowed me to attend my favorite school and pursue my dreams. I would like to thank Kevin Jones and all of the sponsors from the bottom of my heart.

 

Thanks to this scholarship, I am enrolled in the one and only North Carolina A&T State University, majoring in Information Technology (IT). One thing I've learned is that to succeed in college, you must have great prioritization and time management skills. To anyone who is considering making a donation, I strongly encourage it because there is nothing more important and inspiring than young people succeeding in life. 

-Justin

ANASYA '16

ANASYA '16

Hi everyone, I just wanted to give you all a brief update on how school is going so far. I am truly enjoying UNC Chapel Hill and it is everything that I imagined it would be. I am currently an Exercise and Sports Science major and next semester I will be applying to the School of Education to become a double major with Human Development and Family Studies as my second major.

I am currently a tutor through the Campus Y's HYPE program mentoring and tutoring kids at the RENA community center twice a week. I am also a member of the Helping Paws organization which aims to improve the lives of animals in Orange County and beyond through volunteer efforts.  To conclude my extracurricular activities, I am a student staff member of Carolina Athletic Hospitality. Working all of the six home UNC football games in the Blue Zone upper level. #GOHEELS

 

Thank you to all of the BAC Scholarship Fund sponsors who donated to make my wishes come true of attending my dream school.  The scholarship made a huge impact on me financially being able to attend UNC.  Not only was I helped financially but I now have a life-long mentor who I can always talk to and I know will be there to listen and give the best advice possible.  Again I thank you for making my dreams come true and continuing to believe in the future leaders of tomorrow.

Remember it is always  a #GDTBATH

(Great Day to Be a Tar Heel)

-Anasya

KRISTINA '15

Hey guys! I just want to personally thank you for awarding me a scholarship in 2015. Being at North Carolina State University is a dream come true. I'm maintaining "A" averages as I'm taking 16 credit hours.

 

If you're on the fence about donating or not please do it! It changes lives and gives hope to students trying to fulfill their dreams. Thank you again!

-Kristina

PATRICK '14

Hello, My name is Patrick Battle. I had the great honor of being a recipient of this scholarship. It has really helped me in my college experience! It gave me the opportunity to venture out of my hometown and be exposed to great things in state and out of the state.

 

Thanks to the founder Kevin Jones and all who funded. Please continue to help the students of our community to be great.

 

This is a photo of me and US Congressman G.K. Butterfield in the US Capitol!

JESSICA '15

I just wanted to reach out to let you know how college is going.

 

I have been chosen to be an elementary school tutor here in Charlotte through a program called America Reads! I am thrilled about this wonderful opportunity! I have completed training and I will start sometime this month.

 

I want to thank the donors because honestly, this $1,000 scholarship really made a HUGE difference for me and my family. I am very thankful.

-Jessica

ANGEL '15

Hi, just an update of what's going on at college. I have joined the education club here at William Peace University and we have adopted a local school. We will be working with them for this school year, I'm really excited!

 

Also, I just wanted to thank the donors who donated to the BAC Scholarship. It really made a difference for my family and me.

-Angel

DYQUASHIA '14

Hello. My name is Dyquashia Vick. I was more than honored to be able to receive the BAC Scholarship. Without the help of you all, I probably wouldn't have been able to branch away from everything I was used to in order to create a better me and a better society.

 

Saying “thank you” will never be enough to show how grateful I am for each and every one of you that made attending a 4 year university possible. Attending a university has allowed many different opportunities to come my way.

 

This is a picture of me with the chancellor of UNC-Pembroke and his wife, Mrs. Carter at their home having dinner while discussing how we can make a better community on and off campus! Thank you all again (:

ZAKIYAH '15

I would like to send special thanks to BAC for all your help and support in helping me to achieve my aspiration of attending college. I love it here at Winston-Salem State University! I take pride in my HBCU and am enjoying all opportunities I have been given. I am very active on campus and enjoy being a RAM!

 

Thanks again for your contribution and look forward to seeing the success of the up and coming 2016 BAC Scholars!!!

-Zakiyah

SUSANNAH '15

I want to thank you for giving me the opportunity of attending William Peace University. I have made many new friends and I am enjoying my time here. Thank you again so much! Go Pacers!!!

-Susannah

AARON '15

The BAC Scholarship provided me with a portion of the funds to further my education at a top 30 school in Wake Forest University. There's no other college or university I would rather attend. I love it here! I am eternally grateful for this opportunity to represent the BAC Scholarship Fund. I am currently taking pre-requisites to apply to the business school sophomore year. Please keep me in your prayers.

 

The picture I chose to present to you is of the women's varsity basketball team with my friends and I mixed in. During my free time, my friends and I play on the scout team. We're paid in athletic gear and Chipotle gift cards! It's pretty great! It's something I find enjoyment in and it's a great stress reliever. Again, thank you so much for your support. Go Deacs!

-Aaron

HALEY '15

In May of 2018 Haley became a graduate of East Carolina University!

Along the way, Haley has interned in geriatric care facilities as well as organizations focused on early childhood education and mental health.

Haley graduated with a degree in Public Health and plans to stay at East Carolina where she will pursue her Master's Degree in Environmental Health.

We can't wait to see what Haley does next!

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