Twenty-Four African-American Students Win Scholarships in the Project Excellence Program

May 27, 1999
Twenty-four Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) students have won scholarships through the Project Excellence program, which honors the academic achievement of outstanding African-American students in the Washington metropolitan area.

Two of the 24 high school seniors will receive four-year college scholarships valued at up to $130,000 each.

Five of the students will receive $10,000 scholarships sponsored by various organizations, and the remaining 17 students will receive $4,000 scholarships supported by Project Excellence funds.

The local students are among 111 Project Excellence winners, who were honored for winning more than $3 million in scholarships at the Project Excellence 12th anniversary awards dinner at the Capital Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C. on May 14. The awards were presented by Carole Simpson, senior correspondent and Sunday anchor of ABC News, and Carl T. Rowan, the syndicated columnist who founded Project Excellence in 1987 to encourage and recognize academic excellence among African American high school students.

A panel of 10 judges selected the winners for their outstanding academic achievement and ability to communicate from among students nominated by public, private and parochial high schools in the metropolitan Washington area. Panel members came from the fields of education, journalism, law and public affairs and included Paul L. Vance, MCPS superintendent.

Students are nominated for the scholarships by their high school.

The two major scholarship winners from MCPS, their schools and scholarship sponsors are:

  • Grace Williams, Sherwood High School, The Hood College Project Excellence Award; and

  • Michelle Good, Seneca Valley High School, The Tennessee State University-Project Excellence Award.

    Winners of the $10,000 scholarships and their sponsors are:

  • Doee Kitessa, Paint Branch High School, The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Scholarship;

  • Loveleigh Beasley, Springbrook High School, The Steve and Barbara Newby Scholarship;

  • Mary Anne Anderson, Montgomery Blair High School, The Freedom Forum Scholarship;

  • Ibiwunmi Ojo, Seneca Valley High School, The NationsBank Scholarship; and

  • Geonard Butler, Springbrook High School, The Gannett Foundation Scholarship.

    Winners of $4,000 scholarships supported by Project Excellence funds are:

  • Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School

  • Susan Jones

  • V. William Nero

  • Montgomery Blair High School

  • Gyasi Khafra

  • Albert Einstein High School

  • Andre Carrington, II

  • Gaithersburg High School:

  • Sadhana Jackson

  • Akenji Ndumu

  • Abayotui Walker

  • Walter Johnson High School

  • Henrietta Ocheni

  • John F. Kennedy High School

  • Sonja Uwimana

  • Alfred Wanga

  • Col. Zadok Magruder High School

  • David Robinson

  • Richard Montgomery High School

  • Adam Banks

  • Paint Branch High School

  • Jessica Opoku-Anane

  • Quince Orchard High School

  • Jason Green

  • Maliangai Sirlef

  • Wheaton High School

  • Allyson Morman

  • Walt Whitman High School

  • Olayemi Abayomi

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