Giving Tuesday

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The day has arrived! The message is clear. It is time to give!

Welcome to Giving Tuesday!

Are ready to invest in dreams and change lives?

Lives like these:

Support future artists like Drew

Photo of Drew EmersonDrew Emerson ’18 majored in both visual and performing arts and political science. He was a member of the Black Ink Monks poetry troupe, performed at Soul Junction Jam sessions with Grammy award-winning group The Hamiltones, and started his own audio/visual company, Supaa Raw Productions.

But his gift for the performing arts might have gone undiscovered, if not for the President’s Gap Scholarship Fund award that allowed him to pay for his undergraduate degree. 
“JCSU taught me invaluable lessons,” said Drew. “It is great to learn about metaphors, similes, and wordplay, but they taught me how to trust my faith, myself, and how to strive through adversity.” 

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Lift displaced students like Jordan

Photo of Jordan polkJordan Polk ’18 certainly made her mark at JCSU. The communication arts major, whose family fled New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, was on the Dean’s List all four years at the university, was a congressional intern for Congresswoman Alma Adams, and was vice president of the French Club. She received numerous grants to cover tuition, but needed help from the President’s Gap Scholarship Fund when it wasn’t enough. 
Her proudest moment was being chosen as a Millennial Voice for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and introducing her at a 2016 rally in front of the entire student body, faculty, staff and local media outlets. 
“I overcame stage fright and low self-confidence to stand on that stage and introduce a former first lady. I also got to meet and shake hands with President Barack Obama. Both experiences fueled my aspirations to become a news journalist or political analyst, and I couldn’t have done it without the President’s Gap Fund.”

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Help STEM stars like Juan shine

Photo of Juan Carlos Hernandez-CampilloJuan Carlos Hernandez-Campillo ’16 directly benefited from the President’s Gap Scholarship Fund. Despite a full-ride scholarship, books and incidentals were costly for the STEM major. Juan was also a member of the National Society of Black Engineers, played trumpet in the International Institution of Sound marching band, part of the Pre-Alumni Council and volunteered with Habitat for Humanity. 

“JCSU’s environment and professors—especially Dr. Chen, Dr. Chow, Dr. Bai and Dr. Fleming, who was my physics teacher and led the toughest class I’ve ever been in—really pushed and challenged me.” 

Juan interned at John Deere for two summers and after graduating accepted a full-time position in their product engineering department.  

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Help out future doctors like Naoko

Photo of Naoko Little-Jackson

With the help of the President’s Gap Scholarship Fund, Naoko Little-Jackson ’18 earned a bachelor’s degree in biology. She was working toward her master's degree at Cleveland State University in Spring 2018 when she learned she’d also been accepted into Northeast Ohio Medical University’s post-baccalaureate/M.D. program. Northeast Ohio reserved a seat in their medical school for Little-Jackson while she worked to complete her graduate degree! “I couldn’t have dreamed of a better environment” than JCSU, she said.

Support The President’s Gap Scholarship Fund today and help future doctors »

Provide futures for foster children like Steven

Photo of Steven ReneauSteven Reneau, Jr. ’17 came to JCSU from Rialto, California. A former foster child, he found the support he needed to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Social Work through the President’s Gap Scholarship, as well as a UNCF grant and JCSU’s Phasing Up to New Possibilities Foster Village program. He became a mentor, received the HL Counts award for outstanding work in the community, and excelled as a tight end for the Golden Bulls.

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Support future journalists like Thando

Photo of Nolunthando “Thando” DlomoNolunthando “Thando” Dlomo, 23, of Johannesburg, South Africa, graduated from JCSU with a bachelor’s degree in communication arts, and a minor in theatre. Miss JCSU 2016 came to the university from the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa with a financial aid package that included an award from the President’s Gap Scholarship Fund.

Her achievements include receiving the President’s List Award, co-directing theatrical productions, being elected JCSU’s International Student of the Year, and interning at Discovery Channel Communications. She was also inducted into Psi Rho Alpha Honor Society for students in the visual and performing arts, and remained a Dean’s and President’s List scholar for her entire undergraduate career. She currently works on ABC’s “Entertainment Tonight.”
“You will never do anything in this world without courage,” Thando said. “It is the greatest quality of the mind, next to honor.”

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Support the deserving students of Johnson C. Smith University TODAY with a gift to The President’s Gap Scholarship Fund. Play your part to provide critical emergency assistance to retain our bright students and fulfill their dreams of a college education.

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