11th Annual Bryan A. Collins
Scholarship Program Recognizes & Honors
12 New Winners for 2017-2018

This Program Has Now Awarded 132 Scholarships
Since Its Launch in 2007  

NASHVILLE (AP) – For the 11th consecutive year, a group of the best and brightest students at Tennessee State University (TSU) were awarded Bryan A. Collins Memorial Scholarships. This scholarship award is given every year to outstanding minority students who demonstrate excellence in leadership and academics in pursuing their college degrees.

The twelve scholarship winners above were recognized and honored at 11th annual Bryan A. Collins Scholarship Program hosted on April 1 by the Alpha Theta chapter of the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity.

The program took place at the Floyd-Payne Campus Center on the TSU campus and attended by over 60 students, parents and faculty.

Dalicia Baldwin, Andranice Buford, Ashanti Holland, and Cordarius Shanklin were recognized as two-time winners of this scholarship.  And they led an outstanding group of scholarship recipients who have demonstrated excellence both in and outside of the classroom.

According to Dr. John Cade, Associate Vice Provost – Academic Affairs and Chair of the Bryan A. Collins Scholarship Committee (pictured right): “This scholarship program, for eleven years, has supported outstanding students with great potential as they progress academically and work towards realizing their career dreams. I’m honored that this program continues as a tribute to Bryan’s legacy and his impact on our university.”

Betsy Jackson Mosley, Executive Director of the Tennessee State University Foundation (pictured right), was also on hand to as a featured speaker to recognize the co-creators and sponsors of program, Alan Collins and Francine Williams for their role in awarding over 130 scholarships during the lifespan of this program, which started in 2007.  Ms. Jackson Mosley oversees all foundation, planned giving and scholarship programs at TSU and has been instrumental in providing counsel and advice which has greatly contributed to the success of the Bryan A. Collins scholarship program.

Finally, Morgan Perkins, a two-time winner of this scholarship (pictured right), and a graduating senior in Nursing was on hand as a featured speaker.  With her mother, Dorothy Mayes, in the audience, she shared her personal story about what the scholarship has meant to her, wisdom from based on her experience on campus and offered advice to the new scholarship winners based on her journey.  Ms. Perkins wrapped up her highly passionate inspirational talk by suggesting that the new scholarship recipients to “continue doing the things that has made them successful so far.”


Here’s a close-up look at the 1017-18 Bryan A. Collins scholarship winners:

Dalicia Baldwin…2-time winner of the Bryan A. Collins scholarship…From Dallas, GA…Sophomore in Business Administration with a 3.5 GPA…Member of the Student Union Board of Governors…Supply Chain Management Club…AKPSI Professional Business Fraternity…Volunteer at the Paulding County Boys and Girls Club & Nashville Rescue Mission…Plans to own her own supply chain management company and provide services to Fortune 500 companies…According to Dr. Linda Warren, School of Business & Tracy H. Pleasants, Interim Director, Supply Chain Management Program: “Dalacia is an active student leader on campus and has quickly become one of the “go to” people within the Supply Chain Management (SCMSO) student organization.  She is dependable, conscientious, an outstanding presenter with excellent interpersonal skills.”

Andranice Buford…2-time winner of the Bryan A. Collins scholarship…From Southaven, MS…Sophomore, Business Marketing with a 3.5 GPA…Involved in Community service for TSU’s campus church…Coach for the community majorette team…Selected as Freshman Ambassador…Owned a clothing line at age 15, youngest manager at a Walmart at age 18….Plans to own her own fashion enterprise.  According to Sue Ballard de Ruiz, Design Program Coordinator in TSU’s Art Department:  “Andranice has a strong desire to succeed, work ethic is beyond impressive.  Has strong commitment to her community and one of TSU’s most outstanding students.”

Ashanti Holland
…2-time winner of the Bryan A. Collins scholarship…From Indianapolis, IN…Sophomore in Social Work with a 3.2 GPA…Resident Hall Assistant…Forensics Speech & Debate Team…Plans to start career as a child and family social worker and eventually own my own practice.  Also plans to do missionary work and staring a non-profit organization for disadvantaged students …According to Sean Allen, Director of Forensics, TSU:  “Ashanti is an exemplary student, demonstrating a high level of leadership performance and creativity.  Often sought out by her peers and shows leadership in these situations.”

Cordarius Shanklin…2-time winner of the Bryan A. Collins scholarship…From Jackson, TN…Junior, majoring in Social Work with a 3.0 GPA…Member of Generation of Educated Men, a service group on campus…Previously Assisted at First Harvest food drive, breast cancer walk, and the Feed The Homeless initiative through the Nashville Rescue Mission…Plans to get Masters degree and become a Probation Officer to help and become a role model for others…According to Steven McCrary, Director of Disabled Student Services, TSU:  “Cordarius works well with peers, impressive work ethic and willing to learn innovative technique to reach our urban youth.”

Tahmadiyya Dawson…First-time winner of the Bryan A. Collins scholarship…From Little Rock, AR…Freshman in Biochemistry with a 3.4 GPA…Freshman Class President of the Student Government Association…Student tutor through Phi Mu Alpha organization…Co-chair of the Political Action & Civil Engagement Committee…Volunteers with Our House Homeless Shelter…Plans to attend grad school, obtain her PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences to later open her own neighborhood pharmacy…According to Angie K. Jefferson, Coordinator, Office of Student Activities: “Tahmadiyya is committed, hard working and has exhibited leadership and strong collaboration as Freshman Class president.”


Briana Dixon…First-time winner of the Bryan A. Collins scholarship…From Southfield, MI…Freshman in Human Performance & Sports Science with a 3.5 GPA…Tennessee State Cheer Team…Member of the Michigan Club…Plans to pursue grad school in physical therapy and eventually open her own business as a physical therapist…According to Gregory Williams, Resident Hall Director of Hale Hall: “Briana is well-rounded, dependable and committed.  A valuable member of any organization.  Volunteers and can be counted on to assists in executing various tasks.”


Kenneth Fuzzell-Partee…First-time winner of the Bryan A. Collins scholarship…From Rockford, IL…Freshman in Business Administration with a 3.6 GPA…Member of the Supply Chain Management Student Organization…Volunteers at the Nashville Rescue Mission…Plans to become head of a Fortune 500 company.  Also plans to start a boys group or become a motivational speaker…According to Albanus Strickland, TSU Building Activities Supervisor: “Kenneth demonstrates love of learning and level of commitment necessary to succeed in college and beyond.  No doubt that he will succeed in his achieving his longer term career goals.”


Autumn George…First-time winner of the Bryan A. Collins scholarship…From Bessemer, AL…Freshman in Mass Communication with a 3.7 GPA…Volunteers at Charles F. Hard Elementary school as a mentor…Was senior class president in high school and active member of Future Business Leaders of America…Plans to open several businesses as well as working towards becoming a CEO of a Fortune 500 company…According to Marc Payne, Asst. Professor, Dept of communications:  “Autumn is dedicated, well organized, detail oriented and an effective communicator who strives to serve and volunteer whenever the opportunity arises.”

Zachary Horn
…First-time winner of the Bryan A. Collins scholarship…From Birmingham, AL…Freshman in Accounting with a 3.8 GPA…Member of Aristocrat of Bands, Concert Band and Pep Bands…Black Engineers of America…After graduation, plans to educate others on how to use their finances responsibly…According to Larry Jenkins, TSU Asst. Band Director:
“Zachary plays the violin and is an excellent musician. Dependable, energetic and productive who continues to demonstrate outstanding commitment. Valued member of the band team and has a bright future.”


Tiara Hudson…First-time winner of the Bryan A. Collins scholarship…From Knoxville, TN…Freshman in Business Administration with a 3.6 GPA…Participates Second Harvest Food Bank…Habitat for Humanity…Fundraiser for Susan G. Komen Walk…Plans to work at Wells Fargo concentrating in Hospitality and Supply Chain Management and then start a financial firm helping low-income families….According to Dr. Victoria L. Doner Professor in the College of Arts & Sciences:  “Tiara has outstanding and creative written communication skills. Works well in group situations and an eager contributor in helping her fellow students.”


Andria Williams…First-time winner of the Bryan A. Collins scholarship…From Chicago…Sophomore in Criminal Justice with a 3.3 GPA… Member of Find Out Dance Crew…Volunteer at the YMCA… Mentor/Mentee Program…Plans to attend law school and become a defense attorney... Also plans to open up a recreational center for children and give back to the community.  According to Dr. Jewell Parham, Professor of English: “Andria is mature, self-motivated and communicates well with faculty and collegues. Strong team player, goes well beyond expectations in making contribution in group.”

Terrence Young…First-time winner of the Bryan A. Collins scholarship…From Lexington, KY…Sophomore in Computer Science with a 3.7 GPA…Member of the Lewis Stokes Alliance…Honda Campus All-Star Challenge Team…Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society…Aspires to become a freelance software developer, entrepreneur and teacher – ultimately building software to address the needs of the community and enrich their lives…Matthew Hayes, Assistant Prof of Computer Science: “Terrence is among the top 5% of computer science students I’ve ever taught. Possesses a genuine love of learning unmatched by the vast majority of his peers.”


Said Francine Williams and Alan Collins, parents of the late Bryan A. Collins and sponsors of the scholarship program: “We’d like to extend our heartfelt thanks to our family members and countless contributors.  In particular, we’d like to call out Pamela Hewitt and Warren Lawson for their unwavering support and generous contributions to the scholarship for eleven consecutive years.  Finally, we’d like to acknowledge the invaluable work of Martha Mosley in Enrollment Services and the men of the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity for their leadership in organizing another outstanding scholarship celebration program.”

“You have all gone beyond the call of duty to make this program a success!”

Each of the student winners, as 2017-18 Bryan A. Collins scholars, will receive a $2,000.00 scholarship grant towards their tuition for the upcoming school year.

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