14th Annual Bryan A. Collins
Scholarship Program Recognizes & Honors
Ten New Winners for 2020-2021

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

NASHVILLE (AP), August 7 – Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, for the 14th 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.

A special shout out goes to Zachary Horn who becomes just the third 4-time winner of this scholarship.  Zachary led an outstanding group of nine other scholarship recipients, who have excelled both in and outside of the classroom.

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“It is truly an honor to support these students,” said Francine Pace and Alan Collins, parents of the late Bryan A. Collins and founders of the scholarship program.

“Due to the pandemic, we regret we were unable hold our annual scholarship recognition luncheon. Nevertheless, we are thrilled to continue our commitment to the terrific students at TSU in our son, Bryan’s name. We are hopeful that these ten scholarship winners will continue to progress academically and work towards realizing their career dreams.” 

Betsy Jackson-Mosley, Director of the Tennessee State University Foundation and the Chair of this program remarked:  “For fourteen consecutive years, this scholarship program has been an important part of the TSU Foundation’s goal of providing top-quality affordable education to our students. 

“And, I’m honored that this program continues as a tribute to Bryan’s legacy and his impact on our university.”

“In addition to congratulating these scholarship recipients, I’d like to acknowledge the invaluable contributions and leadership of Dr. Darlene Harris-Vasser, Assistant Director of Donor Relations & Stewardship of the TSU Foundation and Martha Mosley in Enrollment Services.  They’ve done excellent work in supporting this scholarship program.” said Jackson-Mosley.

This program has now awarded 170 scholarships since its launch in 2007.

Each of the 2020-21 Bryan A. Collins scholars, will receive a $2,500.00 scholarship grant towards their tuition for the upcoming school year.

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Here’s a close-up look at the
2020-21 scholarship winners:

Zachary Horn…4-time winner of the Bryan A. Collins Scholarship…From Birmingham, AL…Senior in Accounting with a 3.3 GPA…Member of the Aristocrat of Bands…National Association of Black Accountants…Intern with the Nashville Symphony…Plans to earn his CPA and become a public accountant.

Recommended by Larry Jenkins, TSU Asst. Band Director: “Zachary is a valued member of both the concert band and the pep band. He is a talented musician who plays both the saxophone and violin. He has an extremely bright future in accounting and in music.”

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Brianna Chapple…3-time winner of the Bryan A. Collins Scholarship…From Memphis, TN…Senior in Criminal Justice with a 3.7 GPA…Mentor for Love You Like a Sister, Inc…Society of Leadership and Success…Redemption Ministry…Plans to pursue a career as a forensic nurse practitioner.

Recommended by Karen D. Moore, TSU Program Coordinator/S2S Success Coach: “Brianna is full of personality and lights up every room she enters. She’s determined, self-motivated and committed to success.”

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London Roberson…2-time winner of the Bryan A. Collins Scholarship…From Marietta, GA…Junior in Nursing with a 3.6 GPA…Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity…Tutors students…Involved in Community Service…Plans to become a medical nurse.

Recommended by Quincy Avery, Coach Sprayberry High School: “I’ve watched London grow into an outstanding individual who excels in both his academic and personal pursuits. He has extraordinary leadership skills.”

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Tytianna Reynolds…2-time winner of the Bryan A. Collins Scholarship…From Chicago…Junior in Education & History with a 3.1 GPA…Chicago Club…Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority…Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Business Fraternity…Self-taught nail technician…After graduation, plan to move to LA, teach school in an impoverished area and open her own nail salon.

Recommended by Anita Scales, Ph.D candidate: “Tytianna is an excellent team member, prepared, works well under pressure and manages her time well. Will be an asset to any organization.”

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Jaiden Osborne…2-time winner of the Bryan A. Collins Scholarship…From Nashville, TN…Senior in Business Administration with a 3.2 GPA…Boys & Girls Club…Swim Coach (local YMCA)…Kappa League Mentor…Assistant Youth Minister…Plans a career as an events coordinator for a cruise line or resort.

Recommended by Titus Prather, Trinity Lane Church of Christ: “Jaiden is reliable, dependable and always bring positive approach to his work. An influential member of the church and has built great relationships with everyone connected with our youth programs.”

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Brionika Johnson…First time winner of the Bryan A. Collins Scholarship… From Alpharetta, GA…Sophomore in Business Administration, specializing in Human Resources with a 3.8 GPA…Freshman Innovation Council…Representative-at-Large: First Year Students (Student Government Association…Positivity Board…Plans a career in Human Resources specializing in recruiting, performance management and helping organizations embrace employees with different abilities.

Recommended by Dr. Isaac Y. Addae, Assistant Professor of Business: “Brionika is a proven student leader having demonstrated outstanding leadership in campus activities and community initiatives and has positioned herself as a highly-regarded individual amongst the student body.”

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Christian Smith…First time winner of the Bryan A. Collins Scholarship…From Atlanta…Sophomore in Agricultural Sciences with a 3.7 GPA…Member of the National Society of Leadership and Success…TSU Football Team…Plans to become a lawyer and owner his own law firm in the agricultural area. Later he plans to start his own restaurant and turn it into a national chain.

Recommended by Dr. Sammy L. Comer, Director and Professor, International Agricultural Programs: “Christian is outgoing, well-liked by his peers. He’s eager to learn, get involved in new activities and displays strong leadership skills.”

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Diamond Jackson…First time winner of the Bryan A. Collins Scholarship…From Nashville, TN…Junior in Business Marketing with a 3.1 GPA…Campus mentor and volunteer with various TSU organizations…Girl scout leader for Troop 5986…Runs her own successful jewelry business…Plans to run a real estate business, her jewelry company and to help market other small businesses.

Recommended by Dr. Ramaprasad Unni, Associate Professor of Business Administration: “I’ve had Diamond as a student in three of my Marketing classes.  Her class performance was easily in the top 1%. She’s been a joy to have as a student and her professionalism and calm demeanor is impressive.”

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Elliot Bobo…First time winner of the Bryan A. Collins Scholarship…From St. Louis, MO…Sophomore in Chemistry with a 3.2 GPA…Involved in the Pep Club…African Students Association…Allure Modeling Troup…Plans to become a forensic scientist.

Recommended by Nicholas Foreman, TSU Academic Success Coach: “Elliot is committed, motivated and is a leader who approaches his work with a servant’s heart, consistently willing to help classmates and others in need.”

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Shaunte J. Roach…First time winner of the Bryan A. Collins Scholarship…From Nashville, TN…Junior in Economics & Finance with a 3.9 GPA…Student Union Board of Governors…Alpha Kappa Pasi Professional Business Fraternity…Tutor for high school students in Math…Youth Build Association Volunteer…Plans to obtain his PhD in Finance, a CPA and pursue opening his own accounting firm and Jamaican restaurant.

Recommended by Dr. Coreen Jackson, Interim Dean, University Honors College: “Shaunte exemplifies high moral, ethical and intellectual standards. She is excellent in her interpersonal relationships with fellow students, faculty, administrators and serves as a role model for her peers.”

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In wrapping up, Francine Pace and Alan Collins, offered the following final comments on the program: “We’d like to extend our warm and heartfelt thanks to all of our awesome super-contributors — and especially Pamela Hewitt and Warren Lawson for their unwavering support and generous donations to the scholarship for fourteen consecutive years.”

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

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If you’d like to contribute to the Bryan A. Collins Scholarship Program,
you can find more information HERE.

If you’d like to apply for the Bryan A. Collins Scholarship Program,
you can find more information HERE.