FAMU awards scholarships to future Rattlers

Top South Florida high school students receive an extra incentive

Ashley Montgomery | 3/20/2014, 9 a.m.
The Black Archives Historic Lyric Theater Cultural Arts Complex housed the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) 2014 President’s Spring ...
Pictured left to right: Kevin Lee, King of Orange & Green; Janaye Thompson, Queen of Orange & Green; Nicole Bowden, Miss FAMU; and Ronnie Mackey, Mr. FAMU. Alonda Thomas and Kanya Stewart

The Black Archives Historic Lyric Theater Cultural Arts Complex housed the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) 2014 President’s Spring Tour. Dozens of FAMU students, administrators and recruitment representatives made their way to sunny South Florida. Nearly a hundred bright-eyed future Rattlers and their parents were in attendance.

FAMU Interim President Larry Robinson awarded $190,000 in scholarships in Miami. The

scholarships were presented to deserving high school seniors from area Miami-Dade County Public Schools. All of whom are prospective students looking to attend the university in the Fall.

The annual President’s Spring Tour makes stops in Tampa, Fort Myers, Fort Lauderdale and Miami. FAMU gave out a total of $350,000 to students in all four cities.

Robinson delivered a speech during the program. His principal message for the hopeful students was: FAMU can take you anywhere.

“There are so many reasons to attend FAMU,” Robinson said. “We prepare FAMU graduates to take on the toughest challenges facing the world at large.”

The FAMU Connection, a touring company comprised of university students that sing and dance for all university recruitment events put on a thrilling show. The FAMU Connection teaches the audience of their long-standing history through entertainment. The bunch is operated and artistically led by the Essential Theater faculty.

Vice President of Student Affairs, Dr. William Hudson, presented the high school students with their scholarships.

“The President’s Tour is our opportunity to bring a little bit of FAMU to the best and brightest students,” Hudson said. The crowd cheered as each student was called to the stage to shake the hand of Robinson; Miss FAMU, Camille Baker; Mr. FAMU, Ronnie Mackey, Jr.; Kevin Lee, King of Orange and Green and Janaye Thompson, Queen of Orange and Green.

Earnest alumni and current University students delivered speeches to the audience. Miranda Albury, a member of the FAMU NAA Miami-Dade Chapter gave an ‘alumni recognition’ speech. Sharahn Slack, presidential ambassador and a student of FAMU delivered a speech so good that she received a standing ovation. Slack shared with the audience her perspective and how much she fell in love with the university. Slack was going to attend Stanford University but was given an offer she couldn't refuse.

“The woman who was handling everything for me at Stanford told me that she would hold on to my full-ride scholarship for a year,” Slack said. “Just so I could see if I didn't like it or not.”

“Once I got to FAMU you, I could not leave,” Slack said.

Before Dr. Hudson, presented the high school students with their scholarships he made a big announcement.

Any students that didn’t meet the necessary minimum requirements would still be considered for scholarships by June 30th. He encouraged them to continue to strive for greatness and retake the required tests.

“You need to post that packet of requirements on your wall in your room,” Hudson said. “Goal-setting is very important, there’s nothing you can’t accomplish when you put your mind to it.” The names of the scholarship recipients have yet to be released.