Coast Guard Chapter of Blacks In Government
2014 10th Anniversary Scholarship Ceremony
The mission of BIG is to maximize career opportunities and provide a mechanism for inclusion and growth, which includes providing scholarships; therefore in an effort to meet this critical objective, the Coast Guard Chapter of Blacks In Government implemented a scholarship program which provides scholarships ($500 to $1,500 per student) to graduating high school students within the D.C. metropolitan area. Over the last ten years the chapter has awarded 56 scholarships to graduating high school students. The chapter is able to achieve this great accomplishment by receiving donations from members, friends, family, co-workers and through the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC).
On May 15, 2014 at noon, the Coast Guard Chapter of Blacks In Government celebrated their 10th Scholarship Anniversary. The program was well attended by Coast Guard Chapter of BIG Members, Coast Guard employees and family and friends of the scholarship recipients.
The chapter was honored to have the following previous scholarship and current scholarship recipients in attendance:
* Amanda D. Browne (2006 Scholarship Recipient) - Maryland Resident; Bladensburg High School Graduate. Currently works for USDA, Food and Nutrition Service as a Public Affairs Specialist with the Office of the Chief Communications Officer
* Ebony Christina Ellison (One of the Chapter's First Scholarship Recipient from 2004) - Maryland Resident; Charles H. Flowers High School - Science & Technology Honors Graduate. Currently works in the Human Capital division of Customs and Border Protection (Homeland Security) as a Training and Development Specialist. Also work as a Community Support Specialist in Beltsville, MD, working with a mixed population in the area of mental health. A public speaker and currently owns her own business as a College Preparation and Career Advisor for young people within the DMV area and beyond; making sure they are provided with the necessary tools to obtain any goals they desire. Actively involved in my community and give back every chance she gets.
* Michaela Scott (2014 Scholarship Recipient) - Graduated from Thomas Stone High School in Waldorf, MD; plans to attend Morgan State University to major in Computer Science.
* Alston Clark (2014 Rear Admiral (retired) Erroll Brown Engineering Scholarship Recipient) - Homeschooled student; plans to attend Howard University to major in Engineering - Computer Science.
* Donae Latrice Owens (2012 Rear Admiral (retired) Erroll Brown Engineering Scholarship Recipient) -District of Columbia Resident: Benjamin Banneker Academic High School Graduate. Attending North Carolina A&T, major: Engineering
* Tammany Swann (2013 Scholarship Recipient) - Graduated from Thomas Stone High School, Waldorf, MD; attending West Virginia Wesleyan College, Buckhannon, West Virginia.
* Torrence Marunda II: (2007 Scholarship Recipient: First recipient of the RADM Erroll Brown Engineering Scholarship) -Virginia Resident: Garfield High School Graduate. He is a 2013 graduate of the Atlanta University Center Dual Degree Engineering Program. As a participant of the program, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in General Science from Morehouse College (3.76 GPA, Phi Beta Kappa with Honors) and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (3.90 GPA, Tau Beta Pi). Torrence is currently enrolled in a master of science program in Mechanical Engineering at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University where he is scheduled to graduate in May of 2015. He is pursuing NASA funded thesis research in the innovative field of thermal and mechanical fatigue analysis of composite materials for aerospace applications. After completing his master's degree next year, Torrence plans to begin his career in mechanical engineering at a prominent industry or government agency and eventually plans to pursue a PhD in the field.