Support & Guidance for DC Scholars since 1991

Meet Our Scholars

We are extremely proud of our current Scholars and our alumni. Our Scholars include aspiring lawyers, accountants, journalists, engineers, doctors, public policy makers, and entrepreneurs. Many of them have overcome significant hurdles to get where they are, and we know they will bring their energy and determination to their chosen fields.

Our alumni have graduated from a vast array of impressive colleges and universities. Many have gone on to pursue graduate studies in law, medicine, journalism, or other fields.

Many of our Scholars continue to give back to the Abramson family through financial contributions, board service, or our mentorship program. As the Foundation has evolved over the past two decades, many Scholars have reached back to help foster a new generation of D.C. students, continuing the legacy of Fred Abramson.

The Abramson Scholarship Foundation currently supports more than 30 students at various stages of their college experience. We welcome a new class of first-year Scholars each spring — meet each class of our remarkable Scholars.

2018 Scholars

  • Uzoamaka Amadi, Benjamin Banneker, Temple University
  • D’Onte Batts, McKinley Technology, Morehouse College, Jerome Alexander Patterson Scholar
  • Tatiana Johnson, Benjamin Banneker, University of Maryland - College Park
  • Deverrick McAllister, Eastern, Oberlin College
  • Ryneisha McKenzie, McKinley Technology, Drexel University
  • Nya Segears, McKinley Technology, North Carolina A & T University
  • Michelle Vasquez, Duke Ellington, Trinity University, Beech Street Foundation Scholar
  • Samuel Zambrano-Mora, Woodrow Wilson, Temple University
  • Jeovani Zuniga, E.L. Haynes PCS, Frostburg State University
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2017 Scholars

Ngwengang Alida Angafor, Columbia Heights, Dartmouth College
Naujae Cooper, Benjamin Banneker, Temple University
Ahmad Hassan, SEED School of Washington, DC PCS, Virginia Tech
Jennifer Meza, Columbia Heights, Georgetown University
Sierra Queen, Columbia Heights, Cornell University
Bethany Pruitt, Washington Math Science and Technology PCS, Radford University and Towson University
Sean Rivers, Columbia Heights, Case Western Reserve University, Quadrangle Scholar
Daniela Shia-Sevilla, Duke Ellington, Smith College

2016 Scholars

Tesfaye Ayalew, Coolidge, Pennsylvania State University
Marquese Johnson, KIPP DC PCS, North Carolina A & T University and Muskingum University, Venable Scholar
Lisa Le, Columbia Heights, University of Michigan, Quadrangle Scholar
Josca Moore, Duke Ellington, New York University Tisch School of the Arts
Khalia Scott, McKinley Technology, George Washington University, June Parks Lewis Scholar
Bakari Sibert, Woodrow Wilson, Morehouse College and Howard University
Myiah Smith, SEED School of Washington, DC PCS, Georgetown University
Karen Tchemi, Washington Math Science and Technology PCS, Delaware State University
Damiya Wilson, Friendship Collegiate Academy PCS, North Carolina Central University

2015 Scholars

Astra Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Norfolk State University
Betel Asfaha, Benjamin Banneker, Howard University
Asya Crump, Woodrow Wilson, Seton Hall University, Quadrangle Scholar
Ahotep Holder, Wilson, Florida A & M University, Julie Walters and Sam Rose Scholar
Anthonya James, Thurgood Marshall Academy PCS, University of California Los Angeles
Crystal Pendergast, Dunbar, Pennsylvania State University, Julie Walters and Sam Rose Scholar
Alexis Vivar, Benjamin Banneker, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Zion Williams, Columbia Heights, Howard University, Danaher Scholar

2014 Scholars

Kibrebeal Ayalew, Coolidge, Pennsylvania State University, Danaher Scholar
Alexis Galloway, SEED School of Washington, DC PCS, Virginia Tech, Quadrangle Scholar
Tyriek Mack, School Without Walls, University of Wisconsin - Madison
DeShaun McCann, Benjamin Banneker, Temple University
Erika Ventura-Castellon, Woodrow Wilson, University of Kentucky
Jessica Wynn, Benjamin Banneker, University of Southern California

2013 Scholars

Monet Blakey, Benjamin Banneker, Bates College, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield Scholar
Imhotepa Holder, Woodrow Wilson, Temple University
Arnasha Jones, McKinley Technology, North Carolina State University
Yue Ou, Woodrow Wilson, University of Maryland
Earica Parrish, Thurgood Marshall, Syracuse University, Quadrangle Scholar
Roger Sanchez, Bell Multicultural, American University
Charleene Smith, McKinley Technology, George Washington University
Rodrigo Umanzor, Bell Multicultural, University of Wisconsin-Madison

2012 Scholars

Nichelle Brunner, School Without Walls, Temple University
Danielle Bryan, Phelps Architecture, Construction & Engineering, Virginia State University, Quadrangle Scholar
Christopher Feaster, Hospitality High PCS, Michigan State University
Hawi Keno, Roosevelt, George Mason University, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield Scholar

2011 Scholars

Yasmine Arrington, Benjamin Banneker, Elon University
Omotayo Aweda, Benjamin Banneker, George Washington University, Quadrangle Scholar
Maria Marroquin, Benjamin Banneker, Pennsylvania State University
Marcus Lee, McKinley Technology, Clemson University
Darryl Robinson, Cesar Chavez PCS, Georgetown University

2010 Scholars

Abramson did not support any college freshmen in 2010, only Continuing Scholars as the Abramson program shifted from supporting students through their first year of college to providing support for all 4 years. Many of the Scholars who started with Abramson during 2008 and 2009 remained with the Foundation throughout their college years.

2009 Scholars

Sharnita Brice, Woodrow Wilson, Towson University
Michelle Brown, McKinley Technology, Florida A & M University and Virginia Commonwealth University
Markeytta Harrison, Coolidge, University of Virginia
Jelani Johnson, McKinley Technology, North Carolina A & T University
Charniqua Lawson, Thurgood Marshall Academy, Clark Atlanta University
Qi Ling Li, Bell Multicultural, James Madison University
Nico Hinkle, Dunbar, Florida A & M University
Martez Hurt, H.D. Woodson, Florida A & M University
Miya Upshur-Williams, Duke Ellington, Sarah Lawrence College

2008 Scholars

Jem Ace, Woodrow Wilson, University of Maryland
Karyn Bigelow, Woodrow Wilson, Michigan State University
Shalitha Brown, Friendship Collegiate Academy PCS, Illinois Institute of Technology
Nathan Duran, Cesar Chavez PCS, University of San Francisco,
Shamaya Fenwick-Chisolm, Duke Ellington, George Washington University
Frank Fleming, Hospitality High PCS, James Madison University
Kalon Hayward, Duke Ellington, Pace University and Fordham University
David Mickel, Eastern, Temple University
Louis Ngonzo-Biyo, Bell Multicultural, Pennsylvania State University and Catholic University
Anaia Peddie, Benjamin Banneker, Spelman College
Bianca Talley, Dunbar, Trinity University
Kimberly Tam, School Without Walls, Virginia Tech
Sherise Thompson, Hospitality High PCS, University of the District of Columbia
Lily Zheng, Bell Multicultural, George Mason University

2007 Scholars

Samrawit Belew, Bell Multicultural, Purdue University
Taneea Byrd, Friendship Collegiate Academy PCS, Bucknell University
Gilbert Castillo, Benjamin Banneker, Florida Institute of Technology
Brittany Coote, Benjamin Banneker, University of Maryland
Jessica Davis, Friendship Collegiate Academy PCS, Florida A & M University
Amanda Fernandez, Duke Ellington, New York University
Berta Gonzalez, Bell Multicultural, Barry University
Roxy Guandique, Dunbar Pre-Engineering, University of Pittsburgh
Brandy Harrison, Coolidge, Johnson C. Smith University
Toya Harrison, Coolidge, Bowie State University
Nicole Jackson, Friendship Collegiate Academy PCS, Georgia State University
Anh Le, Benjamin Banneker, Sewanee University
Jamaal Morgan, Cesar Chavez PCS, McDaniel College
Adela Paiz, Woodrow Wilson, George Mason University
Samantha Palmer, Eastern, Frostburg State University
Shakeria Reed, Benjamin Banneker, Salisbury University
Hedy Romero, Cesar Chavez PCS, University of California Los Angeles
Charles Smith, Friendship Collegiate Academy PCS, Lafayette College
Daniela Uribe, Woodrow Wilson, Stanford University
Ashley Walton, Friendship Collegiate Academy PCS, Spelman College
Christina White, Benjamin Banneker, Temple University
Michael Yeldell, Dunbar, University of Pittsburgh
Cheng Zhang, Bell Multicultural, James Madison University
Mingfei Zhang, Woodrow Wilson, University of Maryland

2006 Scholars

Selamawit Addissie, Cardozo, St. Mary’s College of Maryland
Olutosin Akinyode, Roosevelt, Amherst College
Shanice Barnum, H.D. Woodson, Pennsylvania State University
Hua Niao Chen, Bell Multicultural, George Mason University
Qing Miao Chen, Bell Multicultural, James Madison University
Danielle Clark, Coolidge, University of South Florida
Marcellus Collins, Eastern, Virginia Commonwealth University
Justine Cortez, Woodrow Wilson, University of Pittsburgh
Antwain Coward, SEED School of Washington, DC PCS, Case Western Reserve University
Allison de Groot, Woodrow Wilson, Virginia Commonwealth University
Milton Hernandez, Bell Multicultural, Bucknell University
Kamelia Kirtz, Benjamin Banneker, Hampton University
Janeese Lewis, School Without Walls, St. John’s University
Pamela Massaquoi, Roosevelt, Hood College
Howard Morris, Dunbar, Hampton University
Rajaa Qadri, Friendship Collegiate Academy PCS, Bucknell University
Jasmine Stith, Cardozo, Morgan State University
Robyn Tinney, SEED School of Washington, DC PCS, Temple University
Chantayle Watkins, Ballou, Trinity University
Jeremy Wilkerson, SEED School of Washington, DC PCS, Pennsylvania State University - Altoona
Jeremy Wood, Cesar Chavez PCS, Pennsylvania State University - Altoona
Andre Woods, Dunbar, Pennsylvania State University - Berks
Long Yang, Bell Multicultural, George Mason University
James Yarborough, Roosevelt, Babson College
Jian Zheng, Bell Multicultural, George Mason University

2005 Scholars

Hilina Agergizat, Roosevelt, Virginia Commonwealth University
Stacey Anderson, Hospitality High PCS, University of Delaware
Chymaria Ball, H.D. Woodson, Temple University
Anthony Boyer, Benjamin Banneker, Virginia Commonwealth University
Matthew Clark, Hyde Leadership PCS, Virginia Tech
Charles Conway, Eastern, Georgetown University
Malika Davis, Benjamin Banneker, Spelman College
Akosua Dosu, School Without Walls, Spelman College
Fanchon Hall, Ballou, Temple University
Bryan Harris, Anacostia, Morgan State University
Leonard Howard, Dunbar, Winston-Salem University
Justin Key, Benjamin Banneker, Stanford University
Leon Morgan, H.D. Woodson, University of Maryland - Eastern Shore
Olaronke Otubanjo, Benjamin Banneker, Temple University
Al’Landrew Shepperson, Maya Angelou PCS, Virginia Tech
Kelvina Spencer, Spingarn, Delaware State University
Andrea Urena, Bell Multicultural, Susquehanna University
Justin Williams, Thurgood Marshall Academy PCS, Morehouse College

2004 Scholars

Gameli Agbleze, Cardozo, St. Mary’s College of Maryland
Myo Sabai Aye, Bell Multicultural, University of Virginia
Natalie Barbieri, Woodrow Wilson, University of Michigan
Fateema Blackwell, Benjamin Banneker, Virginia Commonwealth University
Walter Bryant, H.D. Woodson, Rowan University
Keturah Daniels, Duke Ellington, Howard University
Cherine Foty, Woodrow Wilson, University of Michigan
Alvaro Giorgetta, Bell Multicultural, George Mason University
Keyona Hall, Anacostia, Trinity University
Randy Harper, Benjamin Banneker, Morehouse College
Karen Hicklin, Dunbar, Spelman College
Kasmin Holt, Cesar Chavez PCS, Smith College
Delonte Hughes, Eastern, North Carolina A & T University
Keith Jones, Friendship Collegiate Academy PCS, Morehouse College
Manty Koroma, Cardozo, St. Mary’s College of Maryland
Yina Lee, Woodrow Wilson, George Mason University
Zainep Mahmoud, Benjamin Banneker, Dartmouth College
Lauren Oliver, Ballou, Catholic University
Ernest Pearson, Hyde Leadership PCS, Ursinus College
Tiffany Shaw, Eastern, St. Mary’s College of Maryland
Zekita Shaw, Friendship Collegiate Academy PCS, Temple University
Devon Stokes, Anacostia, Morehouse College
Malaika Tate, Woodrow Wilson, Temple University
Latoyya Valteau, Roosevelt, Bennett College

2003 Scholars

Shukurat Adamoh-Faniyan, Woodrow Wilson, Clark Atlanta University
Carlos Aviles, Benjamin Banneker, University of Pittsburgh - Bradford
Demika Banner, Spingarn, University of the District of Columbia
Crystal Carter, Benjamin Banneker, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
Shuk-Kuen Chiu, Bell Multicultural, University of Maryland
Michelle Davis, Woodrow Wilson, Dartmouth College
Derwin Fields, Anacostia, Stanford University
Kaylisha Gross, Woodrow Wilson, University of Maryland - Eastern Shore
Tiffany Hodge, Benjamin Banneker, Delaware State University
Dominique Holmes, Cardozo, Virginia Union University
Kevin Horton, School Without Walls, Howard University
Wayne Logan, Dunbar, U.S. Naval Academy
Trinh Nguyen, Woodrow Wilson, George Washington University
Oluwalayomi Olatinpo, Dunbar, Johns Hopkins University
Bruce Proctor, Woodrow Wilson, Albright College
Glen Proctor, Woodrow Wilson, Albright College
Juan Quick, Eastern, Morehouse College
Lindsay Totty, Woodrow Wilson, Amherst College
Shan-shan Tse, Woodrow Wilson, George Mason University
Dominique Womack, Benjamin Banneker, Rutgers University
Tiny Young, H.D. Woodson, North Carolina A & T University
Yani Zhai, Woodrow Wilson, Stanford University

2002 Scholars

Myo-Pale Aye, Bell Multicultural, University of Denver
Lakia Tenice Boyd, Ballou, Hood College
Chau Cao, Bell Multicultural, Cornell University
Stephanie Colley, Benjamin Banneker, Columbia University
Crystal Nicole Davis, Dunbar, Trinity College
Lawrence Deloatch, H.D. Woodson, Virginia State University
Ngoc-Dung Do, Cardozo, George Mason University
Darrell Donte Edmonds, Dunbar, North Carolina A & T University
D’Angelo Gore, Benjamin Banneker, Hampton University
Stephanie Haygen, School Without Walls, Syracuse University
Sahara Henry, Benjamin Banneker, Mary Washington College
Cheryl Holmes, Duke Ellington, New York University
Alvin Hough, Bell Multicultural, Harvard University
Duriyyah Johnson, Benjamin Banneker, George Washington University
Rhonda Kinard, Anacostia, North Carolina Central University
Thu-Trang La, Bell Multicultural, George Mason University
Omolara Layeni, Roosevelt, Pennsylvania State University
James McClelland, Dunbar, North Carolina A & T University
Phul Nguyen, Woodrow Wilson, University of California Los Angeles – Irvine
Ayannie Peake, Duke Ellington, Virginia Commonwealth University
Hien Phan, Cardozo, Marymount University
Hope Robinson, Coolidge, Trinity College
Sheba Scott, Ballou, Virginia Commonwealth University
Robinnette Smith, Ballou, Trinity College
Janice Springer, School Without Walls, Smith College
Marion Stewart, Anacostia, Howard University
Artilie Wright, Eastern, Princeton University

2001 Scholars

Arthur Antonio Abrams IV, School Without Walls, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
Lynettra Artis, Dunbar, Amherst College
Shana Renee Caldwell, H.D. Woodson, Trinity College
Noemy Estela Contreras, Cardozo, Mount St. Mary’s College
Elizabeth Dada, Cardozo, St. Mary’s College of Maryland
Benedicta Beteah Doe, Roosevelt, Bowdoin College
Elizabeth Doherty, Roosevelt, Temple University
Thu Suong Duong, Cardozo, Virginia Commonwealth University
Greisy Fledi, Roosevelt, Cornell University
Sheree Latrice Hillaard, Ballou, Virginia Commonwealth University
Jomaile R. Holland, Ballou, Xavier University
Janice A. Iwama, Woodrow Wilson, American University
Munziba Tasnim Khan, Woodrow Wilson, George Washington University
Bettina McKinnon, Benjamin Banneker, Lincoln University
Truc Ngoc Nguyen, Woodrow Wilson, George Washington University
Claudia E. Nyemeck, Bell Multicultural, University of Pittsburgh
Chioma J. Ohanyerenwa, Benjamin Banneker, Davidson College
Stacy Chikodi Okoro, School Without Walls, Hobart & William Smith College
Danesha Vondell Sivels, Coolidge, Norfolk State University
April Timberlake, Benjamin Banneker, Harvard University
Vu Thien Tran, Benjamin Banneker, University of Maryland
Joy Tomas, MM Washington, Virginia State University
Adalberto Umanzor, Moore Academy, St. Augustine’s College
Serna Walkin, Ballou, Virginia Commonwealth University
Suria Yesmin, Roosevelt, University of Maryland

2000 Scholars

LaLaine Balois, Woodrow Wilson, American University
Tiarra Crossland, MM Washington, Delaware State University
Elizabeth Gorman, Cardozo, Morgan State University
Sara Griffin, Dunbar, Brown University
Patrice Ingram, Dunbar, Hampton University
Tiane Johnson, Benjamin Banneker, Goucher College
Donald Jolly, Benjamin Banneker, Dartmouth College
Angelo Lee, School Without Walls, Vanderbilt University
Nolan Perkins, Ballou, Virginia Commonwealth University
Dannita Shanks, Coolidge, George Washington University
Sharelle Stagg, Benjamin Banneker, University of Maryland – Baltimore
Jeffrey Tate, Duke Ellington, Morehouse College
Yodit Tuquabo, School Without Walls, Cedar Crest College

1999 Scholars

Karla Caraballo, Bell Multicultural, Emory University
Aaron Jenkins, Benjamin Banneker, Williams College
Rashida Johnson, Benjamin Banneker, New York University
Dionyssus Martin, Dunbar, George Washington University
Deanna Mitchell, Benjamin Banneker, Xavier University
LaSha Shorter, School Without Walls, Fisk University
Hanna Tope, Roosevelt, Fisk University

1998 Scholars

Anthony Borges, Jr., Dunbar, Morgan State University
Nycole Davis, Eastern, Morgan State University
Leila Meekins, Eastern, Drexel University
Anhdai Nguyen, Bell Multicultural, Marymount College
Thunga Nguyen, Bell Multicultural, Marymount College
Leidi Reyes, Bell Multicultural, Trinity College
Kellie Sewell, Dunbar, Delaware State University
Charles Withers II, Benjamin Banneker, Swarthmore College

1997 Scholars

Christina Berrios, Cardozo, Marymount University
Lamar Chenault, Dunbar, University of Illinois
Megan Donovan, Dunbar, Williams College
Jeanette Johnson, Spingarn, Wilberforce University

1996 Scholars

Jamila Burgess, Benjamin Banneker, Brown University
Keith Howard, Eastern, Shepherd College
Cinnamon McCann, Roosevelt, DePauw University

1995 Scholars

Tiwana Clarke, Woodrow Wilson, Howard University
Henry Culbreath, McKinley Technology, Hobart & William Smith College
Kia DuPree, Coolidge, Hampton University
Latonya Gravette, Eastern, Wellesley College
Deborah Green, Banneker, Dartmouth College
Vera Okoro, Eastern, Yale University
Seyi Peter–Thomas, Duke Ellington, New York University
Bobbie Stanford, Woodrow Wilson, University of Pittsburgh
Giuliette Versiglia, Woodrow Wilson, Wellesley College

1994 Scholars

Jocelyn Ajala, Benjamin Banneker, Cornell University
Jacqueline Jenkins, Woodrow Wilson, Princeton University
Hsiu-Mei Lin, Bell Multicultural, Macalester College

1993 Scholars

David Cummings, Dunbar, University of Pittsburgh
Deidre Gantt, Dunbar, University of Southern California
Christopher Harvell, Dunbar, George Washington University
Rhondee Johnson, Benjamin Banneker, Spelman College
Kevin Williams, Coolidge, Lincoln University