Scholarship Recipients

2020 Recipient – Taijah Mott

Taijah Mott is JUST first awardee of the Thelma Bates Memorial Scholarship Fund. Taijah is currently attending Morgan State University where is majoring in Multi-Platform Production and plan to go into Broadcasting. She is an active student where she engages in a number of activities. One of the organizations she hold close and dear to her heart is called F.U.T.U.R.E (Females United To Uplift Reshape and Educate) which is an organization where black women on campus are uplifted and participate in a number of community service activities.

2021 Recipient – Alexis Ballard

Alexis Ballard is a recipient of the 2021 Thelma Bates Memorial Scholarship Fund.  Alexis is currently attending Governors State University where she is a third-year student majoring psychology where she plans to obtain her graduate degree in school psychology.  Alexis is actively involved as a peer mentor for the Center for Junior Year and as a scholarship recipient in the Dual Degree Program at GSU.

2021 Recipient – Na’Harah Israel

Na’Harah Israel is a recipient of the 2021 Thelma Bates Memorial Scholarship Fund.  Na’Harah is currently attending Governors State University where she is a fourth-year student majoring in Pre-Med where she plans to specialize in neonatology and trauma surgery.  Na’Harah is part of community clean ups throughout the Chicagoland area which target the neighborhoods with high crime rates.

2021 Recipient – Asia Jordan

Asia Jordan is a recipient of the 2021 Thelma Bates Memorial Scholarship Fund.  Asia is currently attending Governors State University where she is a third-year student majoring in business administration with a concentration in entrepreneurship.  Asia plans to start a not-for-profit organization that caters to women who are in domestic abuse relationships.  Asia is a residential assistant, and she is in the process of launching a program on campus entitled Women2Women which focuses on self-confidence.

2021 Recipient – Shareen Khalfa

Shareen Khalifa is a recipient of the 2021 Thelma Bates Memorial Scholarship Fund.  Shareen is currently attending Governors State University where is a fourth-year student majoring in early childhood where she plans to become a teacher. 

2021 Recipient – Keiara Kimmons

Keiara Kimmons is a recipient of the 2021 Thelma Bates Memorial Scholarship Fund.  Keiara is currently attending Governors State University where she is a third-year student majoring in Health Care Administration where she plans to become a Healthcare Manager and ultimately return to nursing school to become a nurse.  Keiara is actively involved in S.A.C. (Student Activities Council) that provides amazing activities for students.

2021 Recipient – Jakiya Sutton

Jakiya Sutton is a recipient of the 2021 Thelma Bates Memorial Scholarship Fund.  Jakiya was the valedictorian at Christian Fenger Academy High School and will be a first-year student at Governors State University in their honors program.  Jakiya plans to major in psychology and become a psychologist. 

2021 Recipient – Neida Tobais

Neida Tobias is a recipient of the 2021 Thelma Bates Memorial Scholarship Fund.  Neida recently graduated from Joliet Township High School, and she will be a first-year student at Governors State University in the honors program.  Neida plans to major in speech and communications and ultimately become a speech pathologist. 

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