Awardees


The Youth Development Foundation, Inc. (YDF) is proud to state that for over 47 years, we have awarded millions of dollars in scholarships and prizes to talented individuals from around the world who have maintained a 3.0 GPA or better during their first semester in higher education. YDF in association with Black Women for Black Girls Giving Circle targets incoming freshmen and undergraduates and awards a $1,000 scholarship as well as hosts a “College Shower” for the recipients. An application is submitted during their senior year in high school and honorees are selected from the best responses.

2020

Chantel Francis

SUNY @ College of Brockport

Nina Leach

Mary Baldwin University

Miranda Mejia

SUNY Canton

Isis Smith

Hampton University

Madison Stephenson

Claremont McKenna College

2019

Arion Dockery

Syracuse University

Amanda Hannah

Howard University

Raquel Joseph

Boston University

Chara Lyons

Dartmouth College

Isabella Pavon

SUNY@Oneonta

2018

Shanoy Clarke

Georgetown University

Nyashia Kiah

York College of Pennsylvania

Destiny Jean-Michel

Temple University

Jennifer Ofodile

SUNY@Oswego

Jacinta Ojevwe

SUNY@Albany

Diavonne Robinson

SUNY@Buffalo

2017

  • Kimoi A. Felmine:
    University of Tampa
  • Shania A. Grant:
    SUNY/College of New Paltz
  • Tianna Morris :
    SUNY @ Oneonta
  • Jennifer Ofodile :
    SUNY @ Oswego
  • Kiona Ogude:
    Baruch College
  • Talia Scott:
    Haverford College

2016

  • Courtney Danielle Haynes:
    University of North Carolina/Greensboro
  • Lauren Drumgold:
    Bates University
  • Tianna Morris :
    SUNY @ Oneonta
  • Jennifer Ofodile :
    SUNY @ Oswego
  • Kiona Ogude:
    Baruch College
  • Talia Scott:
    Haverford College

2015

  • Koulako Kaba:
    SUNY at Stony Brook
  • Emily Brugman :
    Hunter College
  • Onesha Cora:
    LaGuardia Community College
  • Dejanai Coleman:
    Monroe College
  • Jaime L. Jackson:
    Pepperdine College
  • Lesego Nkosi:
    Baruch College

2013

  • Amirah Garwood:
    Texas Tech University

2012

  • Nieya Tingle :
    University of Texas – San Antonio
  • Gayla D. Williams:
    Xavier University

2011

  • Jacquelin Harris:
    Fordham University
  • Siera Toney :
    Bennett College for Women
  • Marquelle Young:
    NY Conservatory for Dramatic Arts
  • Dietra Hunter:
    Hampton University

2010

  • Music Meier:
    University of Central Florida
  • Taylor Penn :
    University of Maryland

2009

  • Nadjah N. Pennington:
    Widener University
  • Anisa Dijkhoffz :
    University of Tampa

2007

  • Nicola Dalrymple :
    University of West Indies
  • Naomi Rahn:
    Tacoma Community College
  • Chandra Turner:
    Kentucky State University

2006

  • Mia Gormandy:
    Northern Illinois
  • Natorii Illidge :
    University of St. Martin
  • Bianca Knox:
    University of Miami
  • Raquel Winchester:
    American University
  • Kristina Wright:
    University of Maryland

2005

  • Esonica Veira:
    Alabama State University
  • Tiffany Small:
    Gainesville State College
  • Dana McKinney:
    Princeton University
  • Jamila Morson :
    Stillman College
  • Stephanie Head :
    Florida A & M University
  • Renee Solomon:
    Berlin College
  • Kelly Freeman :
    Rutgers University
  • Allyson Johnson:
    University of Detroit @ Mercy
  • Ayesha Faines :
    Yale University
  • Katie Jordan:
    Indiana Wesleyan University

2004

  • Nicola Dalrymple:
    University of the West Indies
  • Tiffany Smalls:
    Gainesville State College
  • Typhani Mattis:
    University of Florida
  • Dana McKinney:
    Princeton University
  • Kendra Oates:
    Howard University
  • Stephanie Head :
    Florida A & M University
  • Bianca Knox:
    University of Florida

2003

  • Tatiana McConnico:
    University of West Georgia
  • Mia Gormandy:
    Northern Illinois University
  • Katie Jordan:
    Indiana Wesleyan
  • Allyson Johnson :
    University of Detroit – Mercy
  • Danielle McFadden:
    Francis Marion University

2002

  • Teena Lugo:
    School of Film & TV
  • Nayanna Holley :
    Western Michigan University
  • Sarah Moore:
    Marshall University
  • Atilah Claiborne:
    North Carolina A&T

2001

  • Della Hamby:
    Wayne State University
  • Natalie Keith:
    Vanderbilt University
  • Christina Sajous:
    New York University
  • Melina Soochan:
    Marianopolis College

2000

  • Nicole Nicholas :
    Stanford University
  • Kersten Stevens :
    Yale University
  • Ayesha Faines :
    Yale University
  • Kristena Wright:
    University of Maryland

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