Black Scholars to Watch: Britney Wilson
Howard University first-year Britney Wilson is a Black Scholar to Watch
Britney Wilson. As a high school senior, this academically gifted polymath beat out 2000 of her peers to win a four-year “Full Ride” scholarship from the Tom Joyner Foundation. The scholarship provides tuition, room, board, and books for up to 10 semesters. Wilson is using the scholarship funds to pay for her tuition and expenses at Howard University, where she is now a first-year student. During her high school years, the Brooklyn native had a full schedule, performing and competing as a slam poet, singing in a local gospel choir, tutoring in French and history, and working as a teen health initiative peer educator with the New York Civil Liberties Union. In an interview with BlackNews.com, Wilson expressed her pride in being a part of the Black college tradition. She explained, “I take pride in representing black intellectuals who choose to attend HBCUs and I intend to show anyone who is doubtful just how much we are capable of accomplishing.” During high school, Britney maintained a 4.0 grade point average, and in the spring of 2008 she graduated 6th in her class. At Howard she plans to double major in English and African American history before moving on to law school. She has lived with cerebral palsy since birth, and sees a law degree as a useful route to reaching her goal of becoming an “advocate for the three demographics [she] represent[s]: African-Americans, females and people with disabilities.” (Source: The New York Daily News).
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