Black History Month

Black History Month Celebration

African Americans in Times of War
Leadership for the 21st Century Scholarships

The Chesterfield County Black History Month Celebration Program sponsors the Leadership for the 21st Century Scholarships for eligible Chesterfield County Public School students. The scholarships are designed to recognize and reward the achievements and contributions of Chesterfield County high school seniors. This is the 21st year that these scholarships have been awarded.

Six scholarships are awarded in the amount of $2,500. A winner is selected from each of the five Chesterfield County magisterial districts, and one scholarship is awarded to a Chesterfield County student attending one of the regional Governor Schools. All Black History Month programs and scholarships are funded entirely by private donations.

Congratulations to the 2018 Recipients

  • Nya Burwell attends Thomas Dale High School and has earned a grade point average of 4.06. Nya plans to major in chemistry at either Old Dominion University or Randolph-Macon College. Upon graduation, she hopes to attend graduate school to study veterinary medicine. Nya has participated in the Thomas Dale Beta Club, German Club and the National Honor Society for Dance and World Languages. She mentors students at Marguerite Christian Elementary School and volunteers at Fort Lee.
  • Christian Alexander Clark attends Cosby Hill High School and has a grade point average of 4.28. He plans to attend Virginia Tech and major in journalism, hoping to become a sports broadcaster. Christian is a member of the cross country team, the Spanish Club, the school newspaper and was on the freshman football team. He coaches basketball through Upward Bound, participates in the Parkway Baptist Church feeding ministry, mission trips, community outreach and volunteers at FeedMore.
  • Kimberly Embe attends Monacan High School and has a grade point average of 4.43. Kimberly intends to major in social work at George Mason University, and plans to become a social worker upon graduation. Kimberly is a member of the cross country team, track and field team, field hockey team, Beta Club and French National Honor Society. She volunteers at Ginter Park Church, the Envoy Nursing Home and for the Virginia Democratic Committee.
  • Myka Greene attends Meadowbrook High School and has a grade point average of 4.3. She plans to major in communications at the University of Virginia and hopes to become a journalist. Myka is the president of the W.E.B. Du Bois Honor Society, a member of the National Honor Society, and a contributor to CutXSewn art magazine. She also is a peer-to-peer tutor, works in her school’s Special Education department as a tutor and mentor, and volunteers at the Thrive Church food bank.
  • Lilli Manso attends James River High School and has earned a grade point average of 4.25. She plans to major in art illustration at VCU, and upon graduation hopes to become a professional artist. Lilli has participated in the National Art Honor Society, the Sea of Japan Club, and the National Language Honor Society. Her community service has been at the Visual Arts Center in Richmond helping children in their art camps.
  • Priya Singh attends Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School and has a grade point average of 4.48. She plans to major in biology at the College of William & Mary and hopes to become a doctor. Priya is the director of Walker Model Congress, a student-led organization that teaches students about U.S. Congress. She also served as chair of her school’s Model United Nations, is a member of the We The People Team, president of the Liberty in North Korea Club and a tutor. She is a mentee at the VCU Pathology department and volunteers at FeedMore.