2023 – Lindsay R

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Lindsay is from Novi, Michigan and will be attending Spelman College in Atlanta majoring in Health Sciences.  Her essay was one of the top essays we’ve ever received, and her soft-spoken manner belies a deep passion to leave a profound impact on the world.  From a family with a deep commitment to education, Lindsay has been one of the few Black students in her class throughout her education journey.  At a minimum, this resulted in relating to some students only on a surface level but at its worst had her withhold her experiences with prejudiced teachers or students.   In response, Lindsay co-founded the Black Student Alliance at Novi High School which allowed her to become a role model and created safe spaces for students to share similar experiences.  The BSA has developed programs to celebrate Black culture, uplift Black voices and solve helps solves discriminatory issues at her high school.  Most importantly, she “established a forum that will continue serving and supporting Black students long after” she graduates.  We loved her passion for pursuing an HBCU education, and specifically Spelman because it is “a top producer of black women in STEM fields” where she can be part of “a prestigious academic community and sisterhood of intellectual women leaders.”  Congratulations to Lindsay, we are so proud to support you.