University of Pennsylvania
Aaron Landrum double-majors in Health and Societies and Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. An aspiring doctor, Aaron spent the previous two summers participating in Harvard Medical School’s summer internship program, Project Success, and has published in the journals of the American Academy of Asthma and Immunology and the New England Society of Allergy. Aaron has volunteered for service initiatives both domestic and abroad. He has traveled to Fiji as a member of a missionary group, assisted Hurricane Katrina victims, and volunteered at homeless shelters in his hometown of Boston.
University of North Carolina
Raymond Sawyer is a graduate of the University of North Carolina, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies. He was a Morehead-Cain Award recipient, one of the most prestigious undergraduate scholarships in the nation. He has engaged in volunteer work in Uganda and spent a study-abroad semester in Spain. In addition to his academic achievements, Raymond exemplified school spirit as a member of the Marching Tar Heels band. He was also a member of Kappa Kappa Psi, the National Honorary Band Fraternity, and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. He hopes to become an ambassador and represent the United States abroad. To that end, he is currently in South Korea study as a Fulbright Scholar.
Brandon Stallings majors in Political Science at Yale University. While serving as class president at his high school, he founded Men Acquiring Leadership and Excellence (MALE) to help prepare young men for leadership. In New Haven, he is the corporate sponsorship co-chair of the Yale Black Solidarity Conference and is the community outreach chair of the Black Men’s Union, where he helps design curriculums for after-school programs. Brandon hopes to attend law school and become a lawyer.
Michigan State University
George Williams is a Civil Engineering major at Michigan State University. In addition to his coursework, George served as a research assistant in his university’s undergraduate research academy last year. He has also interned at the engineering and environmental services firm, NTH Consultants, in preparation for a career in environmental consulting. He is a resident mentor and represents his residence hall in the Student Government Association. George is also vice president of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers and a member of the Michigan State Italian American Club. He is engaged in programs in his hometown of Detroit that are committed to providing support and mentorship for underprivileged youth.
University of Michigan
Michael Williams is an Afro-American Studies major and Urban Studies minor at the University of Michigan. He is a Spirit of Detroit recipient for his outstanding achievement and service. His community work includes serving as the youth program manager for Gospel Against AIDS, where he educates young adults about prevention, and preserving historic neighborhoods in Detroit through landscaping. He serves as political action chairman to the NAACP and Black Student Union on campus. Michael credits an experience in Vietnam for inspiring his passion to a career in urban planning and public policy, where he one day hopes to facilitate positive social change in his community.
University of Georgia
Stewart Zellars double-majors in Economics and Mathematics at the University of Georgia. In addition to being a recipient of the Bill and Melinda Gates Millennium Scholarship, Stewart is a member of the inaugural class of Gates Millennium Scholar Peer Mentors. He serves as a Senator in the university’s Student Government Association. Stewart is a member of the American Red Cross National Youth Council and was presented the Augusta Red Cross Youth Volunteer of the Year Award in 2009 for his service. He hopes to become a high school economics teacher. Stuart will participate in the Institute as a Youth Scholar Academy (YSA) Scholar.