Joel Bervell attends Yale University. The aspiring doctor is on the Neurobiology track in the Molecular Cellular and Developmental Biology program. He is a Coca-Cola Scholar, Jackie Robinson Scholar, Ron Brown Scholar, National Achievement Scholar, and AP Scholar with Distinction, among other awards. The son of Ghanaian immigrants, he created Hugs for Ghana, a nonprofit organization that has delivered more than 6,000 packages of school supplies and $20,000 worth of sports equipment to school children in Ghana. In New Haven, he is coordinator of a local academic mentoring program that boasts a $70,000 budget. His hometown is Snohomish, Washington.
Southern Methodist University
Garrett C. Fisher is pursuing a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy at Southern Methodist University, where he is a President’s Scholar. He is an Advisory Council member for the University Honors Program and a peer counselor in the Cox School of Business. He also works as a student assistant in the Office of Student Affairs. Off campus, Garrett has volunteered on local political campaigns and has interned for a Dallas County Court judge. His hometown is Irving, Texas.
Justin A. Lang attends Belmont University in his hometown of Nashville, Tennessee. He is a recipient of the William Randolph Hearst Endowed Scholarship and has earned a near-perfect grade point average while pursuing Bachelor of Science degrees in Psychology and Sociology. He advises, assists, and mentors students as a Resident Assistant in a freshman dormitory.
Michael A. McMillan II is a sophomore at Vanderbilt University, where he is pursuing bachelor’s degrees in Economics and Public Policy. His minor concentrations are Corporate Strategy and Business Policy. He hopes to pursue a career in management consulting. Michael’s activities at Vanderbilt include service as a Senator in the Student Government Association. He is a native of Clarkston, Georgia.
University of Massachusetts at Amherst
Joshua S. Odam attends the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where he participates in the multidisciplinary honors curriculum in the Commonwealth Honors College. He learned about the Institute while taking a course, History of the Civil Rights Movement, taught by an Institute alumnus who is completing a PhD at UMass. Josh will earn a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Legal Studies and plans to attend law school after graduation. He is a native of Brooklyn, New York.