Two Alabama A&M students recently received TMCF/McDonald’s Scholarships. Only six of these are awarded nationally each year.
According to A&M, Joshua Baker and Ariana Griggs each received a $10,000 scholarship, an all-expense paid trip to the Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour, behind-the-scenes access to tour talent, one-on-one interaction with local McDonald’s owner/operators, front row concert seats, and an in-show and on-stage check presentation.
To qualify for the Thurgood Marshall College Fund/McDonald’s Black & Positively Golden Scholarships, students must be enrolled full-time at one of the 47 publicly-supported Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Predominantly Black Institutions (PBIs) within the TMCF member-school network and maintain a 3.0 GPA.
Baker is a first-year graduate student pursuing his master’s degree in social work. He graduated from Alabama A&M in May after maintaining a 4.0 GPA all four years, despite having two part-time jobs throughout his undergraduate time. He said the highlight of his senior year was his selection as the Outstanding Scholar for the College of Education, Humanities and Behavioral Sciences.
Freshman Ariana Griggs began her first year at AAMU in fall 2019 with an interest in elementary education. The Rockmart, Ga., native attended Hillgrove High School where she was affiliated with the National Beta Club and the Women’s Chorus. Her lengthy record of service and leadership led to her recent selection as a scholar in the University’s Honors Program. Of all her accomplishments, Ariana is most proud of her Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouts.