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Southern Company, PROPEL, Disney and the HBCU Week Foundation announced Somalia Gilliard of Atlanta, as the second recipient of a $50,000 PROPEL Student Impact Scholarship. This award is part of the $100,000 scholarship investment the partners announced in October, during the first-ever HBCU Week event at Walt Disney World Resort.
Somalia Gilliard is a senior at Coretta Scott King Young Women’s Leadership Academy in Atlanta. She is currently ranked second in her class with a 3.9 grade point average. Gilliard is also active in extra-curricular activities, she is the president of the Student Government Association, a member of the National Honor Society, National Beta Club, dance theatre ensemble, varsity cross country and track and field teams.
Somalia Gilliard plans to attend either Alabama State University or Florida A & M University where she will major in chemistry. She hopes to then pursue an advanced degree in dermatology as she works toward her goal of developing an organic line of beauty products for women.
“I am blessed, thankful and honored to receive this scholarship, it’s a dream come true…The pressure of figuring out how to pay my way through college has been lifted off me and my family.”Somalia Gilliard
The PROPEL Student Impact Scholarship will be paid in four equal, annual installments to cover tuition and fees. Gilliard’s scholarship is the second of two provided by Southern Company in conjunction with PROPEL and its partners this year, to rising HBCU students. The first recipient was Djahnel Reid of Orlando, Fla., who was honored in October during the HBCU Week college fair.
“We are honored to collaborate with our partners and recognize Somalia as the second scholarship recipient…Education is a vital component of success. By alleviating affordability, one of the largest barriers to education, we are helping students achieve brighter futures.”Mike Anderson, senior vice president of Georgia Power and president, CEO of Georgia Power Foundation and Southern Company Charitable Foundation
“We would like to extend our congratulations to Somalia on this accomplishment…It’s our aim that support such as this will help elevate HBCU scholars and push them forward to pursue their dreams.”Waymond Jackson, interim CEO of PROPEL
Southern Company is committed to advancing equity within our company and communities we serve. One such commitment toward these goals is the company’s relationship with PROPEL. In January 2020, Southern Company, along with Apple, became founding partners of PROPEL and the PROPEL Center, a first-of-its-kind, global technology and innovation hub that serves all 100-plus HBCUs. As part of the partnership, the Southern Company Foundation provided a $25 million investment aimed at elevating and amplifying HBCU institutions and helping create new opportunities for students to become future leaders, innovators, and trailblazers.
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Source: PR Newswire