Building Goodwill: BioE Student Gives Away New ScholarshipThe inaugural winner of a scholarship named for a slain civil rights activist knew just what to do with the money: Give it away.
The Black Male Initiative, or BMI, at the Nyumburu Cultural Center awarded the first Fred Hampton Scholarship to Reginald Avery, a senior majoring in bioengineering. The $1,000 award, established by an anonymous 2008 graduate of the A. James Clark School of Engineering and BMI member, honors the former Black Panther, who was killed in a 1969 police raid.
The scholarship goes to an undergraduate who shows leadership and vision and can be used for academic expenses, a specific activist project, or both.
Avery donated the money to nearby Greenbelt Elementary, where he has served as a mentor since he was a freshman. Each Monday he arrives there, Lego kits in tow, to teach children in the after-school program about designing, building and programming robots.
"This wasn't the type of scholarship that I felt should be spent on something personal," says Avery. "As an engineering student, it seemed fitting to share what I have learned with younger students interested in similar things."
Published February 16, 2012