The Bertram L. Ashe Education Foundation was pleased to award their 2022 scholarship to Shontell Johnson.
Shontelle Johnson, National University
Shontelle Johnson is currently a student at National University. She is in her senior year majoring in Biology. She is currently an academic tutor in STEM subjects, focusing on Biology, Chemistry, and Mathematics. “With my background in education, it allows me to connect with students and provide a better understanding for material that may have been difficult. I like to think I have a gift in explaining the material differently and relating it to something that the student is interested in. By doing that, my students grasp the material, and I can say that all my students have succeeded in the courses that they have taken.” We congratulate Shontelle on her award and are happy to help her on her academic journey.
In addition to our scholarship award, the foundation also made substantial donations to two organizations that we believe deserve our support.
The Black Teacher Project
“We exist to sustain and develop Black teachers to lead and reimagine schools as communities of liberated learning. Our vision is that every student will benefit from the diversity, excellence, and leadership of an empowered Black teaching force.” The Black Teacher Project (BTP), is a program that sustains and develops Black teachers to lead and reimagine schools as communities of liberated learning. BTP’s vision is that every student will benefit from the diversity, excellence, and leadership of an empowered Black teaching force.
The Center for Black Educator Development
“We seek to reclaim power and honor the legacy we inherited from those who struggled to commit the deeply subversive, ultimately liberating, act of teaching.” Launched in June 2019, the Center for Black Educator Development is revolutionizing education by dramatically increasing the number of Black educators so that low-income Black and other disenfranchised students can reap the full benefits of a quality public education.
The 2021 Bertram L. Ashe Education Foundation scholarship award winners were presented with their scholarships on December 18th, 2021. The 2021 scholarship recipients are Shontell Johnson, Unterrier Wesley, Kaylin McCray, and Keara Williams.
Shontelle Johnson, California State University Long Beach
Shontelle Johnson is currently a student at California State University, Long Beach. She is in her senior year majoring in Biomedical Engineering, with a minor in Biology. She is an intern at a Biotechnology firm focused on cancer research. She is also an academic tutor and teaching assistant in STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) subjects.
Unterrier Wesley, Florida International University
Unterrier Wesley is currently an undergraduate at Florida International University (FIU). His goal is to graduate with a Bachelors or Masters degree in Public Service and Policies. He has a future goal of becoming a public administrator and entering public service with the intention of being of service to his community.
Kaylin McCray, Palm Beach State College
Kaylin McCray is majoring in biology and minoring in communication at Palm Beach State College. She is studying biology with the ultimate goal of becoming a Dentist.
Keara Williams, University of California at Los Angeles
There was a late-arriving scholarship application at the end of 2021 that the board felt was deserving of an Ashe Foundation scholarship.
Keara Williams is a doctoral student in UCLA’s Urban Schooling Ph.D. program with a goal to critically examine the conditions in which Black youth experience school. Her interests center on supporting their social, emotional, and identity growth, promoting culturally relevant strategies, and building relationships.
On Sunday November 15th the Bertram Leonard Ashe Educational Foundation held a private virtual ceremony to award it’s 2020 annual scholarship award to Ciara Grant.
Ciara Grant, UC Riverside
Grant, a current student at University of California, Riverside, is seeking a bachelors degree in psychology. Her educational aspirations consist of acquiring a master’s degree, where she will specialize and pursue a career as a child and adolescent clinical psychologist. Additionally, she would like to bridge the gap between underprivileged foster youth and higher education and ultimately she intends to create a foster youth organization where she will direct youth programs to facilitate personal and educational growth.
The Bertram Leonard Ashe Educational Foundation once again partnered with PowerGirl Ministries to provide scholarships to exceptional recipients at the PowerGirl Annual Holiday High Tea & Titus II Awards on December 15, 2019. PowerGirls Ministries validates, celebrates, and empowers young urban influenced women of color in support of living a productive and God honoring lifestyle.
Here are the 2019 Bertram Leonard Ashe Educational Foundation scholarship award recipients:
Calixte Beohourou, Senior currently attending Fairfax High School
JeSanna Washington, CSU Dominguez Hills
JeSanna is a previous recipient of an Ashe Scholarship award who has graduated from California State University Dominguez Hills with a degree in Mathematics: Education and is now pursuing her career goal of becoming a high school math teacher.
On November 11, 2018 the Bertram Leonard Ashe Educational Foundation, after an extensive search and vetting process, awarded a $1,500 scholarship to our 2018 recipient Kasandra Shipley. In furtherance of the foundation’s goal to advance and enlarge the number of African American teachers, the foundation was pleased to present this award to a highly qualified candidate. The Bertram Leonard Ashe Educational Foundation continues to work to identify candidates who exemplified the vision and mission that the foundation wants to promote and assist.
Here is the 2018 Bertram Leonard Ashe Educational Foundation scholarship award recipient:
Kasandra Shipley, California State University Long Beach
Currently attending California State University of Long Beach in the Multiple Subject
Credential Program, and completing her final semester of student teaching this fall. Kasandra, seeking to accomplish her goals and obtain a teaching credential, must dedicate her time to student teaching, workshops, state exams, permit clearances and more. She sought out education to not only help her students grow, but to give her diverse students an opportunity to see a leader/lrole model in someone that represents themselves. Obtaining the Bertram L. Ashe Education Foundation Scholarship will allow her to focus on her future endeavors, such as taking the GRE and applying to graduate school in Educational Psychology & Counseling,
On December 17, 2017 the Bertram Leonard Ashe Educational Foundation partnered with PowerGirl Ministries to provide $500 scholarships each to three exceptional recipients. PowerGirls validates, celebrates, and empowers young urban influenced women of color in support of living a productive and God honoring lifestyle. At the 11th Annual PowerGirl Holiday High Tea & Titus II Awards the scholarship recipients were awarded their scholarships. The Bertram Leonard Ashe Educational Foundation worked with the PowerGirl Ministries to identify candidates who exemplified the vision and mission that the foundation wants to promote and assist.
Here are the 2017 Bertram Leonard Ashe Educational Foundation scholarship award recipients:
Paradyse Oakley, UC Santa Cruz
Currently attending the University of California, Santa Cruz majoring in Political Science and International Relations. Paradyse is currently involved in NSBE (National Society of Black Engineers), BWA (Black Women Alliance), BSU (Black Student Union), Klesis, Youth and Government Intern, and DHE (Destination Higher Education) Intern. Originally from South Los Angeles, Paradyse is a graduate of Lawndale High School. Paradyse stays abreast of current events and is eager to learn new things. Her passions are Health, Prison Reform, Education and being a voice for the youth in South LA and she aspires to become a Criminal Justice Lawyer or Public Servant in the Political arena.
JeSanna Washington, CSU Dominguez Hills
Currently attending California State University Dominguez Hills majoring in Mathematics: Education with a career goal of becoming a high school math teacher. JeSanna, a Los Angeles native, is the first in her immediate family to make it this far educationally and is the oldest of 5 and has many eyes looking to her as a mentor and example of what to do in their future.
Jessica Williamson, Pepperdine University
Currently attending Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology. Jessica’s career goal is to become a clinical psychologist. Her current clinical interests reside in the domain of severe psychopathology and the federal correctional facility mental health crisis. One of her many interests is in exploring ways to allow people who are classified as mentally disordered offenders rehabilitate into society after committing offensive crimes.