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TURN 2 Endowed Scholarship Programs

The Turn 2 Foundation is pleased to announce the recipients of its Endowed Scholarships. Turn 2 offers a variety of scholarships for students who demonstrate academic success and positive behavior, live healthy lifestyles and participate in community activities. Our best wishes go out to all the applicants. Here is a glimpse of our scholars:

Derek Jeter/St. Peter Claver Catholic School Scholarship »
Derek Jeter/Hillsborough Education Foundation Scholarship »
Derek Jeter/Jackie Robinson Scholarship »
Derek Jeter/Kalamazoo Community Foundation Scholarship »
United Negro College Fund/Sharlee Jeter Scholarship »

The Derek Jeter/St. Peter Claver Catholic School Scholarships: St. Peter Claver Catholic School offers an educational program that is open to all students regardless of race, nationality, or religious belief. It is our purpose to foster service to others, to be committed to the dignity of all people and provide Christian education to African-American youth of the community.

Convinced of the dignity of each individual, St. Peter Claver Catholic School tries to develop each child according to his or her ability. The total school program provides for the spiritual, intellectual, physical, emotional, and social growth of each student. Today, over 110 years since the school opened, the school accommodates students in the Early Childhood Program through grade eight. It is the oldest African-American school in the Diocese of St. Petersburg, and the oldest African-American school still functioning not only in Hillsborough County, but also in the state of Florida.

St. Peter Claver Catholic School has a rich heritage and is recognized by the community for its positive discipline, moral values and strong curriculum. The lives of many citizens have changed dramatically by the academic and spiritual guidance provided by the school. Over the years, former students have greatly enriched not only the Tampa community, but also the nation. The Turn 2 Foundation currently provides financial assistance for 15 students to attend St. Peter Claver Catholic School on a yearly basis.

The Derek Jeter/Hillsborough Education Foundation Scholarship is administered by the Hillsborough Education Foundation. It is awarded to two recipients who exhibit excellence in academics, participate in extra-curricular activities and are active in community service.

Tori Wilson

High School: Armwood High School
College: University of Florida
Major: Dietetics/sports nutrition

Katherine Tison

High School: Chamberlain High School
College: University of Florida
Major: Physics

Gregory Alfonso

High School: Strawberry Crest
College: University of South Florida
College Major: Mechanical engineering

David Barrientos

High School: Gaither High School
College: University of Florida
College Major: Mechanical engineering
Awards & Honors: BETA Award, National Honors Society, Principal's Honor Roll, Scholar Athlete Award and Spanish National Honor Society.

Ellen Moore

High School: Plant High School
College: Furman University, Greenville, S.C.
College Major: Environmental engineering
Awards & Honors: National Honor Society, Beta Honor Club, Mu Alpha Theta Honor Society, and Latin Honor Society (among other honor societies), Board Member of Astronomy Club, Kiwi Service Club, The Order of the Gold and Black, Yearbook Editor, AP Scholar with Distinction, Smith Book Award, Varsity Soccer Team Captain 2009-2010, District Champions 2009 & 2010, Lead Overall Points All 4 Years, Seventh at 2008 State Track Meet in 4x800m Relay.

Terril Gibson

High School: Robinson High School
College: Florida State University
College Major: Business; Finance focus

Vanity Shields

High School: Hillsborough High School
College: University of South Florida
College Major: Medical oncology
Awards & Honors: National Honor Society, Zeta Psi Zeta Sorority, President of Sign Language Club, Tutor for Sign Language Club, and varsity basketball player, among others.

Nevena Pehar

High School: Robinson High School
College: University of South Florida
College Major: Music and psychology
Awards & Honors: Athena Young Woman of Promise 2006, Band Director's Award 2005, Girls State Delegate 2006, Master Musician 2006, Volleyball Friendship Award 2005, National Honor Society Member, and the Tri-M Music Honor Society among others.

Charles Zhu

High School: King - International Baccalaureate Program
College: Yale University
College Major: Environmental science and humanities
Awards & Honors: Wendy's High School Heisman finalist 2006, Coco Cola Foundation National Scholars finalist 2006, Senior Environmental Sciences Division-Hillsborough county Science and Engineering Fair Champion 2006, National Advanced Placement Scholar 2006, SDHC Carolyn Crow Memorial Award for Science 2006, Marcela Martinez Award for Leadership 2006, among many others.

Ornella Dixon

High School: Blake High School
College: Florida State University
College Major: English and law major
Awards & Honors: Student Advisory Committee 2006-2008, National Honor Society, National Spanish Honor Society, Principal's Award 2007, Team Captain Cross Country, and Team Captain Track.

George Connor

High School: Bloomingdale High School
College: University of South Florida
College Major: Business and accounting
Awards & Honors: National Honor Society, National Spanish Honor Society, National Technical Honor Society, Who's Who of American Scholars, and 2006-2007 District, Regional and State Wrestling Contender.

The Derek Jeter/Jackie Robinson Scholarship provides financial assistance and mentoring to young minority students who are entering college.

Rashawn Anthony Davis

High School: University High School (Newark, N.J.)
College: Georgetown University
College Major/Minor: Political science/sociology

Akpanoluo Etteh

Akpanoluo Etteh was awarded the Derek Jeter/Jackie Robinson Scholarship in 2006 for his outstanding leadership potential and dedication to community service. In 2010, Akpanoluo graduated from Yale University with a degree in cognitive science. During his time at Yale, he took advantage of the prestigious school's opportunities by acting as a Spanish translator for uninsured families, participating in Magevet, the premier Jewish, Hebrew and Israeli a cappella group of Yale University, submerging himself in Yale's history, and serving as a mentor to another student. Akpanoluo is currently employed as an intern at Brand Strategy at Yale's licensing department. In the future, he hopes to have a career that enables him to create, explain and implement novel ideas to problems either in the field of marketing, design, or consulting and start his own business with like-minded classmates. After graduating, Akpanoluo discussed his thoughts about his time at Yale and the Derek Jeter/Jackie Robinson Scholarship, along with his future aspirations.

In what ways did the Derek Jeter/Jackie Robinson Scholarship help your college experience?
The Derek Jeter/Jackie Robinson Scholarship has been an invaluable opportunity for me to meet a diverse group of successful and motivated people, both of college age and in the professional world. The experiences have given me an added perspective on what it means to be an African-American, as well as the many paths that are available to reach success.

In what ways do you think you represent the Turn 2 Foundation's mission?
I appreciate how fortunate I am for the many opportunities I have been given, and I strive to use my abilities to help others when I can. My main means of doing this at Yale was serving as a translator at the Fair Haven Free Clinic, enabling the many Spanish speakers without health insurance to communicate with their doctors so that they could receive the treatment they deserve.

Why did you pursue your degree at Yale University, and how do you feel it helped in your education goals?
I pursued a degree at Yale University because I knew that I would be surrounded by intelligent people with diverse interests, which would help me grow in leaps and bounds as a member of society. I also came to learn from the best and gain insights best afforded by a liberal arts education.

What was your most significant moment while at Yale?
As a student in an introduction to architecture class, I spent a lot of time contemplating Yale's history through the study of its buildings, past and present. It helped me appreciate artistry on a new level, as well as making me realize how fortunate I was to be at a place like Yale. It is one thing to walk through the archways and admire the designs, but it is more profound to think of how they came to be, and who made them possible.

Thinking back about your time at Yale, how did your experiences shape who you are today?
Yale has made me a more insightful person, someone who can express his ideas more logically and articulately, and has enhanced my love of knowledge.

What have you done outside of the classroom that demonstrates qualities that align with the Turn 2 Foundation's mission? Are you currently involved in leadership or mentoring activities?
Apart from volunteering at the Fair Haven Free Clinic, I am currently serving as a mentor for a student from the University of Puerto Rico. He is very interested in research, so I have helped him to gain an understanding of psychology research so that he can better engage himself in it.

What are your most important extracurricular or community activities? What made you join these activities, and are you currently involved with them?
Magevet was my most important extracurricular activity. Every member of the group works hard to organize concerts, recruit new students and train ourselves musically. The sense of community that is developed as we reap the rewards of our labor is strong and has given me some of my closest friends. Even though I have graduated, I am still involved, giving advice on recruitment and marketing -- my areas of expertise.

When you look back on your life in 30 years, what would it take for you to consider your life successful? What people, things and accomplishments would you like to see?
I will need to feel that my life is always moving forward. I also will need to have maintained a mind that is as creative and active as mine is today. I also expect to have a close-knit group of family and friends around me. Beyond that, I only care to have enough money to be free of financial burdens and enough leisure time to be able to enjoy it.

The Derek Jeter/Kalamazoo Community Foundation Scholarship is a four-year scholarship providing financial assistance to graduating seniors who are residents of Kalamazoo County or attend a school in Kalamazoo County and are planning to enroll full time in an accredited college or university. The scholarship is for male and female students demonstrating leadership and involvement in school and community activities that advocate abstinence from drugs and alcohol and promote a healthy lifestyle.

Paige Maguire

High School: Kalamazoo Central, Kalamazoo Area Mathematics & Science Center
College: Kalamazoo College
Major: Mathematics and physics

Skyler Mills

High School: Portage Central High School
College: Grand Valley State University
Major: Sales marketing

Abbigail Schreck

High School: Loy Norrix High School
College: Michigan State University
Major: Elementary education
Quote: "Be yourself because the people that mind don't matter, and the people that matter don't mind." -- Dr. Seuss

Kassandra Meyer

High School: Schoolcraft High School
College: Cornerstone University
Major: Elementary education
Quote: "Good, better, best, Never let it rest, 'Till your good is better, And your better best." -- Tim Duncan

Jay Valikodath

High School: Kalamazoo Central High School
College: Western Michigan University
Major: Accounting
Quote: "Hard work and dedication isn't something you're born with, but something you acquire through the daily adversity you face in your life."

Joel Henderson

High School: Heritage Christian Academy
College: Cornerstone University
Major: Double Major in youth ministry and Bible
Quote: "Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed." -- Proverbs 16:3

Melissa Gould

High School: Kalamazoo Christian High School
College: University of Michigan
Major: Pre-Medicine/biology
Quote: "Yard by yard life may be hard, but inch by inch it's a cinch!"

Kim Huynh

High School: Loy Norrix High School
College: Western Michigan University
Major: Secondary/Post-secondary education
Quote: "Be the change you wish to see in the world." -- Ghandi

Adam Simon

High School: Gull Lake High School
College: Hope College
Major: Pre-med, chemistry and management
Quote: "Set your goals high, persevere to achieve them, and never ever quit until you get there."

Parker Gibson

High School: Gull Lake High School
College: Western Michigan University
Major: Business
Quote: "The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy." -- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Kearsten Karrick

High School: Portage Northern High School
College: Indiana Wesleyan University
Major: Photography, communications
Quote: "The scholarship is a priceless gift! It has affirmed my choice to live a healthy lifestyle and is such an encouragement in pursuing excellence through education. I am so thankful for the support of the Turn 2 Foundation. I can promise that this gift will be used to help others see the benefits of healthy living. Thank you!"

David Schrock

High School: Portage Central High School
College: Hope College
Major: Biology or chemistry to go into pre-med
Quote: "Whether you think you can or you can't, you're right." -- Henry Ford

Sabrina Graham

High School: Climax Scotts High School
College: Spring Arbor University
Major: Special education
High School Accomplishments: 2007 Climax Scotts salutatorian while receiving 11 varsity letters in athletics

The United Negro College Fund/Sharlee Jeter Scholarship is a partnership between the Turn 2 Foundation and the United Negro College Fund. The scholarship provides four Jeter's Leaders graduates with $7,500 per year for four years at a Historically Black College or University.

Suewayne Burke

High School: The School for Legal Studies
College: Spelman College
Major: Political science
Quote: "You may encounter many defeats but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats so you can know who you are, what you rise from, how you can still come out of it." -- Maya Angelou

Diandra Davidson

High School: Bayside High School, Queens, N.Y.
College: Howard University
Major: Journalism communications
Minor: Fashion Merchandising
Quote: "In order to be a leader and for those to put trust into someone, you must be diligent, willing, and prepared to take the initiative and be a role model; therefore, you have to be influential."

Jaleesa Diaz

High School: Thurgood Marshall Academy
College: Spelman College
Major: English; Focus in sports journalism
Quote: "Because I am a woman, I must make unusual efforts to succeed. If I fail, no one will say, 'She doesn't have what it takes.' They will say, 'Women don't have what it takes.'" -- Clare Booth Luce

Since its launch in 1996, the Turn 2 Foundation has awarded more than $20 million in grants.

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