Bright Futures Awards Program
Each year, BWA’s Bright Futures Awards program honors a student or group of students whose academic achievements and service to school and community distinguish them as future leaders and success stories. The recipients are nominated and selected by the BWA executive board, saluted at the Annual Symposium & Luncheon, and presented with a grant to support their efforts.
In 2006, The Black Women’s Agenda, Inc. (BWA) established the Bright Futures program, honoring a student or group of students whose academic achievements and service to school and community distinguish them as future leaders and success stories. The recipients are nominated and selected by the BWA executive board, saluted at the Annual Symposium & Luncheon, and presented with a grant to support their efforts.
Past recipients of the Bright Futures Award include:
2018: Eugena King – Gustavus Adolphus College, Burnside, MN
2017: Briana Richardson – Freshman, Spelman College
2016: Gloria Gary Walker – Senior, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
2015: Maya Kryslan McFadden, Jonesboro, GA
2014: Nija Nelson, Upper Marlboro, MD
2013: Ronnise Denitra Owens, Conyers, GA
2012: Claire Brittany Crawford, College Park, GA
2011: Aisha Davis, Lanham, MD
2010: Tony Hansberry II, Jacksonville, FL
2009: Alexandria Sutton, Baltimore, MD
2008: Amina DeSelle Massey, Eden Prairie, MN
2007: Erica E. Holland, Annapolis, MD
2006: Spelman College Spelbots*
*The Spelman College robotics team was the first all-female, all-African-American and only undergraduate team to compete in both the United States and International RoboCups competition. Members of the team included Ebony Smith, Andrea Roberson, Kina McCanns and Ashley Johnson.
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