2023 Black Achievers Scholarship Recipients

Ms. Amaya Barnes
Lee’s Summit West High School
Attending: Metropolitan Community College

Amaya plans to attend Metropolitan Community College. “I will major in Sports Management and become a sports agent. I plan to be a major impact on the diminishing of the gender wage within women’s athletics. ”

Mr. Conner Beard
Lee’s Summit West High School
Attending: University of Kansas

Connor plans to attends the University of Kansas. “Once I enter The University of Kansas I want to pursue a major in Finance and minor in Business Analytics. My ultimate goal is to obtain an MBA.”

Ms. Kendal Cunningham
Center Senior High School
Attending: University of Missouri, Columbia

Kendal plans to attend the University of Missouri. “I believe that education is the key to unlocking one’s full potential, and I want to take full advantage of the opportunities that come my way.”

Ms. Alissa Harris
Sumner Academy of Arts and Science
Attending: Kansas City Kansas Community College

Alissa plans to attend Kansas City Kansas Community College. “Firefighter/Paramedic: At this point in my life I have discovered what I love doing and what I want to keep doing and learning more about it makes it even more enjoyable to me.”

Ms. Jha’Niece Johnson
North Kansas City High School
Attending: Florida A&M University

Jha’niece plans to attend Florida A&M University. “My goals for my college education include: Pursuing my Master of Sports Management after double majoring in Business Administration and Education with a concentration in Health, Leisure and Fitness Studies.

Mr. Chandler Long
Olathe West High School
Attending: Undecided

Chandler’s plans to select an institution of higher education are currently being decided. “Engineer: I decided to put myself into a field that would help fix the world. I joined the Green Tech 21st academy program, which has given me the opportunity to learn more about the environment and the more sustainable sources of energy…”

Mr. Shayne Mcrae
F.L. Schlagle High School
Attending: University of Kansas

Shayne plans to attend Kansas University. “I believe that education is the key to unlocking opportunities and achieving one’s goals. I will be able to take advantage of specialized programs, internships, and other opportunities that may not have been possible otherwise. These experiences will help me to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in my future career.”

Ms. Zuri Primos
Lincoln College Preparatory Academy
Attending: University of Missouri – Columbia

Zuri plans to attend Clark Atlanta University . “I am creative at heart, and I want to pursue that passion in a practical way. My ultimate career goal is to be an Art Curator at a museum, which means I would be responsible for communicating with investors and organizing and caring for the art in said museum.”

2023 Rev. Dr. Nelson “Fuzzy” Thompson Recipient

Ms. Erin Moody
Shawnee Mission Northwest High School

Erin’s plans to select an institution of higher education are currently being decided. “I was watching television and saw a broadcast of tens of thousands of unaccompanied children that had been arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border who were being detained and placed in inhumane conditions. Some were in gages and not given three square meals a day and others were torn away from their parents without knowing if they would ever see them again. It broke my heart. I wanted to help, but I didn’t know what to do or how I could make a difference. That’s when I decided that my goal after high school and college was to become an immigration attorney to help those that could not help themselves.”

Historian of the National Honor Society, Vice President of Young Democrats, Black Student Union, Site Council and Link Crew, Varsity Cheerleading and Competition teams (Captain), Girls Basketball Team (Captain), Varsity Track team, volunteer with Special Olympics, volunteer at local homeless food pantry and a homeless shelter, volunteer/community service cleaned up the West Bottoms of Kansas City.

2023 Honeywell Black Achievers Society Engineering Education Scholarship

Mr. Ryan Richardson
Sumner Academy of Arts and Science
Attending: University of Southern California

Mr. Said Mohamed Haji
J. C. Harmon High School
Attending: University of Missouri – Kansas City