MDC Students Win Tuskegee Presidential Scholarship

The students posing for the camera.

Three recent Miami Dade College graduates won the 2016 Tuskegee University Distinguished Presidential Scholarship Award.

Fredricka D. Jean-Pierre (criminal justice administration), Alicia Royes (accounting) and Alexzandria Hunter (biology) each received a scholarship of $32,000 per year, which covers their attendance, tuition, and room and board at Tuskegee University for two years.

The scholarship has been in place since 2009 and awards three MDC students yearly. To qualify, students must have a 3.5 cumulative GPA or higher and must have completed their associate in arts degree at MDC.

All three students were part of the TRIO program at MDC. Two of the students attended North Campus and one was a student at the Carrie P. Meek Entrepreneurial Education Center.

“It’s mind-blowing to know that I’ve earned this type of scholarship,” Royes said. “I know it’s going to be beneficial toward my education and knowledge.”

Hector Gonzalez

Hector Gonzalez, 33, is returning to Miami Dade College where he will be pursuing a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Film at the North Campus. He will serve as a photographer and staff writer for the paper this year. Gonzalez obtained his Associate Degree in Mass Communications during the 2011-2012 school year while serving as Sports Editor for The Reporter. He earned the Best Sports Story award from the Florida College System Activities Association in 2011. He has also worked as freelance sports writer for the South Florida Sun Sentinel and the Miami Herald.

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