Lexington native chosen nationally for one of 20 scholarships

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – A Lexington native is one of 20 students chosen nationally for a $20,000 scholarship.

Shaun Anderson, who is now a junior studying marketing at Tennessee State University in Nashville, has been selected to the inaugural class of the Spectrum Scholars Scholarship and Mentorship program for students who are underrepresented with financial need to help them realize their dreams.

Charter Communications announced the honorees Monday. In addition to the scholarship, each student will have a Charter professional mentor and the opportunity to explore an internship with the company.

“We would like to congratulate our first-ever class of Spectrum Scholars,” said Rhonda Crichlow, Senior Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer for Charter. “This program is a wonderful investment in the development of our future workforce and furthers our commitment to invest back into the diverse communities we serve. We look forward to engaging with these college students this fall and introducing them to the many different career opportunities within our company.”

Spectrum Scholars were selected by Charter and its national nonprofit partners, The American Indian College Fund, OCA-Asian Pacific American Advocates, UNCF (United Negro College Fund) and SHPE (Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers), with some recipients affiliated with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) and Tribal Colleges (TCUs).

Recipients chosen have a variety of majors including business, finance, engineering and communications and were required to maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher in order to be eligible to apply for a scholarship.

This year’s Spectrum Scholars are:

  • Shaun Anderson, of Lexington, KY; Tennessee State University-Nashville, Marketing
  • Kristalyn Billips, of Jamaica, NY; Howard University, Marketing
  • Christa Cooper, of Ronan, MT; Salish Kootenai College, Business Administration
  • Kennedy Cotton, of Princeton, TX; University of North Texas, Business
  • Joshua Duarte, of Waxahachie, TX; Texas A&M University, College Station, Mechanical Engineering
  • Richard Giang, of Liberty Township, OH; The Ohio State University, New Media & Communication Technology
  • Andrew Hernandez, of Los Angeles, CA; California State University, Long Beach, Mechanical Engineering
  • Jaydin Howe, of Wapato, WA; Haskell Indian Nations University, Business Management
  • Joan Lee, of Los Alamitos, CA; University of Southern California, Urban Studies and Planning
  • Danielle Magyar, of Killeen, TX; Ilisagvik College, Business
  • Megan Nguyen, of Revere, MA; Georgetown University, Science, Technology, and Int’l Affairs
  • Ijeoma Nwankwo, of Pearland, TX; Howard University, Accounting
  • Catherine Oriel, of Glendale, CA; The George Washington University, Journalism & Mass Communication
  • Cynthia Rios, of Garner, NC; North Carolina State University, Electrical Engineering
  • Mariel Segovia, of Corona, CA; University of New Haven, Computer Science
  • Valentina Solci, of Miami, FL; The New School, Economics
  • Brie Turner, of Lithonia, GA; Howard University, Communications
  • Nicholas Valdes, of Keller, TX; Texas Tech University, Computer Engineering
  • Lana Wagner, of Browning, MT; Montana State University-Northern, Business Administration
  • Jia Min (Kelly) Zheng, of Harrison, NJ; Brandeis University, Business and Computer Science
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