Carisse Lansiquot, a 22-year-old international student at Morgan State University (MSU), is the 2015 recipient of the NextGen Scholarship awarded by P.E.R.K. Consulting. The college junior is the second recipient of the $1,000 scholarship sponsored by the Beltsville, Maryland based advisory firm.
The scholarship assists deserving international and non-citizen students residing in or attending a college in the Washington metropolitan area.
Andrena Sawyer, CEO and founder of P.E.R.K. Consulting, says 84 applicants representing 24 countries, including the United States and five continents competed for the scholarship.
Lansiquot’s well-written essay about how much her mother inspired her influenced Sawyer to vote for the chemistry major. Sawyer says a four-person scholarship panel votes to determine who should receive the local scholarship. Along with other factors, Lansiquot’s story revealed what the community can do for international students who need support.
“From her application, Carisse seemed to be a good balance of what it looks like when a student is grounded but when they’re also very gifted. Her application gave us a picture of a very well-rounded student. She was a 4.0 student, but she was engaged in something like six or seven different activities,” Sawyer said. READ FULL ARTICLE VIA Baltimore Times